On the occasion of the 6oth Republic Day of India, the first thought that ran into my mind was – “On an individual or organizational level, am I playing any role in the development of India?” and I was reminded of the mission of Acara – “To Develop sustainable business solutions that address global societal challenges”. India being the first developing nation on Acara’s charter and now spanning across six Indian universities, how could I miss the fact the Acara is indeed helping build India!

India is primarily a developing nation even though a lot of people might disaGree. A majority of our population still lives in the dark without any security of food and means of livelihood. Even the urban more-privileged population is battling with life amidst pollution, environmental degradation, lack of good transport facilities, low supply of electricity and water and a poor education system! In view of this, Acara is playing a very crucial role in helping the youth of India build social businesses in the area of clean water and clean energy for cooking, which are the themes of our 2010 Challenge.

Harnessing the power of youth, particularly talented students with a strong passion to make a difference, is of paramount importance for a young country like India, where almost half the country’s population is below the age of 25. By working with the leading universities like IIT Delhi, TERI University, VIT, K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research and IIT Roorkee the Acara Challenge will help solve a number of community issues through the model of ‘social business’. Development through enterprise is the key of solving world problems and we will continue on our path to sustainable development.

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