IIM Kozhikode emerged as a star performer in the National level competition, ‘Manthan’, organized by Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG), which saw a participation by other IIMs, XLRI, NLSU and several eminent institutes. Manthan, a nationwide youth-centric competition, aimed to come up with innovative solutions to 14 critical challenges that India faces in today’s age. A unique opportunity for the youth to help set the agenda for the 2014 General Elections, the competition was launched on July 13th, 2013 with the aim of engaging 1 crore students directly and 9 crore indirectly.
Leaders from the two principal national political parties, Shri. Narendra Modi, Shri. Arun Jaitley, Shri. N Chandrababu Naidu and Shri Ram Jethmalani, and thought leaders from various other domains came together at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex, New Delhi on October 2nd, 2013 where the ideas of those shortlisted were presented, and adjudged. The winners of the competition have a chance to claim prizes worth INR 50 lakhs and intern under well-known policymakers from the different domains of politics, social services, and the like.
Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG), a not-for-profit organization, aims to build a substantive and purposeful collaboration with various establishments in the country and to engage the common mass in a movement to strengthen accountable governance in India. As an organization it is focuses on educating, engaging and empowering fellow citizens about the need to discuss, debate and define issues that bring about strong governance. CAG comprises of over 50 full time volunteers from different parts of India and 100 part time volunteers who are remotely associated with the group.
IIM Kozhikode once again proved its mettle towards social cause – three teams from the institute KochandcoIIMK, Highlanders and Suraj emerged as winners in for the themes of ‘Enhancing the quality of Primary Education’, ‘Realizing the growth potential of North-East’ and ‘Universalizing the access of quality primary healthcare’, respectively. IIM Kozhikode is the only institute of which three teams emerged as winners in their respective categories, thus raising the bar for the others participating in the event. Manthan successfully ensured an increased participation of the youth towards the current political issues in India, and ‘churned out’ a solution to the fourteen issues it had chosen on the basis of online responses and expert inputs on various social media platforms. Continuing with such initiatives, CAG plans to ensure the future of India in liable hands.