Category: digital education

Thinksharp Foundation awarded Social media for empowerment award

ThinkSharp Foundation was one of the finalist for Social Media for Empowerment Awards 2017, (SM4E2017) held on 29 April 2017 at Delhi. We were nominated as finalists  out of 162  entries  from  South Asian organisations. Our project StudyMall for its unique and innovative social media marketing on various platforms such  Facebook Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Milaap, Bitgiving etc was nominated in Crowdsourcing, Crowd Economy and Crowd Funding category at SM4E2017 awards.

Dr.Shraddha our volunteer accepting the SM4E2017 award on behalf of all Thinskharp Foundation team

Dr.Shraddha our volunteer accepting the SM4E2017 award on behalf of all Thinksharp Foundation team

But what is the story here ? Is it relevant to you ? Well if you love Facebook, Twitter , Instagram etc then yes its relevant to you……..

How can Social media be used for helping your society...

Our Loved new friends..why do we need them?

Everybody loves Facebook because we want to know what is happening with my neighbors, colleagues or friends… We love twitter because we want to know what is happening in our society , nation and world. And we absolutely love Instagram  because we want to see cool pictures of  mouth watering food,  best makeup trends etc.  And we cannot survive without Whatsapp…where our day starts  with good morning messages and ends with good night .

Well I can name many apps that we use daily and we cannot survive without them. Because for most of us they are entertainment , for few maybe  source of knowledge and further few source of leaning and communication.

But what if i told you there are some individual who are using these social media apps for bringing positive reforms in society … Shocked and curious..

To briefly give you idea lets take our example , how we used social media for creating positive reform. Thinksharp foundation raised major  amount of expenditure needed for our rural education project StudyMall through social media campaigns and crowdfunding websites. The fund raised was apprx  more than 2 lacs. This fund was used  for creating digital libraries in 2 villages-

Read further to know how YOU can also be the Social change maker by using this social media apps on your phone.

Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)  is one such great and unique organisation which is aiming to use every digital method to be made available for every citizen. They are doing it through multiple channels by reaching out to multiple stakeholders and also by appreciating and bringing such organisations on common platforms . They aim to connect unreached and undeserved communities of India in an effort to bring them out of digital darkness and empower them with information access through last mile connectivity, digital literacy and digital interventions.

DEF alongwith  Friedrich Naumann Foundation hosted the 4th Social Media for Empowerment Awards 2017 (SM4E2017) at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on April 29.  They    felicitated  innovating organisations in digital media space . 16 were awarded as  Winners, seven  received Special Mentions and three were recognized for Chairman’s Recommendation.

Our project StudyMall  was  in category Crowdsourcing, Crowd Economy and Crowd Funding for SM4E2017 awards. It was an honor and privilege for us to attend the award ceremony conducted at Delhi. Our Volunteer Dr.Shraddha accepted the appreciation certificate on behalf of all our team and supporters.

Our nomination for award SM4E2017

Our nomination for award SM4E2017

On this occasion we would like to thank all of our team members especially those who help in digital media marketing  Mr.Bhagwan, Mr. Rahul,  Mr.Nilesh, Miss. Disha, Miss Durva, Quarterpants organisation, and many more. All of you who shared, liked, commented, donated, clicked on our Social media platforms this is a Thank you to you all.

We were also inspired and motivated by the speeches and thoughts shared by esteemed jury and guests of SM4E2017 award event. Esteemed  panel included but not limited to Mint Editor Sukumar Ranganathan, Country  Director Preethi Herman, GoNews Founder-Editor Pankaj Pachauri, Indian Railways DG(PR) Anil Saxena, Huffington Post India Editor-in-Chief Sruthijith KK and Digital India Foundation Co-Founder Arvind Gupta., Mr. Rajeev Mehrotra, Founder & Managing Trustee of Public Service Broadcasting Trust and Trustee-Secretary of The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of HH The Dalai Lama, Osama Manzar Founder & Director Digital Empowerment Foundation, Dr. Ronald Meinardus Regional Director South Asia, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Natasha Badhwar Columnist and Filmmaker, Malini Gupta Program Director,RBS Foundation India and many more.


It was an honor to be able to meet the amazing winning and nominated organisations that are doing great job in there respective domain to bring out social empowerment in society with help of digital media.

Few of the organisations to mention are Everyday Mumbai and Morango, Jan ki baat in Citizen Journalism, Explaining India’s Laws, Dhwani Rural Information Systems, Sahapedia in Communication, Advocacy & Development Activism, I Will Go Out and Bindi Bottoms in women empowerment , Karvaan: A Roving Book Project and Janaagraha Centre For Citizenship and Democracy in Crowdsourcing, Crowd Economy and Crowd Funding, BBC Media Action (Bangladesh), Development Consortium| Love Matters India, Janwaar Castle in community mobilization.


This event surely taught and inspired us to know how we can also use Social media and digital innovation to create an positive impact in Society. We request you to visit profiles of organisations mentioned here   to learn about there inspiring stories of bringing social change with the help of social media and digital platforms.

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Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.




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StudyMall awarded National Digital Trailblazer award 2016

Our National Story- National Digital Trailblazer award

We are happy to share that, we have received National Digital Trailblazers Award at Digital India Conclave, Delhi on 30th Nov 2016. Award  presented by Hon’ble Union Minister for Electronics and IT for ( Gov.Of India ) Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad for our project StudyMall for bringing digital education to rural children of Maharashtra.

StudyMall awarded National Digital TrailBlazer award presented by Mr.Ravi Shankar Prasad Union minster for Electronics & IT (GOI)

StudyMall awarded National Digital TrailBlazer award. Award was presented by Mr.Ravi Shankar Prasad Union minster for Electronics & IT (Government of India)

The Digital India conclave was initiated by India Today Television in association with HP India & KPMG.

The digital conclave was conclusive event of 8 such conclave’s carried out in 8 states of India in 2016. Digital Conclave is a very good initiative by India Today which traveled to 8 states of India that were Jharkand, Andhra Pradesh, Rajashtan, Gujrat, Odisha, Telengana, Chattisgarh  and Maharashtra .

In simple words, Digital conclave selected individuals and organisations in these states that are integrating digital means to help society.


Our Founder Mr.Santosh at the National Digital Conclave event next to Thinksharp Foundation Poster :)

The State chapters  concluded with a Grand National Digital Conclave in Delhi. Each state conclave addressed the fundamental pillars of healthcare, education and essential services and governance in the host state and how they used digital Technology to provide solutions to some of the key challenges in this sector.

For the national Digital conclave we were very happy and proud to hear Dignitaries like Mr.Rajdeep Sardesai renowned journalist, HP India MD Mr.Rajiv Srivastava, Mr.Pradyumma -Secretary to CM Of Andhra Pradesh and secretary to IT Govt of AP, Mr.Pradhan -IPS Former ADG Jharkhand Police, Mr. Agarwal – Principal Secretary Higher education, Govt of Chhattishgarh, Mr.Gupta – Commissioner of health and medical services, Govt of Gujarat, Ms.Aruna Sundararajan– Secretary Ministry of electronics and IT, Mr.Kiran Karnik – Former President NASSCOM, Mr.Leo Jospeh – Director HP India.

The esteemed Dignitaries/panelists

Other trailblazers winners included but not limited to organisations and individuals like HealthSaathilifecare,  MrHimanshu Patel Sarpanch of Punsari Vilage, DrP. Rajalakshmi and Team IIM Hyderabad , Ms. Tanuja Raichura From ChattisgarhMr. Shadab Hassan from SPEAK organisation, Teamkhushibaby,  and Swayamshree from Loke motors.

The National Digital conclave event winners and panelists and dignitaries

The National Digital conclave event winners and panelists and dignitaries

We were chosen from the state of Maharashtra to be awarded at National conclave “Digital Trailblazer award” for bringing digital education to rural parts of Maharashtra. We are proud to have received this award.

Thinksharp Foundation Founder Mr.Santosh and voulnteer Dr.shraddha with award on behalf of all Thinksharp Foundation team

Thinksharp Foundation Founder Mr.Santosh and voulnteer Dr.shraddha with award trophy on behalf of all Thinksharp Foundation team

We are helping approximately 1700 rural children and four villages as of 2017. With the trust entrusted on us by this award we are geared up to help many more rural children and take StudyMall to every needed rural part of India.

We would like to extend thanks to all our supporters and donors . The list is exhaustive but to name a few – Bhagwan Jadhav Rahul Sonwane , Shraddha Bhange,  Santosh Phad Sachin Pawar,  Deepali Basur,  Saurabh Mangrule , Amol Nikam and many more individual donors.  Partner organisations such as Quarterpants Pratham Books Young Volunteer’s Organization , Milaap,  BitGiving,  Ketto and many more.

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You can donate and support us too for our ongoing camapign that will set up 2 StudyMall and help 2 villages-

You can also donate on our website ..

Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.




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Fourth StudyMall at Village Chikatgaon launched

With a great sense of achievement and pride on behalf of all Thinksharp Foundation team we announce successful  launch of StudyMall in fourth village “Chikatgaon”.

In the year 2016,  after the launch of third StudyMall project at Village Vangani, we were contacted by one of our local volunteer Mr.Rahul regarding need of StudyMall in village named chikatgaon which is 70 Km from Aurangabad.

Miss. Ashwini Chikatgaonkar helped us in our pre- visit to this Chikatagaon. Miss. Ashwini is an successful lawyer and has her roots from Chikatagon village. She wanted to help her village. We were very impressed by her passion and dedication to work for her improvement of her village.


Chikatgaon StudyMall

Chikatgaon is a village where the approximate population is 4000 to 5000 . The educational details of Chikatgaon village is depicted below.

No of schools- 2 Primary 1 to 7th  Secondary 8 to 10 th
No of schools 1 1
girls 112 67
boys 118 80
total 230 147
school timing 9.30 to 4 pm  10 to 4 pm
off day Wednesday  Wednesday

After the visit to Chikatgaon village it was very much evident to all of us that Chikatgaon village children will hugely benefit by addition of more  better educational infrastructure.

We had many discussions and rounds of conference calls, two more visits to discuss on start of StudyMall in this village. We decided to launch Studymall in primary Z.P.School of Chikatgaon village  . It was decided after an intense discussion what will StudyMall provide for initial launch phase to this village children .

We prepared  list of  books, toys, digital classroom and some arts and crafts material to be provided at Chikatgaon StudyMall.


Chikatgaon StudyMall depicting books and toys

This StudyMall was launched on 08 Oct 2016 . On the date of launch we were super excited. The journey from Aurangabad was funfilled for all of us. Throughout journey we had constant discussions regarding future of this StudyMall and how to make it  more effective for Chikatgaon village children.


The launch was graced by many local dignitaries including  Former MLA Late Mr. Kailash Patil  Chikatgaonkar,  Current MLA Mr. Bhausaheb Patil Chikatgaonkar, and Government representatives Ms.Suman More and many more.


Ribbon cut by current MLA Mr.Bhausaheb Patil Chikatgaonkar accompanied by our Founder Mr.Santosh and initiator of this project Ms.Ashwini Chikatgaonkar.



Thinksharp Foundation team Bhagwan, shraddha and Santosh accompanying current MLA Mr.Bhausaheb Patil Chikatgaonkar and discussing regarding StudyMall.

During the launch of event we distributed prizes.   We awarded two students per  class for being the best students in terms of attendance and grades. The excitement was evident among the children when they received the prizes .


StudyMall dedicated local volunteer Mr.Amol Nikam with Founder Santosh and volunteer Shraddha.

On the launch day we also demonstrated how a digital classroom will work and help children to read, learn and understand subjects better. Children also got chance to play with the toys which were placed at StudyMall.

We would like to appreciate our supporters Pratham Books, ToyBank for books and toys donated  by them. Also individual donors, our crowd funding platform and


You can donate and support us too to make StudyMall available in each village of India..

Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.




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