Institutional Social Responsibility (ISR) Cell

Institutional Social Responsibility (ISR) is one of the key pillars of the Presidency University that aims to nurture students into socially responsible human beings, imparting the values of empathy, integrity, respect, and gratitude. The key purpose of ISR is to make the students the flag bearers of social change required in the country, to bring about sustainable and inclusive growth and development, and to nurture “Social Change Champions. 

 Since its inception, the university has undertaken several social initiatives for the benefit of the underprivileged, women, and children. As a part of this, the University has collaborated with the state government and renowned institutions and organizations. The active participation of the faculty, staff, and students at the university has seen immense success in these social drives, which have effectively brought about improvements in the lives of marginalized social segments. 

 The Presidency University’s ISR Cell has created a Hub of Enablement. Through this hub, the ISR Cell collaborates with various schools and departments of the University to utilize their domain expertise to implement the activities and enhance the desired impact of its outreach activities. 


To foster positive and sustainable societal impact through purposeful and strategic initiatives. 


  • Create the next generation of socially responsible and empathetic professionals. 
  • Contribute towards the socio-economic development of the communities. 
  • Design technology-driven, sustainable, and path-breaking solutions to address prevalent developmental challenges. 

The Presidency University’s ISR Cell predominantly undertakes activities under the following thematic areas:

Making quality education easily accessible and affordable for all. Presidency University, through its initiatives under Shiksha, contributes towards the achievement of SDG Goal No. 4: Quality Education to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Skill Development for Sustainable Livelihood Through this initiative, the University strengthens its commitment to the achievement of SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 5 (Gender Equality), and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth).

Hygiene is paramount for good health. Through Swasthya, the Presidency University concentrates on creating awareness and provisioning of health, aid, and hygiene aspects in the lives of all to ensure good health. The activities under Swasthya aim at assisting in the achievement of certain targets of SDG Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being. 

Creating Champions for Environment Protection. Presidency University is actively involved in raising awareness amongst the youth about the impending hazards of climate change that our planet faces. Through the various activities undertaken, the University tries to strengthen its efforts to achieve some targets of SDG 13 on climate action.  

Presidency University, through its initiatives, aims to extend support to the less privileged, orphans, destitute, and elderly via various mediums, thereby addressing SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions). 


Samriddhi, denoting welfare and accomplishment, is the principle embraced by the Presidency University. Through its outreach activities, the University enables students to engage with society and meaningfully contribute to the welfare of communities. The university is committed to achieving the SDG goals emphasized for the betterment of society.  

A few ISR initiatives undertaken by the University are:

Skill Development Center, KG Halli Industrial Area, Bengaluru (SDG 8: Decent work & Economic Growth)

A Skill Development Center was established in 2017 by the University with the vision to educate and empower underprivileged women, enabling them to be self-sustaining and empowered both socially and economically. Situated in the vastly and densely populated K.G. Halli, Ezekiel Industrial Area, the center is spread across 4 floors with an area of 3400 sq. feet. 

The Center conducts skilling programs under courses including assistant beauty therapists and self-employed tailoring for women over 18 years old and makes them ready to start their livelihood. So far 1500+ women have completed their training successfully from the Center. 

Digital Library, Rajanukunte, Bengaluru (SDG 4: Quality Education)

A need was identified for a library study center for aspirants preparing for competitive examinations who do not have access to information on digital platforms or space to study. Presidency University worked on setting up a state-of-the-art digital library for competitive examinations in January 2020 at the Rajanukunte Panchayat office. 

The library is equipped with 15 internet-enabled computers, books with 1690 titles, yearly subscriptions to 10 daily newspapers and 25 magazines, both in Kannada and English, 64 study chairs and tables, a projector and screen, a white board, notice boards, and other furniture. 

The library also has a website that is hosted on the Presidency University server: Students from the nearby schools also make use of the library facilities.  

Shiksha (Education) Government School Adoption Program, Bengaluru (SDG 4: Quality Education)

In 2023, the University adopted nine government schools as per the guidelines of the ‘Vidyanjali Program’ under the Department of School Education and Literacy propagated by the Ministry of Education, Government of India. The objective of the adoption program was to improve the quality of school education, strengthen infrastructure in government and government-aided schools, provide a conducive environment for students to pursue their academic aspirations, and help in the holistic development of students. 

The Schools adopted for this program:  

  1. Government Model Primary School, Abbigere 
  2. Government Model Primary School, T. Dasarahalli 
  3. Government Model Primary School, Bagalgunte 
  4. Government Model Primary School, Hesargatta 
  5. Government Model Primary School, Chikkabanavara 
  6. Government Higher Primary School, Chikkasandra 
  7. Government Higher Primary School, Waderahalli 
  8. Government Model Primary School, Manjunath Nagar 
  9. Government Model Primary School, Hegadedevanapura 

Schools were equipped with amenities as per their requirements. These included smart boards, green boards, computers, laptops, projectors with screens, UPS, UV/RO water facilities, taps for drinking water, science lab equipment, chairs and tables, and cupboards.

Ka-Naada Digital Literacy Program, Rajanukunte, Bengaluru (SDG 4: Quality Education)

In January 2023, Presidency University, in collaboration with the Rotary Club, collaborated with Ka-Naada Phonetics Pvt. Ltd. and started the Presidency University Ka-Naada Digital Literacy Program. The project included setting up a multilingual keyboard and pocket computer server connected to three thin client terminals with online and offline content. For this purpose, seven schools in the locality were identified, and the required equipment and accessories were installed. 

Schools where this project was implemented: 

  1. Government High School, Rajanukunte 
  2. Government Higher Primary School, Rajanukunte 
  3. Government Pre-University College, Rajanukunte 
  4. Jnanajyothi Vidyalaya, Rajanukunte 
  5. Government High School, Kakolu 
  6. Vidya Sri Public School, Kakolu 
  7. Sai Shankara Vidyashala, Sriramanahalli 

637 students from grades 4 to 10 enrolled in the program in the first year. The students have undergone or are undergoing training on a keyboard in Kannada, which is then connected to a computer that helps translate the inputs to their desired language and also helps them learn animation and programming, Kannada exercises, mind mapping, spoken English, and leaning through online Gurukula.

Girls on Wheels, Rajanukunte, Bengaluru
(SDG 4: Quality Education & SDG5: Gender Equality)

The Girls on Wheels Project was an initiative aimed at providing convenient access to girls who find it costly or difficult to travel to school in the absence of suitable transport facilities. The project was implemented in collaboration with the Rotary Bangalore Oasis Rajanukunte Charitable Trust to facilitate the school-going girls to continue pursuing their higher education. Through this project, 25 cycles were distributed to needy girls who do not have public transportation to their schools. 

Women’s College Transformation Program, Mandya (SDG 4: Quality Education & SDG5: Gender Equality)

Presidency University undertook a college transformation program where the University renovated and upgraded the Government First Grade College situated in Mandya city in Karnataka. 

As a part of the program, the following contributions were made: 

  • Renovation and upgradation of the classrooms and buildings of the college 
  • Furniture items like benches, stools, chairs for staff, plastic chairs, and tables were provided. 
  • Furniture and equipment for the chemistry lab and biochemical lab were also provided. 

Mega Health Camp, Presidency University campus, Itgalpura, Bengaluru ( SDG 3: Good health and well being )

In collaboration with the Presidency Foundation, a Mega Health Camp was organized at the university campus in August 2023. This health camp is a part of the university’s endeavor to reduce pre-mature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being. The health camp targeted the beneficiaries of 48 villages in five panchayats located near the University. 

The beneficiaries visiting the camp availed of the facilities of free blood pressure and sugar testing, computerized eye check-ups, cardiac check-ups, dental screenings, general health check-ups, etc. The beneficiaries were also provided with free medicines, spectacles, hearing aids, and surgeries as per the advice of the doctors. Presidency University partnered with 12 renowned hospitals, which deputed their doctors and medical teams of different specialties to cater to the beneficiaries. 

Through the camp, 310 spectacles and 40 hearing aids were distributed, three cataract operations were performed, and three patients underwent gynecological surgeries as well.  


Samvaad means discourse or dialogue. Here at the ISR Cell, it is intended to foster awareness among the University social volunteers towards the impact of their efforts on society, for which brainstorming sessions, discussions, etc. will be the integral strategy of the ISR Cell to progress and enhance their societal contributions. 

Under Samvaad, University plans to undertake mediums that will encourage dialogue and collaborations in the ecosystem. It will include publications, conferences, panel discussions and podcasts involving Industry & Academia.

National Conference on Gender and Inclusion: Women in the Workforce

Presidency University organized the National Conference on Gender and Inclusion: Women in the Workforce on its campus on March 14, 2024. The conference was conducted in association with the Centre for Development Policy and Practice (CDPP) and Goonj. The associate partners were the Digital Empowerment Foundation and Maulana Azad National Urdu University. 

It was the first of its series of conferences to deliberate thought-provoking discussions on women in the workforce and ponder the startling statistics of women at the workplace. The conference witnessed women from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and sectors. 

The dignitaries included chief guest Ms. Vinita Bali, Global Leader & Former MD, Britannia and Dr. Gayathri Vasudevan, Chief Impact Officer of Sambhav Foundation & Chairperson of LabourNet.  

The day started with Ms. Rukmini S., author and independent data journalist, who joined the conference virtually for her keynote address. 

The conference had a stellar line-up of eminent speakers, with panellists from industry, academia, and the social sector. The day witnessed three engaging panel discussions. 

TITLE CHAIR Panelists 
Women in the Workforce: What the Data Says’ Dr. Abusaleh Shariff, Executive Director and Chief Scholar at US-India Policy Institute, Washington, DC, USA 1. Dr. Subhashini Muthukrishnan, Registrar and Professor, St. Joseph College of Commerce Autonomous, Bengaluru
2. Dr. Priyanka Dwivedi, Assistant Professor, Chanakya University, Bengaluru
3. Ms. Jenny Sulfath, Manager, Communications & Media Department, Digital Empowerment Foundation
4. Dr. Sridevi Tandley, ML Solutions Evangelist, Renowned Speaker & Educator
5. Dr. Gayathri Vasudevan, Chief Impact Officer, Sambhav Foundation & Chairperson, LabourNet 
Woman in the Workforce: Tackling Challenges and Way Forward’ Woman in the Workforce: Tackling Challenges and Way Forward’ 1. Dr. Vinod Vyasulu, Senior Economist and Professor
2. Ms. Soma Wadhwa, Senior Research Fellow, CDPP, Associate Professor, School of Modern Media, UPES
3. Ms. Arpita Kanjilal, Manager, Communications & Media Department, Digital Empowerment Foundation 
Women in the Workforce: Learnings from the Grassroots’ Mr. Anshu Gupta, Founder, Goonj 1. Ms. Kamini Kumari, Secretary, Aapka Aanchal, Bihar
2. Ms. Uthara Narayanan, Founder, Buzz Women, Bengaluru
3. Ms. Hemlata Rajput, Shrijan Kalyan Samiti, Raipur 

The panel discussions were followed by paper presentations in two sessions. The authors presented papers on diverse topics, including gender inclusivity at the workplace, women empowerment at the workplace, implementing the POSH Act in the workplace, gender norms and work dynamics, the economic conditions of paid domestic workers, waste collection by female workers, rural women artisans, skill development of rural women, the study on single women employees in the K–12 education sector, recruitment and retention of women in higher education institutions, and many others. 

Featuring presidential, special, and keynote addresses, engaging panel discussions, and networking opportunities, this conference provided a dynamic platform to bring together thought leaders, experts, and activists to share their insights, strategies, and best practices for creating more inclusive environments for all. The panellists received a souvenir, which was handcrafted by the students of the Presidency Foundation skill development centre and the School of Design at Presidency University. 

SNName of the MemberDesignationCategory
1Dr. Nissar Ahmed Steering CouncilManagement
2Mr. Salman AhmedSteering CouncilManagement
Vice President, Presidency University
Dr. Anubha SinghMonitoring CommitteeManagement
Vice Chancellor In-charge
4Dr. Sameena Noor Ahmed PanaliMonitoring CommitteeManagement
5Mr. Sameet JoshiExecutive CommitteeHead of Function
Head – ISR & Alumni
6Mr. Bhaskar MitraExecutive CommitteeHead of School
Director – School of Design
7Dr. Prachi BeriwalaExecutive CommitteeFaculty
Assistant Dean, School of Management
8Dr. Mohamadi BegumExecutive CommitteeFaculty
Professor, School of Computer Science & Engineering
9Dr. Nakul RamannaExecutive CommitteeFaculty
Professor & HOD – Dept. of Civil, School of Engineering
10Dr. SheshadriExecutive CommitteeNon-Teaching Staff
Chief Librarian
11Dr. Ravi KumarExecutive CommitteeFaculty
Associate Professor, School of Media Studies
12Prem KumarExecutive CommitteeAlumni Representative
(B.Tech 2019-23)
13Kalyan KumarExecutive CommitteeStudent Representative
School of Engineering

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