Indian Institute of Management Shillong has turned its attention towards nurturing the young students in Shillong in a right direction. ECoBiZ club of IIM Shillong along with Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI) has conducted a ‘Pioneer Leadership Workshop’ for the local students of Shillong. The one day workshop, supported by Lions Club of Shillong was mainly focused on bringing out leaders in Shillong in the field of environment. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Amitabha De, Director of IIM Shillong, Mr. Arun Das, Lions Club president and Mr. Arun Krishnamurthy, EFI president. Dr. De highlighted the importance of this initiative and stressed upon how development should go hand in hand with conservation. He told the students that conservation should begin from each individual.
ECoBiZ club of IIM Shillong had gone to several schools in Shillong to invite students and raise awareness amongst them about what the workshop was all about. Many students showed keen interest and participated in the same. During the course of the workshop, various engaging activities were carried out to hone the leadership qualities of students. Towards the end of the session, a Shillong chapter of EFI was launched which will be driven by the students. This chapter will work on projects related to environmental conservation in Shillong like lake restoration, solid waste management etc. The first program of this chapter is most likely to commence on January 2014. The students of this workshop went back with a passion to do something for their environment. IIM Shillong intends to conduct more such workshops in the near future to ignite the passion amongst youth.