IIM-Ahmedabad has a long list of distinguished alumni, who have gone on to make a name for themselves in various fields. When you think management, you usually associate high-flying jobs with them. What if we told you that one person choose to set all that aside and pursue another path?
While most IIM graduates start their own corporate houses, Seetha Ananthasivan was interested in studying the environment and which, interestingly, led her to take up a management degree from IIM-Ahmedabad.
I had a deep interest in ecology and wanted to work in the field of nature conservation. Since only universities abroad offered such courses in the field at that point in time, I needed to complete the mandatory five years of college education before applying for the same.
But management was not what she wanted to do. After graduating from the college, she started working at World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), India. But, she left it all to work at a plantation in Munnar, Kerala.
Her own struggle to find places to learn about nature led to the establishment of educational institutions that foster the movement towards sustainability in students from a young age. While there were a few colleges that taught ecology and environmental science, she believed these should not be taught in an academic manner.
The first institution she started was Prakriya Green Wisdom School with the objective of sensitising youngsters to macro-ecological issues and humanising education. Nine years later, Bhoomi College was established. Bhoomi College, in the outskirts of Bangalore teaches its students to learn through living in a community.
The campus has more than 100 species of trees. The college encourages people to work and live as a community. The college offers one-year courses in Science and Management of Sustainable Living and Holistic Education and several short-term courses in sustainability, gardening, ecology, etc. The first batch of 10 students belonging to the one-year course completed it in 2013.
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