The Very First MoU signing in Varanasi

The MoU Ceremony and Cell Inauguration at VCW, Rajghat, Varanasi

The MoU signing of LEAD program with Vasanta College For Women, Rajghat, Varanasi was held on 4th Sep 2017. Vasanta College is the most prominent Women’s College in Varanasi, where LEAD program will be working with 250 Student LEADers, 20 Student Coordinators, 6 Faculty Coordinators, 3 LEAD Mentors, 2 Chief Mentors and 01 Platform to unleash the leadership potential of the VCW LEAD Campus Students.

IMG_20170904_102953The students were so excited about this program (Event) that they Web pics (2)fffstarted the preparation from early morning and they have participated with lots of enthusiasm. Beautiful Rangolis, cleanliness all over and a beautiful aura was created by them.

The program started with the general introduction about the LEAD and the work done by the VCW LEAD Campus Students with audio as well as visual means by Chandan Tiwari and Amarjeet Singh. After the introduction, LEADers also got an opportunity to express themselves in front of large audience of 1250 Students and faculties. They shared their Initiatives/work which they have done in their different and innovative ways as well as the things they learnt from LEAD. It helped them to grow as a leader.

Team Leader Ajay Suman Shukla, LEAD, Deshpande Foundation took over the mike and appreciated students work and told them the importance of hard work and to do better every day in innovative ways. He also thanked them for their dedication.IMG_20170904_104722_HDR

Proceeding the event forward the MoU was signed between the Principal Dr. Alka Singh and Mr. Ajay Suman Shukla, Team Leader LEAD and . A dedicated Cell is inaugurated to promote leadership and innovation in the college campus among students. Dr. Alka Singh congratulated the LEADers and shared some of incidences of her life journey. In her speech she promised to extend her support to the student LEADers who are part of VCW LEAD Campus.

LEADers showcased their projects and explained the initiatives taken by them in last 20 days.Web pics (7)hh 5000

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Dilip Modi on why he chose Varanasi to set up Ek Soch

The Ek Soch Sandbox in Varanasi drew inspiration from the Hubli Sandbox to set up a similar ecosystem for social entrepreneurship.While Ek Soch founder Dilip Modi decided to set up a Sandbox for UP, he chose Varanasi as a hub for Sandbox activities owing to the dense population in eastern UP and the complexities of life in the region.

Speaking on the launch of the Ek Soch Sandbox, founder Dilip Modi said, “When I planned to set up a Sandbox, I was advised that it should be built in a place that I am emotionally connected to- the Hubli Sandbox and the Kakatiya Sandbox were built by the founders (Dr Desh Deshpande and Raju Reddy respectively)in places where they came from. My mother comes from Varanasi: and we felt that it was apt for the Sandbox, as the region had more population. Also, there were opportunities to tie up with the educational institutions that were present here.”

28770300281_7d23270d40_zAccording to him, Varanasi presented multiple opportunities to work with social entrepreneurs taking up new initiatives. “One thing that we are seeing here is that there are challenges in areas like waste management, where there are opportunities for partnership,” he points out.

The sandboxes in Hubballi, Kakatiya and Varanasi work to incubate innovations that are socially relevant and help them scale to achieve impact. “The real solution to our challenge is entrepreneurship. I was drawn by the idea of incubating social entrepreneurship; mentoring and scaling such ideas.”

He said that he was drawn to the Sandbox for its committed focus on tier-2 locations. “The Sandbox focus drives its programs in tier-2 locations. Working in small towns help to work in lower costs, and to sustain the innovations. What sets the Sandbox apart is that there are no defined milestones. Other incubators push you (against milestones). Here, there is more patience, more opportunities to keep at it and not give up,” he said.

Ek Soch – Empowering Youth for a Better Tomorrow

Youth are powerful resources for any nation and have a crucial role to play in the future of any country. On way to drive development in a community is to empower the youth of that region to become capable leaders who can guide their community to progress.



The Ek Soch Sandbox in Varanasi is banking on the potential of the youth to drive development in districts such as Azamgarh, Jaunpur, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Mirzapur and Sant Ravidasnagar. Ek Soch will work through programs, such as LEAD, that involve systematic and disruptive engagements to mobilize and empower local youth.


Resonating his views on how youth would drive growth in the country and the Ek Soch region, Ek Soch Founder Dilip Modi said, “People say, be the change you want to be and effectively you can be that. To me, LEAD is really the foundation of the sandbox, it’s from here that the change we want to see in Varanasi and the districts around Varanasi will happen.”

Speaking at the recently held Development Dialogue (DD) in Varanasi, he said, It is up to the youth to say how do we leverage technology to build solutions to solve our local problems. “We are a young country. Today we will get the tools and the platform that can enable us to solve problems. The marriage of youth and deployment of technology can be a very compelling proposition.”

Inspired by the success of the Hubli Sandbox in Karnataka, Dilip founded the Ek Soch Sandbox in Varanasi to execute developmental programs that are conceived for, and driven through people participation. According to him, platforms such as LEAD are avenues to enable people to ideate and pursue these ideas to achieve impact. “To me, the creation of the Ek Soch platform is to really find people who have passionate ideas and how we can provide a platform for them to enable and pursue those ideas with commitment. When you do things with your own hands, the sense of empowerment you get is so encouraging and revealing,” he said, addressing the youth gathered at the Ek Soch DD.

Eksoch Sandbox

dilipThe Sandbox provides a place for the catalysts to test ideas, make changes and eventually develop truly scalable solutions. The ecosystem allows for sharing, networking, collaborating and deliberating ideas with other catalysts. The value of the Sandbox lies in its ability to identify synergies and explore potential collaboration in the catalyst network. The aim of the Sandbox is to create an environment where an innovative approach to addressing social challenges is encouraged.