How many children in India are immunised? What percentage of India’s population has access to safe drinking water? How many in India have access to toilets?

These were some of the questions posed by Dr. R. Balasubramaniam, Founder and Executive Director, GRAAM (Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement) and Founder, SVYM (Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement) while addressing the ‘InSight-Special Lecture Series’ on the topic ‘Social entrepreneurship’ for Business Management students at MYRA School of Business premises in city yesterday.

“I’m not surprised that we don’t have the answers. Very few citizens of this country will know or make the effort to know the grassroots scenario for the crucial below-the-poverty-line masses of India. We, as a nation, are concerned with development that benefits few but leaves behind the rest,” he said. “What is the purpose of launching ten satellites into space, when more than half the country doesn’t have access to drinking water?”

Dr.Balasubramaniam, who also served as Vigilance Director for the Karnataka Lokayukta, stated that the government can provide resources for young entrepreneurs in the area of social development but what are the priorities of young people today?

Drawing from personal example, Dr.Balasubramaniam, a University ranker who pursued Medicine, explained how his own journey 30 years ago, began by trying to make a name for himself as a physician. “I set out to become an Albert Schweitzer and set foot into a rural belt but the shocking reality in our villages moved me greatly. I learnt that people did not have even basic clothing, nutrition or amenities, all of which we take for granted,” he stated recounting how he took to social entrepreneurship early. “I knew then, that I had to serve the society.”

In reply to a student’s query on whether a social enterprise can sustain and if partnering with others will help, he said, “If the heart can feel enough to move into action, the head will think out a solution and the hands will get to work. Everything else will take care of itself. What India needs is values-based leadership.”

Earlier, Dr. B.V. Krishnamurthy, Executive Director, Academics & Accreditation, MYRA School of Business, welcomed.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore