The 2014 LEAD Valedictory function was held on April 3rd, 2014, at the Gogte Institute of Technology, Belgaum. Leaders got special reorganization and gratitude for the accomplishments and initiatives. In the presence of Special Guests of Honor, Principals, Faculties and Leaders from different colleges from Chikodi, Nidasoshi and Belgaum. This celebratory event attracted and unified over 250 students and their parents, as well as more than 15 faculty and principal’s, from throughout 14 different colleges.
LEAD (LEaders Accelerating Development Program) aims to develop leadership, problem solving, and entrepreneurial skills through an innovative approach within college students. Through funding, support, and guidance from the LEAD team at the Deshpande Foundation, LEADers implement projects to create solutions for unresolved problems in their communities.
Leaders showcased there project through photos 50+ Charts were display and highly appreciated by all. Creative charts were made to showcase best photos of LEAD activities. The GIT campus was well decorated. LEAD recollected Best Leader awards of 2014. Santosh Kaveri from Samiti College, Aniruddh from GIT, Jyoti from Womens College, Chikodi. Best College award of 2014 GIT and KLECET, Belgaum. Cash Prize for B Plan in 2014 Ashika Jain and Santosh Kaveri. 4 colleges has been allotted LEAD office for LEAD in MMEC, KLECET, Belgaum. GIT and KLECET, Chikodi. Turn out for the event was 250+ students from 8 colleges and 10 Faculties, Parents and 2 NGO s representative 3 Leaders shared about project details and self learning. Creativity and Signage team was highly appreciated for the work and implementation of the same was well managed by GIT leaders.
Several faculty members discussed how LEAD has helped diversify and enhance the college experiences of the students. A few LEADers were then given the opportunity to speak about how LEAD encouraged their personal growth and development.
Mr. Naveen Jha (CEO, Deshpande Foundation) inspired the LEADers by speaking about the power and potential of the youth to instigate positive change in India. According to him, “There are 300 million youth in India right now. If each of them did a LEAD project, we could be rid of our problems…the power of small initiatives is very immense.”
Special awards were then presented to various students and faculty members who demonstrated exceptional leadership, projects, and support. The LEAD Valedictory function award categories and recipients are listed below:
Supporting Faculty for Leadership Promotion:
Dr. Jayashri Nagralli (A A Patil Woman’s College Chikodi)
Mrs. Shreedevi Shintri (KLE’s Dr.M S Sheshgiri College of Engineering Belgaum)
Mr. S Shivakumar (GIT College Belgaum)
Master Leader: Nitin Meghannavar (GIT College Belgaum)
Best Project: Omkar Tarale (KLE’s Dr.M S Sheshgiri College of Engineering Belgaum)
Best Fundraiser and Event Organizer: Lead Exodus (GIT College Belgaum)
Most Initiatives Taken: Santosh Sataram patil (Jain Institute Of Technology)
Best Social Media Promotion: Shivaprasad Sannakki (GIT College Belgaum)
Best Active Volunteer of the Year: Vedant Maheshwari (GIT College Belgaum)
Technical Innovation: Amogh Desia (AITM Belgaum)
Makarand Naragund (KLE’s Dr.M S Sheshgiri College of Engineering Belgaum)
Effective Community Sensitization: Pooja B Hosure (A A Patil Woman’s College Chikodi)
Best Project: Techno Social Innovation: Deepak C Lahoti (SJPN Polytechnic Trust Nidsoshi)
Water Conservation: Deepika Jadav (A A Patil Woman’s College Chikodi)
Project of Education Promotion: Shweta Babli (MMEC Belgaum)
Akshay Mannur ( Jain College of Engineering)
Agriculture: Santosh Sataram patil (Jain Institute Of Technology)
Awareness of Health and Hygiene: Sheetal Patil (GIT College Belgaum)