The act of watering of the tree sapling symbolizes the desire to preserve and attitude towards preserving and protecting the environment. This is what the Jesuits of the world have committed to: ‘Caring of our common home’. It demonstrates the fact that our excellence encompasses ethics.
At LIBA we start all major functions with watering the tree sapling instead of lighting of the lamp (kuthuvilakku). This showcases LIBA as a responsible B school. It is customary for all important programmes at LIBA to begin with a prayer, followed by watering of a sapling by the dignitaries, symbolizing LIBA’s commitment to caring for the environment, for the common good. As LIBA moulds its students to pursue excellence in their work and forms character that witnesses to excellence with ethics, it emphasizes activity on the part of the student and encourages life-long openness to growth. We recognize that environmental justice is intrinsically linked to all social issue areas, with important implications for economic justice, racial justice, migration and human rights.
The environmental and social crisis that we face today demands an integrated and multifaceted response. At LIBA we create awareness that this change begins with us as individuals and through our communities by examining our consumption patterns and lifestyles, and how we can adopt behaviours consistent with our desire for reconciliation with creation. Watering of the tree sapling and planting of saplings in our campus is the first step towards creation of a green, environmental friendly, sustainable future. This responsibility towards the caring of our environment sets LIBA apart from other B schools, for while all B schools excel, LIBA excels with ethics!