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LEAD Valedictory 2014

On 6th of  April Sunday afternoon, Deshpande Foundation auditorium witnessed an event to celebrate and reward the excellence of the LEADers of LEAD program of Deshpande Foundation.
The 6th season of LEAD program was kicked off on 5th August 2013. Since then more than 900 projects were applied out of which more than 400 were completed. These were the initiatives of student LEADers from various colleges of Sirsi, Gadag, Lakshmeshwar, Mundgod, Haliyal and Hubli-Dharwad,Haveri.
Mr. Sameer Shukla, District Commissioner  of Dharwad was the chief guest for the gathering; Mr. Vivek Pawar and Mr. Naveen Jha were guest of honor and KLEIT College Principal Dr. Anami, SDMCET, Principal ,Dr Mohan Kumar and Mr. Goutam Ostwal (TiE member) shared the stage.

Functional Head of LEAD program Mr. Ajay Suman Shukla briefed the annual report of the program said, more than 3 lakh lives were reached directly through 400+ initiatives done by the LEAD leaders. Also LEAD Prayana and many events like LEAD Fiesta, a cultural competition and Women’s Day celebration-appreciating more than 3,700 women at society for their service were the major highlights of the year.

Leaders were awarded  in 27 category by LEAD for their tremendous  initiative and support. 11 LEADers promoted as LEAD Ambassador. 

LEAD Valedictory has been concluded  with National Anthem.

Chikodi LEADer Helps 7 Homeless People Get Homes

LEADEr Jyoti Naik of AA Patil Women's College, Chikodi, identified a handful of people near Chikodi without homes.  Desperately wanting to help them improve their living conditions, Jyoti approached the government and demanded that they help these few people.  The government agreed to fund the construction of seven homes for these needy people.  Five of these homes have since been allotted.
Jyoti received the "Best LEADer" award during Yuva Summit 2014 for the impactful nature of her project.  

Eureka Science Exhibition Brings Hands-On Learning to 500 School Students

Shivanand Pati, a student of KLECET, Belgau, has been very active in LEAD over the past two years.  Through his involvements with LEAD, Shivanand came to know about the work of Agastya International Foundation, which runs the largest hands-on science program in the world.  With the intention to promote the work of Agastya and to help government school children enjoy fun, hands-on science learning, Shivanand organized Eureka Science Exhibition at his college.  After getting permission and support from his college, Shivanand conducted a survey of government schools in Belgaum and met with the school Headmasters.  He then approached the Agastya Foundation in Hubli and convinced them to bring their mobile science lab vans to Belgaum.

Eureka Science Exhibition attracted more than 500 school students, who got the unique opportunity to learn scientific concepts through models and hands-on learning.  In addition, the success of Shivanand's project inspired 10 of his peers to join LEAD.

Shivanand's project was showcased during Yuva Summit 2014. 

25 Village Children Love Reading, Thanks to This Sirsi LEADer.

Reading is not only the most important tool in education, it can also be fun.  If children spent more time reading for enjoyment, they would be more successful in their studies.  However, many children shy away from reading because they have not managed to develop an interest in it.  LEADer Archana N Hegde of MES College of Commerce, Sirsi, made it her goal to inspire children to read. She approached a school in the village of Kerekoppa and met with 25 children regularly to help them enjoy reading.  She read to them, encouraged them to read, and conducted activities with the children to create interest among them.  Following the completion of her project, a teacher of the school informed Archana that the students had been using the school library more than they were previously. 

Archana's project was showcased during Yuva Summit 2014. 

Sirsi LEADer Raises Rs. 70K to Reconstruct School

One school in a village was in such a poor condition that it needed to be closed down.  Since the school had closed down, many of the children had started attending far away schools.  Some of the children stopped attending school altogether.  LEADer Arun Bhat of MES College of Commerce, Sirsi, wanted to reconstruct this school.  He initially approached the school teachers, administrators, and villagers regarding the problems.  He then approached the Gram Panchayath and requested their support.  Arun successfully raised more than Rs. 70,000 worth of building materials from the local community and government.  He worked with the community to help rebuild the school so that he could provide an adequate learning environment for the children.  Because of Arun's project, 15 children are now attending this school regularly.   

Arun's project was showcased during Yuva Summit 2014.

Gram Panchayath Sanctions Rs. 90K for Village Footbridge

LEADer Ajay Hegde of MES College of Commerce, Sirsi, comes from a village that had no proper footbridge.  The lack of footbridge was causing many transportation issues for the villagers, as they were not easily able to travel to other surrounding areas.  After identifying the problem, Ajay took it upon himself to solve it.  He approached all of the villagers and requested for their support to write a letter to the Gram Panchayath asking them to construct a foot bridge in the village.  While the villagers were supportive of Ajay's initiative, the Gram Panchayath required more convincing.  After rigorous followup, the Gram Panchayath agreed to sanction Rs. 90,000 for the construction of a footbridge. 

Ajay's project was showcased during Yuva Summit 2014.


"Study Desk" Produces Electricity

LEADer Nihal Revankar of SDMCET, Dharwad, realized that although many students sit down at their desks to study, very few students actually stay concentrated the entire time.  Students take breaks to text, chat with their friends, play games, browse the internet, etc. Nihal thought to himself, "Why can't students be more productive with their time?". And that's literally what he did.  Nihal designed a model for a study desk that can produce electricity.  First, he fixed an old sewing machine to a desk. He then connected a dynamo underneath the table.  When the pedals are pressed, the wheel of the sewing machine rotates the dynamo.  The dynamo and wheel are attached to a 12v battery which stores the energy produced.  When students are taking a study break, they can press the pedals of the study desk and produce about 9 to 10v of energy.  Nihal expects that this desk will help people save around Rs. 150 on their electricity bills every month and will be especially helpful in villages where electricity is scarce. 
Nihal's project was showcased during Yuva Summit 2014.

Hubli LEADer Teaches Slum Children for 10 Months, Sends 3 to English Medium School

LEADer Shruti Kamble of KLEIT, Hubli, has strong English skills, and she recognized that knowing English in today’s globalized world is a necessity.  However, learning English can be challenging and expensive and poor children, especially those who live in slums, usually get left behind.  She wanted to help the children from slum areas learn English so that she could give them a better future.  She and her Co-LEADer, Marcia,  and coordinated with the Smart Kids Education Trust in Hubli and made arrangements to teach one-hour English and math sessions, three times a week, to 20 students between 1st and 9th Standard.  She has continuously taught these children from the past 10 months, even during her exams. Shruti is proud to say that three of the children that she taught have built up their English skills so much that they are now attending an English medium school. 

For this project, Shruti was awarded the “Best Project of Education Promotion” award at the LEAD Valedictory, Hubli ceremony in May of 2013.  Her project was also showcased during Yuva Summit 2014.

LEADer Converts Plastic to Crude Oil

Atheeq, like many others, had been observing the plastic crisis for a while.  Plastics are a huge threat since they are not biodegradable.  Many solutions to rid our planet of deadly plastics have started to take form, but most of these solutions are still not affordable enough to be adopted.  With Atheeq's device, plastic can be burned and converted into crude oil, an unrefined petroleum product which can later be refined to produce useful products such as gasoline, diesel and more.  Essentially, hot air is fed into a process vessel.  This air is continually recycled in a loop to maximize heat loss.  The process vessel is isolated from oxygen and is exposed to a vacuum environment.  This energy is used to depolymerize the plastic into crude oil.  Atheeq's method is more affordable than others because it relies on charcoal to catalyze the process, whereas other models do not rely on any catalysts.  Atheeq is still working on my model to make it more cost effective.

"Behas" Debate Competition Connects Local Youth to Local Problems

 LEADer Vikas Jain of KLEIT, Hubli had the idea to connect the youth of Hubli/Dharwad together to discuss some of the biggest problems facing society. He organized a debate competition, called "Behas" which invited students from 12 schools throughout Hubli and Dharwad to participate.  Participants were given the task to prepare power point presentations on real problems that they found in their respective Hubli/Dharwad communities.  The participants with the best power point presentations moved on to the next round, the group discussion.  The final round of the competition consisted of a one-on-one debate between two students.

Behas was a good way to give local school students exposure to new activities and to serious social problems.  But school students were not the only people who gained exposure during this project; LEAD college students will be taking up projects that provide solutions to the problems presented by the school students in the competition.

Vikas' project was showcased during Yuva Summit 2014.