SVKM’s NMIMS University has a strong commitment to influence the quality of management in profit and non-profit organizations. The University believes that social responsibility is a key contributor to progress and that the principles and techniques of management are applicable to both; the corporate sector and voluntary service organizations. With the establishment of its Rotary Club of Bombay West Chair in Management of Non-Profit Organizations in 1991, NMIMS became one of the earliest institutions in this country to develop training in the area of voluntary sector. With the collaboration of the Rotary Club of Bombay West, the Institute conducted short-term courses in the areas of management of NGOs and designed a Certificate/Diploma Programme in Management of Voluntary Service Organization, which was subsequently upgraded in 2007 to MBA programme in Social Entrepreneurship. To promote entrepreneurship among women a 12 week programme in Enterprise Training for Women is being offered since 1992.
To institutionalize its social commitment the University instituted the ‘Social Enterprise Cell’ on 1st January, 2005 which was subsequently upgraded as Center for Sustainability Management & Social Entrepreneurship on October 1, 2011 with the vision of sensitizing the students, faculty members, alumni, corporates and human service organizations to continuously respond to the changing social realities through the development and application of knowledge for creating a sustainable society that protects and promotes the dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all.
On Jan 12, 2013, the Center received a generous endowment from Mr. Uday Indukumar Jasani & Mr. Suresh Kantilal Jasani in the memory of their grandfathers (Shri Nanalal, Shri Becharlal and Shri Mohanlal Jasani) who actively participated in the freedom movement and closely worked with Mahatma Gandhi. In recognition of the endowment extended, the Center is renamed as the ‘JASANI CENTRE FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP & SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT’
As a catalyst and innovator, the Center’s mission is to create a new generation of business leaders and social entrepreneurs who are knowledgeable about and are committed to create a sustainable society. The Center’s objectives serve as a bridge between academia, the corporate world and the civil society organizations. The research, as well as the teaching strengths combined with the experiential learning approach and guiding principles of the Center, connect sustainability focused knowledge and research to students, businesses and the civil society organizations.
The Center's work is spread over five broad areas:
- Knowledge development and dissemination
- MBA student’s involvement in the social sector We Care: Civic Engagement Project
- Developing academic programs in Social Entrepreneurship (Diploma/PTMBA in Social Entrepreneurship) and Enterprise Training Programme for Women
- Facilitating Social Innovations
- Disaster Management