• India is going through tremendous transformations at this juncture. Growth in access to education has been remarkable during the 11th Five Year Plan period. Ambitious growth targets have been set for the 12th Plan by the government. In particular, growth in access to post-secondary educational provision is specially targeted in 12th Plan.
  • As the youth of this country aspire for a better life, as millions of them enter higher education institutions as first generation learners, they get exposed to a new world of ideas. In addition to learning about the subjects they have chosen to study, higher education must inculcate in them a sense of social responsibility.
  • The young students who enter universities and colleges are energetic, curious and interested to make some contributions. Proper guidance and support by the institutions at this juncture can reinforce their ethical and social responsibilities. While many individuals in such institutions have undertaken innovative efforts, there has not been an adequate institutional mechanism for promoting the same.
  • It is with this in view that the Planning Commission has recommended including ‘fostering social responsibility’ as an integral part of the strategy for advancing higher education in the 12th Plan. As greater public and private investments in higher education take place over the next five years, it is imperative that the expanding access is complemented with improved quality of learning. The products of such educational institutions should not only improve their livelihoods and advance their professional opportunities, but also become and act like good citizens of the country.
  • It is in this context that ‘fostering social responsibility in higher education’ needs to be placed as an important pillar of the future directions. By improving engagements with the community, institutions of higher education can reinforce the values of social responsibility amongst the youth.  Partnerships with communities and civil society need to be encouraged to realize this potential.
  • The main challenge in the 21st century for the education of health professions resides in the responsibility of educational institutions for a greater contribution to improving health systems performance and people’s health status. This will be achieved, not only by tailoring educational programs to priority health problems, but by a stronger involvement in anticipating health and human resources needs of a nation and in ensuring that graduates are employed where they are most needed delivering the most pressing services. A new paradigm of excellence for academic institutions is needed, as well as new sets of standards and accreditation mechanisms to promote and evaluate their capacity for a greater impact on health.
  • To achieve this goal and develop such standards in all stakeholders, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth has formulated the policy on institutional social responsibility it is being decided to Create Institutional Social Responsibility cell at Institutional level.
Objectives of the Cell
  • To promote social learning among the students and faculties of the Institution.
  • To ensure Leadership, Community and Team Building Skills in students.
  • By providing civil education, creates the health enrichment of community.
  • To generate sensibility for challenges in society.
  • To spread awareness for social responsibility.