Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Management (SAFIM) is an integral part of Sri Aurobindo Society (SAS), an international non-profit NGO working towards individual perfection, social transformation and unity based on a spiritual foundation guided by the light of Sri Aurobindo’s vision of human evolution.
With a mission to contribute to a holistic change in life and in the world towards an illumined future of Truth, Perfection, Beauty and Harmony SAS is involved in driving this change in various fields including education, village development, sustainable and renewable energy, health, youth and women empowerment, Indian culture and media.
SAFIM was brought into action in 2008 to direct the transformational endeavors of SAS towards the corporate field that, in a large extent, controls the direction of the world’s journey with its dominance over economy. The primary responsibility bestowed on SAFIM was to help the large segment of human race thronging the business space to realize the strong innate need for a connection with the inner Consciousness and then to facilitate the connection.
SAFIM adopted the theme of ‘Management by Consciousness’ to emphasize its approach to a holistic conversion of the work environment through integral development of the individual and the organization by a change in the consciousness – with a consequent maximization of their potential. The aim is to dissipate the existing stress, chaos, frustration and erosion of values and to establish the true process to progress, delight, harmony and ethics in work and in life.
SAFIM’s started its activities with focused research on the evolution of corporate management and its present scenario and the relevance of spirituality in modern management. Deep explorations were made to develop the foundation concept of integral management and its implementation through the four dimensions (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) of self. These findings were published in premium management journals to reach the management world.
To make the delivery to the corporate world more concrete and effective, it was proposed to conduct contact programs for business executives and institute faculty members. Thus SAFIM also directed its research towards actualization of the findings in terms of tangible and practical methods of implementation. These were then given the format of training modules that could be conducted as workshops in the corporate and management institutes.
Since then, SAFIM’s growth, constantly guided by its vision of a beautiful future through illumination of consciousness, has been very firm and positive.
Publication of first issue of SAFIM’s e-journal Fourth Dimension Inc (FDI) in November 2008
www.fdi.aurosociety.org’s created quite a stir in the business world with its first issue published in the net in November 2008. The insightful articles on the spiritual dimensions of management received tremendous response with queries and comments from the readers aspiring to have a deeper understanding of the concept.
First Management Development Program at IIMT, Bhubaneswar in December 2009
SAFIM conducted the first of its multiple executive workshops at IIMT Bhubaneswar for a large audience of senior executives from various corporate. The module on Right Decision based on the theme of Management by Consciousness developed by SAFIM through its extensive research was very successful.
SAFIM received multiple invitations to conduct similar workshops from various organizations as part of the overwhelming response to its first program.
First Faculty Orientation Program at NIT, Surat in December 2009
SAFIM’s first faculty workshop held at NIT, Surat in December 2009 was attended by faculty members from all the engineering colleges in Gujarat. The workshop was sponsored by AICTE. ‘Management by Consciousness’ was the theme of the workshop. The feedback from the participants was very positive consolidating SAFIM’s conviction in its vision.
First In-house Corporate Workshop at PTC India Financial Services Ltd., New Delhi in April 2010
SAFIM conducted the first in-house Management Development Program for executives of PTC India Financial Services Ltd in New Delhi in April 2010. The theme of “Management by Consciousness” was deliberated through various audio-visual and activity-based modes and was received with appreciation by the inspired participants.
This pogram added one more channel – viz. corporate workshops – for SAFIM to take its concept of Integral Management to its intended audience and move ahead in its mission.
Accreditation by National Foundation for Corporate Governance as National Centre of Corporate Governance in November, 2010
Endorsement of SAFIM’s mission and endeavors towards it was received as the accreditation by National Foundation for Corporate Governance, Government of India, as the National Centre of Corporate Governance.
National Seminar on “Corporate Governance by Inner Consciousness” in collaboration with Institute of Company Secretaries of India at New Delhi in November, 2010
SAFIM held its first national seminar in association with Institute of Company Secretaries of India on 27th November, 2010 at New Delhi. The theme of the seminar was “Corporate Governance by Inner Consciousness”. Hon’ble Justice R. C. Lahoti was the Chief Guest on the occasion while R. Bandopadhyay, Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs was the Guest of Honour and Key-Note Speaker. Hon’ble K Rahman Khan, Dy. Chairman, Rajya Sabha presided the session. Sunil Mitra, Revenue Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Governement of India chaired the concluding session where Dr. Ashok Haldia, Director PTC India Financial Services LTd and Suresh Senapathy, Executive Director and & CFO, WIPRO spoke as Guest Speakers.
Formation of Advisory Board of SAFIM in 2011
Stalwarts from the corporate world and public administration united in will and aspiration to guide SAFIM in its mission. Headed by Justice R. C. Lahoti, Former Chief Justice of India, the Advisory Board of SAFIM was formed with their first meeting officially held in October 2011.
Foundation of SAFIM’s International Institute of Management at Matrikunj in March 2012
Foundation stone was laid at the site for the International Centre of Management of SAFIM at Matrikunj. Led by Justice Lahoti, sand from the Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother was placed at the foundation pit by all guests and present members of the SAFIM Advisory Board in a quiet event filled with the presence of Divine Grace.