Enactus participation becomes top choice for many college students

A growing number of students are opting to join Enactus teams at their colleges or are actively working to introduce their college within the Enactus network

May 31, 2013 11:01 IST | India Infoline News Service

Enactus India is now the first choice for college students across the country, giving them a global platform to become socially responsible entrepreneurs of tomorrow. A growing number of students are opting to join Enactus teams at their colleges or are actively working to introduce their college within the Enactus network. Since its inception in 2003, Enactus India has grown into a network of over 1,600 active students within 57 colleges across the country. Last year these students completed 151 projects designed to empower people to improve their quality of life and standard of living.


Farhan Pettiwala, President – Enactus India, said “India has tremendous talent which needs to be put on the right track. I believe that students need to understand how they can contribute to the society. Undergraduate and post-graduate students from all over the country do not get to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life situations. Enactus India empowers them, giving them the platform to apply their management and business skills to various social projects. Students from backgrounds as diverse as engineering, commerce and business management work together in teams across the country to create a better India.”


An international nonprofit organization started 37 years ago, Enactus gives college students the opportunity to use the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. Enactus works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing their skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Enactus India has the 7th largest market size in the Enactus network.


Some prominent universities and colleges within the Enactus network are Delhi School of Economics, H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research (SIMSR), Lady Shri Ram College, Loyola College, Miranda House, National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), St. Xavier’s College – Mumbai, and Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM).


Top companies value Enactus experience

Enactus isn’t just a top choice for colleges and college students. More companies are recognizing the efforts of Enactus India and are eager to partner with this renowned international not-for-profit organization, sharing both their financial resources as well as their valued expertise. In the past, Enactus India has partnered with prestigious companies like KPMG, Syntel, Tata Chemicals, Pepsi Co, Cargill India, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) India, Walmart Foundation, HDFC, Mahindra & Mahindra, Godrej and PricewaterhouseCoopers India.


Speaking on the talent found within the Enactus network, Richard Rekhy, Chairman of Enactus India and CEO of KPMG in India, said “KPMG has been involved in Enactus since 1990, and has played a pivotal role in helping Enactus go global. Today, KPMG firms support Enactus in over 30 countries helping it launch, manage and expand the programme. It is truly inspiring to see the impact students are having in communities across India. It is equally fantastic that this work is allowing them to develop and hone their talent. By leading and managing teams and projects at this stage in their lives, they are equipping themselves with the skills they need to succeed in the business world. The creative and entrepreneurial approach they apply to solving social problems while using business concepts, will help them progress in an increasingly changing world.”


Enactus students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations, improving lives within their community and beyond. Each Enactus project looks at sustainability on the economic, social and environmental levels. Enactus has over 151 projects in India, ranging from tribal engagement to solar powered projects that are changing lives every day.


Having interacted with Enactus students during various projects, more corporates choose to recruit from within the Enactus network. “During their interactions, most CEOs are amazed by the capability and skill that these students show at such a young age,” added Pettiwala.


Speaking on his association with Enactus India, R. Mukundan, Tata Chemicals, said “Enactus India has associated with industry leaders and reputed individuals in the education sector to work with university level students to help them emerge as socially responsible business leaders of tomorrow. I am impressed with the projects taken up by these youngsters to positively affect change and make a difference in the standard of living for people in need . This community focus at such a young age is what I believe will make them compassionate towards the challenges of tomorrow and help them become better leaders.”


In cities, towns and communities across the country Enactus student members have spent the year applying their passions, talents and ideas to impact as many lives as they can. Demonstrating how entrepreneurial action is enabling human progress and shaping a better more sustainable world, the Enactus India National Competition will be held on 18-19th June 2013 at Taj Lands’ Ends, Mumbai.  This competition provides a forum for Enactus student teams across the country to come together to showcase the impact of their community outreach projects. Enactus teams from across the country will present their projects before renowned CEOs and MDs from the corporate world serving as judges. The winning team will go on to present their projects at the Enactus World Cup in September in Cancun, Mexico.

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