IIM Indore ensures its surroundings are green, clean, hygienic and healthy

IIM Indore

This Member Spotlight highlights the Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM Indore) and its commitment to a green and sustainable campus. A special thank you to Dr Himanshu Rai, Director of IIM Indore, for his contribution.

They say the grass is always greener at the other end. However, we at the Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM Indore) ensure that every corner of our surroundings is green, clean, hygienic, and healthy.

Spread over 193 acres and situated atop a scenic hillock, IIM Indore aims to remain a contextually-relevant business school and create socially conscious managers. Consistent with this mission statement, we strive to contribute to improving the environment and our surroundings in every way possible. For this, we have taken multiple green initiatives for our campus. One such initiative is the development of enchanting gardens on vacant lands and the establishment of the horticulture cell.

Here’s what our glorious gardens are all about.

1. Adhyatmik Upvan: The Spiritual Garden

Inaugurated on: October 31, 2019

Sacred and spiritual gardens are an ancient tradition in our Indian culture. As per the Vedas, the 27 constellations have 27 trees, which have diverse medicinal properties. When planted on land together, these trees have the power to create immense positive and healing energies. Spread over a one-acre area, the spiritual garden at IIMI has 54 trees (2 medicinal trees each, in line with what is mentioned in the Vedas) along with multiple aromatic medicinal plants and aromatic herbs. These include Tulsi, Aloe vera, Insulin Plant, Brahmi, Lemon Grass, Hadjod, Night Queen, Jasmine, Parijaat, Harsingha, and other aromatic plants. The garden’s highlight is the ‘Panchtatv Track’, which comprises five elements: sand, pebbles, grass, wood, and water. When anyone walks barefoot on this track, these elements provide acupressure and a soothing effect. The garden aligns with the Clean India Mission of developing areas and landscapes which enhance the aesthetics of the area we reside in. The site offers mental peace and provides a place for reflection to our students, faculty, staff, and the entire community, which helps lessen their stress.

Adhyatmik Upvan - The Spiritual Garden

2. Zen Garden

Inaugurated on: November 26, 2020

The Zen Garden, spread over 70*70 square feet, is inspired by the Japanese Zen Gardens. It is stylized along a curved landscape with four major components, namely sand, plants, rocks, and empty spaces. All these components represent various phases and emotions in our lives. The garden also has a cylindrical Prayer Wheel, which when spun, brings the same meditative effect as reciting a prayer orally, bringing peace and calm to the soul. The garden is yet another space created by the institute for introspection, reflection, and meditation, leading to stress relief and better mental health.

Zen Garden at IIM Indore

3. Sanjeevani: The Horticulture Cell

Inaugurated on: February 16, 2021

A dilapidated building at our campus, which was a TB Sanatorium years ago, later housed scrap and was infested with vermin; has now been renovated to house plants and herbs and is called ‘Sanjeevani: The Horticulture Cell’. Previously, this old structure provided healthcare facilities to TB patients. The renovated building is now full of life and greenery. It has now been renovated and converted into an herbal museum and a processing room with various medicinal plants and organics with an oven to dry them and a place to conceive and execute projects around environmental issues. The backyard, previously used for medical waste collection and segregation and washing and drying of the patients’ clothes in the sanatorium, is now renovated as an in-house garden and used for herbs production. Every year, Sanjeevani produces over 1000 kgs of medicinal herbs that are distributed free of cost to anyone who needs them.

The Renovated Building, Sanjeevani - The Horticulture Cell

4. Anunaad: The Sound Garden

Inaugurated on: June 21, 2022

Music plays a significant role in our lives, uplifting our mood and adding joy. Thus, inaugurated on World Music Day, our Sound Garden ‘Anunaad’ expresses a new paradigm and a holistic approach toward health and wellness. Spread over 12,000 square feet, the garden is a blend of many colorful flowering plants and natural sound waves. There are windchimes which generate musical sound waves, that have been sourced from the SVARAM Institute of Musical Instruments and Research Center Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India. These distinct wind chimes produce a powerful energy flow in the environment with their natural sounds, enchant the environment with cheerful, positive, and happy vibes. This mesmerizing amalgamation of nature and sound is bound to rejuvenate our minds, help us de-stress, and find solace in the beautiful garden. There are about 5000 plants in the garden, including different types of roses, night queen, and jasmine flowers. This garden is ideal for meditating, reflecting, introspecting, or merely enjoying the beauty of nature.

Anunaad - The Sound Garden

IIM Indore also has an Organic Garden that produces tons of fruits and vegetables annually, which are regularly distributed among the community members.

We are a no-single-use-plastic-zone and follow a no-kitchen-waste policy as well. The institute has a well-established wet, and solid waste management system wherein the kitchen waste is utilized in manufacturing manure inside the campus. This manure is then used in the organic garden to provide nutrition for vegetable farming.

IIM Indore aims to become a net-zero-energy campus in the coming years. The campus has a rain-harvesting system to ensure that wastewater is collected and reused in activities such as gardening and cleaning. The institute also provides shelter to more than 35 stray dogs, ensures their proper nutrition and health, and helps in their adoption.

We look forward to taking numerous steps to protect the environment and making our world a greener, happier and cleaner place to live in. We think clean and go green.

IIM Indore's Organic Garden - Tomatoes

IIM Indore has been an EFMD member since 2016. The school has been EQUIS accredited since 2019. See more of our Member Spotlight series here. If you are interested in participating in the Member Spotlight, please contact laura.pouza@efmdglobal.org.