Welcome to the Leader passengers of LEAD Prayana! The leadership journey starts right here...
Get, Set, Go!!!!
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
An opportunity to meet LEADers like Gururaj Deshpande.
"The strong live and the weak die. There is some bloodshed, and out of it emerges a much leaner industry, which tends to survive.-Ratan Tata "
"Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership"
"A true leader has the courage to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions and compassion to listen to the needs of others"
-Douglas Mc Carther
"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality".
-Warren G Bennis
Day 1 and Day2: Belgaum
LEAD Prayana participants began its third day of the journey full of energy. They did Yoga under the guidance of Dr. Ramaswamy(Executive Director of Patanjali Yoga Shikshana Samithi). The students also visited Siddaganga Math and were blessed by Sree Sree Sree Shivkumar Swamiji. They also participated in community activities at the Math.
Day 4: Dodballapur
Participants began their day at S-VYASA with a session by Pro vice Chancellor of S-VYASA, Dr. H Nagendra. He spoke about the importance of Yoga in daily life and advantages of practicing it.
Day 14: Hubli
The morning started off with a morning session with Suhas Gopinath. The students also interacted with Rashmi Bansal, Kailash Satyarthi and N R Narayan Murthy. They shared their life story and motivated students to dream big and work hard.
Throughout the 14-day journey, the Prayana students traveled 1,800 kms to interact with 12 role models throughout 9 locations. Each day was packed with excitement, enjoyment and learning to ensure that Prayana students kept their energy high.
Day 1: Belgaum
The 120 students kicked off their journey at VTU in Belgaum. After the students completed the registration process, they spent the day learning about VTU and its impressive efforts. The day ended with the kick off ceremony, which included Guests of Honor and Dr. H Maheshappa (Vice Chancellor, VTU), Dr. Raj Melville (Executive Director, Deshpande Foundation) and Mr. Naveen Jha (CEO, Deshpande Foundation). The Guests of Honor addressed the students and wished them luck on their leadership journeys ahead.
|Dr. H Maheshappa (Vice Chancellor, VTU)|
|2014 LEAD Prayana Group|
After a flag off from VTU in the morning, the students made their way to Sagar. They got to know their travel companions along the way through various bonding activities. After arriving in Sagar, the group went on an exposure visit to Charaka. An evening session with Charaka and DESI founder, Prasanna, helped the students learn how they can cope with the mistakes in their lives. The got a taste of rural lifestyle during their night stay in Heggodu village.
|Prayana Flag Off from VTU|
|Session with Prasanna (Founder, Charaka and Desi)|
|Manipal University Site Visit|
Day 3: Manipal
The students spent the day at Manipal University! They begin their Manipal experience with interactive sessions with Manipal University Chancellor Dr. Mohandas Pai and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr. Vinod Bhat. After the session, the students were given the opportunity to tour beautiful and futuristic Manipal campus.
|Mr. Sasi Sekar (Founder and CEO, nanoPix)|
Day 4: Manipal
Students got to see nanoPix Cashew Sorting Machine first-hand. While cashew sorting can be a lengthy process because of the need for visual inspection, the nanoPix Cashew Sorting Machine relies on its ImageIn Technology to more quickly and efficiently inspect the cashew nuts. The students then engaged in a session with nanoPix, Sasi Sekar (Founder and CEO, nanoPix). He inspired the students with his advice about identifying passion and channeling it to become an entrepreneur.
The students left Manipal and traveled towards Dharmasthala. On the way, the students participated in sharing and more bonding activities.
|Dharmasthala Site Visit|
The students started their day with an exposure visit to SIRI. Next, the students performed street skits to create awareness about cleanliness inside and outside the Dharmasthala temple. Students commented that this activity taught them teamwork and communication skills. The day ended with a role model session with Dr. Veerendra Heggade (Dharmadhikari, Dharmasthala). Dr. Heggade addressed the students regarding religion.
|Dharmasthala Site Visit|
|Session with Dr. Veerendra Heggade|
Day 6: Sullia
An exposure visit to a suspension bridge was beautiful and exhilarating. A role model session with Mr. Girish Bharadwaj, the bridge builder behind these suspension bridges, helped the students understand the necessity of improving connectivity between rural communities and urban cities.
|Session with Mr. B. Girish Bharadwaj|
Day 7: Mysore
The students spent the day at Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM). They visited the hospital, radio station, and different schools run by SVYM. Students enjoyed learning about SVYM, its history, and its success.
|Site Visit to SVYM|
Day 8: Mysore and Dodballapur
|Site Visit to Infosys|
|Site Visit to Infosys|
|Session with Dr. Narayan Reddy|
Day 9: Dodballapur and Bangalore
The students started their day bright and early with an interactive session with Dr. Narayan Reddy. He spoke to the students about the importance of living a life full of simplicity and self-satisfaction. After the session with Dr. Reddy, the students enjoyed exploring his farm. The group then left the farm and made its way to Bangalore for a session with Mr. Ramji Raghavan (Founder, Agastya International Foundation).
|Session with Mr. Ramji Raghavan|
|Prayanis Enjoying in Kuppam|
The students were lucky enough to spend two days enjoying at Agastya International Foundation in Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh. At Agastya, students gained excitement for learning through many hands-on activities. From constructing a model of a dear out of waste products, to trying out hands-on science projects, to exploring the surrounding nature on early morning nature walks, students were constantly engaged in learning and building upon their teamwork and creative abilities.
|Community Activities in Kuppam|
Day 12: Chitradurga and Hubli
The morning started off with a morning session with Dr. Sri Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, present head of the Math in Chitradurga. He told the students about his role in the Math and spoke to them about the importance of maintaining concentration and focus in life. After the session, the students made their way towards Hubli to help with Yuva Summit preparations.
|Session with Dr. Sri Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru|
|Session with Mr. T.V. Mohandas Pai|
Day 13 marked the first day of Yuva Summit, an annual national conference on promoting leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation within youth. The Prayana students spent the morning visiting the LEAD project displays and attending the LEAD Alumni and LEAD Talk sessions. In the afternoon they had sessions with Mr. Raju Reddy (Executive Vice President for Global Services, Hitachi Consulting), Mr. Srikanth Bolla (Founder, Aashadeep Pvt Ltd), Mr. Phanindra Sama (Co-founder and CEO, redbus.in), Dr. Gururaj Deshpande (Chairman, Sparta Group LLC), Mr. Suhas Gopinath (Founder, CEO and Chairman, Globals Inc), Mr. T.V. Mohandas Pai (Chairman, Manipal Global Education) and Mr. Naveen Jha (CEO, Deshpande Foundation).
|Session with Dr. Gururaj Deshpande and Mrs. Jaishree Deshpande|
|Session with Phanindra Sama|
|Session with Mr. Srikanth Bolla|
Day 14: Hubli
|Community activity in Hubli|
|Community activity in Hubli|
Day 15: Hubli
The students learned about the social impacted created by NGOs with visits to Akshaya Patra and Kalkeri Sangeeth Vidyalaya. The students enjoyed a full kitchen tour, as well as an interactive learning session where they were able to ask in detail about Akshaya Patra’s method, outreach, and successes.Upon their arrival to KSV, the students toured the grounds and observed some of the children during their music and acting classes.
Detailed information about Role models
Jairam Ramesh (Hon. Minister of Rural Development and Member of Parliament, Government of India)
Mr. Jairam Ramesh currently serves as the Rural Development Minister. From 2000-2002 he served as Deputy Chairman of the Karnataka State Planning Board and on the Economic Advisory Council of Andhra Pradesh. Following the formation of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in 2004, Jairam joined the National Advisory Council. In 2009, Jairam was given independent charge of Environment and Forests. He was also the chief negotiator for India at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference that took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. In addition to his work in politics, Ramesh has been a columnist for the Business Standard, Business Today, The Telegraph, Times of India, and India Today. He is a founding member of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad.
Dr. Veerendra Heggade (Dharmadhikari, Dharmasthala)
The Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala, Dr. Veerendra Heggade is a leader, philanthropist, educator, social reformer, and an emissary of art and culture. Dr. Heggade is the Director of Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI). He is also a member of the National Foundation for Communal Harmony, Delhil; Shree Amarnathji Shrine Board, Jammu and Kashmirl Advisory Board of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development; and Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams Development Advisory Council. He has undertaken project programs for the economic, social, and moral uplifting of poor agricultural laborers, artisans, and others.
Phanindra Sama is Co-Founder & CEO of redbus.in, India’s first and largest bus ticketing company. Founded in Aug. 2006, redbus today has operations across 22 states and offers services for ~19,000+ routes and has built relationship with about 700+ bus operators and 40,000+ travel agents. redbus was nominated by Forbes as one of the top five startups in 2010. redbus is ranked #1 amongst the fastest growing companies in India in a survey conducted by the All World Network. Phanindra is ranked #3 among India’s "Most Promising Entrepreneurs" by Business World. He was also chosen as a Global Shaper in the 2011 World Economic Forum.
For more than two decades, Dr. Narayan Reddy has been a role model for many organic farmers. He is enthusiastic to innovate, experiment, learn and share. As a farmer, he surpassed national record crop yields but soon realized the ill effects of chemical farming and switched over to organic farming. His farm is a model for several alternatives, including SRI paddy cultivation and his methods have been studied by international dignitaries as well as reputed scientists. Dr. Reddy travels widely across the country, interacting with thousands of farmers and NGOs and is also a special invitee for national and international seminars and policy discussions.
Mr. P. Manivannan (IAS) (Chief Project Officer, Karnataka State Highways Improvement Project)
Manivannan also previously served as Managing Director of the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM).
B. Girish Bharadwaj (Karnataka Bridge Builder)
Prasanna is an actor, writer, director, and Gandhian who passed over his opportunity to do his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur to pursue his love of theatre. What sets Prasanna apart from other passionate people, though, is that he combined his passion for theatre with activism and led "Samudaya", a radical theatre movement for masses and workers. He later founded Charaka, a women’s co-operative society near Shimoga, Karnataka, that produces naturally dyed cotton handloom garments, which are sold under the ‘Desi’ brand name. Charaka employs nearly 200 women and has a decent turnover of a crore of rupees and each woman takes home an average of Rs. 3000 a month. The value of this money that a woman earns with clean technology and clean air here is much higher than what her counterpart in the city earns at an export-oriented garment factory.
Vijay Sankeshwar (Founder and Managing Director, VRL Logistics Ltd)
Naveen Jha (CEO, Deshpande Foundation)
Naveen Jha is the CEO of the Deshpande Foundation, India. He has been with the Foundation since its inception and has pioneered a series of youth development program, including LEAD, that helps transform the attitudes of young people into solving problems locally. Under Naveen’s leadership, the Foundation has touched thousands of lives including non-profits, students, youth, academics, and universities. He holds a Masters in International Development from Brandeis University in the US.
Safe Hands 24x7 is the first company in Karnataka that appoints and manages women security and housekeeping personnel to different households and organizations. By providing women security guards, Safe Hands 24x7 is able to meet the specific needs of organizations such as girls’ hostels or women’s colleges. Safe Hands 24x7 coordinates with self-help groups to recruit its female security guards from slums or villages. By employing these women, Safe Hands 24x7 is helping improve the their own livelihoods as well as the livelihoods of their families.
*Journey will start on January7th at 11 AM at VTU and will conclude at the Deshpande Foundation in Hubli on the evening of January 21st.
- Journey Introduction at VTU
- Session at VTU with Prof. H. Maheshwappa (Vice Chancellor, VTU) and Naveen Jha (CEO, Deshpande Foundation).
- Evening at Sagar and Role Model session with Prasanna (Founder, Charaka/Desi) and exposure visit to Charaka/Desi.
- Night stay at Heggodu village near Charakha
- Exposure visit to Manipal University.
- Speaker session with Dr. Vinod Bhat (Pro-Vice Chancellor, Manipal University)
- Exposure visit to cashew industry and session with Mr. Sasi Sekhar Krish (CEO, Nanopix)
- Dharshana and site visits to SKDRDP and SIRI
- Role model session with Dr. Veerendra Heggade
- Exposure visit to suspension bridge
- Role model session with Mr. Girish Bharadwaj
- Exposure visit to Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement work at Saragur and Hosahalli and experiencing tribal life.
- Exposure visit to Infosys
- Panel session in Bangalore
- Exposure visit to Agastya Foundation and hands on science activities
- Full day of activities at Agastya Foundation and exposure visit to rural community.
- Session with Murga Mathi Swamiji
- Exposure visit to VRL
- Yuva Summit: Innovative leadership projects showcasing and panel sessions by LEAD LEADers
- Role model session with Suhas Gopinath
- Yuva Summit: Innovative leadership projects showcasing and inspiring speakers session.
- Community Activity
- Panel session
- Exposure visits to Akshaya Patra, Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya, Safe Hands, and Seven Beans