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50 students get a chance to live their IIM dream


Meghdoot Sharon,CNN-IBN
Oct 10, 2011 at 09:14am IST

New Delhi: Not everybody gets to walk up the famous steps of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. But the IIM dream just got true for these 50 lucky youths - if only for one day.

They spent one full day on the IM-A campus, attending classes and getting a feel of India's top B-school. This as part of IIM-A's 'Joy of Giving Week' celebrations, the collections from which will be used to educate slum children.

"I've always dreamt of being at IIM-A and I jumped at the chance. Plus what's a bonus is the joy of giving," Juhi Bansal, a participant, said.

Rajendra Khemka, also a participant, said, "It's like the film 'Nayak', you know. Ek din ka CM (chief minister for a day). It's like living a dream. I really am very excited."

The 50 participants were selected through a random draw from online applications.

Shailesh Gandhi, Professor, IIMA, said, "They had done their preparations well. There was a lot of participation from the group. It was enriching."

The participants will contribute money voluntarily, and the money will be used to finance the activities of Prayas, a voluntary organisation run by IIM-A students that finances the education of 65 slum children in Ahmedabad.

Raghav Bansal, a participant, said, "It's such a noble event. Feels good that the funds will be used for something good. Feels proud to be an Indian."

A volunteer Anchit Agrawal of Prayas, said, "Till now our resources were from the campus and from alumni. Now it's gone beyond that and will encourage us to do better work."

It is heartening that while chasing their own dreams, these youngsters are also making a difference to the lives of slum children.

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