Samadhan’09 in IIT Roorkee : Be the change you want to see in the world

Samadhan is a unique B-plan Competition which aspires to promote social entrepreneurship in the country. It is one of the flagship events of the Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) under the aegis of STEP, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee). It is an initiative to promote

welfare of the society while at the same time giving budding entrepreneurs a platform to realize their dreams. Samadhan is built up on the idea that national growth can only be achieved if we take a balanced approach for economic and social upliftment. For the last three years, Samadhan has been encouraging the concept of social entrepreneurship successfully. Previous editions have been graced by the presence of people like-:

a. Mr. H. K. Mittal, CMD, Mercartor Lines, IITR Alumnus and Entrepreneur of the year 05-06 by ET.

b. Mr. Sanjay Bhasin, CEO, Excel Propack, IIT R Alumnus and angel investor

c. Mr. Nikhil Vaswani, CEO Be positive Ltd, VC funding of 35 cr. INR, IIMA Alumnus

d. Mr. Sanjay Nagi, CEO, MarketIns, IITR Alumnus

e. Mr. Anmol Singh Jaggi, Founder, Gensol Consultants, Company value more than 50 cr. Aged 23!!

f. Mr. Arun Sharma, Founder of Hydro Power realted enterprise, IITR Alumnus

g. Mr Manoj Sharma, Veteran Social Entrepreneur

h. Mr. Rakesh Oberoi, Founder Oberoi Motors, Chairman CII

i. Mr. Pankaj Kumar, Founder Geodesic, IIT R Alumnus

j. Mr A K Chaudhary, MD ICFI funds

k. Mr Rajdeep Sahrawat, Vice-President, NASSCOM

Samadhan is publicized over 500 colleges in the country and draws over 200 entries from across the nation. The scope and reach of Samadhan is increasing with each passing year as Samadhan’08 was even publicized in reputed colleges in other countries and even drew international entries.

Every year a specific theme is chosen for Samadhan like “Rural Infrastructure” in 2008, “Global Warming” in 2007 and “Primary Education” in 2006 etc.

Considering that India has the second largest population in the world and over 40% of this can be classified as youth, the theme for Samadhan ‘09 is “Youth Empowerment”. The true might and potential of the Indian youth as of now remains untapped. Samadhan urges the young and the educated of this nation to come forward and propose innovative solutions to empower this huge chunk of our population, help them develop both mental and vocational skills even while earning profit for themselves.

Samadhan’09 will be held on the 8th of November in IIT Roorkee. Some of the eminent people who have agreed to join the panel of judges include Mr Binoy Job, senior editor, NDTV. He is also the chairperson of Leaders for Tomorrow, an NGO working with the youth of the country on issues pertaining to development and society. The event is being sponsored by ONGC and and will be covered on several reputed Media channels and newspapers like ET Now and Jam (youth) magazine among others.

The competition open to students and corporate sector is inviting entries before 15th October, 2009 according to a prescribed format available on EDC, IIT Roorkee's website -


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