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Message from the Director

“Sustainability is a serious commitment for TAPMI, as is PRME. I am happy to present this 2-year Progress Report. As was expected from a school which is part of the Champions Group, we have experimented with several initiatives in all three core areas, i.e., Curriculum & Teaching, Research and Projects & Partnerships. We have many learnings, some setbacks and several successes. This report reflects all of these. Given half the SDG targets are to be achieved in India alone, as an Indian school we have an urgent and critical need to try, learn, scale and impact. We look forward to continued engagement with other Champion Schools, the Global Compact and other important stakeholders.

The legacy of our founder combined with vision of the responsible corporate citizenship, Manipal group ties in beautifully about why sustainability is important at TAPMI. One of the great things about good business schools is that students get a holistic experience. It’s not just about the academics but they must also get an opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills – working together with committees, faculty and all the other stakeholders. To that effect, we want our students to understand that they also have a social and environmental responsibility in the community they’ve come to live in and that they have a role to play in making this world an even better place to live.

Over the last two years, bringing sustainability front and center, we’ve introduced SEVA – the Society, Environment, Value, and Attitudes course, the SRME course and in the next year we’re going to have SOCH in the curriculum. There’s also the Centre for Inclusive Growth and Competitiveness having dedicated faculty to coordinate the design and conduct of the courses, to pursue partnerships in India and overseas for faculty & student exchanges in sustainability related contexts and to anchor coordination with the PRME secretariat and network, of which we are an advanced signatory and a CHAMPION school, one amongst only 34 from over 800 globally. We’re now telling everybody that sustainability is not something to be done in silo, it’s an integral part of every organization.

We have published several high class journal articles on SDG e-governance, health policy, public private partnerships, green marketing, social entrepreneurship and closed loop supply chains; created a nexus between research and teaching; and we’re practicing it by having the students and the professors work together on 40+ community relevant projects providing business solutions for the same.

When it comes to sustainable growth, there are two important student committees at TAPMI – Social Endeavour Group (SEG) and Sustainability Committee Of TAPMI (SCOT). SEG works closely with the local community whereas SCOT talks about more of a strategic way of how we can look at sustainability around the whole campus. Our intervention logic is based on long term support in key areas such as livelihoods creation, primary education, energy, infrastructure and health.

I now appeal to all the corporates in India, regardless of whether the need is for support to create a sustainability / CSR strategy, implement projects, evaluate sustainability related activity, help with faculty development in the area of sustainability management, management development programs or run short certification programs – onsite and remotely, I think you really should approach TAPMI.

Get in touch with us, leave us a short message via the contact us page on our website or call us and we will get in touch with you. Welcome to green and grounded TAPMI!”

Prof Madhu Veeraraghavan
Director and T A Pai Chair Professor of Finance