Yashveer Singh is a co-founder of National Social Entrepreneurship Forum (NSEF) which has a single minded mission of promoting social entrepreneurship in universities across India and bring about concrete social changes in the society. Born and brought up in rural Rajasthan, Yahsveer Singh graduated with MSc. (Hons) Economics from BITS, Pilani. He has earlier worked with Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, a non-profit organisation focused on improving governance in India, through a combination of political advocacy, research, grass-roots mobilisation, and civic training. Prior to Janaagraha, he led a rural entrepreneurship initiative to develop appropriate marketing strategies and income-generation projects for rural communities.
Tell us a little about
your organisation ‘NSEF’ . National Social Entrepreneurship Forum (NSEF) is a not for profit
organization that promotes social entrepreneurship among the students
major universities across India by inspiring, educating and supporting
social entrepreneurs and by creating environments
where they can succeed. NSEF through its
tailor made programs will firstly create awareness about social
entrepreneurship then equip young people
with the talent needed to innovate and build organizations and finally
these ventures to ensure that they become successful models for
this objective, NSEF establishes centres in these institutions which
act as a hub
for conducting world class workshops, skill-building activities,
Idea Café Sessions. Further, these centers provide
innovative training and internships in
development sector and most importantly provide support through
incubation facilities for budding social entrepreneurs.
What is the one thing
that you believe every entrepreneur must have? Perseverance towards one’s
Nirmaan, Janagraha &
now NSEF, what is your motivation behind your endeavours?
I belong to a very
small and remote village
of Rajasthan, right from
my childhood I have seen and experienced myriad social problems. So, there was
always a strong urge and zeal to help all those less fortunate and
underprivileged. I worked with social organizations like Nirmaan and than later
Janaagraha to contribute my bit to bring social change, but slowly realized
that there are so many social problems and the most effective way to solve
these is to motivate more and more talented young people to join this sector
and use their skills to accelerate the process of social change in a
Social Entrepreneurship’ - Where do you see it in the
next ten years?
The concept of creating social value with sustainability
has been highly appreciated. There is a huge untapped market for approaches
that address the needs of the BoP. Social Entrepreneurship has already become a
buzz word; the number of businesses, with an enhanced sense of social
obligation and purpose are growing day by day. Young generation is looking at
this as an opportunity. I believe, It’s not just a choice but
way ahead to reduce inequity from the society. The next 10 years could witness
a Social Entrepreneurship Revolution.
What has been the most
satisfying experience in your life?
Yet to achieve !
What keeps you engaged
in your spare time?
Spending time with friends, Reading Books
What is exciting you most in 2010 (either personally
Meeting lot of Social Entrepreneurs.
If you had a time
machine, what would you do?
May be, would meet some of the greatest leaders
of the past.
The World without Poverty, How to change the world
Prison Break, Friends
ANC, C’NOT, SKY
Shankar Bhawan, Ashok Bhawan
Blue Moon, Sharma
Most of them
Spoken like a true BITSian
Your BITSian experience in one word.
One thing that you will always miss about BITS. Night outs with friends
Something you learnt at BITS that has always helped you.
The habit of sharing, motivating & encouraging.
How would you like to see BITS in the year 2020. Your ideal vision.
To be the "first choice university” of student
and faculty aspirants in India, and to be one of the leading universities in
the world known for its excellence in teaching, research, innovation and
quality of education.
For BITSians on campus: Not to leave campus without doing this one thing!
Learn team work through various activities,
clubs and departments. Make lots of friends !
Message to BITSians on campuses:
BITSian Campus life provides tremendous
opportunities and flexibilities to learn. Students should utilize this time to
the best of their abilities by involving themselves into clubs/departments or
other activities to develop their leadership and team skills, in addition to
academic excellence. They should also identify their passion and set their
goals for life.
Message to all BITSians: One of the famous quotes "Act as
if what you do makes a difference. It does”