Social entrepreneurship in IITs

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    IITs : adding new dimensions

    Prepared by:

    Himanshu Yadav, B.Tech, 3rd yr, Meta.

    Sandeep Dabur, B.Tech, 3rd yr, Civil

    IIT Roorkee

  • Social Entrepreneurship

    Social entrepreneurship is the work of a

    social entrepreneur. A social

    entrepreneur is someone who recognizes

    a social problem and uses entrepreneurial

    principles to organize, create, and

    manage a venture to make a social


  • Social and Business

    Entrepreneurs: The Difference

    Business entrepreneurs typically measure performance in profit and return, social entrepreneurs assess their success in terms of the impact they have on society.

    Social entrepreneurs often work through non-profits and citizen groups, while business entrepreneurs work in the private and governmental sectors

  • IITs : Current Role

    IITs as technology providers

    IITs as technology introducer

    IITs as training grounds for technology

    introduction and usage

    Adding to the intellectual capital of the


  • IITs are accountable to Society

    With funds coming from the tax payers pocket it

    becomes imperative for the IITs to be

    accountable to the society.

    Current initiatives such as NSS, few training

    programs, etc. do not justify the status &

    potential of IITs & IITians as nation builders.

    This calls for a need to develop an extensive

    approach towards nation building with inputs

    from IIT staff, students and alumni.

  • Benefits of Social


    Forms the financial backbone of all non

    profitable work for social cause and

    enhances self sustainability.

    Leverages an asset or capability that you

    already possess.

    Addresses a defined but unsatisfied need

    & want in the community, especially in the

    rural areas.

  • IITs and Social Entrepreneurship

    IITs have the necessary knowledge

    resource for initiation of such projects and

    taking social entrepreneurship to the

    desired level in India.

    Knowledge resource is available in the

    form of faculty, students & well

    established alumni base.

  • What can be done?

    1. Making social entrepreneurship practices

    a part of student life.

    2. Providing opportunities for students to

    engage with the community.

    3. Encouraging students to opt for Social

    Entrepreneurship as a career option.

  • 1. Social Entrepreneurship in







  • Additional Benefits

    Success of such projects is most likely to

    invite proposals from industry.

    They can route their corporate social

    responsibility tasks to the student

    community via faculty or alumni or

    through direct interaction with students.


    It gives them a chance to


    Students get a chance to work on live

    projects which makes it highly attractive

    for those planning to go for higher


  • 2. Students engaging with community

    Using NSS as a launch pad to directly come in contact with society.

    Work on the dictum of The person who faces the problem knows the maximum about that problem.

    Deprived folks of society to tell their problems along with their likely solutions to students who will take the next action.

  • 3. Social entrepreneurship as a career option

    This not only provides a satisfaction out of serving society but also takes into consideration the monetary side of one's career.

    Expose students to this option through collaboration with social entrepreneurship enterprises.

    Independent minded students to benefit the most.

  • The Steps to be taken

    Two pronged process at the heart of agenda:

    1. To be taken up by students. 2. To be taken by the institute.

  • Steps: By Students

    Blogs Blogs are a great way of reaching out

    to fellow students, thus making efforts in social entrepreneurship reaching a mass level with participation from across the campus.

    Establishment of new entity with characteristics of both NSS and Entrepreneurship Development Council.

  • Steps: By Institute

    Collaboration with social enterprises like Ashoka, etc.

    Symposiums on social entrepreneurship inviting experts working in this area.

    Establishment of proper Alumni-Students interaction channels to equip students with wise decision making using their vast industry experience.

  • In a Nutshell

    We are hoping that IITs contribute more to the society in a more meaningful and effective manner than what IITs are doing at present.

    Social entrepreneurship is one aspect

    where there is ample scope for IITs to come at par with the hopes of Indian society to which they are responsible.