Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and social entrepreneur Anshu Gupta interacted with Delhi government school students of classes 9 to 12 under the Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum programme.
Gupta, an entrepreneur and recipient of the 2015 Ramon Magsaysay award, founded the NGO ‘Goonj’ in 1999 that works in the field of humanitarian relief, aid and development to support vulnerable and underprivileged people.
“You won’t be able to work, or go to vulnerable and disaster-struck areas if fear paralyses you. Take all the precautions but don’t let the fear overwhelm you,” Gupta said during the online interaction when a student asked him if the disaster relief campaigns undertaken by Goonj were scary. Another student asked Gupta about his work on spreading awareness about menstruation in small villages, and how such taboo subjects can be addressed. “Misconception on women’s issues isn’t just limited to villages but is prevalent amongst educated people too. It is with the right intent, and honesty that one can gain the trust of the people. You gain their trust first to get the message across,” Gupta said.
Sisodia said his government has designed the entrepreneurship curriculum to connect students with entrepreneurs who can guide them by sharing their stories.
“If you’ve seen the movie 3 Idiots, there were two types of characters – Rancho and Chatur – both successful in their own way,” Sisodia, who is also the education minister, told students.