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Real Impact is creating a new chapter for Indian prisons


BIMTECH was invited to become  one of the pilot schools along with IMD, Switzerland to showcase “Real Impact” of business schools, a project jointly launched by the Business School Impact System (BSIS), European Foundation of Management Development (EFMD) Global Network, Brussels and Emerald Publishing, UK. Both BSIS and Emerald are committed to advancing the positive impact of business schools on society.  This is one of the project’s that furthers Emerald’s goal of highlighting best practices of impact and encouraging others to learn from these examples.

BIMTECH’s journey of impact began when it decided to earn the label of Business School Impact System (BSIS) offered by European Foundation of Management Development (EFMD), Brussels. Going through the process, we realized that accountability should move from measuring output to measuring outcomes and impact. After receiving the BSIS label in 2019, the institute committed to measuring impact of its activities and adopted “building impact with quality” as its motto. This raises the question- What is the real impact of research? Is it the publication in top ranked journals? Is it the citation counts? Or does it go beyond that and make a difference in the world.

We appreciate the initiative by BSIS and Emerald to launch the “Real Impact” as their endeavour to influence positive change and to make research more accessible and discoverable. Two of BIMTECH’s initiatives have been showcased to support the meaningful real world impact.

Opening of libraries in Jails

In 2012, the Ranganathan Society for Social Welfare and Library Development – a non-profit organisation supported by BIMTECH – took its first step to discourage prisoners from a life of crime, by unlocking a quest for knowledge. For inmates, access to books and libraries was a chance to turn over a new leaf