The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) at BITS Pilani aims to create future leaders at BITS Pilani. CEL not only seeks to create all-round leaders, but also focuses specifically on students who break new grounds in the field of entrepreneurship, innovation and social ventures. In addition, CEL aims to empower and inspire BITSian women to play a significant leadership role.
The Mantra awards were instituted by CEL, in 2009, to recognize and reward outstanding students who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential and/or entrepreneurial initiative. Anupendra Sharma, co-founder of CEL, Investment Partner at Siemens Venture Capital in Boston, and CEL Alumni Advisor had initiated the creation of the Four ‘Mantra Awards’ namely :
These awards shall be open to all current, full-time students of BITS Pilani (on-campus or Practice School), excepting:
Cases where eligibility is not clear will be decided by the Award Panel.
CEL will also proactively seek out people to nominate as recipients of these awards.
The Panel will include faculty members and students from all the four campuses.
In order to ensure fairness, the identity of the student on the Panel shall be known only to the Panel members and the CEL Student President.
The faculty members for the next year’s Panel will be decided by the Panel members, with advice from the CEL Faculty Coordinator and Student President.
Faculty members may serve the Panel for more than one year. Student members may not serve for more than one year.
· The Panel would call for nominations beforehand by electronic submission.Click here for the application form.
· CEL should also proactively nominate deserving candidates.
· CEL student body would be responsible for coordinating the awards.
· Advertisements calling for nominations shall be put up on campus. They would also be marketed electronically, through email etc.
The selection process will be in two steps.
Winners would be announced at the event. All nominees would be invited.
I am passionate about what I do,never believed in grades. I'm committed to my decisions and will always give my 100% to something I believe. I am also interested in public sector economics and public administration. I believe in spreading light rather than fighting the dark.
Harsh Seksaria - Mantra Entrepreneur of the Year Award
I, Harsh Seksaria am an entrepreneur, photographer and a marketing enthusiast. With my current venture Pixelscapes, I aim to form the largest community of photographers across the globe.
Mantra Awards 2014 Winners
Sahil Aggarwal – Mantra Award for Outstanding Leadership
Sahil Aggarwal is a dual degree student pursuing M.Sc. (Hons.) Biological Sciences & B.E. (Hons.) Civil at BITS Pilani. Right from his first year, he actively engaged in leadership roles in various organizations and forums. As President of the BITSMUN Society, he was instrumental in expanding its outreach not only to Indian schools and colleges but successfully pioneered the opening of a new chapter in Dubai as well. As one of the members of the Election Commission, he ensured the smooth conduct of three successive student union elections. As a member, he has made substantial contributions to various clubs and organizations including Department of Theatre, AIESEC & Consulting Club. He has also the distinction of being invited to prestigious international conferences such as Harvard Project for Asian & International Relations in Tokyo and World Business Dialogue in Germany.
Chandeesh Gurajala – Mantra Award for Outstanding Leadership
Chandeesh is pursuing bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, at BITS-Pilani. In the past three years of his life, he has been involved in a spectrum of activities which have established his inclination towards leadership. Starting with post of the Hostel-Representative, he undertook activities to improve the facilities in his hostel. Later, he was elected as the President of SSMS (Society for Student Mess Services, a registered society under the Rajasthan Societies Act), the Governing body which oversees the working of Seven Student Messes and a 200-strong employee force. As the President of SSMS he has brought out various path breaking initiatives like Performance Appraisal Policy which streamlined the Mess System. He also ensured financial transparency in student mess bills, tendering processes, mess worker salaries, health and education allowances, among other things. He was signatory and manager for mess-related accounts ranging upwards of INR 12 Crores.With a natural inclination to serve the society, he has been actively involved with Nirmaan (An NGO based out of BITS, Pilani). His diligence and sincerity led him to assume leadership roles in each of these organisations - that of a Project Leader in Nirmaan Organisation, Treasurer of the Renewable Energy Club. Being an excellent Carrom Player, he won Gold Medal in BOSM-2013, BOSM-2014. He was recently awarded the “Chitrath Dagar Memorial Award” for being the Best Outgoing student in Mechanical Engineering for 2014-15. He enjoys playing cricket, visiting new places and collecting coins.
Shreyansh Jain – Mantra Award for Innovator of the Year
Shreyansh Jain is a final year undergraduate student pursuing B. Pharmacy (Hons.) at BITS Pilani. He likes working in inter-disciplinary fields like biomechanics and biomedical instrumentation. He has designed a Clock Synchronized Transdermal Drug Delivery System which can act as a mobile drug dispenser; keeping the elderly patients in mind. He has also published a research paper on the topic “Development of low cost nutritional beverage from Whey Protein” as a result of an idea to manage the surplus of whey waste produced by the Indian sweet-meat market, and is working on a startup on a similar idea. He has been awarded Scholarship by the trustees of Sir Ratan Tata Trust, twice, for his outstanding academic profile. Pursuing his interests, he has done his final year thesis in the Department of Biomechanics at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He has a Senior Diploma in painting. He is a dilettante Flute and Harmonica player.
Prannoy Pilligundla – Mantra Award for Innovator of the Year
Remembered by his batch mates because of the Chrome extension he had made to simplify the Practice School-1 form filling process which went viral in all the three campuses of BITS, Prannoy is currently in his third year of Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering in BITS-Pilani, Pilani Campus. In the past two years he has been part of various organizations on campus like CEL, Team Robocon and Project Smartlab. From Project Smartlab, he was the part of the team which won I.G Nagrath Student Project Fund for the year 2013-2014. He has been building Intelligent and Context Aware Home Automation systems in Project Smartlab. He has also represented BITS in ABU Robocon 2013 as a part of Team Robocon, BITS-Pilani. He was selected for Google Summer of Code 2014 and he worked on building a Roundtrip Conversion tool from LyX to ODT which has direct use for thousands of people all around the world. He has also been part of various technological startups like Gharpay, Fixnix and MyTi. At present he is the President of Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, BITS-Pilani and responsible for various projects like Summer in a Startup(SiS), Startup Sphere, Rural Entrepreneurial Division(RED) and Conquest 2015. He is fascinated by Artificial Intelligence and loves to read books in his free time.
Naren Krishna- Mantra Award for outstanding leadership (Male) & Mantra Entrepreneur of the year award
Naren is currently pursuing his Dual degree in Chemistry from BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. Naren is theCo-Founder of Inc42, which is one the India’s leading startup Magazine. He is currently focusing on his second venture called Stockroom, which helps the developers to create their online portfolio with just a click. He has played a very important role in representing the campus at various global platforms. Naren is also a part of the prestigious Draper University Program founded by Mr. Tim Draper who is one of the initial investor in companies like Skype,Tesla,Hotmail etc. He was also the Indian Ambassador for the 17th World Business Dialogue. He was the only representative from India at the Global Entrepreneurship summer school held in Munich. He has travelled 10+ countries in one year representing India at various platforms like Global Social Business Summit, World business Dialogue, HPAIR and many more. He is also a Kairos Global Fellow and StartingBloc Fellow. He has played a key role in helping events happening on campus. He was the Co-ordinator for the Department Of Publicity And Public Relations , ATMOS. In future he is planning to work on his own venture and take it to the next level.
Priyamvada Agrawala - Mantra Award for outstanding leadership (Female)
I have always had the confidence to walk the path less treaded and pursue my passion and strive to excel at them. My creativity blossomed with my active participation in painting, debates and dramatics in my school days. I have been awarded for my paintings by former president Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam in international competitions, been selected as literary captain at School. I was also awarded certificate of merit by C.B.S.E in academics. My active participation in dramatics society and english language activity society of college, has made me a team player and increased my group skills. I was elected as Vice President of Centre for Entrepreneurial leadership 2013'. However, my experience as President of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) in 2014 was an enthralling one. By being exposed to a variety of arenas, I have developed a varied mindset and potential required for any leader. My confidence and determination are my USP.
Avinash Reddy - Mantra Award for social leadership
Avinash is pursuing B.E (Hons) Electronics and Electrical Engineering in BITS Pilani Hyderabad campus. Serving his fellow peers and the less fortunate has always been an inherent part of him. Driven by this passion to work for the betterment of the society he joined Nirmaan in his first year which was then a budding organization.Serving as the second President of Nirmaan organisation he built a strong and structured team with the help of his executive committee. He led a team of 120 committed to work for a poverty free, knowledge driven and economically empowered nation that involved in several projects including school adoption programs, livelihood operations and participatory community development. Owing to their constant efforts, the School adoption program bagged the second prize for “Innovation and path breaking initiatives in the areas of community development and environmental protection by SME member companies”.He led a contingent to provide relief to the victims of the Hud Hud cyclone in Vizag. He also led a team which was successful in organising IGNITE 2014, an indigenous social festival designed for the underprivileged kids. His contribution also led to building strong ties with corporate, community Heads and social organisations which helped accelerate IGNITE 2013 and 2014. Being the Sports Secretary for the year 2013-14, he had the natural ability to foster a strong sense of team spirit and keep the team constantly motivated for newer and better endeavours.
Viren Paul - Mantra Award for Innovator of the year
Viren is pursuing Mechanical Engineering at BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus. He employs a ‘make new mistakes’ style in all walks of life and believes in experimenting rather than accepting the status quo.A spiritual junkie, he believes man has limitless power and can change the course of civilization as he wishes. Having held a number of key positions in Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Centre for Innovation and the Mechanical Engineer’s association, he has seen the problems from multiple perspectives and thinks that a collective effort from the administration and the people can bring the desired change.He spoke on innovative pedagogies at TEDx and co-founded iCue, an edutainment start-up that won many accolades including a spot in India’s top five student ventures operating from Indian universities instituted by The Kairos Society India.At present he is working on developing a wearable technology (vSkin); funded by the Director of the Institute; that will enable us to touch and feel objects out of thin air. Before this he has worked on a number of projects ranging from fabricating a 3D printer to a portable washing machine and believes that diversity of experience maketh a man.He is overambitious and justifies it by the quote “The whole point of progress is overreaching.”
Mohamed Atyab - Mantra Award for outstanding leadership (Male)
Mohamed Atyab is a third year student pursuing B.E. (Hons.) Mechanical at BITS, Pilani – Dubai Campus. He held the post of Academic Representative and member of the Student Council in his first year. Later he held the post of Treasurer of the public speaking and literary club and currently holds the post of Vice President of the Student Council. He was nominated in February 2014 to the Senate of the University. His contribution in the Placement Division, Admissions Department and Instructions Division has been widely appreciated. He has been involved in various projects that focus on improving student facilities on campus and is regarded as a silent, calm, humble, easy to work with and an approachable leader. He enjoys reading novels and playing chess, table tennis and cricket. He is well known for his debating and writing skills and has won several awards in public speaking and debating competitions.
Sushmita Sahu - Mantra Award for outstanding leadership (Female)
I served as the first Head Co-ordinator for the Event Management Committee in BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus for the academic year 2013-2014. The committee is responsible to plan, initiate and organise all technical as well as extra-curricular intra and inter college activities in the campus. Even before being nominated as the Head Coordinator I successfully organised most of the events held in the campus right from my first year and have been actively involved in acting, dancing, artwork and sports in the college. I have lead organising teams comprising of more than 100 people of various nationalities and from different social backgrounds.
Adarsh Venkatraman - Mantra Award for Innovator of the year
Adarsh Venkataraman Ganesan is pursuing his PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge after graduating with B.E. (Hons.) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. His research interests lie at the intersection of engineering and medicine. During his undergraduate years at BITS, he has carried out exciting projects that can create huge commercial opportunity. He was awarded the second place in the Young Engineer Paper contest sponsored by the Fluids Engineering Division of the ASME for one such project entitled ‘A Novel MEMS based Immunosensor for Ebola Virus Detection’. To carry out his research in Malignant Hyperthermia diagnostic device, he was awarded Mitacs Globalink Fellowship. After his successful completion of internship, he got a chance to carry out his undergraduate thesis on bottom-up tissue engineering at Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology. Adarsh is now planning to work with Dr. Ashwin A. Seshia on an interesting Bio-MEMS project at the Nanoscience Center of University of Cambridge. After his completion of PhD, he set his sights on becoming an academician cum entrepreneur by taking inventions out of the lab and into the world.
Arjun Arya - Mantra Award for social leadership
Third year B.E.(Hons.) Mechanical Engineering at BITS Pilani Dubai Campus. An environmental conservationist and a renewable energy enthusiast, these interests have led his career to develop towards a sustainability and methods to sensitize the youth towards development of a holistic society. He has been into environmental conservation since 5th grade and now the head of Research & Development at Environmentalist Foundation Of India(an NGO based in Chennai) focusing on lake restorations and real time conservation projects involving youth, he has been working on lake restoration projects in Chennai, Coimbatore and Hyderabad. To him its indeed a pride to serve India and her environment along with developing a more scientific way to sustain our country. At BPDC he is the Vice President Of The Social and Environmental Club and yet again his goal remains to involve all the students towards the environment and our responsibilities for the same. It is indeed a challenge to lead and change the mindset of people towards holistic development, he has taken this challenge and will continue forever.
Nabnita De - Mantra Award for Entrepreneur of the year
Nabanita De is a final year student pursuing B.E.(hons) Computer Science at BITS Pilani Dubai Campus, whose app startup, “Bluetooth Messenger” hit more than 10,000 downloads on the Windows App Store, within its first 3 weeks, grabbing no.12 position worldwide at New & Rising Social Category. Currently, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL), BPDC, this tech entrepreneur kick-started her entrepreneurial journey in her 2nd year as founding, Core Team Member of CEL, BPDC and founding Member & Senior Editor, Conjure, CEL BPDC Publication & played her active part in promoting Entrepreneurship on campus as General Secretary, CEL, by organizing various Entrepreneurial Events & talks for the Community including the Indus Entrepreneur events as well as TEDx’2013. Driven by challenges, She aims to solve problems through Research (particularly in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, her papers were selected within top 100 undergraduate projects in UAE; She has interned at Microsoft Research, ATL Cairo over the Summer and is planning for MS in CS : AI/ML, followed by MBA upon Graduation) and Startups after Research(Published her “Career Tailored Student Resume” idea in 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED), Spain 2014, which she later turned into “CACC”, a startup through the New Venture Creation Course offered in BPDC, as its CEO. The startup focusses on solving, the lack of guidance through the Undergrad years problem, on how to build a stellar profile). Apart from being Student partner of Microsoft (recently received the Best MSP Dreamspark Execution Award), IEEEXtreme & Internshala currently, Nabanita has also served as a Professional Teaching Assistant at Object oriented Programming Lab (OOPS), BPDC, technical Team Member, Team IFOR and volunteered for host of events like BSF, Technofest, Hostel Day etc in the past as well as won lot of gold medals in Chess, as the Team Caption, for the College. She also holds a 4 year diploma in singing and her hobbies include photography, sketching, dancing and coding.
Mantra Awards 2013 Winners
Dhamija – Mantra Award for Social Leadership
a fourth year student at BITS, Pilani, Pilani campus, pursuing her dual degree
in M.Sc. (Hons.) Economics and B.E. (Hons.) Mechanical. With a natural
inclination to serve the society, she has been actively involved with Nirmaan (An NGO based out of BITS,
Pilani) . She believes Nirmaan has given her an entirely
different perspective towards life owing to the diverse experiences she was
able to garner. As the President of
Nirmaan-Pilani chapter for the year 2012, she handled a team of 100+ volunteers
involved in a plethora of activities focusing on Education, Employment and
Participatory Community Development. She has also worked with Teach For India
taking the role of a campus ambassador. Apart
from this, she loves travelling and meeting people from varied backgrounds.
Recently, she had taken on an enterprising expedition to the violent interiors
of Manipur as a part of 30th Shodh Yatra.
Bohra- Mantra Award for Outstanding Leadership (Female)
Jenab is pursuing master’s degree in Physics and
Finance, at BITS-Pilani, Pilani campus.In the past four years of my life, she has been
involved in a spectrum of activities which have established her inclination
towards leadership. Starting with the post of Hostel- representative,she undertook activities to ameliorate the facilities in my hostel and
being a member of student union,she learned a lot about effective leadership and management. she has been a member of Astrophysics
club, film-making club and Hindi Drama club, BITS-Pilani. She has been a major
contributor to HDC, directing and producing plays.
In my third- year,she stood for the post of General-Secretary, Student-union,
Siddharth Seth – Mantra Award for Outstanding
Leadership Award (Male)
Siddharth is known for his creativity
and 'jugaad' Known for taking path
breaking initiatives – the immensely successful 'Ig Nobel Conclave' held during
the tech-fest was his brainchild. His diligence and
sincerity led to him assume leadership roles in each of these organisations -
that of a CoStAAn (Head) of the Department of Paper Evaluation and
Presentation, the President of his State Cultural Association, the Microsoft
Student Partner and the Project Forum Leader of the Computer Science
Association. He was also invited to the prestigious Rolex Leadership Forum and
awarded by the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) for co-founding one of the
top 30 student start-ups in the country. He has been deeply involved multiple NGOs like Ekta
Parishad and Pravah. . More recently, he has been working on projects
related to human-computer interaction, one of which secured a research funding
from the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.
Bhardwaj – Mantra Award for Entrepreneur of the Year
Brijesh is the co-founder and CEO of
TunePatrol.com, he has been a part of TunePatrol's journey from an idea that
was born in the hostel rooms of BITS Pilani to a seed funded startup that has
established a strong brand in the online music discovery space. Brijesh is also
a former Vice President of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership BITS
Pilani and has been a startup enthusiast for many years now actively
participating in the startup ecosystem in BITS Pilani and now in Bangalore. He
is one of the youngest fellows of the Startup Leadership Program and is also a
Kairos Global Fellow.
Ruben Sharma - Manta Award for Outstanding Leadership (Male)
Ruben is pursuing dual degree in pharmacy and
civil. He likes reading books,running and travelling. He has done his schooling from RIMC and believes in living a disciplined life.He is quite involved in entrepreneurial activities. He had been the
director of events of CEL for past 1
year.He has h a venture of his own called
Valonia. In the past three years Valonia
has made quite an impact on the educational world and made him learn a lot.He is also a keen munner and has participated in many MUNs across the country.
Utkarsh Agarwal - Mantra Award for Innovation
Utkarsh Agarwal is
currently pursuing Mechanical Engineering from BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus.
He is actively involved in a variety of clubs and activities in college - part
of the football team, photography club, Department of Publicity & Public
Relations, core member of Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership(CEL), BITS
Hyderabad aimed at developing an entrepreneurial culture on college campus.He is the Founder of
Inc42, an organization with the mission to help startups in starting up.
Responsible for managing a digital team of nearly 30 people spread all across
India, business development, managing clients and much more. Inc42 has worked
with many startups as well as big players like MeraEvents.com, Nurture Talent
Academy, consulting for IIM-Ahmedabad's iAccelerator and many more. Inc42 has a
number of exciting tech projects, besides the popular startup magazine. He is also an internet
enthusiast & into web development and digital marketing, with a few online
ventures in the past like CollegeDhanda.com, Twerg.com, Minisites.co.in, etc.
Kakkar - Mantra Award for Entrepreneur of the year
Currently in his fourth year, Ritin Kakkar is
pursuing MSc Economics and B.E. Electronics and Communication at BITS Pilani
Hyderabad campus. He has been passionate about entrepreneurship right from a
young age and loves brainstorming on new ideas. As President of CEL, he was instrumental in helping it evolve into a mature E-cell which today
boasts of a number of successful events and projects. His
first foray into entrepreneurship began when he co-founded Trippin’ Unlimited, a
travel start-up, along with 3 of his friends. Trippin' has conducted 4 successful trips
and was selected for pre-seed funding by the Manoj Saxena Foundation, all in
just its first year of operation.He has also been an active sportsman throughout. He was among the top 200
players in the junior Tennis circuit and went on to captain his college Tennis
Ishaan Pahuja - Mantra Award for social Leadership
Ishaan is currently pursuing MSc.(Tech)
Information Systems at BITS, Pilani –
Hyderabad Campus. He is actively involved with Leaders for Tomorrow, a
not-for-profit organization. He led the Anti Drugs and Anti Ragging Campaign
rally in Delhi University as a part of which more than 8,000 students were
educated about the policies against drugs and ragging. As a member of Youth under Visionary Action, he attended a number
of rural camps in and around Hyderabad aimed to help villagers deal with lack
of clean drinking water. He also
volunteers at Igniting Young Minds to help underprivileged children develop
soft skills by conducting personality development activities . He strongly
believes that it in giving that we receive, and is always on the front to
contribute to the betterment of the society.
Lavanya - Mantra Award for Outstanding Leadership (Female)
is pursuing her MSc. (Tech.) Information
Systems at BITS, Pilani – Hyderabad Campus. She has been a part of various
administrative and student activities all through her BITSian life. As the
Cultural Secretary of the students council she displayed excellent leadership
skills by organising and co-ordinating the year wide cultural events and also
co-founded Sanskriti, an all regional cultural associations' fest. A lively
person with a passion for both technical and entreprenurial activities. Worked
on several projects as a core member of Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
(CEL) in her 3 years on campus. Currently, she is the Treasurer for Association
for Computing Machinery (ACM)- BITS- Hyderabad chapter.She was a part of the
pitching team, Placements division- BITS- Hyderabad. Lavanya has been an active
member of the Department of Publicity and Public Relations and has led the team
cogently. A zealous sportsperson, she was a part of the throwball team on
campus. Presently she is working as an intern at Amazon Development Centre as a
Software Developer. After her graduation, she looks forward to pursuing an MBA.
She enjoys playing, visiting new places, cinema and hang around with friends.
Apoorv Baweja - Mantra Award for Entrepreneur of the year
Born in London, primary
schooling in Hong Kong, high school in India and college @ BITS Pilani,Dubai,Apoorv is currently pursuing his final
year in Electronics and Communication Engineering.He always had a determination
to do higher studies with merits & his own earnings .He took interest in
Next Generation business of E-commerce.He has 2 startups to his name
.He started a manufacturing company in India in 2010 named "Bhayaji
Mercantile Pvt. Ltd." which offers drop shipping services to resellers. It
gives them an opportunity to sell the goods at various marketplaces online .The
company inspires people to become their own bosses with zero investments.
The other company was registered in USA in 2012 under the banner "Online
Smart Deals LLC" which deals in online retailing. Both the firms are big
players in the niche market of textile/home-furnishing items internationally.He has also helped many fellow
BITSians a self esteemed job support and has always inspired others to earn
their own living / sponsor their own studies. He desires to become a big
industrialist with high morals and ethics.
Deepan Kishore Kumar - Mantra Award fpr Innovation
Deepan Kishore kumar
is a junior student of Electronics and communications engineering at Dubai
Campus. His research interests are in autonomous aerial robots and
smart micro systems. He is a part of the IFOR team that is continuing to push
the state of art in aerial robotics in the UAE. He is also actively involved in
BioMEMS research and nanotechnology.
Niyati Parmeswaran - Mantra Award for Innovation
Parameswaran is a final year student pursuing Computer Science at BITS Pilani,
Dubai Campus. She opted for the Thesis Program to make the most of the research
facilities available at the institute and implemented a Localized Personal
Awareness System, accepted in the International Journal of Innovative Computing
and Applications. A dream of being able to provide a machine with intelligence
that will answer Alan Turing’s question of
‘Can Machines think?’ motivates her research. She has
been awarded the BITSAA Travel
Scholarship for her work on a GPS Based Tracking System , the Padam Shri Kanji
Maishri Scholarship for her research contribution towards Epileptic seizure
prediction & prevention and the 3rd position in the Information System
Category at the UAE National UG Research Competition for the deployment of a seamless Virtual Health Care System. Apart from her academic pursuits, Niyati has headed the Public
Speaking/Literary Club as well as the Mathematics Association at BITS and has actively participated and organized several
technical and cultural events on campus. She will
be heading to the University of Texas - Austin to pursue the MS CS Program with
specialization in AI.
Rajarshi sinha - Mantra Award for Outstanding Leadership (Male)
Rajarshi Sinha, currently in the second year
of his undergraduate studies, is pursuing his majors in Electrical &
Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. An avid reader &
passionate fiction writer since his early teens, Rajarshi has always been
keenly inclined towards the literary side. His knack, ergo, gained him a
position in the Editorial Board on-campus in his first year itself. Excelling
in co-curriculars even since his schooling days, Rajarshi is currently holding
the position of General Manager for Public Relations & Communications at
AIESEC Dubai, where-in he leads a group of 8-12 individuals from 6 different
nationalities. AIESEC is the world’s largest student run organisation, second
in following to the United Nations. His most recent project was Microsoft's NGO
Connection Day, hosted on the 2nd of June, wherein he led the Chief Organizing
Committee of the event in the position of Committee President. In addition to
this, Rajarshi is also heading the Campus Relations Team of BPDC in the
capacity of Team Leader. He is also enthusiastically involved in the Embryo
Team at the Dubai Campus. Rajarshi is also a student member at the
Dubai Campus Branding & Communications Committee of BITS Pilani.
Rinnie Agarwal - Mantra Award for Social Leadership
Rinnie, graduating this year with Electronics
and Communication Degree, has always believed that putting oneself for the
betterment of the society is the biggest achievement one can aim for. This
attitude has led her to being the President of the Social and Environmental
Club of BITS. She has been an active volunteer in the blind school in her
hometown since school days and has organized Spoken English classes in college
for workers, security guards and hostel attendants to prepare them to converse
in English in daily life. Under her leadership, the team won the ‘Conservation Award- For Better Tomorrow 2011-12’ an award aimed to promote and instill
a culture of conservation of resources, and
the 'Best Conservation Team'
award along with AED 10,000
for the college. She is currently
part of the 'Emirates Energy Award' team, which aims to boost the rationalized
use of energy and resources. Along with initiating the Paper & Can
Recycling Campaign and various workshops on Sustainable Energy and Stress
Management, she has conducted blood donation campaigns and fund raisers on
every possible occasion, generating decent amounts for charity like Dubai Cares
and HelpAge India. She has also hosted various competitions which encouraged
students to use their technical and practical knowledge for the conservation of
energy and orchestrated the celebrations for events like Earth day, Women's
Day, Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Earth Hour, on large scale, thus aiming at
student involvement at all levels and trying to make a significant impact on
the society. She is the member of the college dance team and holds interests in
reading novels, playing badminton and exploring new places.
Vishishista Bothra - Mantra Award for Outstanding Leadership (Female)
Vishishtha is the leader who always comes
through. Her teammates love and respect her which makes every task an easy one.
With an excellent imagination, great people skills and a never-say-never
attitude we cant think of a more deserving candidate for this BITS award.
Awards 2012 Winners
Vemuri V.L. Ambarish - Mantra Award for Social Leadership
has graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree from BITSPilani. He has
joined Dell Global Analytics as a Business Analyst. He has been the Vice
President of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership on campus. He has been
an active member of the Rural Entrepreneurship Division, Pilani and has worked
as a teaching volunteer for disabled at the National Society for Equal
Opportunities for the Handicapped, Mumbai. He enjoys applying practical
fabrication knowledge to build mechanical devices, and is a keen automotive
enthusiast, having been consecutive National runners-up of the Mahindra Auto
Quotient in 2009 and 2010.
Aaksha Meghawat - Mantra
Award for Outstanding Leadership (Female)
Meghawat is an all-rounder in the truest sense of the word. She has held
several leadership positions throughout her BITSian career from being the
Coordinator of the Out-of-Box Conference, Conquest 2011, member of the Election
Commission Panel, Master of Ceremony of the AVB Memorial Inauguration to
Captain of the BITS Pilani Athletics team for BOSM 2011. She has been a
consistent academic performer and her versatility stems from her passion for
diverse things such as her love for coding, technology, economics and art to
marathon racing and travel. Aaksha, a big believer in efficiency, aspires
to create systems and products in the future that will add true value to
society and people’s lives.
Abhinav Mahajan - Mantra
Award for Outstanding Leadership (Male), Mantra Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Mahajan bearing ID No. 2007C5AB716P, have developed a very intellectual and
dynamic personality in college by involving in various extra-curricular
activities, ranging from co-founding Manufacturing Engineering Association to
leading a team to compete in Human Powered Vehicle Challenge organized by ASME
in Montana State University, USA in 2011. I have coordinated various events of
the association and the one of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME),
conducting India level prelims of international event Student Design Challenge
(problem statement provided by NASA). In one occasion I got a chance to share
the dais in our college auditorium with Dr. Nikolaos Mavridis, founder &
Director, Interactive Robots & Media Labs and Rachel Armstrong, TED Speaker
& Sustainability innovator, addressing a gathering of over 1500, as a
speaker for the APOGEE INNOVATORS PROGRAM, APOGEE (BITS Annual International
Technical Festival), 2011. Currently,
I am working on my start-up TEEVRA Cycles, designing customized human powered
vehicles. Winning various prestigious B-Plan competitions across India has
acted as a fuel for me and my team to achieve our endeavours.
Suvonil Chatterjee -
Mantra Innovator of the Year Award
by his friends as a coder who is heavily invested in
design, Suvonil is currently in his third year of Electronics &
Instrumentation Engineering at BITS Pilani. As a member of the Centre for
Entrepreneurial Leadership, he is leading a team of creative minds involved in
the creation of Stimulus X, a social entrepreneurship game. He has also been a
part of various technology start-ups, Rovio, dplay tech, FrameBench and GharPay
to name a few, where he designs user-experiences to facilitate work flows. At
present, he is developing a system that revolutionizes the way astronauts are
weighed in space-stations. And just for fun, he started writing his own
programming language, Ceasy, a childish transformation of C. He is a foodie,
loves his fantasy novels and Enya's music.
Shruthi Vishwanath - Mantra
Award for Outstanding Leadership (Female)
Economics and Chemical Engineering at BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. She is
passionate about classical music, was the founder-secretary of the Classical
Music Club at BITS and the Coordinator for SPIC MACAY since its beginnings at
Hyderabad. Shruthi has been a delegate at the Harvard Project for Asian and
International Relations (HPAIR) Harvard Conference, and a delegate at the World
Business Dialogue (WBD) at Cologne, Germany. She was the Indian Ambassador for
WBD for 2011-12. Shruthi has also been the first Union Cultural Secretary at
BITS Hyderabad and a Teach for India Campus Ambassador. She aims to pursue a
career integrating her passion for music and entrepreneurship.
Bahl - Mantra Award for Outstanding Leadership (Male)
Just a 2nd
year student, Siddharthais
pursuing B.E(Hons.) in Computer Science Engineering. Currently a core member of
Centerfor Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL), he is also heading 'Baithak', the
regional cultural association of 5 North Indian states. Apart from 'Harvard
Project for Asian and International Relations', he has also been selected as a
delegate by the U.S. Congress to the prestigious 'Global Young Leaders
Conference'. He ideated, formulated and founded the ‘Student Mentorship
Program’, a program structured on the idea of 'networking through nurturing'. Being
an excellent orator, he has won many awards in debating competitions and MUN's.
He is a networking ninja and likes developing new contacts. As a leader, he
sets himself a target of leading the change and believes in leaders mentoring
their teams rather than micro-controlling them. Ideologically, he is profoundly
influenced by the thoughts of Swami Vivekananda. An ardent management
enthusiast and an aspiring business entrepreneur, he is always on a hunt for
learning opportunities and values experience a lot.
Kunal Bhatia - Mantra Entrepreneur of the Year Award
currently in his 3rd year, pursuing Msc Economics and BE Computer Science from
Bits Pilani,Hyderabad. Passionate about entrepreneurship, he likes
brainstorming over existing community problems and how can a service/product
that simplifies the problem can be made into a business model. He has been an active member of Center for
Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) of his college and currently leads its finance
department. Kunal has 2 start ups to his name. BlueTie Outsourcing-
registered in 2010, BlueTie is a firm providing Internet Marketing and Social
media marketing services to website owners present all over the world. It is in
its 3rd year of operation and has been running smoothly after its initial year
of founding. Trippin' Unlimited- is a travel organization providing
customized vacation solutions to college students. Trippin' has conducted 3
successful trips, bagged the second prize in Ground Reality, b-plan competition
of Bits Hyderabad and has been selected for pre-seed funding by the Saxena
Foundation, all in just its first year of operation.
Kunal's also actively involved in other activities apart from Entrepreneurship.
He plays football for a B-Division club in Delhi and is presently the captain
of his college Football team. He has won medals at state and zonal levels in
Taekwondo and participated in state level marathons as well. His other hobbies
include reading, philately, swimming and playing chess. After his graduation,
he plans to do MBA from either India or a reputed Ivy university in USA.
- Mantra Award for Social Leadership
pursuing B.E (hons.) Mechanical Engineering at BPHC. His start-up Valonia
engages students and helps them excel in their areas of interest. Valonia
already has impacted nearly 2000 students. Hereceived the Bal Shree
Honour for creativity in writing by the President of India during his school
days and later also received The President’s medal for leadership and
team spirit in Scouts and Guides. He has a way around with people, likes reading
autobiographies, travels a lot, and likes adventure sports and debating on
A member of an international community of social entrepreneurs ( Makesense
), he has also been a part of projects with NSEF, BalBhawan, JagritiYatra
and is extremely passionate about giving back to the society.
Shah - Mantra Innovator of the Year Award
is a Second Year student at BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus with a keen interest
in all things computers. He has been programming in various languages for the
last 8-10 years as a hobby and is now looking to turn it into a full time
career option. However he does not code in only high-level languages such as
.NET but also enjoys writing low-level assembly code and debugging it. Darshit
is a entrepreneur at heart and has been working on various ideas since his
first year in college. He is currently working on two projects both based on
microprocessors and assembly level programming. Apart from technology, he also
enjoys swimming and photography.
Kunjan Gandhi - Mantra
Award for Social Leadership
Kunjan a 5th Year undergraduate student at
BITS Pilani (Goa), has his interests and achievements scattered into a diverse
spectrum- from being a Tata JagritiYatra Alumnus, to being in love with
Physics; from being engrosed into Electronics and Electrical to having this
great passion for learning new languages and playing Foolball! In the same
fashion, his contributions to Nirmaan in the past four years have also been
diverse. As a project coordinator of SAP at Nirmaan Goa, he led transformation
of two Government-Run Schools into Model Schools by upgrading their
Infrastructural Facilities. During his tenure as the President, he played a
pivotal role in building an strongand organized Team at Nirmaan Goa. His
contributions led to building of strong ties with various organizations like
NABARD Bank, NCUI and Father Agnel’s Ashram and Zuari Industries Limited; which
helped accelerate the women entrepreneurship program and promote hygienic
living in communities in Sancole region of Goa. Currently he is serving as the
Director, Livelihoods with Nirmaan overlooking operations at 4 different
part of Nimraan, he has learnt a lot about the top down and bottom up
approaches to solving social problems and has realized that the world is in
dire need of executors than planners. He aspires to use technology as aiding
tool for societal development. He firmly believes that good leadership skills,
the attitude of problem solving and being able to build a strong culture are
three most important virtues of a social change maker.
Tanmaya Sanghvi - Mantra
Award for Outstanding Leadership
a senior undergraduate student at BITS Pilani Goa Campus. She is pursuing a
Master’s degree in Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. The
past three years of her college life have witnessed her involvement in a
spectrum of activities which have established in her the inclination and
expertise of being an effective leader. Tanmaya was the Co-coordinator for the
Department of Finance and Asset Management for Quark-2012, the Annual
Techno-Managerial Festival of BITS Goa. She led a team of 100 to oversee the
monetary front of every aspect of the festival. An environment lover, Tanmaya
has served as the Co-coordinator of the Environment Protection and Awareness
Club of BITS Goa. She was a part of the college team for the Great Power Race
in which the college secured 9th position internationally. She is
currently working towards starting a company which is an online financial tool
aimed at ‘Simplifying Stocks’. It serves as a complete resource for beginners
and an efficient tool for professionals, to provide them the much needed
confirmatory opinion before investing. She worked as a summer intern at Ernst
and Young in the Risk Advisory Services. With her keen interest in Economics
and its various applications, she sees herself pursuing a Master’s Degree in
Finance in future. In her spare time, Tanmaya likes visiting offbeat places and
engages in adventure activities like mountaineering, SCUBA diving, rafting and
snorkeling. She enjoys vocabulary challenges, meeting and interacting with new
Mudit Gupta - Mantra
Innovator of the Year Award
Mudit is a final
year student of M.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry and B.E.(Hons.) Electronics and
Instrumentation at BITS, Pilani - K.K. Birla Goa Campus. He is fascinated by
intelligent machines and resulting system behaviour when these intelligent
machines interact. He supports the vision that such swarms of intelligent
machines will result in innumerable useful products. He is working in the same
domain. He was selected for the prestigious Google Summer of Code (GSoC) twice
(2011 and 2012). During GSoC-2011 he worked for University of Michigan on
multiagent complex systems and during GSoC - 2012 he worked on making Network
Simulator - 3 (ns-3) capable of participating in complex systems simulations.
He worked on various projects under faculty members and worked with various
start-ups both as a consultant/freelancer and intern. He was the
Sub-Coordinator of the Drama Club (2010-2011) and founding member of the
Automobile Club (2010-2011). He is presently persuing his undergraduate thesis
in the field of Artificial Intelligence on Multiagent Systems. He loves theatre
arts, digital photography, FOSS and Robotics.
Akhil Singh -
Mantra Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Akhil is the Co-Founder of Spectrum
Apparels and Cubito.in and is currently pursuing his MSc(Tech) degree in
Information Systems from BITS Pilani K.K. Birla Goa Campus.He co-founded
Spectrum in, remarkably, his first year of college., Spectrum is now one
of the biggest players in the niche market of Bulk Apparels in the country and
counts corporates such as Google and almost all reputed colleges of India as
its clientele. He has been the finalist in Power Of Ideas conducted by IIM
Ahemdabad and Economics Times and was the youngest finalist in Conquest 2011.
He, with his team, aims to change the way people travel
in India through Cubito.in as they believe that public transportation
in india is not a pleasure and its mode should certainly change and to do this
they are working hard on the technology. He truly believes in the power of
meditation and can be found listening to The Bealtes, Bob Dylan and Coldplay
whenever he gets the time. For him entrepreneurship is not about opening new
and innovative ventures, it is simply a way of life.
Saurabh Ladha - Mantra Award for Outstanding Leadership
Saurabh is currently pursuing his Masters in
MS&E at Stanford University, after graduating with the Director's Medal for
Overall Outstanding Achievement from BITS Pilani Dubai Campus. He was the
founder of BITS360 for Dubai Campus, the founder of Jashn, the annual inter
collegiate cultural festival of BPDC and also the largest student organized
cultural fest of UAE. He was also the founding member of Embryo in his second
year at BITS. As Founder and Team Lead of the IFOR Team of BITS Pilani Dubai
Campus, he led a team of 8 students that built UAE's first fully autonomous
unmanned aerial vehicle that Ranked First at the International Aerial Robotics
Competition, held at North Dakota, USA. He completed his Practice School at NComputing.,
USA. Saurabh Ladha is also a guitarist in free time and debater.
Sanchit Sekhwal - Mantra Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Sanchit is a final year (B.E Hons.) electronics and
communication engineering student at BITS Pilani Dubai Campus and is currently
pursuing practice school 2 programme. He has been the vice president of the
student council and is also a member of student council constitution drafting
team, which in turn will bring changes in the election and voting procedure in
the campus. He is the co-founder of JASHN ( inter-collegiate cultural fest)
where he lead a team of 75 students to organize the event. He was the BITSAA
campus connect leader and was member of Bits embryo team . He also handles BITS
Alumni Cell. He has been involved in organizing many events like Ethnic day,
Diro’s tea party , TEDX-BITS-Dubai. He is currently the chief election
coordinator of hostel representative elections. He has a keen interest in
sports like cricket , squash and likes to listen to music.
Nigel Domnic Pereira - Mantra Innovator of the Year Award
Nigel joined BITS Pilani Dubai Campus in
2009 selecting Mechanical Engineering as his stream.Being an environmentalist, he would always
research on Global warming,Climate sustainability
and Waste Recycling. But then, researching isjust a small step in this world. Hence, he decided to go the
three of his friends they came up with a green
idea called 'GreeNext' which would provide advanced technologies to recycle
electronic waste through metal extraction and also recycle plastic waste to
crude oil in an environmentally friendly process called pyrolysis. They participated in the Raymond
Big Idea 2012 and came in the final round
which comprised of 20 finalists from 250 nominees. They also took this idea on the Entrepreneur TV
show where hequalified as one of the
top 100 finalists from over 4,000 contestants. He loves playing football, drawing, ambigrams,
writing short stores and participating in clean up drives.
Disha Sharma - Mantra Award for Social Leadership
pursuing her 3rd year in Electronics and Communication Engineering is driven by
the idea of making life useful to make this world a better place. She was a
part of the council since her 1st year, as the Cultural and Sports
Representative and then in the 2nd Year as the Gen. Secretary of the Student
Council. Also what brought her closer to what she liked to do was the Make a
Difference Club , of which she was the Secretary too. Being associated with
social awareness campaigns, peace drives, various walkathons and other
fund-raising events since school also continued at college level in the form of
initaiting the paper recycling campaign in college, carrying out the can
collection drive, breast cancer awareness campaign, setting up stalls for charity
and various other activities on campus. Hoping to create more
awareness amongst the youth she strives to make a difference in the society at
her best possible level.
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