Monday, 25 December 2017

The Young Leaders thought Exchange Program December, 2017

On November 16th the Young Leaders thought Exchange program was conducted in Hotel Metropolitan, Vijayawada with the with republic and democracy party members in USA.

BREAK THE SILENCE December,, 2017

On November 27th, Interaction with NOBEL Prize Winner "Kailash Satyarthi" with Some NGO'S like Dilse, Margam, Abhaya care, Youth for Seva etc., organized by "Vivekananda youth Association". Kailash Satyarthi said “ Youth are the Solutions not the Problems. Youth are the change, not the Static. We must Trust them and allow them a Free Space.”

Andhra pradesh Libraries Golden Jubilee Event December, 2017

The Golden Jubilee celebrations of AP Libraries is conducted in Tagore Library, Vijayawada from 14th November to 20th November. They have conducted Various programs in state level Govt. schools and gave prizes to kids.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) December, 2017

From November 28-30, 2017, NITI Aayog in partnership with the Government of the United States of America had completed the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India.The Summit will bring together entrepreneurs, investors, educators, government officials and startup ecosystem supporters to the world’s most important event on entrepreneurship. GES 2017 will present a unique opportunity to connect and establish meaningful partnerships amongst entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem supporters.

The summit had been addressed by The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, Ms. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to President Trump, and many more luminaries from the world of innovation and entrepreneurship.

HEALTH AWARENESS Food is thy Medicine - Ginger December, 2017

Ginger is a popular ingredient in cooking, and especially in Asian and Indian cuisine. It has also been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. Possible health benefits include relieving nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness, and pain.The root or underground stem (rhizome) of the ginger plant can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form, or as juice. Ginger is part of the Zingiberaceae family, alongside cardamom and turmeric. It is commonly produced in India, Jamaica, Fiji, Indonesia, and Australia.
                           It is available fresh and dried, as ginger extract and ginger oil, and in tinctures, capsules, and lozenges. Foods that contain ginger include gingerbread, cookies, ginger snaps, ginger ale, and a wide variety of savory recipes.
Fast facts on ginger:
                           Ginger has long been used for culinary and medicinal purpose. Possible health benefits include reducing nausea, pain, and inflammation. Ginger can be used to make tea, chopped or crushed in curries and savory dishes, and dried or crystalized in sweets and confectionary.

6 health benefits

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many
lifestyle-related health conditions. However, some herbs and spices may offer additional health benefits. One of these is ginger. Scientific analysis shows that ginger contains hundreds of compounds and metabolites, some of which may  contribute to health and healing. Of these, the gingerols and shogaols have been most extensively researched.

Digestion, Nausea, Cold and flu relief, Pain reduction, Inflammation, Cardiovascular health

Nutritional content

Ginger provides a variety of vitamins and minerals:
In 100 grams (g) of fresh ginger root, there are: 79 calories, 17.86 g of carbohydrate, 3.6 g of dietary fiber, 3.57 g of protein, 0 g of sugar, 14 mg of sodium, 1.15 g of iron, 7.7 mg of vitamin C, 33 mg of potassium

Other nutrients found in ginger  are:

vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, folate, riboflavin, niacin

Fresh or dried ginger can be used to flavor foods and drinks without adding unnecessary salt or sugar. Since it is often consumed in such small amounts, ginger does not add significant quantities of calories, carbohydrate, protein, or fiber.

How to eat more ginger
Other anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds found in ginger that that are beneficial to health include gingerols, beta-carotene, capsaicin, caffeic acid, curcumin and salicylate. Ginger pairs well with many different types of seafood, oranges, melon, pork, chicken,  pumpkin, rhubarb, and apples, to name a few. When buying fresh ginger, look for a root with smooth, taut skin, with no wrinkles, and a spicy aroma. Store fresh ginger in a tightly wrapped plastic bag in the refrigerator or freezer, and peel and grate it before use. Add it to any suitable dish for extra flavor. If fresh ginger is not available, you can use dried. In most recipes, one-eighth of a teaspoon of ground ginger can be substituted for one tablespoon of fresh grated ginger. Ground ginger can be found in the herbs and
spices section of most grocery stores.

Recipe tips for ginger

Here are some tasty ways to use ginger:

  • ·         Add fresh ginger to a smoothie or juice
  • ·         Add fresh or dried ginger to a stir-fry or homemade salad dressing
  • ·         Make ginger tea by steep peeled fresh ginger in boiling water
  • ·         Use fresh or dried ginger to spice up any fish recipe

These tasty ginger recipes have been developed by a registered dietitian:
Spicy cinnamon ginger roasted carrots, Maple gingerbread cookies, Winter vegetable soup, Cilantro-lime tuna burgers, Slow cooker Thai coconut curry, Cure-all juice

Possible health risks

                                   The United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consider ginger to be a food additive that is "generally recognized as safe." Natural ginger will cause little or no known side effects for most people. In some, however, a high intake may worsen symptoms of acid reflux, irritate the mouth, and cause diarrhea. Taking ginger as capsules may help reduce the risk of heartburn. The effectiveness and side effects from ginger supplements will vary by brand and formulation, but people are advised not to take more than 4 g of dried ginger a day, or 1 g during pregnancy, including food sources. Scientists urge caution when using supplements, as these are not standardized. Anyone who is pregnant, or who has gallstones, diabetes, or a blood clotting disorder should discuss first with their doctor whether to increase their intake of ginger. Ginger supplements should not be used with aspirin or other blood-thinning medications. Scientists note that many of the compounds in ginger have not been fully investigated, and not all of the claims for ginger have been supported by research. However, many of those that have been studied appear to show promise for medicinal purposes.
     Sindhu ma

Woes of Indian Wheelchair!! - Poetry December, 2017

under weight of its master..
murmuring yet dutiful
the old loyal servant wheelchair
wheelchair says; how I wish
to faithfully serve
just to take my master places
so many places… with so many steps
why I was denied access???
why I can’t go everywhere???
I have no access to places
my master has no access to life…
whey am I restricted to do my duty
powerful and possessive steps
sometimes I need to two people
sometimes ten….
with no dignity to maintain
where do I go do i ?
I am tired of trying to take my master
similarly my master tired of his life
so here I retired of re-trying
oh..India..the land of high culture
spirituality overflowing…
where has gone the respect for human beings??
on wheelchairs…??
the land of destiny…but ours written by some
of insensitivity, negligence and sheer inertia
like bodies of our masters..
people don’t look at the
daily grind we undergo…
bearing the wear and tear
on the bumpy roads…
some times I feel..
I want to take rest in India…
but when I cant stop my duty..
when half india is like disabled…
with lot of hopes..smiles..on life
how can I stop?
let the wheel wheels…as long as there is life occupying it!!
to embrace life with positive mind!!
Let the whole world go cripple without thinking them!
I will still remain faithful, loyal as ever!!!
Let me navigate thru this inaccessible world!!
for a better and able tomorrow!!

                                                       --Written by Sai Padma,

KONDAPALLI FORT December, 2017

Kondapalli Fort is a very attractive and colorful fort and has a beautiful architecture. It is spread over a sprawling are and was one of the famous fort built in the 1306 by the Hindu king Prolaya Vema Reddy. The entry gate of the fort is huge and is popularly known as Dargha Darwaja, it is built beautifully on a single piece of granite stone. There is another entry gate Known as Golconda darwaza and is on the other end. Kondapalli Fort is known for its fantastic architecture and the inscriptions and paintings on the walls of the fort depicts the battle that took place in the 13th century. Another attraction of Kondapalli fort is the rural art and craft, vibrant colour toys that are made up of light wood famous and are known as Kondapalli toys. Earlier Kondapalli fort was ruled by the Hindu kings and after some time it was ruled by the rulers of Qutubshahi dynasty. The famous toys that are made in Kondapalli are Dasavatarams, palanquin-bearers carrying the bride and bridegroom, various animals. Kondapalli is a reserve for flora and fauna you can find a variety of trees and flowers and even medicinal plants there. It is also known as a hub for transportation of petroleum products to various companies. It is a very beautiful fort and is occupied with lots of ancient things like you can see ancient gold coins, sculptures and painting in the historic gallery of the fort.
                  A fort with roots in parallel histories, this one is said to have been built as a center of recreation, business and trade. The main entrance gate, carved out of a single boulder of granite is called the Dargah Darwaja.

              Other than this, one finds inside a reservoir, Golconda Darwaza, Dargah of Gareeb Saheeb, Tanisha Mahal and several bits of history claimed by ruins.
what one must not miss while in this area are the Kondapalli Toys, light weight wooden toys from the village around.

Different Ways Of Styling Your Crop Top December, 2017

Crop tops were the in thing during the 90s. Trendsetters like The Spice Girls and Britney Spears took the fashion world on a roller coaster ride with this style. Not sure what happened, but they suddenly went back into the hood during the 2000s. Thankfully they are back now – and with a bang! While all my friends were excited about this look, I, being the shy type, had my reservations about its suitability for all body types. It turns out, they are for everyone because there are probably like a million ways you can style them. And we will look at some of them today.

Crop top with a Long Skirt
Long skirts with T-shirts, shirts or flowing tops are a thing of the past. Now, it’s all about those crop tops. You can pair your long skirt with a flared or off-shoulder crop top and use accessories to amp your look.

Crop Top with a Lehenga
Combine the best of both the worlds by pairing a crop top with a lehenga or a long ethnic skirt. And, the best part about this is that your crop top can double up as a choli on more than one lehenga or worn with jeans, trousers, etc.

Crop Top With Denim Skirt
It is established that crop tops with midi, denim or maxi skirts are considered extremely modish and stylish. So, don’t fret too much the next time you have a sudden weekend plan. Just go for a denim skirt, a flowy top, and a statement neckpiece.

Crop Top with Jeans

One of the easiest ways of wearing your crop top is to just slide on a pair of jeans and pair it with it. You have absolutely nothing to worry about since it goes with all kinds of jeans – be it high waisted, mommy pants, flared or bootcut

Crop Top with Palazzo
Palazzos with crop tops are fun, airy, and elegant. You could dress up or down with your palazzo bottoms. Go for regular plain or printed palazzos with simple crop tops for everyday wear or a heavy silk palazzo with a chiffon crop top for a special event or a party

Keerthi bodagala,  born and brought up in Tirupathi, as she is from textiles business oriented family, got an interest about fabrics n went to NIFT Chennai and completed her graduation in fashion design, started her career and doing freelancing and conducting ramp Shows to showcase her designs. She has crowned as South India "Attitude Shining Star - 2017" on criteria of Attire, Attitude & Talent. The jury panel included Ashok Selvan, Tamil actor & Bina Sujit, Editor-in-Chief, JFW & Desinger Andy, Costume designer cum Stylist and Choreographer and Fashion Choreographer Raja Rajan, Vijay TV Fame(King of dance).

Careers in Engineering December, 2017

Careers in Engineering
Prof. Zahoorullah.S.MD.

1.       How was the Engineering course designed?

       Which books should I have to refer to study engineering?
Ans: The course was designed to make up with all the ‘qualities’ and ‘features’. That means for information, knowledge and intellectuality improvement, number of subjects were being introduced. There were nearly 45 different subjects which will increase the intellectual ability of a person, each subject syllabus was designed in research oriented manner flanking with international authored book references.
Ans : Never refer ‘ALL IN ONE’ text books. Refer the books mentioned in the syllabus copy of your university. Read different authored text books. Prefer International authored books always.
3.       How are the job opportunities in engineering?
Ans : There are plenty of job opportunities in Engineering. Every Engineering course was assumed after the development of the industries in that particular branch or course. The courses were not introduced fictionally. They have historical backgrounds and manpower requirement also well developed. But the vacancy requirements may change and the job opportunity depends not only on this factor but many factors like establishment of industries (in that particular course/branch) both in private and government sector, market demand and persistence of the industries etc.   

4.       How to study engineering course?
Ans : One should study Engineering course by following their teachers and attending classes everyday, performing labs, attending seminars, presenting papers in seminars, conferences, attending skill development classes, undergoing mock viva and interviews, visiting industries, attending workshops, performing real time project works in R&D, Industry and academia. And many more….
5.       Now-a-days students are not studying any engineering course properly. What is the reason and how to overcome it?
Ans: Yes it is true. It depends on the college management, teachers and also the students background like number of merit oriented students present in a class. Professors should be highly qualified with PhD minimum criteria and also vast experience. Due to number of colleges and universities in Engineering for the last 20 years there is huge availability of professors with vast experience and high qualifications in India. Prefer a college to study based on these criteria. And there are many other requirements so on…  

To be Contd…

SELF CONFIDENCE December, 2017

Self-confidence is an important quality, which allows every individualsto have realistic views of themselves and their situations. Self-confident people trust their own abilities, have a general sense of control on their lives, and they believe that they can do or execute them.
Having self-confidence does not mean that individuals will be able to do everything. Self-confident people have expectations that are realistic. Even when some of their expectations are not met, they continue to be positive and to accept themselves.
People who are not self-confident depend excessively on the approval of others in order to feel good about themselves. They tend to avoid taking risks because they are scared of  failure. They generally do not expect to be successful. They often put themselves down and tend to discount or ignore compliments paid to them. By contrast, self-confident people are willing to risk the disapproval of others because they generally trust their own abilities. They tend to accept themselves; they don't feel they have to conform in order to be accepted.
How is Self-Confidence Initially Developed?
Many factors effects the development of self-confidence. Parent’s attitudes are crucial to children's feelings about themselves, particularly in children's early years. When parents provide acceptance, children receive a solid foundation for good feelings about themselves. If one or both parents are excessively critical or demanding, or if they are overprotective and discourage moves toward independence, children may come to believe they are incapable, inadequate, or inferior. However, if parents encourage children's moves toward self-reliance, accept, and love their children when they make mistakes, children will learn to accept themselves and will be on their way to developing self-confidence.
Surprisingly, lack of self-confidence is not necessarily related to lack of ability. Instead it is often the result of focusing too much on the unrealistic expectations or standards of others, especially parents and society. Friends' influences can be as powerful or more powerful than those of parents and society in shaping feelings about one's self. Students in their college years re-examine values and develop their own identities and thus are particularly vulnerable to the influence of friends.
Some of the tips to build Self Confidence:-
1) Feel good about yourself and Think positive
                           Self confidence and feeling  of yourself  has a major 'hormonal' element, you can change the way you feel by re-living good times. If you can remember a time you felt really self confident, then excellent - use that! If not, then use a time you felt contented or happy. Taking deliberate control of your thoughts and emotions will have an huge impact on your self confidence and other areas of your life.

2) Beating Self ConsciousnessConfidence Enemy No.1 
           Although useful for learning about the impact you have on others, too much self consciousness is the No.1 enemy of self confidence. The trick is keeping your attention off yourself when you need to. Here's how...

a) When you feel self-conscious, (you can usually tell because you start to feel anxious), choose something outside of yourself to focus on and study it in detail. For example: examine a door, look at the different textures and shades of colour, wonder about who made it and how and so on. The important thing is that you're learning how to keep your attention off yourself.

3) Watch Out for Undue Criticism - Especially Your Own!

Have you noticed that people will speak to themselves in a way they would never speak to others? You know the sort of thing - you break a glass and it's "You stupid idiot. You can't do anything right can you?"

Criticism that leaves the receiver feeling upset or depressed is rarely useful.

Challenging your own assumptions about yourself and other people can really help build self confidence. Here's a few to get you started:
Those confident-looking people have bad moments too - you just don't get to hear about them!
If you feel under-confident, it doesn't mean other people can tell. They're often too caught up with their 'own stuff' to notice!
If you catch yourself saying things to yourself like "I'm no good at anything" then rest assured, you're wrong about that. Everyone can compose a sentence, get successfully to the store, eat without choking and do a million other things. Emotion can make things seem hopeless when they rarely are.

Don't let yourself make sweeping statements about yourself - in the long run it is this sort of thing that can really damage your self image. If this happens, say to yourself calmly and gently, "Hold on a minute, that's not true". If you can come up with some evidence that disproves the sweeping statement, then even better. It may take a bit of effort at first, but the impact on your self confidence levels is huge.

Building self esteem is not just about thinking good of yourself, it's about not thinking bad for no reason!
Just because you have felt bad about yourself in the past doesn't mean you're always going to feel that way. I have seen hundreds of people surprise themselves once they have learned how to build self confidence in a way that it stays built!

The important thing is to get away from thinking "Why did that happen?", or "Why do I feel this way?" and towards "How would I like to feel?", "In what situations do I feel confident?" or, "What do I need to learn in order to have better self confidence in this situation?"

This change in thinking is so important to build up your personality and confidence.

                                                                                                           Moqtar Ali

MOBILE SCHOOL December, 2017

KISES India, a small NGO run by a husband and wife team from Vijayawada, has launched a mobile school programme aimed at preventing the misery of child labor for young rag-pickers in the dumps and slums of the city.
    The mobile school, funded by volunteers from the UK, is at the forefront of a campaign to bring relief to marginalised children and families living and working on the Vijayawada dump. And as well as taking school lessons to the dump-dwelling children, the KISES India project will offer regular health camps and free medicines, plus vital clean drinking water and daily nutritious meals.
The charitable effort is the brainchild of bank worker Shoury Babu Rebba, who empathises with the uncared-for Dalit workers due to his own negative experiences of coming from a lower caste background.
        Previous KISES ( Kiranmayi Socio Educational Society) projects saw Mr Rebba and wife Mrs RajaniSuram deliver a long line of relief programmes to coastal flood victims in the
Khammam and Krishna districts of Andhra Pradesh who lost their homes and livelihoods following a devastating tsunami.

       "For nearly two decades Shourya and Rajani have devoted all their free time for the benefit of downtrodden people who often face daily battles for survival in modern-day India," said KISES UK volunteer Jem King, after cutting the ribbon at the mobile school's small inauguration ceremony.

"KISES is an unheralded charity which has brought, education, literacy programmes, health programmes, vocational training and disaster relief to thousands of vulnerable citizens.”

    "Their dedication is admirable and I am proud to support their efforts, along with another volunteer in the UK, Meriel Woodward, who was also deeply touched by such devotion to the welfare of neglected and unrespected people."

The mobile school was made possible by the purchase of a sturdy off-road vehicle by KISES UK, able to cope with the treacherous, dusty roads leading to outlying areas like the Pathapadu dump.
"The children seem to be enjoying the lessons so far and keeping them off the dump has to be a priority," said Mr King. "But we will keep searching for corporate or foundation sponsors who can help us expand this project into the city slums, give back these kids their childhoods and educate them for a brighter future."
Other KISES projects already in the pipeline and awaiting funding are a Mobile Health Clinic providing medical care to impoverished rural villagers, an Animal Rescue Centre and a Residential Care Hostel for children of fishermen from coastal villages who are forced to spend long periods at sea.
For more information please visit

Jem King

Need for Juxtaposition of Knowledge December, 2017

World and Me need to be juxtaposed to understand the difference between the knowledge of self and knowledge of the world. Part of me is similar to how the world works and another part of me is similar to how the world should ideally work. Knowledge of the reality is required to know the ideal possibility to exist. When the art of heart and art of mind are juxtaposed together we would have a chance to be able to live the truth and propagate the truth too.  I would narrate here a story of a seeker of knowledge to show how juxtaposition is required.
           There was an illiterate wanderer who was in search of himself and his creator. He put all his devotion in  knowing his creator. He lived in a forest away from the worldly hosh-posh. He would go deeper inside himself everyday to find the truth hidden inside himself. He would call upon the creator to find the qualities he implanted in the creation. He would call upon the creator to know how he should live and what's wrong in the world he lives in. What's wrong inside himself which the creator never wanted him to acquire. His devotion and meditation was so submissive that a day came when he could hear what others couldn't and he could see what his creator was like through his internal annihilation. He was about to get a manual of life and creation. But a thought kept jumping in his mind," I don't know the way the world works, my knowledge of the world is almost nil. I am trying to know myself, and the language in which I know myself is silence but the world doesn't understand silence. How can I tell the world what I know when I don't know to write, read or speak the world's language?" His questions about himself were answered through silence and he acquired the knowledge of hidden, the knowledge of truth through silence. He didn't know how to share the gift to the world, the gift he has got from the creator.  And he  travelled to know the world which he ran away from. Once been through the knowledge of the world now silence could be translated(not completely but to the nearest possible context) into the language of the world and the manual arrived to the world. The manual where silence was juxtaposed onto the languages of the world.
                           Man being a social being needs to know the world's norms and methods to be able to reform or transform it. All that silence given to a believer needs to be converted into logic of the world. The art of heart has to be juxtaposed on the art of mind to be able to reach out to whole humanity. When people are isolated, they cannot influence the world for betterment. They need to live among the logicians and take their thoughts across to make them think. They need to live among the emotional and take their feelings across to make them feel. They need to live among dreamers and take their dreams across to create a possibility for a dream. A Dream of Ideal world, a feeling of love for all and the thought of a peaceful world. Therefore, the knowledge of the world, the science, the history, the technology, the engineering, the medicine needs to be juxtaposed on religion, philosophy, spirituality and art. Intuition needs to be juxtaposed on cognition. Dream needs to be juxtaposed on reality.

 Those who are not ready to create this balance know only half the truth, are only half-knowledgeable and they cannot love unconditionally, they cannot find a complete peace. So if you want to find a solution to the world's problems and serve the humanity and its creator better make a beautiful blend of both the worlds the inner and the outer so that you need not be aloofer but the social being you were created as.

Main khudme khoya, sabko bhula,
Sabme khoya, khud ko bhula,
Hai! bhulne ki yeh lat lagi hai,
Mujhme tanasub kyun nahi hai?
Kyun khud hai tera itna chota,
Ki isme sab ki jagah nahi hai,
Jab khud me sab aur sab me khud hon,
Tho tanasub kyun nahi hai?

I was lost in myself and forgot others,
Then was lost in others and forgot myself,
Forgetting has become an addiction,
Why there is no balance?
Why is your Self so small,
That other's have no space in it,
When self contains others and others are self,
Why will there be no balance?

Writer :
Nuzhath M Syed is an Education and Communication Consultant.  
He writes curriculums and teaches holistic methods of education.
 He takes simulation workshops using Theatre. He likes to go into
 the depth of psychology and spirituality. He is a proponent of
 Art Integrated Education. He is an Artist and Sufi by heart and

Get in touch with him at


NASSCOM Foundation - Reports a Rise in the Industry CSR spending December, 2017

  • Over 60% of the surveyed companies reported 100% or more utilization of CSR fund
  • Only 5% of the surveyed companies reported a spend of less than 50% of their CSR budget.
  • Education remains the top focus area of companies’ CSR activities
  • NASSCOM Foundation called for a collective CSR focus towards ‘Human Centered Innovations’ and brought together 400+ Industry leaders, NGO heads, Government officials, CSR thought leaders, civil society members and social innovators in an attempt to solve the most critical social problems at India’s Largest IT-BPM specific CSR Conference and Exhibition Event – The CSR Leadership Conference

 Bengaluru, 29thNovember, 2017NASSCOM Foundation at its flagship event, The CSR Leadership Conference (CLC), announced that the Industry had widely accepted the 2% CSR rule with a trend of more companies coming out openly to declare100%+ utilization of their CSR money for 2016-17.
This year the CLC went beyond discussing basic intervention areas, to talk about new developments, innovative tools and disruptive ways of making the ecosystem better, more impactful and efficient.In this process, the CLC will deep dive into Re-Calibrating Employability through CSR, Social Impact Investing, Leveraging Big Data for Impact, Unlocking the Value of Corporate Sustainability in the form of panel discussions, fireside chats and impact talks.

NASSCOM Foundation in partnership with Goodera released the report: ‘Catalyzing Change’. Some key highlights from the report:

  • ·         Growing number of companies spending 100% and above of the CSR funds, among both MNCs and Non-MNCs: 61. 6% of the surveyed companies reported spends of 100% or above their prescribed CSR budget. This includes 63.3% of the MNCs and 68% of the Non-MNCs.
  • ·         Smaller sized companies (turnover below INR 100 Crore) proactively pushing CSR initiatives with full utilization of prescribed budget:  While 57.57% of large companies, 53.3% of medium companies are spending 100% of CSR funds, an impressive 72.7% of small companies spending 100% of CSR funds.
  • ·         Underspending is a rare condition: Only 5% of companies surveyed reported a spend of less than 50% of their CSR budget.
  •        Education remains the top focus area of companies’ CSR activities especially in MNCs: 76% of MNCs reported highest CSR spend on Education. Other MNC focus areas:
    o   12% on Hunger & poverty
    o   18% on Gender equality. 
  •       MNCs increasing liaison with government to tackle developmental issues: While overall, 43.3% of participating companies confirmed working with the Central/State government in their socio-economic projects for 2016-17

 Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said, “The IT BPM Industry has been at the forefront of social development initiatives and it is heartening to see the industry emerging as one of the most efficient and innovative adopters of corporate social responsibility. Technology continues to prove a force multiplier in social impact with more than half of the companies that spent 100% or more of their CSR funds, claiming efficient use of technology to deliver innovative CSR programs aligned to the Goverment agenda.
             The event saw over 400 CEOs, CXOs, CSR Heads, HR Heads of the top most companies from across various industries with the NGO Leads, Government officials, thought leaders, Tech4Good champions, social innovators come under one roof to discuss and create collaborative and innovative ways of fulfilling the most important Social Development Goals for India.
                  The CSR Leadership Conference also had on showcase, innovations from various social startups and NGOs like Sohum Innovation Lab, Neurosynaptic, EYE-D,Bleetech Innovations, Sankalptaru, Foundation for Ecological Securities, Headstreams, CFBT among others.
               Through its unique NGO impact wall and Networking spaces, the CSR Leadership Conference also provided an opportunity to 100+ participating NGOs to showcase their work to the corporates and connect at a programmatic level.

About NASSCOM Foundation:

NASSCOM Foundation is a leading non-profit organization driving technology for good. The Foundation’s work is just as expansive and evolutionary as the potential that technology and corporate India entail. Drawing strength from its parent body NASSCOM, the Foundation works closely with four major stakeholders: NASSCOM member companies, NGOs, emerging social enterprises and Government to foster a strategic relationship between technology and development. NASSCOM Foundation’s core initiatives include working for Persons with Disabilities, fostering innovative solutions for social good, creating unique skilling models for underserved communities, helping transform Indian Public Libraries into community engagement, information and knowledge centres and digital literacy where it is the industry partner to the Govt. of India’s National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM / PMGDISHA)

            Indraneel Banerjee
  Stellar Communications India