‘Environmental consciousness is a globally proven best practice for businesses’: ‘Forest Man of India’ Jadav Payeng inspires Praxis Business School students on campus day out


✍️By Special Correspondent

Praxis Business School, a premier institution focused on building Digital Leaders of the future, had the honour of hosting Shri. Jadav ‘Molai’ Payeng, Padma Shri recipient and celebrated global environment activist, at their campus in Kolkata on Friday, April 01, 2022. Shri Payeng, besides delivering a Tedx Talk at Auditorium two of the campus, also led the students in a plantation drive, where he planted five Debdaru (Monoon longifolium) saplings. He was full of praise for the biodiversity at the Praxis campus.

This was only his second plantation in West Bengal- the first one being at the great poet Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s abode at Santiniketan.

Among Shri Payeng’s other engagements was an energetic Q&A session where he enthralled students. “Environmental consciousness is a globally proven best practice for businesses,” he said, responding to a question on the possible conflicts arising out of business imperatives and environmental concerns.

He further urged students to be “environment leaders of tomorrow” and that would help them fulfil their career dreams.

Thrilled at the way the day had panned out, Mr. Charanpreet Singh, Founder Director, Praxis Business School Foundation said, “Our students are fortunate to have interacted with a visionary like Shri Payeng, as they step into their careers. His passion for the environment and the zeal with which he pursues his beliefs, is a lesson for the youth of India. This can only be imparted through personal association.”

He added, “I am certain that our students will greatly benefit from this experience and it will help them become responsible business leaders. I, on behalf of Praxis Business School, express my heartfelt gratitude to Shri Jadav Payeng for addressing our students.”

Praxis Business School has since its inception back in 2007, always aligned with causes which promote equal opportunity, inclusivity and responsible business practices, along with providing future leaders of the Digital Economy with critical skills required to succeed in it.

Among other initiatives in women empowerment, Praxis has partnered with the NGO Change Initiatives to promote Digital Literacy among their girl students from the school level, and with Katalyst, an award-winning NGO that stands for the economic empowerment of women. A one-time grant to Ms. Malik’s Wheeling Happiness Foundation was also announced to promote women with special abilities to carve out a career in Tech. Praxis also runs a scholarship titled Women in Tech (WiT) to attract more women into careers in Technology.

On the environment front, Praxis has run several plantation drives on campus with their students in the past and prides itself on the aesthetic environment friendly architecture of its campus buildings as well as a pristine and thoroughly green campus.

Praxis admits students to their flagship PGDM course in Kolkata in July    and to their Data Science Program in January and July at their campuses in Kolkata and Bangalore. 

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About Praxis

Praxis Business School is a post-graduate institute of Management, on the southern outskirts of Kolkata, (main campus) with another campus in Bengaluru. It was established in 2007 and offers a two-year fully- residential AICTE approved Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), a 9 month full-time Post Graduate Program in Data Science (PGPDS) and a 6 month part-time Post Graduate Program in Data Engineering (PGPDE).

The PGPDS program is presently the number one ranked program in the country by Analytics India Magazine rankings for 2021. The PGDM program is ranked 2nd in Kolkata and 4th in East India according to TOI B-School survey 2022.

The name Praxis symbolizes the philosophy of the institute. The root of Praxis is Greek, meaning ‘to do’, or the practice of an art, science or technical occupation. In other words, Praxis is ‘practice informed by theory and theory informed by direct practice’. 

That is what Praxis Business School endeavors to bring to you – a program that combines the art and science of theoretical learning with the virtues of practical training. All this with an eye towards propelling India’s Digital Leadership as well as bridging the gender gap in IT and tech. 

About Jadav ‘Molai’ Payeng

Jadav “Molai” Payeng (born 1963) is an environmental activist and forestry worker from Majuli, popularly known as the Forest Man of India. Over the course of several decades, he has planted and tended trees on a sandbar of the river Brahmaputra turning it into a forest reserve. The forest, called Molai forest after him, is located near Kokilamukh of Jorhat, Assam, India and encompasses an area of about 1,360 acres / 550 hectares. In 2015, he was honoured with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India. He was born in the indigenous Mising tribe of Assam.

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