SVKMâ€™s NMIMS Deemed-to-be University has a strong commitment to influence the quality of management in profit and non-profit organisations. The Deemed-to-be University believes that social responsibility is a key contributor to progress and that the principles and techniques of management are applicable to both the corporate sector and voluntary service organisations.
With the establishment of its Rotary Club of Bombay West Chair in Management of Non-Profit Organisations in 1991, NMIMS became one of the earliest institutions in this country to develop training in the voluntary sector. With the collaboration of the Rotary Club of Bombay West, the Institute conducted short-term courses in the areas of management of NGOs, and designed a Certificate Program in Management of Voluntary Service Organisation, which was subsequently upgraded to a Diploma program in 2004. To promote entrepreneurship among women, a 12 week program in Enterprise Training for Women is being offered since 1992.
To address issues of social responsibilities of business, social entrepreneurship and to strengthen the management perspective in the social sector, regular conferences and short-term programs in the areas of micro finance, micro insurance and marketing of rural products are consistently organised.
To institutionalise its social commitment the NMIMS instituted the â€˜Social Enterprise Cellâ€™ on 1st January, 2005, with the vision of sensitising the students, faculty members, alumni, corporates and human service organisations to continuously respond to the changing social realities through the development and application of knowledge for creating a sustainable society that protects and promotes the dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all.
As a catalyst and innovator, the Cellâ€™s mission is to create a new generation of business leaders and social entrepreneurs who are knowledgeable about and are committed to create a sustainable society. The Cellâ€™s objectives serve as a bridge between academia, the corporate world and the civil society organisations. The research, as well as the teaching strengths combined with the experiential learning approach and guiding principles of the Cell, connect sustainability-focused knowledge and research to students, businesses and civil society organisations.
The Social Enterprise Cellâ€™s work is spread over five broad areas:
- Knowledge development and dissemination
- MBA studentâ€™s involvement in the social sector
- Increasing Awareness of Social Entrepreneurship through field intervention activities
- Developing academic programs in Social Entrepreneurship (Diploma/PTMBA in Social Entrepreneurship)
- Disaster Management