First LEAD Activity for Akanksha

LEaders were so much excited that they had already visited the nearby areas to identify the problems in order to fix the solutions for them under the guidance of Ravi.

LEaders were then given charts and were told to share the ideas that they had observed and to my surprise each and everyone had an amazing ideas which they presented them in the charts. 

In order to start up and have them realize the basic leadership qualities, the students were divided into 21 groups of two each and were given the challenge of “Fix It”, where in students need to identify the basic problems in and around and resolve the problem. Initially they were little worried about what to do and how it is possible without the plan but when they were given a challenge they accepted it willingly and could complete 68 initiatives in just 2 hrs like closing the man holes, Placing dustbins in the park near Akshaya Plaza, Placing boards for the class rooms near airport road and many more and they also presented the ideas with their respective team members about the planning, challenges and the strategies they implemented in resolving the problems.

LEaders were asked to debate on the topic; “ Education is important or it is not important” with the purpose to remove their hesitation and fear so that they will open up and be care free to participate in the LEAD initiatives. Everybody actively spoke up and was then told about the opportunities that was given to them in common and how they utilized it. 

The day was then concluded with documentation of the initiatives where each and everyone did it and submitted it to Chetana coordinator of LEAD.
Indeed the day was truly enjoyed by each and every one of them with the support of Ravi and Chetana from Akanksha.


Development and Entrepreneurship in Science & Technology is extremely important to take India to greater heights. Technology is the savior of all hard times. Hence with the perspective of encouraging entrepreneurship in technical field, an event Talaash was organized at KLE Institute of Technology by LEADERS of LEAD program, Deshpande Foundation. The event was held successfully on 7th May 2015. This was the second time the event was organized by LEADers of LEAD.

The aim of TALAASH was to identify students with a desire to convert their technical ideas into a start-up and then, support them with seed fund of Rs. 3,00,000/- and Incubation.

The event TALAASH was supported by LEAD and Sandbox startups of Deshpande Foundation along with KLEIT and nanoPix of Hubballi.

The judges of TALAASH were Mr. Deepak Dhadoti (Founder, Servo Controls, India), Mr. Naveen Jha (CEO, Deshpande Foundation), Mr. Sasi Sekar Krish (CEO, nanoPix), Dr. Basavaraj S Anami (Principal, KLEIT).

TALAASH had received 200 applications/ideas from 23 different cities and 37 different colleges’ across Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Greater Noida, Delhi, Maharashtra, and Telangana. Out of 200, top 85 ideas were shortlisted for the second round. The selected students were asked to present their idea in the nearest TALAASH screening locations viz., Hubballli, Belagavi, Davangere, Vijayapur, and Kalaburagi. Top 30 teams were further selected to showcase their prototype in the final event on 7th May at KLEIT, Hubballi.

Top 3 Ideas were chosen among all the presented ideas. They were awarded with a seed fund of Rs. 1,00,000/- each from nanoPix Company and incubation support from Deshpande Foundation’s Sandbox Startups. 

 The top three award winners were :


Mr. Sharad Patil from KLECET Belagavi won for his idea of Mobile Dry Seeder.

Mr. Niranjan Karagi, Angadi Institute of technology, Belagavi won for his idea of Hydrogen Kit for Vehicle.



Mr. Harshavardhan Mamledesai of BVBCET, Hubballi won for his idea for MARC-I.


The details of the models which have won prizes are as follows:
Mobile Seed Dryer:

This device was designed to overcome the conventional way of sowing seeds by hand.  Sowing seeds by hand is tedious for the farmers when it comes to large acres of fields. The MOBILE DRY SEEDER works in such a way that the seeds can be fed to the soil in optimum quantities and at the required place. It minimizes the wastage of seeds. With this device the farmers can carry almost 15kg of seeds/fertilizer in one trip without burdening their hands to carry the weight.  

Apart from seeds, this device can also be used to add fertilizer to the plants. Another advantage of the fertilizer is, this is not bulky and inexpensive. Hence the device is farmer friendly.

Hydrogen Kit:
This is a device which increases the efficiency of vehicles by 30 %. It taps the power hidden within water to fuel the vehicles.  In earlier cases, hydrogen fuel container used to increase weight and cost of the vehicle. So, it was a challenge to achieve desirable driving ranges.

 To overcome these limitations, hydrogen kit has been designed. It uses the process of electrolysis to separate hydrogen and oxygen .This hydrogen and oxygen is fed to engines .Hydrogen gas is highly flammable and will burn in air at a very wide range of concentrations between 4% and 75% by volume so which helps to produce the power required to run the engine. Benefit of using hydrogen as a fuel is that a complete combustion takes place as compared to the gasoline engines. This results in increase of engine efficiency and 30% more output from the engine.


MARC-I is a medical wearable device targeted at developing nations middle class people who suffer from unexpected traumatic events leaving them with the need of leg rehabilitation. This works as an artificial leg. It provides support to legs through belts which in turn is connected to servo motors. Servo motors work on the principle of hydraulics. Marc I support the individual to walk when an individual applies slight pressure on the leg to walk. 

The MARC-I makes an individual independent in an affordable manner.

TALAASH 2015 concluded with three new entrepreneurs to our country who would make great impact to the world as a whole. This event has created lots of hope for aspiring entrepreneurs and young leaders.

My Story: Niranjan Karagi

Niranjan Karagi (B. E, Angandi Institute of Technology and Management)

“To be successful and to grow in life, one has to move out of their comfort zone and should be ready to feel awkward and uncomfortable”

I was a NCC cadet during my school days which taught me to be disciplined even during the toughest times. The skill of focusing on the goal developed during training of NCC got me “Best Firer Award”. I gradually got inclined towards technical domain which led me to pursue engineering for my under graduation. The knowledge gained in the classes of engineering got my brain thinking to solve the problems of society through technology.

I had several innovative ideas which I wanted to implement but didn’t know where to begin. During this time I got to know about LEAD through few of my friends. I found LEAD to be the ideal platform to express my ideas and turn my ideas into working models.

The first project that I implemented was Hydrogen kit. It was designed by combining the knowledge of chemical engineering, thermal engineering and material science engineering. In this kit, hydrogen and oxygen of water are separated continuously by electrolysis process. KOH solution acts as an electrolyte. When electricity is passed, the molecules of the water get separated. The positively charged hydrogen ions is collected at the cathode and negatively charged oxygen is collected at the anode. Then hydrogen and oxygen is passed through a series of piping system, valves, filters, and flow meters into the engine cylinder through inlet valve. Inside the cylinder, hydrogen combustion also happens along with the fuel. (Hydrogen combustion is the process by which hydrogen reacts with an oxidizing agent and burns). Hydrogen combustion is exothermic combustion, which means it releases heat and energy. Hydrogen gas is highly flammable and will burn in air at a very wide range of concentrations between 4% and 75% by volume so it helps to produce the power required to run the engine. 

Benefit of using hydrogen as a fuel is that a complete combustion take place as compared to the gasoline engines. This results into increase in engine efficiency and 30% more output from the engine. It also reduces the pollution due to complete combustion of the fuel.

This project was a great success. I exhibited this model at Yuva Summit held at Deshpande Foundation. It won me BEST LEADer Award from Kailash Satyarthi. I presented a paper on this model and was certified as Speaker at the Eleventh International conference on "eLearning for knowledge–based society" held at Bangkok, Thailand. 

Along with providing support, LEAD set me thinking in entrepreneurial direction. Hence, I decided to take my model further ahead and prepared a business plan with this model. I presented this model at techno entrepreneurial event “TALAASH” held at KLE Institute of Technology and got a seed fund of Rs 1,00,000/- to establish my start up with this model. Thus my journey of becoming an entrepreneur has begun.

After the success of this project, I designed Hydrogen Wielding device applying the learning of my first LEAD project. This uses hydrogen as fuel and reduces the dependency on LPG gas and acetylene. The additional challenge that I faced during this project was controlling the hydrogen flow and fire. To overcome this challenge, I used transformers to control the electricity in electrolysis process.

Thus my journey with LEAD has made me innovative, bold and confident. It has taught me that when faced with a challenge one has to look at all directions for the solution and there will be surely a solution for all problems.

LEAD has given me the courage and confidence about my capacity of turning my dreams into reality.

My Story: Pavan Bajantri

Pavan Bajantri( E&C, Jain College of Engineering, Belagavi)

Ability to handle the crowd, motivating his team members and being punctual are few important skills a leader should develop.

Right from my childhood, I was passionate about cricket and dreamed of becoming a cricketer. I got the opportunity of realizing my dream when I moved with my family to Belagavi from Haliyal.  I represented my school in cricket at regional level and thereafter, I got the chance to play in several matches.

I was enjoying my journey with cricket when suddenly I had to discontinue cricket and quit my team due to back bone injury. This broke me and hurt me deeply. I loved cricket very much and wanted to become a great cricketer. My dreams were shattered and I felt disappointed. I did not want anyone else to feel the pain and suffer like the way did. It is at this moment, I decided to help and encourage students who wanted to grow in sports. I wanted to support children who aimed high. However I didn’t how to go ahead with my desire. 

LEAD, LEADers Accelerating Development Program was introduced at my college and I got inspired by the idea of contributing to the society. I spoke to few of my seniors to understand the working and support provided by LEAD.  Then, I joined LEAD to realize my dream of teaching sports to school kids. I started coaching them in playground of our college. Initially, 50 students came forward but I selected only 25 out 50 by assessing their commitment and dedication towards sports. I coach these students early in the morning in various sports as cricket, swimming and athletics. The experience of 8 months of coaching children has brought me inner satisfaction. This project has also won me “Best initiative in Sports category” in Belagavi LEAD Valedictory 2015.

Apart from sports coaching, I have taken up several challenges under the guidance of LEAD. To mention a few: 

1. Along with my team, I celebrated Gandhi Jayanthi by making people understand the importance of non violence. I made 500 students take oath on being non- violent.

2. My team and I together celebrated Lal Bahadur Shasrtri Jayanthi. Lal Bahadur Shasthri was  India’ second  Prime Minister and a great leader. To enlighten students about the great leaders of India, I celebrated Lal Bahadur Shastri’s birthday  with blind orphans.

3. I celebrated Bhagat Singh’s birthday also, the legendary hero who devoted his life for the freedom of our nation.

4. I also did a project of cloth donation where I collected clothes and donated it to Goonj. Goonj is an organization which works at grass root level for the upliftment of the downtrodden people.
5. Celebrated International Women’s Day by appreciating women who are working hard and contributing immensely to the development of the society.

Another major project which got me appreciation was applying radium to railway gates. The purpose of this project was to make the railway gates visible in the darkness of the night.  This initiative got me “Best Initiative to Safety Award” at Belagavi LEAD Valedictory 2015.

At LEAD Valedictory 2015, I was also promoted as LEAD Ambassador to motivate and guide young LEADers of my college.

My experience with LEAD has been enriching. It has taught me to be bold, courageous and to work hard towards my goals.

Stopping Dehydration among beggars, an initiative by LEADer Seeresh

Summer is extremely hot in most parts of India. Hundreds of people die due to summer strokes and dehydration.  The people suffering from summer strokes are usually those who work  in the hot sun without consuming ample amount of water.

LEADer Seeresh Wali  of Kalaburagi, a region where temperature reaches up to 40 degree Celsius during summer  got concerned about the beggars in his town who used to sit outside temples and beg for most of the day.  LEADer Seeresh was worried whether they were consuming sufficient amount of water. Therefore with an intention to contribute to the well being of poor beggars, he took up a LEAD project. 

Under the guidance of LEAD , he interacted with the beggars, inquired about the time spent in the hot sun and amount of water consumed by them.  Understanding their duration of exposure to sun and their lack of awareness. He designed his approach to make their lives better. Firstly, he created awareness among beggars to consume sufficient amount of water to avoid dehydration. Next step LEADer Seeresh Wali along with his team Reshma, Shivani, Neha did was to give electrolyte and water to beggars.

LEADer Seeresh “It was challenging to convince beggars about our intention and make them accept electrolyte from us.”

Through this project LEADer Seeresh and his team learnt the hardships faced by the people working in fields  and problems faced in convincing people.

My Story: Rahul Aursang

   Rahul Aursang( BLDEA College, Vijayapur)

I believe taking initiatives and challenges is necessary to become a LEADer.
During my early college days, I used to be silent, shy and used to hesitate in beginning a conversation with less acquainted people but at the same time I was ambitious and wanted to achieve great things in life. I knew that to be successful in life one needs to be a good communicator. Therefore, while I was looking for opportunities to improve myself, I got to know about LEAD from my friends who were working on innovative projects for LEAD. I was attracted by the concept of LEAD for obvious reasons.

I did three major projects in LEAD. The first one was Celebration of Mother’s Day. On Mother’s day which is celebrated on the second Sunday of May, I with my team mates visited an Old age home and  interacted with the mothers who were far away from their children. After interaction with them, we also distributed sweets to them. We had a good time chatting and listening to their life and routine at old age home. By the end of the day we felt happy for having spent a meaningful day with old people who have contributed immensely to the society during their prime days.

After the success of my first project, I took up the second project of Swaach Bhaarat as I wanted to contribute to Modi’s  dream of clean India. As wise men say, follow before you preach. I and my team mates cleaned our college campus. Along with cleaning we also made charts which stress upon cleanliness and we pasted it on our college walls and notice boards spreading awareness to keep the country clean. My College Principal appreciated our efforts and congratulated our team for our initiative towards building healthier and cleaner India.

My recent project was Signature Campaign to stop Goo Hatya (Cow Slaughter). Cows are sacred in our country and they serve mankind all through their life. So, I wanted to stop the slaughtering of cow and I took the initiative to get 5000 signatures from the citizens of Vijayapur location to stop Cow Slaughtering in Karnataka. I got the signatures from various institutions, temples and in my neighborhood. I also distributed the forms to my friends who in turn gave it to their friends and collected signatures from people who believed that slaughtering of cow should be banned.  I faced lot of challenges during the execution of this project  as people were reluctant to co-operate as they were skeptical about the process. Convincing them was a real challenge. However die to our hard work , we were successful in getting 5000 signatures from people in just 6 days.

LEAD projects gave me confidence and taught me the knacks of handling a team. Being closely related to LEAD also got me an opportunity to work as social Media Intern for LEAD. The internship at LEAD has improved my written skills too. Overall LEAD has made me a new person by unleashing the leadership potential within me. It has instilled enthusiasm and a new energy in me.