TEDxIIMRaipur and Chattisgarh

TED – Ideas worth spreading, is a global platform given to individuals who want to share their work or views on Technology, Entertainment and Design. It allows the public to come in contact with these achievers who have different ideas and have the courage to speak out about them. With TEDx happening in Raipur, capital of Chhattisgarh, it is a great opportunity for people here to get exposed to these new ideas.

Chhattisgarh, the land of opportunities, is comparatively a new state. Its mineral rich, has a huge forest cover. The population is mainly tribal people. Their dwellings are located in dense forests where it’s difficult to provide even the basic necessities. Illiteracy, poverty, lack of basic infrastructure, poor connectivity, lack of enough urbanisation, unequal distribution of wealth and many such issues have plagued the state. The huge forest cover is a boon as well as a bane. But as can be seen, “Incredible India’s Credible Chhattisgarh” has been developing fast. Development is the goal of the state and its doing a considerable job in that sphere. It is being developed as a hub of many small scale and medium scale industries. It has few of the best educational institutes to boast of. According to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), tabled in Parliament recently, Chhattisgarh has registered a substantial decrease in the malnourished children in last four years.
The Union Ministry for Women and Child Welfare data used by the CAG show that malnourishment rate in Chhattisgarh has decreased from 54% in 2006-07 to 38% in 2010-11.

TEDx as an event, shares the spirit of positivity and growing energy with that of the State of Chhattisgarh. This is the time when the state needs thinkers and doers who share the platform of TEDx and express their ideas and thoughts freely. Their innovations and spirit of achieving will be the torch bearing attributes in this march towards reaching the summit of success. The young and dynamic leader Neha Juneja who works to make rural lives more comfortable, a socially and commercially viable idea, will inspire the young women entrepreneurs of the state. Usman Shekhani, a resident of Chhattisgarh will show how the people of this land can take up small and effective steps to bring about a change. His story will inspire entrepreneurs and innovators across age boundaries to take a step ahead and help their state and in return their country to break their shackles of inertia and move towards progress. TEDx as a platform will great exposure to the people here and we can hope that it’s a step towards a more innovative and bright tomorrow.

[The article has been written by Poorva Gadre . She is presently pursuing her PGDM from IIM Raipur]

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