Recent years have witnessed an unprecedented growth of economy on GDP terms and simultaneously a growth of social and economic disparities and consequent unrest. At another level, is the growth of the Third Sector that is neither the “for profit” private sector nor the public sector but a “not for profit”
Increasingly, the third sector is getting involved in the allocation of resources through production of quasi-public goods and services. Several services like for example, the delivery of supplementary nutrition or sarva sikha abiyan to water shed management are being handed over to NGOs.
With the introduction of legislation making it mandatory for companies to spend 2% on corporate social responsibility, this sector has got a boost. Today NGOs and Corporate CSR departments have become major employers.
In order to become social entrepreneurs or be employable in the social sector, young people need to understand social reality, as well as programmes that seek to address the problems of the under-privileged. The School’s aim would be to enhance employability particularly for those looking for career opportunities in Corporate Social Responsibility and Non–Governmental Organisations.
In 2015, SSMI set up SSMI School for Social Enterprise, out of the existing Center for Research, Training and Skill Development, in order to bridge the gap between theory and practice in dealing with the problems of the under-privileged.
The objectives of the School are:
SSMI School of Social Enterprise would provide students, researchers, Government and Corporate officials, practitioners and anyone with a concern for the social sector, an understanding of social reality and coping strategies, with specific focus on the delivery of services.
On the other end, the school would provide artisans and women’s self-help groups, basic entrepreneurial skills to participate in the delivery of Governments social sector scheme as well as set up micro- enterprises.
A third group the school would target would be government servants and casual employees implementing and monitoring various social sector schemes.
The school would provide students and researchers, activists and field workers, an opportunity to understand handling real-life problem. Beside increasing employability internship is vital for self-development.
This is based on SSMI signing an MOU with the institution where the student is studying. This would involve theory classes as well as field work. The programme would be tailor made to suit a batch of students or a particular student (researcher)
Field Internship is open to students and youth who have either as part of their pedagogy or due to their personal interest to intern/ volunteer in working in the field. Field work is exclusively limited to Delhi (a metropolitan aggregate) and with women, youth and children living in slums and /or belonging to the under-privileged deprived section of society.
Duration of field internship would be from 15 days to three months. There would be an orientation at the beginning to expose the intern to India, SSMI and the areas of work
Fees and terms would be based on the agreement with the sponsoring institution.
Field Internship (One to Three months)
Institutional fees of Euro 100 payable to SSMI in advance.
Residential accommodation would be arranged on request. Interns would have to pay for their boarding and lodging. SSMI has limited dormitory accommodation on its campus.
(Includes work done by the School’s predecessor Center for Training, Research and Skill Development)
Seminar-cum- interactive workshop "Entrepreneurship: The key to empowerment of women" with University Women's Association of Delhi (UWAD)
Application form for internship