IIMV Celebrated Vigilance Awareness Week

The Indian Institute of Management, Visakhapatnam, celebrated the ongoing Vigilance Awareness Week from October 30 to November 5, 2023, under the theme - 'Say no to corruption; commit to the Nation.' The week-long initiative aimed to bring together various stakeholders to collectively participate in the prevention of and the fight against corruption while raising public awareness about the existence, causes, and gravity of the threat posed by corruption. The event was in collaboration with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), and IIMV organized a significant event that served as a platform to sensitize participants about the prevention and fight against corruption. 

Shri Mahesh Ram, Zonal Head-LPG, HPCL, shared that corruption can be eliminated with the help of technology and proper law and order with transparency. He further added that our behavioural changes and perceptions can only bring positive values into our lives; for this, we need to inculcate morals and values, which can be done through several activities like mass awareness and making the public and students aware of the consequences of corruption.

Addressing the audience, Shri B Ravi Kanth, Regional Head- Retail HPCL, shared that as a mark of respect towards Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel birth anniversary, we celebrate this vigilance week every year. He shared that during this week, several programs were organized to promote and make ordinary people and students aware of the corruption-free working environment. He shared that multiple opportunities and challenges exist for us as citizens of this country that is ranked at 85the position as per Corruption Perception India (CPI) 2022. He urged that the youth of this nation can play a significant role in protecting and making everyone aware of the consequences that are caused by corruption.

Shri Srinivas, CVO, HPCL, gave a thematic presentation on vigilance awareness, ethics, and governance at the workplace. He highlighted the setup of the government of India, where he briefed about the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), Administrative Vigilance Department (AVD), CVC Act 2003, and Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers Resolution (PIDPI) 2004, quoting Potter Stewart - "Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have the right to do and what is right to do." He urged that every company should have a code of ethics with leadership and transparency to give a corruption-free working environment to staff.

The Cultural Cluster, representing the Students Academic Council on behalf of the Institute, organized a series of events for all students during Vigilance Awareness Week, in which prizes were distributed for essay writing, poster-making competitions, and slogan competitions. There were enthusiastic cultural performances by students on this occasion.
At last, Prof. Deepika R Gupta (part-time CVO), IIMV extended her gratitude to HPCL, all participants, and student academic council members who contributed to the success of Vigilance Awareness Week 2023. She highlighted that IIMV will remain committed to promoting a culture of integrity and vigilance and looks forward to continued efforts in the fight against corruption.