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8 BITS Pilani (Pilani, Goa) students awarded the StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellowship

Tuesday, March 02, 2010   (0 Comments)
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Adding to the already growing list of BITSians spearheading Social Change in India, 8 BITSians (6 - Pilani campus and 2 - Goa campus) have been awarded the StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellowship for the 2008-2009.

The StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellowship is a five day transformational experience, where fellows interact with one another and StartingBloc alumni mentors. At the Institute students and young professionals (aged 20-29) are provided with the training, education, and networks necessary to turn any career into a socially responsible one.

The Institutes bring together fellows at three locations: Boston (125 Fellows), New York (125 Fellows) and London (125 Fellows). In 2007-2008, the 200 StartingBloc Fellows came from 42 countries and spoke 47 different languages.

Out of a total of 375 Fellows in 2009, 8 are BITSians, which is a staggering achievement since the fellows are selected from over 40+ countries and 75+ universities (2007.) Here is a list of BITSians who made it to the final list and will be attending the Boston and New York institutes in Feb-March 2010. It is also notable that 7 out of 8 awardees were Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) members at Goa and Pilani campuses:

Pilani Campus

  • Hari Kishore 2003 Batch
  • Keerthikiran K 2004 Batch
  • Sriram V 2004 Batch
  • Smitha K 2005 Batch
  • Saurav N Patyal 2006 Batch
  • Neeti Bandodker 2007 Batch

Goa Campus

  • Akash Raman 2004 Batch
  • Pankaj Agarwal 2006 Batch

Recently 4 BITSians (out of a total of 45 Indians) were also awarded the Paragon Fellowship in 2009 reiterating the fact that BITSians certainly are leaders in Social Innovation and Change.

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