Bringing out change in the world is a desire of many, but often remains an unfulfilled one, for most of us are scared of facing the struggles and vagaries of time. Kaizen aims at building a world where everyone has the potential to deal with transgressions of the society. NSS IITD has been organizing the social extravaganza, Kaizen for the past two years. With involvement of 40+ student bodies and NGOs, it has been a focal point for discussion and interaction between multiple social bodies. This time, true to its name, Kaizen’18 would be improved, bigger and better. With the pun duly intended, the inaugural event Sangहर्ष focuses on bringing into limelight, the struggles of people working towards a noble cause and how in the process they brought about collective happiness and prosperity.
JAI PRAKASH DABRAL
The President of Himalayan Chipko Foundation, J P Dabral, is a social entrepreneur and a social activist. Honoured by the Ashoka Fellowship, Real Heroes Award by CNN IBN, International Green Apple Award by Green Organization, U.K. and the India Awaken Award by Hindustan Times. He has lived a very inspiring life, encapsulating a decade-long crusade that has saved thousands of trees in Uttarakhand. He began studying law at 55 to fight Garhwal’s timber mafia in court. With the forest cover in Uttarakhand depleting fast, his activism assumes a key role in conserving what remains. The struggle didn’t just exeert him physically and mentally, but blemished his personal life too. He had to flee home when no action was taken on complaints that his life was being threatened by the timber mafia. His “emotional connect” to his cause, however, continues. He is currently pursuing more than 11 cases in the Supreme Court against the mafia.
His major aim now is to conserve the flora and fauna of the Himalayas for the future generations by restricting the thoughtless plunder of the natural resources by the criminal bureaucratic-politician-judiciary nexus. His major action is through policy interventions in developmental projects by making them environment friendly. One of the few environmentalists, he has time and again emphasized that electricity, water and roads are a fundamental right of every citizen of the country.
SRIJAN PAL SINGH
Srijan Pal Singh is an author, public speaker and social entrepreneur. He is the CEO and CoFounder of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre, a non-profit organization working on integrated missions across multiple dimensions in an effort to continue on the vision and works of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. There are over 150 branches of Kalam Centre across the nation and abroad working on how youth can transform the world around them.
He was appointed as Officer on Special Duty and Advisor for Policy and Tech to the 11th President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, where he worked as a close aide on various consulting works. He has co-authored three books with Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam titled Target 3 Billion, Advantage India and Reignited. His latest book, 13th overall, The Black Tiger, defeating India’s corrupted and realizing Dr. Kalam’s dream of a corruption free India was recently launched by Padma Bhushan Shri Anna Hazare. Two of this books, Reignited (for 2015) and What Can I Give (for 2016) were nominated in top 5 books of the year in their category at the Raymond Crossword Book Awards.
Pritika Mehta has challenged multiple stereotypes. She is a mathematician, data scientist and social experimenter. She has done her bachelors in Computer Science from India and then followed up with Masters in Artificial Intelligence from State University of New York, Buffalo. She sits on the advisory board of Queen Elizabeth’s Young Leaders and is mentoring young Commonwealth leaders on AI and technology innovation.
Pritika has also worked with three startups and multinational companies like Bank of America, Tripadvisor etc. She is leading Kiddycoders, an initiative to teach young kids about coding and Artificial Intelligence.Pritika was a mentor at ‘Girls Who Code’ to support and increase the number of women in computer science. She was also selected as a ‘City Awake Delegate’ of Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. She is a TEDx speaker and gave her talk at TEDxWilmington, USA and is also a licensee for TEDxChandigarh.
Simarpreet Singh is an emerging face in the world as an edutainer . Passionate about education, entertainment, technology, media, marketing and anything that requires original thinking, he is the founder of media-tech venture Mindbatteries. He has
Spent a lot of time in social experimentation, cognitive surplus utilization and designing social campaigns, and has designed and conducted more than 300 knowledge events like quizzes, spellbees, trainings, conferences etc., wherein each quiz series has engaged more than a million students in India. He has received accolades from Economic Times, world’s second largest business newspaper, as a business quizmaster.
Selected by World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper. He has also represented India at World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Headquarters in Geneva, been invited to WEF’s Global Shaper Conferences – Shape North America and Shape Chin and chosen to represent India in ‘Aman ki Asha’ peace debates with Pakistan. And that’s not all, he was elected as Curator (Chair) of WEF Global Shapers Hub in Chandigarh,India and chosen by TED to curator the first ever TEDxChandigarh.
Witness the stories of these four change makers who led campaigns supporting noble causes and overcame the adversities faced, in Sangharsh: Stories of Change Makers, 24th February, 09:15PM – 12:00PM, LH121, in KAIZEN 2018, at IIT Delhi.
This and many more such motivational and inspiring events are awaiting you, in KAIZEN 2018, organized by NSS IIT Delhi, held on 24th and 25th February 2018, in the premises of IIT Delhi. Experience multitudes of NGOs and social startups discussing a plethora of ideas and presenting their work aimed towards building our nation as a better place to live.
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