They had facilitated a change, made a difference, and touched the lives of hundreds of children in the country. They had experiences to narrate and initiatives to share with. They had been successful students and professionals, yet chose to become social entrepreneurs. The young panellists at the Confederation of Indian Industry – Young Indians (CII-Yi) meeting here on Saturday spoke on “Social Re-engineering – the Way Forward for India”.
At a session moderated by Kezevino Aram, Director of Shanti Ashram, Arundhuti Gupta, Founder Trustee and Chief Executive Officer of Mentor Together, Sriram V Ayer, Founder of NalandaWay Foundation, and Sonal Kapoor, Founder of Protsahan India Foundation, spoke for just about 10 minutes each, explaining the work they are doing as social entrepreneurs.
While Shanti Ashram is engaged in integrated rural development, Mentor Together mentors the disadvantaged youth and strengthens their capabilities so that they can pursue their goals. NalandaWay has empowered over 8,700 children in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kashmir, and Bihar and uses art to make the children more creative and productive. Protsahan works on creative education and skill development with programmes for street children and women in slums.
Highlighting that Coimbatore industries had always focused on corporate social responsibility, Ravi Sam, former Chairman of CII – Coimbatore Zone, and Shankar Vanavarayar, former National Chairman of Yi, pointed out that the initiatives can start at the industry-level and expand to larger communities.
Young Indians speak about the way forward for India