UNICEF Launch Innovation Program for Students
UNICEF Launch Innovation Program – The programme Youth for Social Impact was created by the Telangana State Innovation Cell (TSIC), the Education Department, UNICEF India, Inqui-Lab Foundation, and Yuwaah to engage the state’s college youth in solving rural problems. The programme is a first of its type, bringing together undergraduate students to address ground-level social concerns in our society through human-centric design and to foster an entrepreneurial mindset.
Principal Secretary, ITE&C, Shri. Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, and Shri.
Sandeep Kumar Sultania, IAS, Secretary to Government, Education Dept., along with Meital Rusdia, UNICEF India’s Chief Field Officer for Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka, launched the program’s poster and encouraged all students from Technical and Degree colleges to innovate for the grassroots. Representatives from the Telangana State Innovation Cell (TSIC), UNICEF India, Inqui-Lab Foundation, and Yuwaah were also present for the event.
“Holistic skilling of college students has always been a priority for the Telangana government,” Shri added.
Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary to ITE&C. Another programmatic approach is Youth for Social Impact, which aims to empower college students by using human-centered design thinking to create solutions for rural communities. This partnership with UNICEF India demonstrates the state’s commitment to fostering a culture of creativity at all stages of a student’s development.”
UNICEF Launch Innovation Program
“Be it any demographics, school children, college students, rural youth, women, farmers, etc., TSIC’s goal is to infuse design thinking and innovation attitude in them,” stated Dr. Shanta Thoutam, the State’s Chief Innovation Officer. TSIC, in collaboration with the Telangana State Education Department, UNICEF India, Inqui-Lab Foundation, and Yuwaah, ensures that both technical and non-technical college students in Telangana participate in human-centric design thinking as part of a programmatic approach to shift the primary focus from merely building products to empathising with users, identifying issues at the grassroots, and ideating, creating, and piloting sustainable innovations for the same.”
Inqui-Lab Foundation Director Vivek Piddempally stated, “Youth for Social Impact is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Telangana’s young aspiring changemakers. It offers comprehensive assistance to students who wish to make an impact with their creative ideas, ranging from information and skill-building courses to mentorship support for developing solutions. All of this is done in a hands-on way, with a focus on the grassroots. We are confident that this programme will help Telangana realise its full innovation potential. It is a privilege for us to work with TSIC and UNICEF once more, this time to help our youth.”
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