Inspiration is not just a word but it’s a power that can do almost anything in this world. An inspired mind shines brighter and lights up ways for the others. But the one aspect of inspiration that is not discussed that broadly is its timing. Yes, though they say that it’s never too late to start something new, there are many things that must start in time else they will not help. The best example of this timing theory is that if a student is not motivated before exam, they might fail to get good marks. So if you motivate someone after their exams are over, that would make little or no sense.
In a broader way, student life of any child is a flexible and raw state of development. You can guide, inspire, and motivate them to do good and amazing things in constructive and proper way. A child can be molded in any shape from here.

IIM Udaipur director interacts with students of shiksha Neketan and Prayatn wing of IIMU
IIM Udaipur director interacts with students of shiksha Neketan and Prayatn wing of IIMU

With same concept, the social wing of IIM Udaipur has launched a “Campus Connect” social initiative. The program, “Campus Connect”, was organized by Prayatna, the social club of IIM Udaipur. The program was intended to inspire students and guide them to take careers which would really interest them. The purpose of the program was to motivate them to not give up their dreams and put in sincere and honest efforts to achieve.

The program began with an introductory session for the students. Each student was first asked to come onto the stage and speak about their aspirations, for two minutes. The intention was to build confidence and break the initial ice. Most of the students came up with bright aspirations; one of them wanted to become an engineer, another, doctor, a few wanted to join the Indian Army and some wanted to get into the Civil Services.

The IIM Udaipur students began their presentation about career options that were available after they completed their class 10. The presentation created by IIM Udaipur clearly explained the various paths which would lead them to their goal. The session also included motivational snippets from the biography of India’s missile man former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam who calls students to dream and then work to achieve the dream. His life history, highlighting the hard work and obstacles he had to face, to reach the pinnacle of success, was shared with the young minds to motivate them to think “BIG”.

Students were also explained about an MBA and life in an IIM. They were told that IIMs are the premier institutes in India that train young graduates to become efficient managers. The children were shown various motivational videos, like the success story of Govind Jaiswal – a rickshaw puller’s son, who secured All India Rank 48 in Civil Service Exam in 2006.

The students proceeded to participate in personality development games. The games subjected them to various situations which they might face in their daily lives. These games taught them the importance of team dynamics, especially in the world after school.

IIM Udaipur students with students of shiksha Neketan Udaipur
IIM Udaipur students with students of shiksha Neketan Udaipur

The students of IIM Udaipur expressed that willingness to take this initiative to its logical conclusion, so each school student has been assigned an IIM Udaipur student as their mentor. They would remain in constant touch with the school students and guide them in their career in the years to come.

Dr. Janat Shah, the Director of IIM Udaipur expressed his happiness at such an innovative initiative, by the students of IIM Udaipur. He said “We are extremely grateful to Udaipur which has given us immense support in establishing IIM Udaipur. We are always committed to nation building and this initiative by my students is just a step towards contributing for the wellbeing and development of Udaipur”. He advised students to work harder in life and never give up until the goal is achieved.

IIM Udaipur students explain youngr students about the importance of Goal Setting
IIM Udaipur students explain youngr students about the importance of Goal Setting

The students of IIM Udaipur expressed their happiness and promised to extend this personal mentorship to many other students in and around Udaipur, to guide them in their careers and help them Dream BIG!!!
Contrary to just thinking about case studies, calculating the return on investment and thinking about landing high-paying corporate jobs, IIM Udaipur students took the initiative to provide career guidance to local students, mainly from government schools. The students of class 9 and class 10, of Shiksha Niketan high school were invited to the IIM Udaipur campus, to spend a day and understand life in an IIM.