En­trepreneur­s in the mak­ing: Govt schoolkids show­case green ideas

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Shradha.Chet­tri @times­group.com

New Delhi: Based on per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences, stu­dents of gov­ern­ment schools have come for­ward with in­no­va­tive ideas to save the en­vi­ron­ment in their first startup pitches in the en­trepreneur­ship cur­ricu­lum.

While three Class XII stu­dents of Ra­jkiya Prat­i­bha Vikas Vidyalaya, La­j­pat Na­gar, sug­gested cot­ton cha­p­ati cov­ers to re­place widely used alu­minium foil, five Class XII stu­dents of School of Ex­cel­lence (SOE), Kalkaji, thought so­lar sheets could be a cheaper al­ter­na­tive to costly so­lar pan­els and a Class XI stu­dent of the same school pro­posed on­line de­liv­ery of ayurvedic prod­ucts on the line of Swiggy and Zo­mato.

They are now wait­ing for the Rs 1,000 seed money promised by Delhi gov­ern­ment in its last bud­get to nur­ture en­tre­pre­neur­ial mind­set among stu­dents. The ideas were pro­posed at the sec­ond edi­tion of Pitch Café, a plat­form pro­vided by In­draprastha In­sti­tute of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy-Delhi (IIIT-D).

For cot­ton wraps, Priyan­shu Shukla, Me­hak and Kusum Ku­mari pre­pared a busi­ness plan af­ter sur­vey­ing cloth sam­ples. “With the seed money, we will have around Rs 5,000. As per our cal­cu­la­tion, we will have a profit of around Rs 1,500 even af­ter pay­ing for tai­lor­ing. By en­gag­ing lo­cal tai­lors, we will also gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment,” said Shukla.

Ku­mari said they had gone to nearby Bho­gal to sur­vey the ma­te­ri­als. “Sim­i­lar prod­ucts are sold at Rs 50 apiece on­line. We have cal­cu­lated that even at Rs 20, we will make a profit.”

The Kalkaji group chanced upon the so­lar sheet plan af­ter read­ing an ar­ti­cle about the high en­ergy de­mand in In­dia. “But so­lar pan­els are ex­pen­sive and high-main­te­nance. So we want to cre­ate fold­able so­lar sheets,” said Vaib­hav Madaan.

The idea is still in a nascent stage. The team, which also in­cludes Tushar Upad­hyay, Aman Chauhan, Devashish Bisht and Vikesh Pandey, were men­tored by some IIIT-D stu­dents. “Deputy chief min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia told us to treat fail­ure as a step and not to get dis­cour­aged,” said Madaan.

Gee­tan­jali of the same school got the idea of medicine de­liv­ery from her per­sonal re­quire­ment. “My mother asked me to get an ayurvedic prod­uct when just be­fore a func­tion, I got al­ler­gic erup­tions on my face. But I couldn’t find it. I re­alised these prod­ucts were not read­ily avail­able, though peo­ple now pre­ferred them,” she said.

“So I want to build a mo­bile app for in­stant de­liv­ery, which will also pro­vide a plat­form to small sup­pli­ers and sell­ers and gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment for de­liv­ery per­sons,” Gee­tan­jali said.

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