Innovation, Crowdfunding and Social Responsibility highlighted at National Conference
With an aim to promote Daan Utsav, the Indian joy of giving week, ‘National Conference for Youth in Social Change’ was organized by Manipal University in collaboration with Volunteer Services Organisation on August 5 and 6 at TMA Pai Hall.
The event comprised speakers who work towards bringing about a change in the Indian society and focus on education and upliftment of the poor. Dr Harish Hande inaugurated the event by laying emphasis on the importance of citizens’ cooperation with the government for any initiative to succeed.
One of the panelists, Shaheen Mistri, founder and CEO, Teach for India spoke about how disparities in opportunities, differentiate children like her daughters from those children who do not have the privilege to receive an education. A short interactive session after her talk helped the audience gain a better insight into the program. Umesh Asher, founder of Vendiman (also a DaanUtsav volunteer) and Dr Arun Shanbagh, Chief Innovation Officer, Manipal University also shared their thoughts on Daan Utsav and innovation among the youth, respectively.
Delegates engaging in an interactive session during the conference. || Photograph Courtesy: Tamannah Wadehra
Three contests, Film-Making, Ten Crore Indian Giving and Swaccha Bharat, were included in the conference facilitating active participation of the delegates. Aarti Madhusudan, Founder, Governance Counts explained how the thought ‘only certain people can give and only certain people can receive’ is an absolute misconception. She also prompted the audience to involve the government and its bodies in their initiatives.
Panelists at the discussion of ‘Power of Crowdfunding’ answering the delegates’ queries. || Photograph Courtesy: Baisil Kunjumon
The Power of Crowdfunding, a panel discussion with the three gurus of the concept – Varun Sheth, co-founder and CEO of Ketto, Anoj Viswanathan, co-founder of Milaap and Piyush Jain, co-founder Impact Guru addressed the gathering on the nuances of crowdfunding. When asked about causes getting support on the internet, Anoj Viswanathan said, “If I can visualize a before, and visualize an after, I will be more likely to support your page.” “Crowdfunding is a human behaviour which has existed offline before the invention of crowdfunding websites,” he added.
The conference was attended by nearly 600 students from across the country. “People need to come up with ideas and emphasize on the concept of collaboration so that diverse people can unite for a change,” said A.M. Amith, a third-year student from College of Engineering, Trivandrum (CET), Kerala.
Winner of the ‘Ten Crore Indians Giving’ contest from CET, Kerala during the valedictory function. || Photograph Courtesy: Baisil Kunjumon
The conference concluded with the felicitation of the contest winners and a campus tour for the delegates.
Edited by Shreya Job
With inputs from Shivani Singh
Featured Image: Shaheen Mistri, social activist and educator during the conference || Courtesy: Tamanna Wadehra