IITs : adding new dimensions
Himanshu Yadav, B.Tech, 3rd yr, Meta.
Sandeep Dabur, B.Tech, 3rd yr, Civil
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
Addresses a defined but unsatisfied need
& want in the community, especially in the
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
STUDENTS LOCAL GRAM PANCHAYAT
FUNDING BY VARIOUS
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.
BENEFITS TO THE STUDENTS
It gives them a chance to
EARN WHILE THEY LEARN
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.