SPJIMR has sought from the start to provide a framework to build responsible and socially-aware managers who can positively impact the world. The community of faculty, staff and students, the ethos and the curriculum are aligned with this vision. In recent years, SPJIMR has underpinned an SDGs awareness in its curriculum, and faculty members have illustrated where and how their curriculum aligns with SDGs. The journey to build a socially-aware community starts from the admission process. The institute emphasizes on selecting participants who demonstrate a value framework that is aligned to its vision.
An important element is the pedagogical approach. The MBA curriculum has five out-of-classroom learning courses, each featuring a different sensitizing part of the curriculum. There is the Personal Growth Lab, and Science of Spirituality, a reflective course anchored in Eastern and Western wisdom traditions equipping participants to live with enhanced engagement. There is ADMAP where students work as members of committees with peers testing different leadership styles. Development of Corporate Citizenship takes students to communities where they live and work on issues of social relevance for a month. And Abhyudya has students to mentor school students living in impoverished urban neighborhoods for a year.
The formal curriculum is underpinned with several events like Social Impact Awards, which acknowledges and showcases work being done by social sector partners; Sahyog which is a case study competition for business schools based on a social problem. The case study is based on live projects which are implemented by social sector organizations. Another event Aasra is a sports and cultural fest for PwDs which is executed in partnership with the SPRINT the sport festival for the institute and many more such activities. The students are both facilitators and participants in these events.