SNEHASANGAMAM is the flagship event of NIMIT which is hosted by the college every year during the month of February for the differently abled people. The event is coordinated by the second year undergraduate students of all the departments through their generous and wholehearted support along with all the other students, teaching and non-teaching fraternity and the management. Every year many institutions far and wide from the college, comprising about 350 – 400 inmates along with their caretakers and persons in charge participate in the programme. The programme throws open a great opportunity and indeed a memorable experience for the coordinators to extend their hands to the needy and to realize that they have become the reason to put a smile on the face of lots of less fortunate people in the world. It dawns on the student that it’s not about what they have or even what they have accomplished, it’s about what they have received and what they have given back to the society. Through conducting this programme, students also learn the essential managerial aspects such as planning, leading, organizing, directing and evaluation.
Having conducted Snehasangamam over the years in a very successful manner, it was as per the NAAC recommendation that we thought of institutionalizing the whole programme. This was then considered as another important leap towards making the programme moreover meaningful and equally enriching. As we have several institutions in and around the localities who always happily accept our invitation and to make their presence for the programme, we were confident to move ahead with formulating a better policy to work it out. We had our teacher coordinators, the college counsellor and the student representatives who were having a broad discussion on this new thought which helped them framing a policy that was clearly on par with the objective of institutionalizing Snehasangamam. The policy was wholeheartedly supported by the management and so it was only left to execute the policy in the best ways possible..
To this purpose, we selected 22 institutions from which 11 were chosen to initiate the plan. The 11 chosen institutions were then divided among the 11 first year classes for each class to adopt and cater to the needs of one institution. Each class will have to build up a rapport with the invited institution. The class has to carry out six activities and formulate strategies to work it out effectively. They also have to visit the particular institution and conduct an analysis or survey as to what type of service or support is required by them or could be provided for them and to extend their help towards getting it accomplished. Through this programme, each class is believed to create a strong bonding with the institution and so we have a much more meaningful and worthy event that takes place. The students also get to know, understand and realize the needs and requirements of every institution that they interact with so that they can plan out the ways and means through which it could be initiated and fulfilled for the institution.
According to the policy framed for meeting the objective of institutionalization, it was observed that by having a class to take care of an institution each class would be motivated to come out with a creative and innovative plan that could be best implemented by contributing towards the social service in its real sense. The objective of institutionalising the programme had the purpose of getting the students who are the citizens of tomorrow to realize that there are many people who are really unfortunate and who needs to be loved and cared for, to realize that there are many who are drawn into a lonely life due to the lack of concern from their loved ones, to realize and understand that there are many children and little ones who are not having a family of their own. The students get to understand many values which can build them up into better individuals who can recognise the feelings of others and to care for such people who are really in need of it.
NIMIT has always kept its mission and vision upright to portray itself as a distinctive institution always trying to mould the students into better individuals. Whoever enters here is taken care of by preparing each person into a better human being who can serve the society in future. We prepare a base on which we initiate a lot of opportunities which enable the students to build up a firm foundation. The Social Service Programmes are also the stepping stones through which NIMIT has always given the students a vital role to play in the society raising them as responsible individuals who learn to keep up the values of compassion and humanity.
Snehasangamam is the most elegant programme that has conquered the hearts of everyone in NIMIT especially the students who are ready to sacrifice to any extent. Therefore, the students were all the more happy to take up the initiative of adopting an institution and being responsible for catering to the needs of the institution with a greater objective. We could see that the students were coming up with a lot of innovative ideas to work out the objective of the new initiative and to thereby give Snehasangamam a much broader meaning having a much larger perspective.