Team Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies wins Enactus World Cup 2017
Team Enactus SSCBS recently won the Enactus World Cup, an enterprise and innovation event to which 3,500 students, business and academic leaders, from around 36 participating countries, were invited.Updated: Oct 12, 2017 14:21 IST
As an able baton carrier of the Indian government’s Digital India and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan initiatives, Team Enactus from the Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (SSCBS), Delhi University, won the Enactus National Championship, held in Mumbai earlier this year. And now, Team Enactus SSCBS has also won the Enactus World Cup 2017, held in London recently.
Enactus is an international platform that upholds the spirit of “competition, collaboration, and celebration”. This is how it describes itself: “This forum shares real progress in key areas which align with the framework of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The energy created when world business leaders and influencers intersect with student innovators will fuel your experience, motivate personal change and drive new ideas.”
Vasu Agarwal, president, Team Enactus SSCBS, says, “We were declared winners among the 24 top teams that competed from across [India] and thus got a chance to compete and win in the Enactus World Cup. This was our second consecutive win and the fourth since the team was formed in 2009. We had also secured the second position at the Enactus World Cup 2016 held in Toronto, Canada.”
He adds, “The entire experience was extremely overwhelming. It was a win for our communities, our entrepreneurs, our alumni, and seniors who initiated the flagship projects, Udaan and Raahat. This win gives us immense motivation to further the cause of our projects and impact more and more lives, creating a better place for us all. #WeAllWin.”
So, what are projects Raahat and Udaan, which helped the team win the Enactus World Cup? The team of 70 members (and hundreds of volunteers), in the nine years of its operation, has initiated six projects, impacting a total of more than 3,49,000 people. The latest initiatives support the government’s Digital India and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Project Raahat works to eradicate open defecation and provide safe sanitation to urban slum communities; Project Udaan aims to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural India by setting up computer centres.
Project Raahat operates in the slums of Delhi and Haryana, and it has sharply reduced open defecation rates in its project areas from 95% to 3%. Project Udaan tackles the dual objective of achieving digital penetration in rural Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and creating computer labs run by women entrepreneurs. Together, the projects have impacted more than 1,00,000 people. The team is striving to increase this tenfold in the coming years.
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First Published: Oct 12, 2017 14:20 IST