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DEHRADUN: The Company Act 2013 has made CSR “Corporate Social Responsibility” legally binding with a mandate. There will be around 16000 companies in India who have to set-up their full-fledged ‘CSR Department’ with 2-Existing and 1-Independent Director, and will be spending 2% of PAT (profit after tax) as CSR around Rs. 22,000 Cr yearly. After decades, CSR has created a new world of opportunities for the Indian youth. India will require more than 1,00,000 CSR trained professionals across the country for different Corporate, Business Houses, Foundations and NGOs.
The Moot Question is Who Will… and How… to prepare lakhs of CSR Professionals?
The demand for qualified professionals in coming years is not the question. The issue is – who will meet this demand. On the supply side, for 2014 and 2015 Nationally ICSM shall be the only Institution to address 80 students!!
The Institute of Corporate Sustainability Management ® (ICSM) with its highly respected and proficient team, since its inception is actively working towards realizing the vision of leveraging Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
ICSM aspires to create a platform for the better understanding and maximum optimization of resources available in this field. ICSM Developed Nation’s First Code of Ethics for Indian Industry under the aegis of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Government of India; ICSM has also initiated the process of forming the first Parliamentary forum on CSR and working on Policy making issues; ICSM is the First Institute in South Asia vis-à-vis India which Developed and Instituted “MBA in CSR” Course with the Affiliation of University of Mysore.
The Founder & Chairman of ICSM, Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya is the first Ph.D. in CSR in India and also holds the Intellectual Property Right (IPR) of the course curriculum of MBA in CSR. The university of Mysore opted the consent letter from Dr. Bhattacharya (as IPR holder) to run and affiliate this unique course.
Now Why to join ICSM and its CSR-Specialised MBAs… let’s see, India produces over 1, 75,000 per annum of MBAs from affiliated regular courses catering approximately 1750 B-Schools. There are 109 non-affiliated Institutions who also attract Students. Apart from this, around 1,25,000 students do MBA from correspondence courses.
Interestingly for tomorrow, non-of them are perfectly eligible for the Specialised CSR department!! MSWs, PG in Rural Management, MA in Development Studies students’ core strengths are related to non-industrial aspects, thus, as a result, they are not the preferable candidate for the Corporate because CSR core work is inter-dependent with industry vis-à-vis corporate knowledge. Being the first movers with ICSM, the students will obviously be in tremendously advantageous position to have assured jobs with quick growth in their career.
Interestingly, the gap between the demand and the supply is so wide – at this level it’s an open field for the MBA in CSR students. Students here in ICSM will be groomed in a way where they would be able to co-relate and differentiate between a typical welfare project and peoples benefit through corporate participation by CSR. Sustainability Reporting is already fall under CSR. It is linked with Industrial Relations, Supply Chain Management, R&R and Brand Values, the list is literally big.
These will equip students with the knowledge and skills to tackle business and society for the benefit of the people. The impeccable Faculty and Experts will provide a different horizon to the students. Prof. Emeritus TISS (Prof. R.R.Singh) and Former Director MDI (Prof. C.V. Baxi) are Mentoring this programme.
Our endeavour to start an MBA in CSR course is a national need that will contribute to a sustainable nation building process. ICSM also offer Management Development Programme (MDP) and Post Graduate Certificate Course in CSR of 3 months duration for the professionals who are already in service. Further, apart from organizing series of national and international training workshops, seminars and publications in the area of CSR and Corporate Ethics, ICSM also conduct researches and offer Ph. D. in CSR.