Teach For India TFIx program attended by our founder.

Our founder Mr.Santosh Phad was one of the selected social entrepreneurs in round 1 of a selection process for a TFIx  incubation program by Teach for India (TFI)  07 and 08 Dec 2017 at Mumbai. TFIx is a year-long Incubation Program and lifelong Learning Circle, for passionate entrepreneurs working in the education space

TFI is an esteemed non-profit organisation (http://www.teachforindia.org/). TFIx, will provide yearlong support to those who are  selected as they set up their organisations.This program will provide support, one to one mentor ship and guidance to fellow entrepreneurs.

As a part of the selection process of the TFIx program, there was a  2 days program arranged in Mumbai on 07 and 08 Dec 2017. Our Founder Mr.Santosh was chosen in round 1 and was qualified for this 2 days selection process of the program.The program was attended by many chosen fellow social entrepreneurs.

Mr. Santosh proposed Thinksharp foundation’s work, our theory of rural educational change, how we will bring that change in rural educational infrastructure through StudyMall during this program.

Many esteemed experts and social entrepreneurs from organisations such as – Hope Of People everywhere (www.hopeeverywhere.in), Universe Simplified (www.Universsimplified.org), Bridges of Sports, Vardhishnu (www.vardhishnu.org), Vidyaposhak, Knowyourstar, Causetoconnect, vaani, Antarang foundation attended the program.

During this workshop all the entrepreneurs had chance to visit a municipality school in Mumbai. This school is under one of the TFI fellow. The visit provided a chance to understand the problems faced by this TFI fellow in implementing better educational program in that municipality school, how to invent solution for those problems  and how to measure the impact of solution provided.

We wish best luck for TFIx program which will help many entrepreneurs reach each and every nook and corners of India in bringing better educational infrastructure. TFIx program will equip entrepreneurs to implement there innovative solutions in education.  To know more about this innovative fellowship and innovative work by TFI log on to .http://www.teachforindia.org/node/547

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

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Gajanan Nagar and Paithan Upcoming StudyMall projects-Digital class

Thinksharp Foundation team is helping 5 villages and approx more than 3000 rural children by providing  better rural educational infrastructure  through 5 StudyMall projects as of Aug 2017.

Our aim is to put one village one StudyMall throughout India. As we are progressing we are getting lot of inquiries to establish StudyMall from lot of villages . While we would love to help and set up StudyMall in each and every village that approaches us, however due to funds and operational challenges we prioritize villages.

Thinksharp foundation team has decided to help 10 villages in this financial year (preferably by Dec 2017). Out of this 10 villages, three are two that have been finalized as well namely Paithan and Gajanan Nagar which will have Digital class under StudyMall project..

Thinksharp Foundation Founder Santosh visited village Gajanan nagar and Paithan  as a part of pre visit on 28 July 2017. We were very fortunate to have with us our team member Mr.Rahul Sonawane who has been very helpful and supportive throughout our entire visit of this  villages.

Gajanan Nagar  is a small village in Tq.Sillod, Dist Aurangabad  with a total population of 600 people.No other school in Gajanan Nagar except one Z.P.School. Gajanan Nagar.Paithan is a Taluqa in District Aurangabad with population of 41514 people.There are 3 Z.P. schools in Paithan. Nearest railway station is Aurangabad.

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Z.P. School Gajanan Nagar enrolls children from 1 to 5th Std and total number of Students is  35  and total number of teachers is  2. There are only 2 RCC classrooms. No digital, library or extra curricular activity infrastructure available.

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Z.P. Girl’s High School Paithan enrolls girls from 5th to 12th std , total number of students is 613 and total number of teachers is 19. 14 RCC Class rooms. Library and computer is available however no digital projector. Considering the high population of students and the higher grades till 12th std it is important that they have access to better educational infrastructure.

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We were requested by parents, teachers and students to provide them with library, digital projector and any other beneficial educational infrastructure.

We are very excited to help this 648 students read and learn better. Our StudyMall project-Digital class  in this school will create an motivation and increase interest among the tribal students to attend school. Moreover it will also increase awareness among the parents on importance of education.

Please help us in providing them better rural educational infrastructure.

You too  can donate and support to help many other rural children learn, read and grow better. You will also gain from the donation as all our donations have tax benefits.

You can  donate on our website ..http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

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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Our Founder’s view on Social Entrepreneurship at launch of E-cell event


We are very proud to share that our Founder Mr.Santosh Phad was invited as guest speaker at inauguration of E-cell at ADMI. Mr.Santosh is a firm believer of concept “social entrepreneurship”. Mr.Santosh is a Social entrepreneur himself  who is constantly in search of different entrepreneurial ventures to help his society. Currently through his NGO Thinksharp Foundation’s “StudyMall” project he is helping approximately 1700 village children. StudyMall helps village children  read, learn and play by  providing them  better educational infrastructure.

Mr.Santosh Phad as guest speaker at launch of E-Cell ADMI
Mr.Santosh Phad as guest speaker at launch of E-Cell ADMI

On 22nd August 2016, E-Cell i.e entrepreneurship cell was successfully launched in Alkesh Dinesh Mody Institute for Financial & Management Studies, in association with Wadhwani Foundation’s NEN (National Entrepreneurship Network).

Wadhwani Foundation is an philanthropic organisation which was founded in 2000 by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani with the primary mission of accelerating economic development in emerging economies through large-scale job creation.  Wadhwani Foundation  under there project “National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN)”  inspires, educates, and supports student entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs for creating high-value jobs. NEN has also ventured into creating city-based entrepreneurial ecosystems consisting of mentors, investors, and incubators supporting startups and SMEs.

The ‘Alkesh Dinesh Mody’ Institute for Financial and Management Studies’ is an institute of the ‘University of Mumbai’. The Institute was co-founded by the Mr. Dineshbhai Mody in loving memory of his beloved son Late Shri Alkeshbhai D. Mody. The Institute was established in 1994 which is offering managementeducation with a focus of financial services.

Mr.Santosh at inauguration ceremony of E-CELL.

E-cell ADMI event Mr.Santosh talks about Social entrepreneurship
At E-cell ADMI event Mr.Santosh talks about Social entrepreneurship

 

Other esteemed speakers included Dr.Smita Shukla, Director ADMIFMS, Dr.Radha Iyer Entrepreneurship area chairperson SIMSR, MR.Ronald Fernandes NEN representative, Ms.Tanisha Chatterjee and Mr.Madhav Kabra Jaihind college and many more .

The complete team during the event of E-CELL INAUGURATION
The complete team during the event of E-CELL inauguration

During this event Mr.Santosh Phad was one of the guest speakers. Mr.Santosh spoke about social entrepreneurship.

He discussed the need of social enterprise in today’s world. Specific challenges in social entrepreneurship, how to overcome them, how to scale the social enterprise and various resources that can help in success of  social entrepreneurship.

He explained that social entrepreneurship is an innovative entrepreneurial idea with the potential to solve a community problem. As it deals with profit in terms of how many individuals will benefit instead of typical monetary gain, the challenges faced by social entrepreneurs in terms of  raising funds, mobility of resources and scaling up are very different than a profit making enterprise. He congratulated and thanked the E-CELL team for launch of this event which will greatly help social entrepreneurs grow and succeed

He further talked about few ways to deal with them and then gave example of few of his favorite social entrepreneurs like Mr.Mohammed Yunus, Nobel peace prize winner founder of Grameen bank, Mr.Dhruv Lakra from Mirakle couriers, Mr. Pranil Naik from leap for word and many more.

Mr.santosh with E-CELL ADMI team member

We congratulate Wadhwani foundation and Alkesh Dinesh Mody institute for taking up this good initiative to help upcoming promising entrepreneurs. We wish them Good luck and look foreword to any support and collaboration @ https://www.facebook.com/ECell.ADMI/

We strongly recommend on behalf of our founder to connect with  E-CELL ADMI team to grow there entrepreneurial ideas and venture’s.

If you believe in our Founder’s vision of Thinksharp Foundation NGO and want to donate for StudyMall for the better rural education infrastructure log on to http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org

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

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

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StudyMall received Digital Trail Blazer Award 2016.

Our project “StudyMall” received Digital Trail Blazer Award at Digital India Conclave event . This Award was presented by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Mr.Devendra Fadnavis  for bringing digital education to rural children of Maharashtra.
The Digital India conclave was presented by HP India in association with India Today Television and KPMG. 

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The Digital India Conclave is India’s first conclave that brings together the best of minds, talent and people with a varied range of expertise in the digital field from all over the country.

We were honored to share the award with 4 other esteemed organisations.

all-jury1) AAPLE SARKAR APP, DEPARTMENT OF I.T – GOVT. OF MAHARASHTRA initiative which address public grievances while ensuring participative governance. The ‘Aaple Sarkar’ portal and app are monitored by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in Maharashtra and is a platform for citizens to participate in discussions on the development of the state.

2)  ANTI CORRUPTION APP, ANTI CORRUPTION BUREAU –Anti- Corruption Bureau in Maharashtra is a high tech solution to deal with the menace of evidence tampering and to  report on corruption.

3) ROJGAR WAHINI, DEPT OF SKILL DEV, EMPLOYMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP, Maharashtra Govt-Rojgar Wahini is a Government of Maharashtra initiative which provides  free services like vocational guidance, job opportunities and self-employment guidance to job seekers.

4) MAHARASHTRA VIDHAN BHAVAN, DEPT OF I.T – GOVT. OF MAHARASHTRA-This inititative has made  legislative business paperless,  members of legislative council (MLCs) and members of legislative assembly (MLAs) post their questions and resolutions online. The legislators would also be able to check previous records and even get a written reply on this tab.

The event was filled with inspiration and motivation as the dignitaries shared their thoughts and plans in their speech. It was amazing to see how digitization will help us to resolve society’s  problems and take India to next level.

We are now charged with more enthusiasm to take digital education to every needy rural parts and villages  of India.

  • santoshThanks to our supporter without whom this honor would not have been possible.

    We are very honored to have received this award for our effort to digitize education in 3 villages of Maharashtra.   We are helping village children read, learn and play and thus increasing their study time, study interest, knowledge base of extra curricular activities, hobbies, games etc .

  • Through this project “StudyMall” we aim to give village children an equal chance to be a empowered citizens of India.     

  • We were honored to have chance to listen to dignitaries of the event which included AMITABH NAG, Head: Digital India- HP Inc, DEEPAK SAWANT, Minister – Public Health & Family Welfare: Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare, DR. JAIJIT BHATTACHARYA, Partner, Infrastructure & Government Services- KPMG India, KAUSTUBH DHAVSE, Officer On Special Duty to the Chief Minister’s Office,K.M PRASANNA, Asst. Police Commissioner, Mumbai Crime Branch and V.K GAUTAM, Principal Secretary- Information Technology, Government of Maharashtrsantosh-n-stage
  • More information on event can be found at http://indiatoday.intoday.in/digitalindia/2016/trailblazer.jsp

You can donate and support us too..http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

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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Together “we” can do- StudyMall at Sandbox Samvidha,Hubbali

Thinksharp Foundation team has another proud moment as its achievement this year.  Our project “StudyMall” was selected among all the other NGO’s from India to be presented at Sandbox Samvidha, Deshpande foundation.

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One of the most exciting and motivational factor  for us about this event was a chance  to meet Dr.Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande sir. Words might fall short to describe. Dr. Deshpande, Founder of Deshpande Foundation, Hubbali. He has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades.  He is involved either as the founder, a founding investor or chairman of several companies.Dr. Deshpande lives in Boston and serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation, and he is responsible for MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at Massachusetts. Deshpande Foundation has three other centers. He  co-chairs as a National Council to support President Obama’s innovation and entrepreneurship strategy. http://www.deshpandefoundation.org/about-us/founders/desh-deshpande/

Dr.Desh Deshpande

The next important factor for our excitement was chance to visit  Sandbox Samvidha at Deshpande Foundation Hubbali.  Sandbox works to create an effective ecosystem where resources are put to use through entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability.   Sandbox provides opportunities to all NGO  teams to meet and interact with each other, to share their solutions to help society and also gives chance to talk to people who have impacted society on larger scale through there NGO, may it be founders of large NGO, Academicians, Sandbox CEO, MD, Support team, Social entrepreneurs etc (http://www.deshpandefoundation.org/programs/deshpande-center-for-social-entrepreneurship/)

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Highlight of this trip was  location of Deshpande Foundation, the center building  and the amazing team. We traveled from Hyderabad and right from how to travel and where to stay we were helped  by Sandbox’s team member Miss.Veena.  Deshpande foundation is located inside BVB engineering college Hubbali Karnataka. The building is very nice structure which practically creates that sense of positivism once you step in its zone. Many volunteers and Social entrepreneurship students (local and international) can be seen buzzing around who are speaking only one language “how we can help society”?

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We presented our story of ‘StudyMall ” in front of three judges Mrs. Neelam Maheshwari  Director Deshpande Foundation (http://www.deshpandefoundation.org/about-us/core-team/neelam-maheshwari/)  Mr. Sai Chandrashekar from Agastya International Foundation (http://www.agastya.org/ ) and Mr.Rangan Vardhan from Micrograam ( https://www.micrograam.com/.

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We presented our idea of StudyMall, how 3 StudyMall are helping approximately 1500  rural children to read, learn and play  in 3 villages of Maharashtra . The Judges presented us very thoughtful questions on sustainability and expansion. For the sustainability of StudyMall project ThinkSharp Foundation team answered that  we are dependent on donations from our donors and we always plan to keep StudyMall free of cost for rural children. This will ensure they use StudyMall to fullest to read, play or learn. Our answer to expansion plan  was that we will start 15 StudyMall in next 5 years. This pace of growth is decided to ensure we  help villages or rural areas which are actually in need and where the infrastructure in StudyMall will be used at maximum level by children.

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Mr. Sai From Agastya International Foundation was impressed with how StudyMall is helping rural parts of Maharashtra and offered partnership opportunity to work with them to reach more villages. This was a very proud moment to get an offer to partner during the presentation. Thinksharp Foundation team is in contact with Agastya international Foundation and is working on this partnership which will be a huge opening door to help education sector  in  rural parts of Maharashtra .

ThinkSharp Foundation StudyMall project was hugely appreciated by all the judges, NGO and participants. We also got insights and inputs from Mr.Naveen CEO of Deshpande Foundation on making StudyMall available and more beneficial for rural children.

This  opportunity gave us chance to meet Dr.Desh Sir to know about insight into how a social entrepreneur needs to think so as to find the best fit solution to solve society’s problems. Another best thing was to get insight into how Sandbox works. So many people are doing great job through NGO’S to tackle and help our society. But we all can succeed only when we help each other and work together.

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With this huge motivation and inspirational event we ThinkSharp Foundation team is geared up to take StudyMall to every needed village of Maharashtra. StudyMall is an more than Library project which provide books, games, toys, digital educational infrastructure, arts, crafts etc to rural children . StudyMall is an library kind of room that we set up independently in village or in collaboration with school.

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During the event we also had chance to meet and know about NGO’s who are doing tremendous job of helping society like  DATRI working in stem cell donation  ( http://datri.org/), Hopefortheharvest which is working in varied sectors to help oppressed and poor (http://hopefortheharvest.biz.ly/)  MOTHER working to create opportunities for the poor by building appropriate local-level institutions to improve help disadvantaged section and ensure sustainable livelihoods( http://www.motherngo.org/). For details about all such great NGO  please Visit Sandbox Website.

You can donate and support us too..

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

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

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