The Social Initiatives Group for Managerial Assistance(SIGMA-oikos) is a student run body of XLRI that focuses on transformation and change in the social sector by contributing to the community and impoverished sections of the society under the able guidance of Prof. Madhukar Shukla. It is also the Jamshedpur chapter of Switzerland based organisation: oikos-international, a student organization that seeks to strengthen sustainability-oriented initiatives among tomorrow's leaders across the globe.
One of the most well-known activities of SIGMA is the Daan-Utsav, which brings together schools, colleges, corporates and citizens across Jamshedpur to celebrate the joy of giving through initiatives spread over the entire week. During the Joy of Giving week it conducts collection drives for necessities to be donated to rural households in the outskirts of Jamshedput and local shelter homes for the underprivileged, visits to old age homes and orphanages, blood donation camps etc.
It also conducts learning programs like Basic Computer Learning Program, Basic English Learning Program and Extra-curricular classes like singing, dancing, chess and art to help students from less privileged backgrounds. Some of its environment-related initiatives include tree plantation & cleanliness drives. It also introduced the Proud to Ride initiative in 2015 with 100 cycles at present, to aid commute within campus and contribute towards making the XLRI carbon neutral.
SIGMA-oikos also ties up with corporate houses such as TATA Steel and JUSCO to hold case study competitions wherein the best minds from top tier B-schools across the country come together to solve problems such as water conservation, plastic usage reduction and focus on renewable energy.
SIGMA collaborates with NGOs like Goonj, SEEDS, Robin Hood Army, Helping Hearts Foundation and CHUK among others to increase the reach of its initiatives. It also helps NGOs working towards livelihood generation for the disabled and underprivileged to set up stalls for selling their products in campus from time to time.
With a long term vision, it also strives to create sustainability focus in the leaders of tomorrow through the Tarapore Young Leaders Fellowship Program wherein 16 students are selected amongst school students across Jamshedpur and are given exposure to rural communities and their problems, following which they are mentored by the team to find implementable solutions to these problems.
SIGMA-oikos also works to cultivate and nourish the growing community of social entrepreneurship by providing a platform for information exchange, networking and discovery of rising figures in the field through events such as the Social Entrepreneurship Conclave wherein award-winning social entrepreneurs come and share their stories and make it a melting pot of ideas and collaboration.
|23-Feb-19||Mattress Collection drive from outgoing Xlers|
|8-Mar-19||Santiary pad awareness drive on Women's day with CEASE|
|8-Mar-19||Cervical Cancer awareness drive on Women's day with CEASE|
|13-Mar-19||Going Digital with E-books | Survey, Reduce paper usage in XL along with SAC|
|June'19 to Feb'2020||2nd edition of Tarapore Young Leaders Fellowship (TYLF 2.0)|
|6-Jul-19||Spring- SIGMA Icebreaker|
|Jul'19 to Sep'19||13th edition of Basic Computer Literacy Program(BCLP)- 10 sessions|
|Every 1st or 2nd Sunday of the month||River Ghat cleaning Drive, #SwachtaPukare with JUSCO/TATA Steel|
|23-Jul-19||Assam & Bihar Flood Relief fund collection|
|4-Aug-19||Tree plantation drive with JUSCO|
|15-Aug-19||Robin Hood Army's War against Hunger|
|15-Aug-19||Food Distribution drive with Helping Hearts Foundation|
|21-Aug-19||Cyclothon 3.0: Gender Equality & Education Awareness drive with Bless 'n' Bliss Foundation|
|19-Sep-19||DaanUtsav & plasitc-free awareness via paper bag making with MNPS school|
|2-Oct-19||DaanUtsav awareness & Plogging with TATA Steel SportsCom|
|2-Oct-19||Plastic free awareness drive with ReLearn Foundation Dr. Mita Tarafdar|
|7-Oct-19||Visarjan Awareness Drive|
|21-Oct-19||Jamshedpur JoyFest: DaanUtsav 2019 Collection Drive|
|22-Oct-19||Jamshedpur JoyFest: DaanUtsav 2019 Kehkaha|
|23-Oct-19||Jamshedpur JoyFest: DaanUtsav 2019 Blood Donation Drive|
|24-Oct-19||Jamshedpur JoyFest: DaanUtsav 2019 Serving those who serve us|
|25-Oct-19||Jamshedpur JoyFest: DaanUtsav 2019 Diwali candle stall by Udan Foundation|
|26-Oct-19||Jamshedpur JoyFest: DaanUtsav 2019 Gift of Time|
|31-Oct-19||Cycle Awareness Drive|
|2-Nov-19||Societas Flagship Case Study Challenge with EVCT|
|Nov'19 to Jan'2020||2nd edition of Basic English Learning Program (BELP)- 10 sessions|
|6-Dec-19||Positive Impact Rating Survey with oikos International & SAC|
|19-Jan-20||TYLF 2.0 Final Evaluation|
|25-Jan-20||Robin Hood Academy Campus Tour partnership|
|26-Jan-20||Republic Day Cleanliness Drive @ Jubilee park with JUSCO|
|26-Jan-20||Tarag- SIGMA's Extracurricular initiative launch|
|7-Feb-20||TYLF 2.0 Commencement ceremony|
|Feb8th-9th, 2020||3rd Edition of Social Entrepreneurship Conclave|