I never envisioned my life would take an amazing drift, my creativity and vision would stretch out so far, that I will be blessed to attend the YTLP workshop with eminent speakers and outstanding young fellow tycoons. The season around us was truly fascinating, with speakers like Dr. Karajagi and Justice M. N. Venkatachalaiah coming out with meticulous talks on leadership. We were seeded with the principles of proficiency and focus to strive for implementation of proper leadership.
I had chosen ENTREPRENEURSHIP as my track and Sri Satyesh N. Bellur, a unique personality was our resource person. The most striking thing is the use of real-life examples to illustrate the process of creativity and innovations, leadership and entrepreneurship. We were impeached with the concept of 5P's i.e., product, price, position, promotion and passion. He mentioned, "Recognize, understand and exploit the CHANGE." And I presumed it as 'Innovation is the specific tool of entrepreneurs, the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity. It is capable of being presented as a discipline, capable of being learned, capable of being practiced.
Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model and that is what Shruth & Smith Foundation in collaboration with the VTU has done to encourage engineers to become promising pioneers in the near future.
SAYANTAN ROY on YTLP
The last two days were the most enlightening days of my 20 years of life; the amount of knowledge and ideas shared in the last few days have been a boom in my way of thinking. I had chosen my track as 'entrepreneurship', expecting to learn how a corporation is run; instead, I learnt much more than that.
Entrepreneurship is all about taking that first step; it is all about plunging into unchartered waters and then learning along the way the entrepreneurial science. Our mentor Mr. Satyesh N. Bellur said "Entrepreneurship as a subject itself is like an ocean". So this means no matter how good you get at it, you can rest assure that you will learn something new each and every day. I personally think that entrepreneurship is for people who are adventurous. You can be as prepared as any person on this planet could be, but yet you could get surprised by the volatility of the very science that is entrepreneurship.
In the past couple of days I have realised that entrepreneurship is not only money making but it also pertains to the responsibility of giving back to the society. I think the mere jest is "with great power comes great responsibility". A lot of entrepreneurs in this date only stick to the "power" part of being an entrepreneur and the "responsibility part flushes down the drain. I think what I took away is that even if I don't become an entrepreneur; I have certain responsibility to my nation and the society. It is absolutely imperative that we at least become a responsible citizen, if not a successful entrepreneur. Some of my friends attending the workshop have rightly said "STOP COMPLAINING AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT".
We should now look at ourselves and bring about the change in ourselves; then try and influence our friends and acquaintances to do the same. Imagine each of us inspires just one person to change for the greater good and that person does the same for someone else. This would bring about a wave of change that our country has direly required now for decades. So let's just put our hearts together for making our nation the greatest on this earth.
It is absolutely not important what all of us did during the workshop in the last couple of days. The most important thing is what we do now. If each one of us applies 5% of what we learnt in our daily lives, then we can be rest assured that change for the greater good of our country has already begun.
KHUSHAL HEMENDRA SUKHADIA on YTLP
As I look back and recollect what I have learnt from my experience, the one aspect that overshadows everything else is the humility of each and everyone present there - especially the organizers, key note speakers and resource persons. It was very inspiring and heartening to see very famous and successful achievers address us with utmost humility and effectively impart their life experiences and knowledge on various subjects on to us - something that we experience very seldom these days.
The area of interest I had chosen was Entrepreneurship. I strongly believe that entrepreneurship can deal with the other topics of interest that were part of the workshop – and my belief was reaffirmed when Mr. Satyesh Bellur gave us examples of entrepreneurs which included Mahathma Gandhi and Anna Hazare. It reassured and laid to rest all sceptical thoughts in my mind – and that to me is a very important take away.
Wanting to be an entrepreneur myself, the question I face at this stage of my life is whether to be bold and courageous or to be safe and secure before being the former. What I hoped was for some motivation but a realistic opinion on my thoughts. This was vey aptly addressed by my resource person. With his deep understanding of technical start ups and knowledge of the current scenario of the world, his suggestions and guidance has proved invaluable to me.
When the first session on entrepreneurship started, I wondered if a session like this would produce into entrepreneurs. Keeping my mind open to everything and not pre-empting anything, I diligently and actively participated in the workshop. As the session came to a close on the 6th, I realized that I thought of everything from a different view point – and this is what entrepreneurial spirit is all about.
I believe that it is the journey that counts while going to any destination. With my strong values and the entrepreneurial spirit rekindled in me, along with the awareness of the challenges faced by my fellow citizen of the world, I am confident of having a 'Happy Journey' and leading from the front to make a difference in society at large.
KAVYA LAKSHMINARAYANAN on YTLP
It is hard to find the right words to describe the effect that the YTLP has had on me. Each of the key note speakers left a lasting impression and kindled some spark in me. The resource persons were knowledgeable and experienced, but more importantly, so approachable that we did not feel intimidated by them or unimportant in their presence.
I have learnt so much in such a short time. The most important lesson is that nothing is too small or insignificant to make a difference as long as there is a lot of passion. Passion is something that all of the speakers had, and it made me think about the difference I could make to the world and the way in which I can contribute.
We are indebted not only to society for making us who we are, but to this planet and nature, for giving us everything that we need to survive. It is our duty to protect the environment and all living beings. The best way to do this is to help the society we live in grow and mature.
Dr. Karajagi was the biggest inspiration of all. He taught me something that was reinforced by all the speakers, humility. No matter who we become or what we achieve, if we are not humble in our thoughts and actions, it makes no difference what we have done. With knowledge, wisdom and experience comes humility.
True happiness is achieved in life only when we are doing something that we love. If we are not passionate about our work, no amount of material wealth can help us attain happiness. Every speaker and resource person made this abundantly clear, and their very lives are testament to this fact. They all had different approaches and that showed me that as a leader, one must not be afraid to be unique, and that I can grow into being a good leader.
Life is a journey and what we do along the way is what will keep us going. Happiness should not be the destination, but should be achieved and maintained throughout the journey.
YTLP has given me a more positive outlook on life. I hope to take all that I have learned and give back to the world, for in the words of Dr.Karajagi "There is joy in giving".
GAURAV SINGH on YTLP
Fortunately, I have often lead many teams in various events; however, I was not sure whether I can be a great leader or not but YTLP gave me the required boost that I will be a great leader driven by ethics, humility and will lead by example.
"We should feel privileged if we get an opportunity to help others, should not expect any rewards in return and should be equal towards pain and happiness" these words had a deep impact on me.
The stick experiment (normally what we do is just the opposite of what we want) and the Fork experiment (the importance of attitude along with knowledge and skill) were also some of the perfect and most practical lessons delivered by respected Karajagi Sir.
The 'following tendency' of the crowd was also visible when no one was stepping forward for giving the presentations initially but once I went forward and spoke on the dais, many others followed.
For the sad part, I kept waiting for my turn the next day for giving the presentation but I did not get the chance so I learnt something great from that too – "We should not wait for the opportunities, we should grab them" and we should not always blindly trust others (actually I had trusted my group when they told that they would finish their presentation in 11 minutes and would give me the remaining 4 minutes but that did never happen).
But as a leader we should never complain and should have impersonal love for Mankind, this is what I will start practicing because I do complain a lot!
The "not getting the facts right and following the news without knowing its authenticity" mentality was also reflected during presentations when someone showed the slide called "India during Diwali" because that is not actually the picture of India during Diwali but some population related information.
The discussion with Dr. Panduranga Bhatta regarding the importance of spirituality and taking up steps to minimize the meat eating and making people aware of its harms and making people stop that because it is something cruel impacted me and I would take up steps to make people aware of the same.
There should always be a Vision (goal), Mission (how you will achieve) and an Action plan to achieve something and you should stick to that even if that is insignificant in front of others.
The power and importance of working as a team (in groups) also got demonstrated.
This was one of the best programs I ever attended, second only to the one I attended at IIMA.
Thank you Shruth & Smith Foundation and VTU.
SUSHMA K. on YTLP
Life is a series of opportunities and their outcome. Any opportunity can only be capitalized if it is tackled with an aim and a clear focus to give it the right direction towards success.
I am happy to have grabbed this opportunity by being part of SHRUTH & SMITH FOUNDATION's YTLP. I congratulate the foundation for the successful organization of the event and thankful to the foundation for giving the students an opportunity.
My major take away from the event was realizing how to lead a meaningful excuse free life. I have learnt from Dr. Gururaj's words that excuses are one way of putting things off and not to complain on various things or about persons.
I have understood that if I remain positive in life and constantly being motivated, nothing can stand between me and success; now I know that my attitude can make or break me, so never to let myself down because of a bad attitude.
Now I know that the only way to forge ahead is to hold myself accountable for a higher standard than what others expect from me. A triumph is a story of obstacles overcome and excuses not used. I have learnt to put away aimlessness with the sole objective of thinking and working to a purpose.
The session I attended was on "RURAL PROGRESS". Being and brought up in the urban area, there was very little that I knew about my country's villages. The problems that I had heard and read in the books and understood from people around did not seem the reality. Ms. Mamatha was excellent in making us understand the reality of our rural areas. The clips that she showed us on how our people live in the rural areas were very heart touching and made us all think about them and their difficulties. We need to serve and work for and with them to make their lives free from difficulties.
"Our minds have more power than our hands as it cannot merely grasp but has the power to change" was the realization by attending the session and my mind is committed to bringing the change in the rural sector by working for the needy in future.
JAYANTH D. on YTLP
The Young Tech Leadership Program, which recently concluded has brought a lot of changes in my thinking ways in the sense that it has made me more an optimistic person. The perspective with which I see things has changed.
I learnt about how to be a better leader and also the impact to be created by the leader. The worthiness of attending the program was completely absolute. As far as my track was concerned i.e. RURAL PROGRESS we were exposed to the real scenarios, we were made to understand and analyse their problems and also discussed about how to deal them in a better way.
The best was that we could meet people from different colleges and exchange our views. I have already spoken to our college faculty to conducts events in our campus as well so that I could share and teach what I extracted from the program.
Dr. V. N. MANJUNATH ARADHYA on YTLP
To be frank, I was not having much idea on Leadership Quality and its impact on society. This event has really made something different in my life by learning on leadership quality. I learnt two important things:
1. Leadership is not about following the path, but it is about CREATING the path.
2. People who are the cause of the change will lead.
ANUP N. on YTLP
I had developed certain ideas until now in contributing for a better India tomorrow. But, after hearing to our leaders, I can now visualize the path I should take to put my ideas into action.
Rural progress is not bounded by a specific way of integrating the development. With the aspects touched upon during the session in YTLP, I realized how I can contribute even with the smallest move towards the goal. Think GLOBAL, act LOCAL is how we should be performing. Establishing proper education, empowering rural women, balancing the income between urban and rural by enabling earning opportunities was discussed in the program. For a person undertaking the technical education like me, it helped in identifying the advantage we can count on technology in rural development.
Below are some of my thoughts that I consider to be the 'take away':
Education: Successful education forms the bedrock of all fields of national development. It is the foundation for growth in productivity, income and employment opportunities and for the development, application and adaptation of science and technology to enhance the quality of life. It was a brain storming session on how literacy helps in avoiding child marriage, reduced family size, better understanding of business driven world, competition and exploring the potential skills hidden with rural strength.
Empowering rural women: This should be a key aspect of all social development programs. Low self-efficacy beliefs of women in rural India often stem from the limited and disadvantaged positions women have in society. When they are brought out of the domestic violence, they stand together as nation's strength.
Health care: India has moved forward in benefiting its citizens with better health care. The life expectancy of 33 years has now risen to 64 years. Despite these achievements, wide disparities persist between different income groups, between rural and urban communities, and between different states. However, TB, malaria and AIDS will continue to remain major public health problems. A major focus of vision 2020 is on improving access to health services to meet the health care needs of women and children. Proper sanitary channels also insist good challenge in rural sector. Significant emphasis was given to this aspect in the 3 day program.
Having spoken about few important topics within this subject, we did not forget to think what we can do as individuals. I thank Ms. Mamatha for reminding us about our responsibility as a citizen. The contribution we can make, with the education we have, might be smaller, but enormous in terms of efforts. Let's move ahead and make the difference!
SUPRADEEP C. M. on YTLP
As Dr. Seetharamu was the right person to question about the present 'NALI KALI'
system at lower primary level we came to know how efficient is that
system and got few more information about higher standards. From Dr. Prasad, we learnt how education must be managed with the proper
The key note sessions of those great men increased our 'ACHIEVEMENT MOTIVE'. Presentation at the end of each day boosted our confidence in terms of 'PRESENTATION SKILLS' and helped us to get rid of stage fear. We got an opportunity to 'MINGLE WITH PEOPLE' from different colleges and to learn few things from them as well.
So, I learnt "INTELLIGENCE AND CAPABILITY ARE NOT ENOUGH, THERE MUST BE THE JOY OF DOING SOMETHING GOOD".
SUHANI SUSHIL KUMAR JAIN on YTLP
Do not follow where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path & leave a trail." This quote is the most apt way to characterize a Leader. This 2-day workshop has not only motivated and inspired me to do something significant but also has built in me the urge to make a difference, bring out a change.
The various key-speakers have catalyzed my thoughts to a great extent, whether it is "Dream larger than life & Buy low, sell high" policy of Mr. Sangeeth Varghese or "Simple living, High thinking" quality of Mr. Suhas Gopinath.
Dr. Gururaj Karajagi has been a true inspiration in the great sense. His simplicity in explaining various factors with rightful examples is beautiful. Let it be, the small science experiment, which he related to knowledge, skill & attitude or the little girl's story, which stated 'think about others before you' and reminded me of the innocence which becomes non-existent as we grow up. It is this innocence which we should all strive to make a part of our lives even today.
The Educational Management sessions were very informative and I m sure it will definitely help us in getting the development of education in India on the right track. The session with Dr. L. Prasad was brilliant and enlightening. His way of taking examples and then relating them to education management was unprecedented. I just loved his presentation and the video about 'The power of Vision'. He made a beautiful yet powerful statement "Do not be the mental prisoners of the system", which rightly describes the effect the system has on our minds. The session with Dr. A. S. Seetharamu was informative but a little disappointing and could not make much impact. His sessions were more of conversations rather than stressing on how to improvise the system in India which was the crux of our topic. The sessions would have been more interesting if there were case studies and real time implementation examples given to us.
On the whole, the YTLP has been an epochal experience and an amazing learning curve for me. I hope to take forward the ideas presented to me and make a difference.
PRANAV KASHYAP M. S. on YTLP
I learnt the true meaning of education which, according to Dr. Prasad, was a calling not a burden or job. This was the most important and interesting thing that I learnt. I was even taught the reasons for the poor implementation of education by the Government of India, which apparently were because of the quality of leaders we have. I also learnt that teaching is the best way of learning. "When you teach others it is yourself who you are teaching", these were the exact words. I learnt that a new era has emerged in which the world is not running behind the money but mind. It is the era of "mind power" not "money power". I even learnt that the greatest strength and biggest weakness of teachers/ administrators is "thinking rationally".
YTLP has given me a direction to work on to fulfil my vision and inspired me to be "An active participant" rather than "A passive observer".
RAKSHITHA K. on YTLP
Before attending YTI and YTLP programmes I only dreamt being a techie by profession but this programme showed me one more way to succeed in life, a way to serve my nation. The topic that I choose was EDUCATION MANAGEMENT because I believe in good education is equal to good society.
I as a person who want to start up an educational institution, which would provide education without any discrimination to everyone who deserves it, I truly got all the fundamental themes for my institution like – the institution that I start up should
be a social institution that serves social responsibilities it should preach the continuity of culture, tradition and above all, humanity.
teach democratic and universal values
try to improve balanced personality of student
teach that there is a spark of divinity in everyone and hence everyone are equal
This programme showed me a positive approach towards success, which I would like to define or measure as healthy relationship and heeling touch to other lives.
This was truly a very useful and necessary programme. Let this be organised with more number of students so that a spark to see our nation as moral nation would be ignited in many more young blossoming buds.
PRAVEEN B. R. on YTLP
Education management is very essential and being a lecturer, the training program was very helpful. I learnt about sample assessment and how to improve education system; also learnt the two ways of improving education, which are managing the values and building the bridge between lecturer & student. I also learnt about student centric system. I am going to implement, whatever I learnt in YTLP, in my teaching and gear up my teaching skills. I would look forward for many such training programs like this in future.
SAGAR DESHPANDE on YTLP
When my Professor announced about YTLP in the classroom, I immediately volunteered. But it was up to my college management to select the participants. Finally, I was very lucky and got a chance to attend this program at PESIT from 4th-6th November. It was really a different experience altogether. I have attended around 25-30 conferences and workshops equally but this is the first time I could say was the best workshop.
Thanks a lot for the efforts of Mr. Karan Kumar and his Shruth & Smith Team and VTU for organizing such a beautiful event. Hats OFF to you people.
MOHAMMED SALAUDDIN IQBAL on YTLP
The YTL Programme that I attended was really great and I never thought I would be able to get such an extent of information. Firstly, I extend my thanks to Mr. Satyesh Bellur as he was really a great resource person who enabled us to understand the ability and potential we have as an engineer and the way we can bring about a change to the society we live in.
AKSHATA G. on YTLP
I have no words to explain how fantastic the program was and learnt a lot in YTLP held in PESIT. I learnt about the traits to be possessed by an entrepreneur and skills required. I have learnt about skills, which mainly included patience, planning, persistence and passion for everything that we do. Leaders never complain and those who complain are not leaders.
We had been given some of the case studies to be done as a team and learnt a lot here I never had known that being in a team is so powerful than an individual. Great ideas and different views all together, we made a great work. I made lot of new friends who belong to different colleges and are very like-minded. Learnt to build relationships and trust between each other when working as a team.
I was really impressed by the story of six year old small girl who sacrificed for her friend. This girl's example for extraordinary love for fellow-being taught me a great lesson. Success does not lie in the money, power, or position but it lies in being HAPPY with your life and spreading this happiness with the fellow beings. Many presentations shown were really very touching.
RONALD REAGON R. on YTLP
I had a great experience at YLTP. I came to know where I stand in this life journey. Things that I saw, witnessed, learnt at my track session as well in common session was so touching that I could able to realise what I am doing in this world. I was in rural progress track, and got exposed to various issues of rural areas. Though I am from rural part, I did not know this all these days.
During the times when we get to know about only corruption, crime and so on, here is Shruth & Smith Foundation working for the good cause of people. I would like to learn more in future, apply in life and take it further to needy people. Our ideas should transform the living standards at rural areas.
HARISH R. on YTLP
I had a very good time on all the days and a great learning opportunity to learn. I came to know many facts and values on my topic "Entrepreneurship". Key note speakers Sri Suhas Gopinath, Sri Sangeeth Varghese and Sri Kalyan Kumar Banerjee shared their experience and were great source of information. Our mentor, Sri Satyesh N. Bellur, gave a complete picture about entrepreneurship.
We had excellent definition for 'creativity' and 'innovation' and got to know the attitude and qualities to become a good entrepreneur. Case studies were very interactive. I have successfully understood that if I have to become an entrepreneur what qualities I should have, and when it is right time to start, and what all I should concentrate upon after I get started, and above all how I can be a successful entrepreneur was the knowledge I could take away from the YTLP event. We got very valuable messages from very eminent personalities like Dr. Gururaj Karajagi and Justice M. N. Venkatachalaiah.
Overall, it was a very good, informative, interactive, interesting and extraordinary program. Special thanks to Shruth & Smith Foundation and VTU for providing such a wonderful program.
SURAJ DAYANANDA NAYAK on YTLP
The last three days have been, undoubtedly, some of the best days of my life. I am a passionate seeker of knowledge and these three days have given me so much learning, experience and knowledge that it has made me content, happy and peaceful. I have this inexplicable feeling of strength with a powerful urge to do something of social value.
I am bursting with thoughts, dreams and emotions of gratitude. After a long time of less life-like engineering, this program gave the much needed mix of life experiences of luminaries and a set of definite pragmatic principles that I reckon to be of indefinite value.
I am bewildered at the level of commitment that Team – Shruth & Smith has put in, to put together such a wonderful, short but enlightening journey with a great noble mission - to empower.
The whole program carried exemplary quality and perfection; there wasn't even the minor of snags or annoyances, not to forget the delicious food that was provided. This speaks even more of your attention to detail and commitment.
I firmly believe that I must return every grace that I receive. Henceforth, I shall be indebted to Shruth & Smith Foundation for enlightening me; therefore I shall make every effort to clear this debt by truly working towards something that can create social value cause holistic betterment.
These words fail to completely express my heartfelt feelings of happiness and gratitude to Shruth & Smith Foundation. I still must say "THANK YOU!".
SUJAY N. S. on YTLP
YTLP has ignited a spark in everyone, no doubt in that. Probably, if it was extended for a couple of more days, it would have set everyone on fire. My sincere request for Shruth & Smith Foundation and in particular Mr. Karan Kumar is to organize follow-up sessions at least once in a month so that young buds are constantly ignited and guided in a right path.
I have a very important thing to share with you all. Before I actually talk about anything, I will narrate a story which changed my attitude.
There was a man who made living selling balloons at an exhibition. He had balloons of all colours. Whenever business was slow, he would release a helium-filled balloon into the air and when children saw it go up, they all wanted to buy one. They would come up to him, buy a balloon and his sales would go up again. He continued this process all day. Once, a boy came up to him and asked "If you release a black balloon, would that also fly"? The man smiled and replied with empathy "Son, it is not the colour of the balloon; it is what is inside that makes it go up".
Also, once someone approached Blaise Pascal, the famous French Philosopher and said, "If I had your brains, I would be a better person". Pascal replied, "Be a better person and you will have your brains".
From above two instances we can clearly say that attitude and hunger for success contribute to our success. This is one of the aspects what I learnt from YTLP.
ARPIT MALHOTRA on YTLP
As I said two times consequently on two different days that "IN ORDER TO BRING THE CHANGE, ONE HAS TO BE THE CHANGE", my hats-off to the Programme Director Dr. Gururaj Karajagi and Mr. Karan Kumar. I really haven't met such inspirational men before. The key Speakers Mr. Sangeeth Varghese, Mr. Suhas Gopinath and Mr. Kalyan Kumar Banerjee made us aware of the market concept 'BUY LOW SELL HIGH' and India can be a superpower with the right attitude. Power is associated with the right attitude. Dr. Gururaj Karajagi rightly said that Attitude, Skill & Knowledge are the three pillars for a successful future; without correct attitude, skill & knowledge is a waste.
Mr. Venkatesh Murthy and Dr. C. Panduranga Bhatta conducted the Social Leadership sessions. We got to know that a Social Entrepreneur does not distinguish people on caste, colour, creed or sex. A Social Entrepreneur has to, in fact, open up and help others. One should help others selflessly without any expectation of extrinsic or intrinsic rewards. As Social Entrepreneur, one has to think about the change that needs to be brought in the society and the actions associated with it. Vision, Mission & Action are the three fundamental qualities of a Social Leader. Social Leadership should be globalized.
VASANI YOGESH KUMAR CHHAGANBHAI on YTLP
Education is the basic tool to build a good engineer, a good doctor, a good scientist and ultimately to build a great nation. I took away so many things for my life and society from YTLP and I am trying my best to implement the same in my life. I am so much inspired by Dr. Gururaj Karjagi; what a way he directed the event and given so many thoughts towards leadership and being good human.
It is always easy to complain towards society but we know that society is nothing but me, my parents, my family, my relatives, my friends and so on. To change something needs a lot of hard work and determinative mind. We need not change the entire society but if we start to change ourselves, we will have a changed society and a good nation.
Lastly, I can say that I had great time of my life and I am sure that by changing the thinking line of youth a nation can be changed. I am happy to say that I will change myself for the betterment of my country and hope beautiful country.
ANUSHA P. KAMATH on YTLP
I had chosen the subject 'Entrepreneurship' for the above programme arranged by Shruth & Smith Foundation and VTU. Before attending the programme, I was not aware that the programme will go in such a beautiful way. During these three days, I enjoyed the programme very much. The key note addresses by several spoke persons were very much impressive. The Entrepreneurship session was handled by Mr. Satyesh Bellur and during two days my knowledge has got new dimensions. The main thing which I came to know is that being a successful entrepreneur does not mean just doing self SWOT analysis but also one has to be creative, innovative and have a financial support. We should respond to the change, so that wealth comes by default.
Not just this, I got an opportunity to interact with students of several colleges and my friendship net work has widened. I am very much impressed by the way Dr. Gururaj Karjagi handling the sessions and the morals he conveyed to the participants is amazing.
I thank my college TJIT, Shruth & Smith Foundation and VTU for giving me an opportunity to participate in the programme. I look forward another such programme in near future.
ANANTH NOORITHAYA on YTLP
'Young Tech Leadership Program' – The very first time I heard this in my college, I was curious to attend this program and explore the unknown realms of leadership. I am, in fact, very grateful to my college to have selected me amongst others to attend this program.
It all started on 4th November at 5 pm when we had the privilege to listen and comprehend the priceless words of eminent people who had rendered their full-fledged support to the society; to name a few, Justice M. N. Venkatachalaiah, Dr. M. R. Doreswamy and Dr. H. Maheshappa. Their words were so inspiring that a mere description will not be sufficient to explain. Dr. M. R. Doreswamy also initiated a thought to distribute the autobiography of the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, free of cost to all the participants of the program, which was promptly done. The program director, Dr. Gururaj Karajagi, spoke a few words about imbibing leadership qualities to lead a meaningful and inspiring life for the future generations. He also seeded the principles of competency and focus to strive for implementation of proper leadership in all spheres of life.
The next two days were very eventful and I personally had no idea that the program would reveal the intricate disciplines of leadership in such an explicit manner. We had Mr. Sangeeth Varghese and Mr. Suhas Gopinath, two famous young entrepreneurs, addressing the gathering about their struggle to the top and the methods of success. Mr. Sangeeth Varghese coined a phrase to help us understand the dynamics of finance - "Buy It Low, Sell It High". Mr. Suhas Gopinath, the youngest CEO told us about having 'fire in the belly' to achieve the pinnacle of success. We had Mr. K. K. Banerjee explaining us about the traits of management and how best we could leverage our skills to make India the next superpower. It was interactive and served as an eye-opener to us.
I had chosen 'Entrepreneurship' as my track and Mr. Satyesh N. Bellur was our resource person. He was a charismatic and a very dynamic speaker who revealed entrepreneurship's intricate details in an informal yet descriptive way. He was vey lucid and had coined the phrase 'Wealth-by Default' for his presentation. He explained us the process of start-ups, how do we sustain the growth, how do we establish ourselves in the market. He also talked about the perceptions, probable failures and the need of being practical in terms of market research. The most striking feature I observed is the use of real-life examples to illustrate the process of creativity and innovations. During the interim period, we were also given the task of analysing a given case study and drawing conclusions about their path to success.
To sum it up, it was a very useful program and the fact that it was conducted free of cost by the Shruth & Smith Foundation in association with the VTU to encourage engineers to become future leaders, I am blessed. I thank all those who made this program a grand success, especially Mr. Karan Kumar, and my young friend-leaders. I wish them all the best and hope to attend many such programs in the future.
CHETHAN J. on YTLP
The first thing I need to say is: Thanks to Shruth & Smith Foundation and VTU to organize such a worthy event.
All I took from the YTLP are the key aspects like 'Buy Low Sell High' from Sri Sangeeth Varghese and key notes like "recognizing the change that happens around us" from Sri Suhas Gopinath who is my role model. My mentor Sri Satyesh N. Bellur explained about Entrepreneurship and he gave us this concept 'money by default'. His examples and case studies were fantastic. Listening to the living legends like Justice MNV definitely has given a new direction to my attitude.
PRASHANTH K. S. on YTLP
The YTLP was super and I personally enjoyed a lot. The talks from Mr. Suhas Gopinath, Mr. Sangeeth Varghese, Mr. Kalyan Kumar Banerjee, and Dr. Gururaj Karajagi were really motivating to everyone there. The programme helped me to raise my self confidence like speaking in front of a big crowd, and thinking in a different way. The programme like this is a nice way to teach the students how to solve the problems and build the nation. The concept of 'presentations by students' was really awesome. This type of programme is required for the students of all classes so that they can improve their knowledge, strengthen their attitude and participate in the process of nation building in the future. As Mr. Kalyan Banerjee said 'Today's solution is tomorrow's problem', our youth needs to solve those problems and this programme helped to do it.
ANURAG TIWARI on YTLP
"Learning gives creativity. Creativity leads to thinking. Thinking provides knowledge. Knowledge makes you great." - Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
I never imagined my life would take such a tremendous turn, the creativity which lay dormant in me, would suddenly spread out inside my body telling my sole "It's your time, grab the opportunity". I feel YTLP was such a program, where learning was not only through eminent speakers, but the overall environment offered to the program. The atmosphere was truly magnetizing, where speakers like Dr. Karajagi delivered exquisite talk on Mahatma Gandhi and the leadership en-grafted in him. Young experienced entrepreneurs like Mr. Sangeeth gave the concept 'Buy low, sell high', Sri Suhas shared his experience on the hurdles he had to go through before being a great entrepreneur. They both spoke on different principles, which they followed in order to be successful.
The amalgamation of students from all over Karnataka was finally bifurcated into different streams. I had selected Entrepreneurship as my stream. I never knew that the person whom I have heard about so much, will suddenly breakthrough my dreams and come into reality, it was none other than Sri Satyesh Bellur. He is such an exclusive personality that after having such bondage with time could deliver a florid talk on entrepreneurship. He flawlessly distinguished the difference between CREATIVITY and INNOVATION with great examples. He also explained about the advantage of being technical entrepreneurs in future. We were confronted with the concept of 5P's meaning - product, price, position, promotion and passion. He told us the basic essence of being an entrepreneur "CHANGE". There are different kinds of changes like social, cultural and so on; it is our duty to recognize these changes and act according to the change. He also put forth the concept of WINDOW and CORRIDOR and how to consider the time factor in order to utilize these concepts. The different factors of failure was also a great topic of discussion, how planning can entirely bring out deviations in the working of a company was also a great topic. He concluded the topic with a great sentence "Entrepreneurship is all about fulfilling your dreams by responding positively to change and then by planning your enterprise meticulously - money comes by default".
It was time for presentation by students, I could see each one coming out with appreciable ideas and presenting it seamlessly. It was truly the best experience I ever had. THANKS YTLP.
KISHORE K. on YTLP
"Education brings about opportunity, and in turn inspiration."
From the day we attended that session till date I am still thinking of all the words quoted by those great people. I never expected that I would ever be attending this kind of program in my engineering life. It was a dream come true when I had interactions with our program director Dr. Gururaj Karajagi, all resource persons and key speakers of the event.
The domains in which program conducted was excellent. It ensured that I had a glimpse of all four stream i.e., entrepreneurship, social leadership, education management and rural progress. I chose social leadership because I always think that a person should always try to contribute as much as he can to the society. There were many key points which I learnt. First among those I remember much is the success formula which was given by Sri Sangeeth Varghese i.e., 'buy low, sell high'. From our resource persons, I got to know the fact that you always don't need money to serve the needy, in turn, you need to teach them how to earn the money and help them to have their hold in the society. A good leader must always be transparent and should not be self-centred. It was from our nation where we had the world's first social entrepreneur who is King Ashoka. A social leader must have a pure soul.
In our nation we people always blame others for our faults. But we never think what we can do instead of complaining. A social leader must not complain. Instead he must try to be the cause for the change. The person who tries to bring these changes will always be the good leader. A leader must always be an example for his team and he must try to lead from the front instead of waiting for others to do the job.
All together, this program brought many changes in me, uplift of my moral values, ethics and inspired me to contribute to my best for the upgrade of my nation. I prefer such programmes happening every year so that many students like me who are waiting for a chance/change will be benefited.
SHARAN THOMAS on YTLP
My name is Sharan Thomas from Brindavan College of Engineering and if you ask me what I've learnt then all I can say is that the early steps to what my goals and dreams are have now been defined.
I am an aspiring film maker and I came for this programme choosing Entrepreneurship as I would want to start my own production house 'Good Son Productions'.
The program started with Mr. Sangeeth Varghese on his talk to think and be 'crazy' even if people don't agree with you and to hear Mr. Suhas Gopinath's journey from his own mouth. It all makes so much sense to me. From the moment I told my mother that I wanted to be a film maker, she keeps asking me to this day, if I was sure about it, because no one in my family has entered that field. Thanks to both young entrepreneurs, I understand that the
trick is to say YES every time you are asked.
My classes in Entrepreneurship started with Mr. Satyesh Bellur who had prepared 74 slides. I was also given a task where I had to come up with a product and convince them why investing in this business would work. We were given a chance to come forward and present ourselves.
But what I took most from these two days was that, to be an Entrepreneur, to be a successful one, one has to have the attitude, has to be persistent, and also has to be determined. I had the chance to showcase all of these on 6th.
At the closing of the event when I was filling the feedback, the same question was asked, what we learnt from the event, and at the same time I could see people going up on the stage and presenting themselves. I just asked myself "all this that you have learnt can you apply it, do you have what it takes to apply it?" and that made me confident and I was ready to show my movie to the audience. I went on the stage and in front of 500 people including important guests, presented my movie promo. Response was great. Everyone approached me after and wishing me the best.
I learnt a lot from this programme so much that it was altogether an experience. With a little determination and hope, you can make things happen and I got to apply it too. Thanks to Shruth & Smith Foundation.
SWETHA AMAR on YTLP
First and foremost, I should thank Shruth & Smith Foundation and VTU for setting up this Young Tech Leadership Program for engineering students of VTU – Bangalore Region. The program upheld to showcase our hidden leadership potential by giving us a right platform. Thanks for all the members of the foundation especially Dr. Gururaj Karajagi and Sri Karan Kumar for motivating all of us. All the four key areas chosen were extremely good.
The main take away from my side is the concept of 'by low, sell high', by Sri Sangeeth Varghese. Happiness is the key to life, is the main key which I learnt. By using our soft skills we should transform and reach out to people. If we are not good leaders, there can't be good implementation in our country. It may be a very small step, I will take the initiative to change our country from all hazards it is facing and work towards making my country from developing state to developed one.
Our mentor Dr. L. Prasad was excellent in sharing his ' vision and power of leadership' and 'what we cannot see is more important than what we can see' concepts to us. Discipline, communication skills, sensitivity and questioning attitude are important in the path to become a good leader. 'Work without supervision' is such a nice saying, which inspired me a lot.
ROHITH PRASAD on YTLP
Firstly, I would like to thank Shruth & Smith Foundation and VTU for organizing Young Tech Leadership Program, which was such an inspiring programme for the young budding engineers. On the day of inauguration when I entered the PESIT auditorium, I was surprised to see the arrangements of the events. It was so wonderful that as if I have come to an international conference; it was so systematically arranged.
The key note given by Dr. Gururaj Karajagi was pleasant and interaction with him was very nice. Dr. H. Maheshappa, our Vice Chancellor, explained about the purpose behind organizing the program, and told to utilize the opportunities in a right way. Justice MNV explained the values of leadership and the examples given by him were worthy.
The two eminent persons Sri Sangeeth Varghese and Sri Suhas Gopinath sparked the light in my soul. Suhas Gopinath shared his experience of hurdles in the way to becoming an entrepreneur and later a CEO of the company even though he was from a middle class family. How he brought his dreams and innovation into reality was just inspiring for the young minds. What I learnt is that for innovation & creativity, there is no age limit. Even if we are financially weak, if we are brave enough to take challenges in life, no power can stop us from succeeding. Sri Sangeeth Varghese spoke about how to choose a proper career in our life and I also came to know that we should think insignificant, take some years for experience and most importantly, we should have patience. He gave us the phrase 'buy low and sell high'. We also came to know that entrepreneurship is merely not taking risks rather how to reduce the risk. We should not attach too much importance to role models but learn from each & every possible opportunity. 'Leaders never complain' was a great lesson.
Dr. A. S. Seetharamu gave a picture of education management, explained the importance of the primary education, and problems faced by the rural students. The fact that the education is not accessible to all children in India is worrying. Communication skills, sensitivity to social problems, questioning ability and lateral thinking are very important from the students' perspective; spirit of the students should not be degraded. Institution should help the students in personal guidance, career guidance, academic guidance and counselling.
Sri Kalyan Kumar Banerjee shared his views about leadership. He explained about how to interact with the society, how to improve our skills by connecting knowledge, making sense, building relationships, having ethics in life and how to standout in this competitive world. To be interesting, we should have unique strength in us.
Dr. L. Prasad spoke about the education management and said that we should globally enhance the quality of brand India; internally we have to bridge the inequality between two Indians. Soft skills transform people. What we cannot see is more important than what we can see. In a successful organization, the administrator is a gardener (beginner), farmer (successor), forester (top person). We should ensure that vision with action can change the world. Vision should be positive, inspiring, and reachable. Intelligence and capability are not enough; there must be joy of doing something beautiful.
Without right attitude, even if a person is highly talented, and has creative mind, there is no use to the society. Education should teach how to bring changes in the society and educated should start applying the lessons in life for the betterment of the society.
AMARKANT ANIL on YTLP
If there was heaven on Earth on 4th, 5th & 6th of November, it was here at YTLP-2011. Many great leaders motivated, inspired me. Dr. Karajagi has ignited the spirit in my mind, which will last forever and of course, I will try igniting many more. I came with very common / general information regarding the topics, but now, now I can excel on these.
The very important thing I learnt is to never complain in life, which is also the important quality of a leader. I also learnt how to care and give importance to other's feelings & happiness.
Mr. Sangeeth Varghese will be remembered by all, for his dynamic way of motivating us. He not only inspired the gathering in a friendly manner but also made his thoughts very clear to all, whether it is 'doing something insignificant', or 'buying low, selling high', or 'taking slow steps' or 'having patience'.
Mr. Kalyan Banerjee motivated students in a slow, steady and relaxed way. In the end, he left us with a question "Can we really change our INDIA by 2020"? And the answer is 'yes'. It is me who has to take the first step and to be duteous without expecting someone else to do this job. Ms. Mamatha (Rural Progress) took us on a journey of our beautiful rural areas, which will lose their beauty if no appropriate steps are taken. I learnt a lot about rural education, rural health, and rural development.
I was taught to have a control on my attitude, which is balancing my knowledge and skills - this is what is tested more by the world. I would like to say that I grabbed the treasure of moral & fundamental values from this program to share and to use it for myself to become a good human and a good citizen of my country India.
SUJAY N. S. on YTLP
There are lots of things that one can take away from this YTLP event. I would like to share my thoughts I've acquired from every person.
Sri Sangeeth Varghese explained the importance of the phrase 'buying low and selling high' and also detailed on how an insignificant thing can take us up in life step by step.
Sri Suhas Gopinath demonstrated that winners don't do different things, but they do the things differently.
Dr. A. S. Seetharamu explained the importance of primary education and also stressed on the values that are must for any teacher. Also detailed about the achievement motive, which is presently less in our country.
Sri Kalyan Kumar Banerjee explained the importance of choices and also touched on the topic-traits required to become a super power and he also spoke about art of influencing people. He also said leaders should not and will never complain.
Dr. L. Prasad, with his ideas, clearly portrayed what a highly educated and experienced person can bring into our educational system. His methodologies and techniques were great to know and learn. His ideas for any organization to be successful were realistic.
Dr. GURURAJ KARAJAGI: No words to explain his influence on all of us; absolutely great motivator. So far, I never had any role model in my life but after interacting with him I have made up my mind and he is my real GURU.
Justice M. N. Venkatachalaiah, inspired us with his energy and enthusiasm at that age. Hats off to his knowledge in other fields, which is no way in connection with his profession.
The main aim of this program was to motivate and seed the concept of leadership among young engineers. To the best of my knowledge, this program was successful not just because it taught us how to become leaders but also because it gave us an example of a
leader in the form of Mr. Karan Kumar H.
TEJASVI R. on YTLP
I learnt a lot from the Program Director Dr. Gururaj Karajagi. A Leader is the one who creates the path and not follows anyone else. Four major skills any leader must have are leading people, strategic planning, inspiring commitment and managing change. The example that he gave about a girl who got her hairs tonsured for her friend suffering from blood cancer made me realize the joy of giving.
Sri Sangeeth Varghese told about the significance that is felt as the 'insignificance' in others' sight. He also told about the trend 'sell high and buy low' is what a stake holder expects. "The decisions that we take on time / situation matter; if we have completely lost the control on any situation and every door of safety is closed, then it is better to abandon." – a very good lesson for all of us.
Sri Suhas Gopinath, the young entrepreneur at the age of fourteen, narrated his life history that took turns and landed up as an entrepreneur. The hatred towards 'Rejection' and 'No' made him cross all the borders and reach the place where he is now.
I was given a complete picture of the present status of our rural areas, and the developmental activities that need to be carried out in order to see a much required progress in this sector by Ms. Mamatha.
Sri Kalyan Kumar Banerjee spoke about abundance, problems in having choices and self-power.
Finally, I must tell about this great person, Sri Karan Kumar who has made this event happen by leading from the front, motivated all the way as a good speaker and as a good listener too. I am very happy being a part of this event.
CHETHAN KUMAR N. on YTLP
The first thing I would like to do is to thank each and everybody who made this conference happen. We learnt so many things and more than anything else, had the opportunity of interacting with many eminent people.
Suhas Gopinath's aggressive nature, persistent focus, and dedication inspired all of us a lot. Sangeeth Varghese! What an orator. The way he attracts the crowd when he speaks makes us totally FIXED to what he says and demands attention is amazing. Both have surely been the examples of young business ventures in their own game and definitely have inspired us to be "YOUR OWN MAN".
RAMYA G. S. on YTLP
Sangeeth Varghese started his keynote with these wonderful words "This world is not made up of atoms or molecules. This world is not even made of elements, which physicists, biologists or chemists think of; this world is made up of stories alone". All we heard in 3 days was stories of great leaders. The story of Suhas Gopinath was truly inspiring. This is a great start taken by Shruth & Smith Foundation to create more such inspiring stories of young students in the near future. No matter what he does, each and every person plays a central role in the history of the world, but normally he doesn't know it. This great effort helped us to know, to some extent, what is our role. I thank each and every single person who was part of organizing such a program.
ANTONY AVINASH LAWRENCE on YTLP
"An idea is like a virus, resilient, highly contagious and the smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define who you are. A simple little thought can change everything." But then thoughts have to be channelized, in the right direction requiring motivation, inspiration and most importantly skills.
Speeches from Key Note Speakers provided motivation, their success stories inspiration, and the resource persons instilled skills. Be it Dr. Gururaj Karajagi's leadership-beauty comparison, "Leadership is Hard to define, but you will know it when you see it" truly a nugget of wisdom; Mr. Sangeeth Varghese's 'buy it low, sell it high', profit-centred formula for business management; awe inspiring youngest entrepreneur Suhas Gopinath's "fire within, hunger to achieve"; or my entrepreneurship theme resource person, Sri Satyesh Bellur's "Money by default", four-pointers; these words are still resonating in my mind.
Fulfilling one's dreams, responding positively to change, meticulous planning of an enterprise, recognizing opportunities, making life easier and simpler are few among many other things that I could inculcate from the workshop. The YTLP stage could be seen as a 'treasure trove of knowledge' and each of these speakers who are educationists, entrepreneurs & CEOs, as repositories of intellect.
The Indian Diaspora exhibits diversity in everything, people, cultures, skills, capabilities and a leader in order to work effectively with people and build team spirit should be sensitive to all this. Mr. Kalyan Kumar Banerjee pondered upon this by explaining how showing empathy, compassion, care and support are sometimes more valuable to employees than monetary rewards and fringe benefits. "One cannot be a leader if he complains".
In an era of downsizing and outsourcing, security is foremost in the minds of employees. Hence, I have learnt that financial skills like understanding and depreciation, amortization, ratio analysis, break-even analysis is critical. While we keep profitable thoughts pouring in from all sides and a magnanimous character and personality success is guaranteed. As the popular adage goes - "Give a person a fish, and you feed that person for a day; teach a person how to fish, and you feed that person for life."
YTLP has been a teacher in myriad different ways and has moulded my thinking. I hope everything I have imbibed through this program steers my way through success. Sincere thanks to Shruth & Smith Foundation for organizing YTLP.
YATHIN K. S. on YTLP
YTLP – an event that could suffice the needs of many young minds whose burning desires to do something was shaping up. This came as the answer to students who had many questions boggling them with regard bring about the changes. The sole purpose of YTLP to bring the young minds towards the nation's progress had succeeded.
I had opted for Entrepreneurship. I had a few questions in mind as to what was necessary to become a successful entrepreneur. Well inspired by the success stories like the Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, etc. I wanted to know was it like the bookish way of instincts that they followed or was it the logic and proper planning that will come to our rescue.
The key note speakers were very well chosen. They were inspiring, and showed us, the path to success wasn't easy to conquer. The life story of Mr. Suhas Gopinath was connecting, as he like the many, had the situations of an orthodox middle class family. Mr. Sangeeth Varghese jolted up the show with his amazing wit and humour. Mr. Kalyan Kumar Banerjee did a very fantastic job in showing the many reasons to existence, the change that has come about and the flexibility necessary to adopt the fast changing phase in "Evolution". Dr. Gururaj Karajagi was his dynamic self radiating his aura throughout the event.
The resource person Mr. Satyesh Bellur was fantastic. He came up with brilliant sessions. We learnt about the necessary parts towards entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial culture, entrepreneurial heritage and entrepreneurial types. The type of entrepreneurs who walked the earth since, the history itself could remember. We learnt the necessary "TO DO" towards building up of an enterprise. The necessary tips not to forget when initializing technology start ups and also to keep it running for the rest of the future too. We even were kept in a team and completed the tasks at hand and not to mention enjoyed doing so too.
"Entrepreneurship is fulfilling your dreams by responding positively to change & then by planning your enterprise meticulously - wealth follows." – This statement from Mr. Satyesh Bellur is enough to summarize the session.
It wouldn't be wrong to say YTLP brought the young VTU minds together and I must thank Shruth & Smith Foundation for doing so.
MRUDULA R. on YTLP
"While eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them" says a Chinese proverb. Therefore, I heartily thank Shruth & Smith Foundation, which has produced many budding leaders. I learnt not to complain for becoming a successful leader. This was the thought, which changed my attitude. I am so excited to spread the lovely and inspiring message that I gained from the workshop.
Dr. Gururaj Karajagi inspired the young and budding minds with simple stories, which we all can never forget. I have gained complete knowledge about how a person can become a successful leader and a great person. We need to be the cause for the change. I will never forget the experience, stories and the great people who spoke to us. I will always cherish and implement the message I have carried from the workshop. I thank the foundation once again.
VIJETH V. REDDY on YTLP
I have learnt a lot of new things in the YTLP. I am privileged to have attended the Young Tech Leadership Program. Inspiring young minds is not an easy job, according to me, because we have seen a lot more things than the previous generation; in this matter, I have been inspired, enlightened by the work of YTLP.
Dr. C. P. Bhatta's session was simply superb because I learnt about spirituality, leadership and a lot more. Vision, mission, action – these words are still in my mind, those who follow this will surely succeed; this is what King Ashoka, the first entrepreneur, did. Mr. Suhas Gopinath inspired with his talks. According to him there are always opportunities for everyone but we have to try and grab it before it is gone. Mr. Venkatesh Murthy showed us videos of people who are serving the society in one way or the other. It is a light for the people to do something if not everything for the betterment of people who have nothing but poverty, hunger. I have taken these things to my heart; I will surely help those needy people with what I can.
I may not have the words to tell what I learnt but in my mind and heart it will always be remembered that I have attended a program, which made me feel something for the society.
DIVYA D. P. on YTLP
It is an immense pleasure that I got a chance to attend a programme like YTLP. It was highly inspiring thanks to all the resource persons and the key note speakers. The important points I learnt in the sessions are empowering ordinary citizens to make an extraordinary difference, focus on human values, ability to identify leadership qualities of people around. Leadership is a beauty; it cannot be defined. To be a superpower means attaining responsibility such as generosity, sense of inclusion, tolerance and empathy for other people. Anything that is abundant is difficult to differentiate. Thanks to Shruth & Smith Foundation.
MADAN MAHAVEER MANAKATTI on YTLP
I can say that, I am just missing YTLP; such a wonderful event neatly organized by Shruth & Smith Foundation. Learnt many things in the team and felt that I was in a family. I realised my potential to be a leader. The speech, presentation given by various dignitaries was really motivating. Thanks to YTLP, now I am more confident about myself.
BADRINARAYAN S. on YTLP
The most significant thing that made me like the program was 'change'. People don't realize what change is, but a small change at this age can trigger a great outcome that helps the society. The present education system makes a student very bookish and practical thinking is lost. This has to be changed at least by some initiative for: students can't suffer anymore with books always; they need to explore the world. A leader can trigger this change and make it permanent.
Rural education is the backbone of our society as we have 72% of Indians in rural India. A school with less number of students must be merged with a school with significantly more students which increases efficiency and saves time for teachers and also gives a better environment for students to play around and explore with more number of other students.
A secure job and a luxurious life is enough for us to live for, we never understand or care for others' cause. Education is left ignorantly even by parents. They don't send their children to study but send them to work. Embarrassing but they forget that they need to train their children to help the society with education. Teachers, students and parents form the three vertices of a triangle but in rural areas, parent 'vertex' has just no idea about what his/her children study. Basic education needs practical learning but the kind of system in our society makes a student know about an APPLE from the book! What is the use of it if a child doesn't know what an apple is? He/she should feel it, see it and know about it. We learn well only when all our senses are actively participating in what we try to learn.
The 'National Education Day' is celebrated on 11th November from the year 2011 and this I hope may motivate people. Now I am more than just motivated to do something to the field of education and develop the society. We need time to educate 72% & growing rural population of India, and the initiative should be taken today. I am planning, with some of my friends, as to what should be done to give proper education at least in the rural parts of Bangalore. We will surely come up with a good idea and start working on the same.
It was very kind of Shruth & Smith Foundation to have arranged such a good program and motivate students. Very much appreciable!!!