IIM Bangalore Alumni Association’s Donate a Vaccine initiative launched in the presence of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
India’s premier B-school alumni from IIM Bangalore pledge their support to donate 100,000 vaccines to reach the country’s urban and rural poor, as part of their Recovery, Rehabilitation and Prevention plans for Covid-19.
On Saturday 29 May, over 1000 alumni of IIMB from across India and the world attended the first ever virtual edition of IIMBueX, a leadership conclave organised by the alumni, for the alumni. The conclave was led by keynote addresses by the Honourable Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman & Chairperson Board of Governors of IIMB Dr. Devi Shetty, with a focus on not only Recovery but also Rehabilitation & Prevention.
At the event, IIM Bangalore Alumni Association (IIMBAA) unveiled an innovative fundraising initiative, to vaccinate close to 100,000 people from the underprivileged sections of society. This initiative was launched by Dr. Devi Shetty in the presence of Honourable Finance Minister of India, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman and Professor Rishikesha Krishnan, Director IIMB.
Lauding the efforts of IIMBAA, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman said, “this initiative (donate a vaccine) comes at the right time and such an effort from the alumni of IIM Bangalore is emulatable; something that every institution in India can learn from.” The Minister also drew attention to the myriad Covid-19 response initiatives that the government of India has been meticulously planning on a war footing, for improvement and sustainability of healthcare infrastructure, not just in the metro cities, but creating a road map to ensure that this reaches every block. She also added, “we must all join together to deliver a three-pronged approach of ‘rebooting, reimagining and reconnecting’ India, and that technology will play a bigger role, now more than ever, for us to realise these ambitions across all sectors, be it healthcare, education, agriculture or finance.