Better than the Best
A National Youth Convention was held on 28th and 29th September, 2013 at Ramakrishna Mission, Khar, Mumbai, to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. A similar event was held across the globe at Chicago, Burma, Thailand and other places. The theme of this programme was ‘Living with an Idea’ and the presentations were based on the issues that hamper India’s progress and development.
A team of MET MMS students - Neha Baokar, Mayur Bhagwat and Kunal Garad participated in this prestigious event. The 1st round consisted of writing an abstract on the topics given by the organizers, in 500 words. Out of the 60 abstracts that were submitted by professional colleges from across the nation, ranging from a wide spectrum of disciplines like - Engineering, Technology, Management, Medical and Law, only 9 were shortlisted for the final round of presentation, which was held on 29th September, 2013. The colleges that were selected were MET, JBIMS, SIMSREE, SPJIMR, IIT Kanpur, IIT Varanasi, NMIMS, VES Polytechnic and the Durgadevi Saraf Institute of Management.
The MET team won the Runners Up position and prize money of Rs. 25000 for their presentation on ‘Sensitising Indian masses about corruption steeped in all walks of life’, which was also webcast on www.sv150nyc.com, in real time.
The programme was very widely represented and attended by corporate houses, NGOs, social entrepreneurs and Math Swamis. Some of the prominent speakers were Shri S. K. Roy, Chairman, LIC India, Dr. Jayant Narlikar, Astro Physicist, Arvind Inamdar, Former DGP, Maharashtra. Young social entrepreneurs and thought leaders like Vinayak Lohani, Founder of Parivar, Charudatta Jadhav, Head Innovation Strategy, TCS, Triloknath Keshri, Umesh Malhotra and Anshu Gupta, Founder of Goonj, addressed the two day convention and motivated young leaders of the future.
“It was exciting, and more than just an event; as the very theme ignites wholesome thinking and goes beyond micro issues to the national problem and finding a sustainable solution. It was indeed fulfilling” said a MET team member. Congratulations to the solution finders from MET, who dissected such a complex national issue and presented implementable plans that will not only curb the problem, but also promote a healthy societal framework, which alone can make India shine brighter on the world map.