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Sunday, 5 February 2017

The Dhangal Girl- Babita Kumari Phogat will grace Prayaas – IIM Raipur Marathon on 12th February 2017

Babita Kumari Phogat will be the guest of honour at Prayaas –IIM Raipur marathon on February 12 2017 and grace the occasion to support our cause towards a better India, Clean India through PRAYAAS- IIM RAIPUR MARATHON to be conducted on 12th of February 2017.  We intend to come together and run for a cleaner India –a better tomorrow.

Signalling a new chapter in the city, IIM Raipur marathon, with its theme of Swacch Bharat aims to bring together citizens and students from across all walks of life to run for raising awareness of clean India. We team Prayaas invite people across cities to come and support the cause and participate in marathon and run for a cause, run for clean India, run with Prayaas to bring a change. We have commonwealth Games Champion-Babita Phogat to support our noble cause, to encourage, motivate and participate in our run for clean nation.


The 27-year-old has been talked about in all parts of the country after the movie “Dangal”. We have this promising girl to witness our event. Babita, in 2012, has become the only second female wrestler from India to win a medal at world championships, which also has been followed by another big achievement when she bettered her 2010 CWG silver winning performance and gold medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow which asserted her domination in the category. The second of the Phogat sisters has been long touted as the most talented wrestler in the country’s history.

We have this very talented sportsperson to deliver the message to mobilise and educate urban youth about making the right lifestyle choices that do not expose them to disease. She along with the entire crowd will pledge to maintain clean streets and also to focus on sanitation and maintaining a hygienic environment. This campaign of Swacch Bharat which has been initiated globally towards the cleanliness is big challenge for all the citizens of India. It is only possible if each and every person living in India would understand this campaign as their own responsibility and try to meet hands together to make it a successful mission. Let’s all take the first step and join the campaign to make our CHATTISGARH state a clean place to live in. Join us, join the state in making it a better and clean state. Join to meet Babita Phogat and give your contribution towards making the dream of clean India come true.


The run will start at Marine Drive on 12th February 2017 at 6 A M .Register yourself today at website

ALL SET FOR THE BIG DAY- TO PLEADGE FOR SWAACH BHARAT PRAYAAS IIM RIAPUR MARATHON -12th February 2017

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has become a ‘Jan Andolan’ receiving tremendous support from the people. Citizens too have turned out in large numbers and pledged for a neat and cleaner India. We the students from Indian Institute of Management Raipur-Nationally renowned institute intend to get the people to look up and take notice of our effort towards a better India, Clean India through PRAYAAS- IIM RAIPUR MARATHON to be conducted on 12th of February 2017.  We intend to come together and run for a cleaner India –a better tomorrow.

Issues like proper lack of proper sanitation and reluctance to use them is corroding the health, dignity and well being of the society as whole- situations that call for a collective effort to bring about a change in the mindsets of the people. Prayass will be the largest non political gathering in Eastern India to raise social awareness and trigger social change.  Furthering its endeavour to spread awareness regarding clean India mission, the team of Prayaas will be adopting a village in the state of Chhattisgarh. Adopt a village initiative is aimed towards bringing change at grass-root level by imparting behavioural change program and showcasing turnaround in the village. The team will donate the sum collected during the event to the model village for improvement of sanitation facilities. This will go a long way in ensuring a permanent positive change in the model village.

In the line of the D-day several events were held from October to bring the change. It all began from Swachhta Pakwada week at IIM Raipur following the week of Gandhi Jayanti. Two events were conducted by the team Prayaas.

Documentary on Sanitation- Good Practices and Awareness’ session for the cleaning staff of IIM Raipur. This staff, who are our first line of defense against all the diseases originating from unhygienic environment, were made aware of the various risks they face and how to tackle them with some simple but efficient practices to protect themselves and their family.

Swachhta Pledge- Students and staff took time out to come and take the pledge of cleanliness. The pledge to ‘not indulge in littering and to not allow it to happen’.

Old Age home visit-The activities intensified with Students of IIM Raipur Visiting  Sanjeevani Old Age Home on Saturday, 22nd October. The visit was part of IIM Raipur’s efforts to enhance its social impact. The key highlights of the event were the residents of old age home were sensitized about cleanliness. And also a series of activities related to swachhta initiative were conducted. The visit was a grand success with both inmates and volunteers having refreshed themselves with stories, blessings and bonding.

Wall Painting - People who see freshly painted and aesthetically pleasing walls they will definitely think twice before urinating or spitting on them, as compared to dirty looking walls that attract more dirt. Yes this was the thought that ran in the minds of team Marathon IIM Raipur Prayaas 2017 to take a step to clean the walls at Jaistamb Chowk Raipur on Sunday morning of 4th of December. “Our art was not about perfection or just beauty” .We felt differently. Through this drive, the team hoped to mobilise and educate urban youth about making the right lifestyle choices that do not expose them to disease.

Secret Santa- Team Prayaas visited SOS village on 24th December 2016 to generate importance of cleanliness amongst the little kid’s .Several activities were conducted on swachhta topics. The centre of attraction of the event was Santa clause between the small children distributing gifts and sharing awareness about sanitation and cleanliness. Overall the visit created an impact on the minds of 140 children in the orphanage spreading the cause of Prayaas.

Human Chain- Entering into a campaign of adopting the seed planted by Prime Minister of India, we the students of team Marathon IIM Raipur Prayaas 2017 again led the way towards maintenance of a clean environment and eradicating open defecation by organising a massive human chain on Sunday 18th December in the heart of the city –Marine drive Raipur.We received excellent response of about 150 people participating in the human chain which stretched across marine drive. By inviting people to participate in the drive, it turned into a National Movement. A sense of responsibility evoked among the people through the Clean India movement of human chain. The human chain also witnessed great personalities, Mr Om Prakash Chaudhary, IAS (Chhattisgarh) and Mr Promod Dubey Hon'ble Mayor who appealed to the people to provide their maximum support and make the campaign successful.

Cycle Rally- Volunteers hit the road for a cycle rally to spread the word on Prayaas-IIM Raipur marathon presented by SAKSHAM-Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) as a part of promotional event of mass marathon to be held on 12 February 2017, leading up to village adoption drive to be taken up by the students of IIM Raipur. IIM Raipur marathon, with its theme of Swacch Bharat aims to bring together citizens and students from across all walks of life to run for raising awareness of clean India. Early Saturday morning on January 21st 2017, when most of the Raipurians were looking forward to savour their morning coffee or catch up with their weekend sleep, a group of young crowd hit the city roads to cycle. All for a cause. In all we received excellent response of about 150 people participating in the rally spread across 5km lane starting at marine drive.

On efforts to spread our cause continues. There are two more activities lined up before the big day. Nukkad Natak and flash mobs on the theme Swachh Bharat Mission to be conducted in the prime malls of the city  and School College Visits Plan- to visit 50+ schools and colleges within the radius of 20 km .

Thus all these initiatives are part of a series of events including village adoption drive to be taken up by the students of IIM Raipur leading up to a mass marathon on 12 February 2017. IIM Raipur marathon, with its theme of Swacch Bharat aims to bring together citizens and students from across all walks of life to run for raising awareness of clean India. We team Prayaas invite t people across cities to come and support the cause and participate in marathon and run for a cause, run for clean India run with Prayaas to bring a change.



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A cycle rally with a cause. A Cause to clean the city -Prayaas – IIM Raipur marathon-2017

Volunteers hit the road for a cycle rally to spread the word on Prayaas-IIM Raipur marathon presented by SAKSHAM-Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) as a part of promotional event  of mass marathon to be held on 12 February 2017 , leading up to village adoption drive to be taken up by the students of IIM Raipur. IIM Raipur marathon, with its theme of Swacch Bharat aims to bring together citizens and students from across all walks of life to run for raising awareness of clean India.

Early Saturday morning on January 21st, when most of the Raipurians were looking forward to savour their morning coffee or catch up with their weekend sleep, a group of young crowd hit the city roads to cycle. All for a cause.

The Swachh Bharat cycle rally began with the inaugural function by guest of honour Shri Pramod Dubey Mayor-Raipur. He gave a start by spreading message of sanitation and cleanliness and supported our ongoing efforts to mobilise and educate urban youth about making the right lifestyle choices that do not expose them to diseases.

In all we received excellent response of about 150 people participating in the rally spread across 5km lane starting at marine drive. Children and adults turned out in large numbers and pledged for a neat and cleaner India. People pledged to maintain clean streets and also to focus on sanitation and maintaining a hygienic environment .The event successfully spread the message of ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness.’ With citizens of the city now becoming active participants in cleanliness activities across the nation, the dream of a ‘Clean India’ once seen by Mahatma Gandhi has begun to take shape.


The event ended with refreshments and photo sessions with the cheerful volunteers and budding artists. Additionally the event saw live bites on radio by our radio partners 94.3 hosted by RJ Animesh spreading the news across the city and encouraging the entire city to join on 12 February 2017 to run for a cause ,to run for  clean city.


Registrations are now open and can be registered through website and offline registrations in all the prime malls of the city or give miss call on 02230256736



Human chain to create awareness about Clean India- Better India

Entering into a campaign of adopting the seed planted by Prime Minister of India, we the students of team Marathon IIM Raipur Prayaas 2017 again led the way towards maintenance of a clean environment and eradicating open defecation by organising a massive human chain on Sunday 18th December in the heart of the city –Marine drive Raipur.

We received excellent response of about 150 people participating in the human chain which stretched across marine drive.  The human chain was formed to spread awareness of our ongoing efforts to mobilise and educate urban youth about making the right lifestyle choices that do not expose them to diseases.

By inviting people to participate in the drive, it turned into a National Movement. A sense of responsibility evoked among the people through the Clean India movement of human chain. With citizens of the city now becoming active participants in cleanliness activities across the nation, the dream of a ‘Clean India’ once seen by Mahatma Gandhi has begun to take shape.

In all, the human chain received tremendous support from the people. Children and adults turned out in large numbers and pledged for a neat and cleaner India. People pledged to maintain clean streets and also to focus on sanitation and maintaining a hygienic environment .The event successfully spread the message of ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness.’

The human chain also witnessed great personalities, Mr Om Prakash Chaudhary, IAS (Chhattisgarh) and Mr Promod Dubey Hon'ble Mayor who appealed to the people to provide their maximum support and make the campaign successful. It is our responsibility to extend our support to the campaign by working at the grass-roots level, they said.

Thus human chain initiative on Sunday is a part of a series of events including village adoption drive to be taken up by the students of IIM Raipur leading up to a mass marathon on 12 February 2017. IIM Raipur marathon, with its theme of Swacch Bharat aims to bring together citizens and students from across all walks of life to run for raising awareness of clean India.

Register yourself online at website or give a miss call on 02230256736. Also offline registrations in all prime malls of the city.




Monday, 5 December 2016

Paint for a cause:A step to clean city walls

People who see freshly painted and aesthetically pleasing walls they will definitely think twice before urinating or spitting on them, as compared to dirty looking walls that attract more dirt.

Yes, this was the thought that ran in the minds of team IIM Raipur Marathon - Prayaas 2017 to take a step to clean the walls at Jaistamb Chowk, Raipur on the morning of Sunday, the 4th of December.

The group started with the belief that defacement of the city’s walls can be stopped by combining two great forces – social responsibility and art. This was the central philosophy of this initiative. The team received exposure and experience by being involved with the various social initiatives they have already worked for.

Through this drive, the team hopes to mobilize and educate urban youth about making the right lifestyle choices that do not expose them to disease. Also team provided space and opportunity to everyone willing to join their cause, even if they didn’t know how to paint.

This project has brought together like-minded college students who wanted to make a difference to society. And yes, they also made the city a brighter and better place to live in.“Our art was not just about beauty or perfection. We wanted to work with communities.Our volunteer street artists helped those who had perhaps never held a brush or always been told they could not paint.”


In all, the thrill came from helping people find an artistic streak they never realized they had. They learn not just painting techniques, but also how to clean up a place, how to negotiate a ladder, how to mop up afterward. And when it was done, the sight of something bright and beautiful in the community would deter people from littering.

The wall painting initiative on Sunday is part of a series of events including a village adoption drive planned to be taken up by the students of IIM Raipur leading up to a mass marathon through Raipur in the second week of February 2017. IIM Raipur Marathon, with the theme of Swacchh Bharath aims to bring together citizens and students from across all walks of life to run for raising awareness for a Clean India.




Friday, 2 December 2016

Staying optimistic is the first key to make sure you cross that finish line.

As an old Adage says, Marathon is 90% mental and 10% physical.  It’s just you need to train your mind for running, everything else will be easy. If you think you can – You surely can!

I would like to quote an example; my 16 year old younger sister who never ran even a km completed 11km Marathon successfully. It was because she was mentally prepared to complete her first marathon otherwise it would have been her last. We simply use a 20/20 mantra while running a marathon. It says run 20 steps and then Jog for next 20 steps. Again run 20 steps and so on. Keep counting each step while you run. This is our way; well you can use this or discover yours.

The fact that if we tell ourselves we cannot do something, we’re restricting ourselves. There is no way we can succeed if we believe that we will fail. It’s just shooting us in the foot. But by believing in our own success, we are setting ourselves up for failure. By thinking positive we start taking up steps to make those dreams a reality.
Staying optimistic is the firs key to make sure yo cross the finish line. During a marathon never think about how many miles to the finish. Instead, break up your race in smaller segments; it will make the distance feel more manageable. Do whatever it takes to keep your mind occupied: Sing songs,play mental games,count people ,read spectator signs and talk to other runners. Don't be worried if you see a lot of people passing you. Remember the tortoise and the hare? They may be starting out way too fast, so you'll catch them later-at your own pace.

You can only win if you stay mentally tough.

Being an athlete I would say a marathon will change your life forever. Youmay not directly see the results but will realize slowly and gradually. Trust me,speaking from personal experience that athletic days taught me more management than a premier B-school is teaching today. Time management, will to achieve targets, positivity and much more. It gives you all the lessons practically which Robin Sharma or “Seven Habits of highly effective people” teach.

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Make this marathon your first, if you haven’t started yet. Happy Running

Ayushi Agrawal!
PGP 2016-18
IIM Raipur