LEAD­ING FROM THE FRONT

DIVYA JAIN, 36 Founder and CEO, Safe­d­u­cate, Gur­gaon

India Today - - SMART EDUCATION / TOP VOICES - —By Harshita Das

Agrad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge, UK, Divya Jain, founder and CEO of Safe­d­u­cate, took some se­ri­ous in­spi­ra­tion from the UK sys­tem of learn­ing. Which is why the cour­ses de­signed at Safe­d­u­cate, the train­ing and skilling firm in the lo­gis­tics sec­tor, are based on ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing. “When I came back in 2006, I re­alised in In­dia they teach you sup­ply chain in a class­room. There is no in­dus­try ex­po­sure.” The idea to cre­ate colour­ful, air-con­di­tioned ‘con­tainer’ class­rooms to skill man­power came to Jain when she vis­ited Europe and saw ho­tels and hos­pi­tals made out of scrapped con­tain­ers.

Right Move

She launched Safe­d­u­cate in 2007 and her first step was to get an af­fil­i­a­tion with the In­dian chap­ter of Char­tered In­sti­tute of Lo­gis­tics and Trans­port in the UK and evolve a sim­i­lar lo­gis­tics sys­tem in In­dia. Though from a con­ser­va­tive fam­ily, she con­vinced her par­ents to let her pur­sue ed­u­ca­tion abroad af­ter com­plet­ing her grad­u­a­tion in eco­nomics from Hindu Col­lege, Univer­sity of Delhi. “I al­ways wanted to do some­thing in en­trepreneur­ship so busi­ness was a huge part of my life. Af­ter com­plet­ing eco­nomics, I wanted to de­velop a base in busi­ness and fi­nance as the fi­nan­cial mar­ket was boom­ing at the time,” says Jain.

Vi­tal Out­comes

While ap­ply­ing to a for­eign univer­sity, you need to have your story right. “Go with an open mind and a will­ing­ness to learn and un­learn the change,” she says.

OPEN WIN­DOW Divya Jain in one of the con­tainer class­rooms

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