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CSIM was formally inaugurated by Ms Sudha Murthy of Infosys Foundation in Chennai on July 15th, 2001. The one-year full time Post Graduate Diploma in Social Initiative and Management (PGDSIM) was launched on August 15th, 2001 and the four-month part-time Social Entrepreneurship Outlook Programme (SEOP) on March 4th 2006.

CSIM programmes stands out both for the breadth of social issues addressed and range of beneficiary groups supported. The major social objectives that the participants are involved include:

  • Rural Development
  • Providing Better education and learning to children
  • Women empowerment
  • Improving health and wellbeing through Naturopathy
  • Supporting the Disabled
  • Promoting Organic farming

CSIM Chennai's inclusive educational policy has opened the doors for disabled and marginalized groups to benefit from the course. They include


  • Transgenders
  • Orthopedically disabled
  • Visually impaired
  • HIV+ persons

As a resource hub, we conduct workshops for NGOs on,
  • Basics of Fundraising
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Team Building & Leadership Training
  • Financial Management for NGOs
  • Legal issues for starting NGOs
  • Documentation for NGOs
  • Effective Communication & Presentation skills


  • 58 % participants hail from rural areas and 42% are from urban and semi-urban areas
  • 51% are graduates while the rest have completed school education
  • 55% are less than 25 years old 42% are between 25 to 45 years
  • 93% found the theoretical inputs, resource materials and the case studies to be very good
  • 71% opined that the proposal writing session enabled them to have a clear understanding of their social change idea
  • 88% participants found that the resource persons were very effective in communicating their views

CSIM puts people in the lead, empowering social entrepreneurs to create sustainable solutions to the social or environmental challenges they care most passionately about. It helps to build their capabilities in relation to their personal development, business skills, social impact and networks. CSIM also enables them to build stronger communities thus, making a lasting benefit to society.

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