Two youngsters were selected to represent India at the Telenor Youth Summit in Norway,a contest conducted by Uninor. It was open for participants in the age-group of 18 to 25 years. Abhishek Gupta from IIT Kanpur,with his idea of utilising mobile connectivity to empower Indian farmers to obtain better rates for their produce; and Shikha Pathak from SIMC,Pune,with her mobile tech-based solution for womens safety will travel to Oslo to participate in the summit. The jury included Maya Sami,Creative Director of Wizcraft International Events; Albert Almeida,COO,Hungama; Helge Tryti,Director,Innovation Norway,in addition to CEO,Uninor. The Telenor Youth Summit is being organised by the Telenor Group in partnership with the Nobel Peace Centre and will coincide with the Nobel Peace Prize event. The summit will see youngsters from various parts of the world. The result of the summit will be presented to the Nobel Peace Centre and at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in early 2014. In addition,the participants will be able to contribute ideas and inputs to an exhibition by the centre.
For the Young Minds
As part of the monthly lecture series Towards Light organised by Dnyaneshwar Mulay Education Society,Ajeet Saxena,Chief Claims Officer,Southern Railways,Chennai,who is also a spiritual guide,delivered a lecture on Scientific Temper and Technology of Spirituality in Pune on November 15 at SM Joshi hall. Saxena was joined by Vinod Shirsath,Editor of Sadhana weekly magazine,as chairperson of the programme,while the session was anchored by Swati Raje,Trustee and Member of the foundation. Saxena,a former IITian and IAS officer,shared personal experiences and real-life analogies to illustrate his points. Addressing the youth,he said,The young generation should not waste time; they should start seeking their own truth and lead an enlightened life. We are not living but sleepwalking,we are so engrossed in the material world that we lag behind in discovering the purpose of our life and end up being a mere existence that is spiritually challenged. Now is the time to explore the new aspects of life. He also emphasised that the basis of any religion is spirituality. Young minds should not dismiss spirituality,they should experiment with it and learn their own truth just like Ramkrishna Paramhans,Sai Baba or Swami Samartha and many saints did, he said.
Cycling for a Cause
The Westin Rotary Club organised a charity cycle ride to support a school adopted near Ambavade village,Baneshwar,with a long-term vision to bring a positive change in the school and the community. The 15-km charity ride,wherein 29 riders including 10 from Rotary Club participated,started from IDMR Institute on BMCC Road and travelled via Ferguson College road,University Circle,to Pashan circle and back. Every cycle carried a placard with the message Save Girl Child. PDG Mohan Palesha was present to flag off the event in the morning.