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IndiaFirst picks up top 25 teams for Happy India project

4 Teams from Sanskriti The School, Hyderabad among the selected 

Hyderabad, January 21, 2015IndiaFirst Life Insurance, which has embarked on a unique Happy India project to encourage young change makers, has picked up the Top 25 teams from across the country after a tough screening process which has seen over 15,000 students participating. 4 teams from Hyderabad: Roaring Soldiers, Shradha, Champs and Indian Youngsters, all fromSanskriti The School, figures among the top 25 teams selected. The teams presented their ideas on Environment, Education and Energy Conservation. 

Happy India received 1042 ideas from students between 11 to 16 years old with focus on key areas such as Education, Health, Energy Conservation, Security, Environment Protection and Financial Inclusion. 

The initiative is being supported by Bank of Baroda and Andhra Bank, while the validation and process authentication is being overlooked by KPMG in India – Process Evaluators, the Knowledge Partners.

Each of the top 25 teams is being given a grant of INR 50,000 enabling these young change makers to create the change they dreamt of during the idea presentation stages. These teams will be mentored by industry stalwarts – innovators, social scientists and authors during the entire implementation phase and they include prominent names such as Mr. Pramod Lele, former MD & CEO – Hinduja Hospitals, Mr. Tamal Bandyopadhyay, Consulting Editor, HT Media, Mr. SV Divvaakar, IIT Delhi Alumnus, Ms. Disha Chhabra, IIM Calcutta Alumni, Ms. Mrinalini Kher, Founder of Yuva Parivartan. Mr. Rajan Surve, Senior General Manager, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, Mr. Anurag Garg, engineering graduate from BVCOE, and Mr. Naveen Kanchnath Vice President, RPG Group.

Announcing the final 25 team list, Mr. Mohit Rochlani, Chief Marketing Officer IndiaFirst Life Insurance said “We are overwhelmed by the response from school students across the country. Our hearty congratulations to all the 4 teams from Sanskriti The School – we are confident of the city of Hyderabad supporting these students in their endeavor.”

He further added, “The enthusiasm and talent that was witnessed during the presentations of ideas was truly inspiring.  Through Happy India, our endeavour is to involve the future generation in the nation building activity. We hope this small step from IndiaFirst will lead to a big leap forward for the next generation.”

IndiaFirst will hold a Happy India national conclave in February when the 25 teams will showcase their projects to the audience of corporate honchos and key public figures.

The efforts of these students will also be imprinted in the ‘Young Change Makers’ compendium jointly created by IndiaFirst and Shristhi Publishers, inspiring future change. The compendium will also feature the Mentor’s perspective on the idea i.e. its impact post-implementation and ways in which this idea can lead to building a Happy India.

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