LEAD 7 Kick Off : 23 August 2014

Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by LEAD

LEAD Team and the distinguished guests at the Deshpande Foundation inaugurated 7th LEAD Kick Off Ceremony on 23rd August, 2014 with around 800+ students, eminent academicians and faculty members from 50+ Colleges, 21 Districts of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Telangana. LEAD stepped into the 7th year of leading and inspiring youth to unleash their leadership potential.

The event started with lot of activities for the delegates and the students who had gathered in Deshpande Foundation premises. The ceremony also featured 20 innovative leadership projects of Young leaders, charts of the best projects were displayed and some of the prototypes were explained to the delegates, students and the faculties practically. Side by side few students were curious to know about the Prayana and also some of them filled the application to be a part of Prayana 2015, at the same time few other students were interacting with other location students mean while the Prayanies organized a flash mob through which students gathered together and took part in which was a lively moment to all.

The formal program of LEAD KICK OFF began at 1:00PM at Deshpande Foundation which witnessed the special Guests Dr. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande (Founder & Trustee- Deshpande Foundation President and Chairman, Sparta Group LLC), Dr. Sushil Vachani (Director-IIM Bangalore), Mrs. Rita Vachani (Vice President- Information Technology For Verizon Business), Mr. Phanindra Sama (Co Founder- redBus.in), Mr. Kattayil Rajinish Menon (Director- Microsoft Ventures), Dr. Aravind Chinchure (Former Assistant VP- Reliance Innovation Leadership Centre of Reliance Industries Ltd. Mr. Lalitesh Katragadda (Former Country Head-Google) and Mr. Naveen Jha (CEO, Deshpande Foundation).

Event was launched in four different phases, by lighting the lamp, opening the banners of the upcoming events such as LEAD kick off, LEAD Prayana and Yuva Summit 2015, turning the boxes which displayed LEAD 7 and at the end of the ceremony the Young Stars and the leaders marched with the banners of Young Star, Yuva Summit and LEAD Prayana 2015.

The auditorium was filled with aspiring young leaders with lots of excitement, zeal and passion.

Mr. Ajay Suman Shukla (Functional Head of LEAD) shared about the journey of LEAD for the past 6 years. He shared " From 2008 to 2014 there are 21,276+ Leaders joined the LEAD and 5,360+ Leadership Projects are initiated and completed. At present LEAD has spread out 80+ educational institutes of 21 districts from 4 States (Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Tamilnadu).
For this academic year in 7th year of LEAD, 3034 students have joined LEAD and 236 projects are completed and the journey continues…"

The event was then continued by the experience sharing from the young leaders with the LEAD motto in their mind Complaints... Start with They, Solutions... Start with I.
Young Star Maltesh shared that his school had no proper roof due to which it was difficult to sit in the class during rainy reason and they were helpless to resolve the issue. Once they joined LEAD students got to know how to address the problem and resolve the issue in a systematic way.

Leader Mayur from KLEIT said that one student who was very shy and hesitant was inspired by the students who were doing the projects under LEAD. He wanted to be like them, very energetic who can contribute to the society. He joined LEAD and started interacting with other students and took up some initiatives. He is now a Leader and the Leader is none but as a Leader Mayur himself. Students and the guests and the gathering were very much thrilled in listening to the sharing of the Leaders. 

The ceremony was then followed by the guests addressing the gathering.

Dr. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande addressed the gathering and inspired youth to solve the local problems. He emphasized that actions from the students can lead India to be a nation free of problems.

Dr. Sushil Vachani, Director, IIM Bangalore appreciated that the two cities initiated and shared knowledge to give simple solutions for common problems.

Mr. Kattayil Rajinish Menon, Director, Microsoft Ventures inspired youth to use the platform of LEAD to implement the projects adopting technology.  

Dr. Arvind Chinchure spoke about LEAD projects and appreciated Yuva Summit. He also recollected Yuva Summit 2013 as Mr. Ratan Tata was the chief guest.

The crowd was inspired by the message of each guest. Overall the exchange of thoughts by the LEaders and the Guest was indeed a short and sweet interaction between them.
The ceremony was then followed with the group photograph of LEAD members along with the Guest.

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