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Vishal Bhavsar

Jun 7, 2015
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Hello, The project has tremendous potential. Children are the right change agent for future drive on energy and other environmental issues. The proposal says phase 1 and 2 are already over. What has been your learning for these earlier work. Have you been include the learning for phase 3. There are several other school programs aimed at activation on energy and resource efficiency. You could also look to tie-up with power distribution companies in cities. They have enough reach to expand and make these kind of large project possible. In the CoLab competition there are regional proposal. So you could find similar projects across India and plan to propose a larger project Regards, Vishal

Stevie Harison

Jun 12, 2015
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Hello from Indonesia, Good luck for your project proposal. Just review and make it completed before meet deadline tomorrow. Thank you,

Amit Kulkarni

Jun 12, 2015
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Dear Vishal, Thank you for appreciating this concept and for the suggestions given. We will surely consider them. As we have mentioned, we are already done with Phase 1 and Phase 2 and have learnt a lot from it. So, the changes have been made accordingly for this Phase and a comprehensive module has been prepared. Few of the private / international schools in India have got such clubs like Science club, environment club, math club etc but limited only for their schools. So we are trying to get everyone on one common platform and also motivate them for such activities by giving awards. This will try to keep the momentum and also inspire others to do so. Your suggestion regarding tie-up with power distribution companies is really a good one! We will definitely try to do so. Thank you once again.

Amit Kulkarni

Jun 12, 2015
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Dear friend from Indonesia, Thank you reading the proposal. We will surely review it once again before the deadline.

Supriya Bhalerao

Jun 13, 2015
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Hello, The project holds a great potential specially in a country like India that has approximately 1% of world’s energy resources but has 16% of world population. The target age group is ideal for attitude shift as it is well proven (in psychology) that individuals are highly susceptible to attitude change during late adolescence and early adulthood and that susceptibility drops precipitously immediately thereafter and remains low throughout the rest of the life cycle. I have one suggestion, whether some tangible outcomes can be added to the proposal? Is it possible to have actual energy audits before and after awareness campaigns in some predefined units to assess the real life impact of the project?? However,this is absolutely optional as the project aims to achieve many interesting outcomes. All the best, Dr. Supriya

Supriya Bhalerao

Jun 13, 2015
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Hello, The project holds a great potential specially in a country like India that has approximately 1% of world’s energy resources but has 16% of world population. The target age group is ideal for attitude shift as it is well proven (in psychology) that individuals are highly susceptible to attitude change during late adolescence and early adulthood and that susceptibility drops precipitously immediately thereafter and remains low throughout the rest of the life cycle. I have one suggestion, whether some tangible outcomes can be added to the proposal? Is it possible to have actual energy audits before and after awareness campaigns in some predefined units to assess the real life impact of the project?? However,this is absolutely optional as the project aims to achieve many interesting outcomes. All the best, Dr. Supriya

Amit Kulkarni

Jun 13, 2015
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Dear Dr Supriya, Thank you for showing interest and supporting our proposal. You have rightly said about the target group and the psychological reason behind it. We welcome your suggestion to have a tangible outcome for this project. We would like to highlight one of the activities listed under this project of School and Home Energy Audit. This audit has to be carried out on monthly basis. The supporting monthly electricity bills of school and home are also to be submitted to evaluate the percentage energy savings achieved. The average of percentage energy savings will be calculated and the student and the school with maximum savings achieved for the entire year will be awarded as Energy Managers and Energy Management Centres respectively. In this way, we would be able to generate an authentic database of 1,00,000 homes and 1,000 schools of the country. We would also like to receive your support in the project execution work since you are also from India. Thank you once again.

Tanmayee Panse

Jul 1, 2015
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Hello, I won't be saying anything different here, but would like to agree very much with Dr. Supriya. I was actually very glad to read this, and then I remembered my little niece coming home from school, where she was a part of a drawing competition held by Vijnana Bharathi. They were just creating awareness about energy consumption back then. The project is actually gaining speed this year. An outstanding effort to create awareness among the right age group I must say. All the best. Ar. Tanmayee

Lata Raghunath

Jul 2, 2015
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India is in recent times blazing new trails with her new projects, new vision and an energetic enthusiastic team like VIBHA all poised to take the country to greater heights. By involving the students in their early teens to be a part of this movement, we are creating a new generation of smart youngsters with maturity. By creatively and inventively inculcating such awareness in our students who can and will make their and presence felt, this project promises making India a highly evolved place. With this unique Go Green, and energy saving responsibility thrust upon the young shoulders will pave the way for a GREEN future supported by resourceful adults that they develop into. I foresee a future dominated by Urjavahinis of VIBHA, making India a better place to live in. Way to go India! Way to go VIBHA!

Amit Kulkarni

Jul 2, 2015
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Hello Ar. Tanmayee, Thank you for supporting the proposal and sharing your experience with us. We are happy to know that this programme is creating some impact. As you rightly said, we are targeting children of the age group who actually start taking decisions on their own, example: what they like or dislike, what they want to do etc. If we have to bring about a behavioral change in the society, we must try to mould the children first as they are the future citizens and it can be a permanent change in them. We look forward for the same support in the future as well. Thank you once again. Amit

Amit Kulkarni

Jul 2, 2015
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Dear Lataraghunath, Thank you for your support and comment! With the new Prime Minister of India, Honorable Narendra Modi, and his vision to make India a developed country, many new policies are being drafted. But development comes with lot of challenges like availability of water and energy resources, pollution, climate change, CO2 emissions etc. So utilising our natural resources efficiently is very important. Vijnana Bharati has got more than 6000 scientist members associated with it from all over the country, working to popularize different fields of Science. Energy and Environment being one of the most important ones, Vijnana Bharati started with few of such initiatives like energy club programme, which has been promising. And also getting great support from everywhere. We look forward for the same support from you, to create an impact in the society at large. Thank you once again.

Gargee Hiray

Jul 8, 2015
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Seems to be a good & promising concept to change d attitude of people towards climate change issues..

Arun Kumar

Jul 8, 2015
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Appreciate the great effort and the innovative idea put forward by team VIBHA. With networks across India and with the enthusiastic volunteers, undoubtedly the team will achieve the goal. Wishing the very best to all the young Energy Ambassadors and the supporting teachers. The young minds will come out with new thoughts and the thoughts shall energize into action. Visualizing a better India in the hands of these young Ambassadors.

Amit Kulkarni

Jul 8, 2015
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Thank you Gargee and Arun Kumar for your support!

Dr Ramadas Harikumar

Jul 9, 2015
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Appreciate this great initiative and wish VIBHA all the best! In the context of our Indian homes fast changing to digital homes with very many electrical & electronics gadgets brought in with the argument to save time, increase productivity, enhance standard of life, etc., the fact remains that our domestic energy consumption is increasing fast. While the accepted answer to hot climate is air-conditioner, even if we go for the 5-star labelled ones, our absolute energy consumption will necessarily increase. Many of the readers might term me as primitive, but I argue that we need to be modest and miserly in resource consumption. If we can sensitise the young generation on this aspect also - on sustainable consumption practice - through your campaign, it would be a great thing you are doing for Mother India and humanity. Quick suggestions: (a) You may please try to capitalise the Indian IT brains (of course lot many will be your VIBHA members) to develop a broadband network on EDUSAT which can be very well used for this program, something like the VICTERS (http://victers.itschool.gov.in/) in Kerala State. (b) You may also think of creating a web portal for this purpose. (c) As there is a gap in terms of a magazine on energy for students, please think over this as well. The magazine/ newsletter can be in different languages. Pledge all support from my side for the dedicated team you would be forming to spearhead this program.

Anirudh Bhardwaj

Jul 9, 2015
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Really liked the whole concept and appreciate the effort of whole team. We all say children are the future of a nation but through this event they will also be the "Future Saver". Energy conservation is equivalent to energy production, which is often neglected and less thought about. All the very best for your Phase 3. I wish all the success to the whole team of VIBHA Would like to Extend all my support to this Program.

Mandar Sabhapatikar

Jul 9, 2015
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Hello, I am amazed by the concept of motivating students to help creating a better energy efficient India! The title which the students will get of "Urja Rakshask" the Energy Saver itself will be the motivating factor for students to participate in this wonderful campaign. Moreover the concept of "Urja Wahini" the Energy Clubs, The Green Star rating are wonderful in their own senses. It will surely help the folks of India to change their attitudes towards system and society that it is they who are responsible for Brighter and Greener India. I am also in favor of suggestion by Harikumar, this will obviously help to gain pace in accomplishing the mission of Vijnana Bharti. Just let me know of if i can help in any sense. My all support to this wonderful team. Kudos to your work.

Meena Praveenkumar

Jul 9, 2015
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I am confident that this project will benefit people in the rural parts of India.You will be creating a generation of youngsters who are conscious of energy saving and green earth.Wishing your all the very best.

Ajit Thacholy

Jul 9, 2015
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Hi It looks a like a very practical and workable idea, which can create a generation of energy conscious youth , who have been trained to conduct an energy audit and also have the knowledge to suggest energy saving methods and alternative energy sources This model can be easily adopted by other NGO's who can take this idea across the country . The idea can also incorporated as part of the curriculum at schools and even colleges The scope of this project can be broadened if the energy auditors can also include in their audit, the neighboring community (houses/shops/community places etc) Wishing your team the very best on this project AJith Kumar

Vimal Vijayan

Jul 9, 2015
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It is a good step towards energy conservation and challenges of climate change we face.India is predominantly rural agrarian economy, large part of rural India and its farmers do not aware of climate change .If we podcast real time weather information and climatic conditions along with energy conservation programmes to students of rural India and linking students with the local farmers, it will help the farmers to monitor the agriculture production very effectively because agriculture in India depends on monsoons .But all our preparations for farming may be distorted by unpredictable climatic changes like drought ,flood ,cyclones. some times we cannot rely on monsoons

Shital Giramkar

Jul 9, 2015
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This is really an interesting concept put forth very systematically and methodically. The projects like this are crucial for developing countries like India...where apart from the climate related benefits of energy savings, the implication on GDP is equally or rather more important. All the best wishes for next round of the contest...I am sure the Team India will certainly make it!! Shital

Anagha Ranade

Jul 9, 2015
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hello, This is a very innovative step to create public awareness for prudent use of energy resources.All such fundamental principles must be rooted in the younger generation for living better lives and also imbibe a sense of responsibility in them. This step will truly prove successful in near future and contribute in development of public awareness in all citizens too. wish the team all the best.

Amit Kulkarni

Jul 9, 2015
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Dear Dr Harikumar, Thank you for your comment and valuable suggestions given. As you have rightly said the aspect of sustainable consumption practices is also very important one. We can definitely highlight such important topics through this campaign. Based on the suggestions that you have listed, the first one seems to be an excellent idea. Such platforms can also be utilized effectively to reach out to the masses. Television, radio, internet, social networking sites etc, all the latest means of communication needs to be utilized. The second suggestion regarding a web-portal, we should definitely create an interactive platform and will work on it immediately. And the last one, regarding a magazine on energy and environment, we are already publishing a quarterly magazine with the name “Urja India – students’ magazine on energy and environment” since 2012. It is getting good response from student community at large. Thank you once again for your valuable suggestions. We look forward for your support in the near future.

Sneha Kulkarni

Jul 9, 2015
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I loved the idea of creating Energy ambassadors. This is a great way of encouraging youngsters in knowing their responsibility towards saving energy along with the joy of contributing their share. Well begun is half done. All the best !!!!!

Amit Kulkarni

Jul 9, 2015
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Dear Anirudh, Mandar, Meena, Thank you for supporting our proposal. We are glad to have your support in reaching out to the students to create Energy Ambassadors, a youth force to protect our environment.. Thank you once again.

Tanuja Gokhale

Jul 9, 2015
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Wonderful concept and initiation. Energy Conservation is a MUST and its need in today's era is of prime importance. Children are the True Torch-bearers of any deed thro' which they get impacted. Energy Conservation needs to be instilled in the minds of Young generation as it will last longer and would carry a better impact and change. As it is rightly said that the wet soil is easy to mould so are the children to grasp and spread such good practices and transforming the current world into a better place i.e. Mother Earth to live better for generations to come. We owe much more to the Mother Earth in return to what we have been spoiling and consuming but YES - this project is a bold step towards it. I wish to see the Project being run in every school, college, village, town, city, metros, across the nation and thro' the Globe sooner. Any such initiatives depends mainly on workers and Volunteers. Kindly do let me know how I can help this project in my capacity. I wish all the success to the Team India.

Prisca Mathew

Jul 10, 2015
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Hello, I feel this could be a really simple yet great initiative taken by the Vijnana Bharati. We children with the help of such programmes, sure can play major role in fighting against Global Warming. My only suggestion is whether you could include the NRI Students also? I am sure this programme will receive maximum support from the Indian students residing outside India. Wishing you all the best and together for a better energy culture.

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Jul 10, 2015
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A very novel and revolutionary idea for India. New generation will take forward this message with renewed and the "right" attitude. Hats off for this great IDEA. It would also be a great idea to expand these ambassadors as local educators in their locality. They call in more children, parents and local business men or go to them as part of this project to spread the same awareness.. A method to gauge its implementation and continuous assessment if possible would be a additional parameter of success for coming generations as well...

Amit Kulkarni

Jul 10, 2015
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Dear Ajith Kumar, Thank you for your suggestions and support. As you have rightly said, this model can be very well implemented by NGO’s and also by local self governments as they work at grass root level. Indian government has already made a compulsory subject on environment in schools and now developing syllabus for colleges. Few more modules are expected to be added to it very soon. The certified energy auditors will be guiding students to conduct energy audit in their respective schools. After getting idea about it, students are expected to conduct energy audit of their home and local community. Based on their results and energy savings achieved, they will be awarded for their initiative to save energy. This is how we can motivate them to save energy. Thank you once again for your support

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Jul 10, 2015
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Dear Vimal, Thank you for your support. As you have rightly said, large part of rural India and its farmers are not aware about climate related issues. This is a great idea to give the information about climatic conditions through students of rural India and also these students can educate illiterate farmers. Thank you once again for your valuable suggestions.

Amit Kulkarni

Jul 10, 2015
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Dear Shital, Thank you for your support. As you have rightly said, such projects must be implemented in all the developing countries and even in developed countries where per capita energy consumption is maximum. Thank you once again for your support.

Amit Kulkarni

Jul 10, 2015
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Dear Anagha, Thank you for your support. As you have rightly said, all such fundamental principles must be rooted in the younger generation. This can bring a permanent change in the attitude and behavior of the future citizens. Thank you once again for your support!

Amit Kulkarni

Jul 10, 2015
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Dear Sneha, Thank you for your comment and support.

Amit Kulkarni

Jul 10, 2015
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Dear Tanuja, Thank you so much for all your support! We too wish to see this project being implemented in different parts of the world. We would definitely require your contribution as well. Thank you once again.

Amit Kulkarni

Jul 10, 2015
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Dear Prisca Mathew, Thank you for your comment. Of course, all the students across the world can participate in this programme. We expect this programme to be adopted by all the schools and educational institutions worldwide. Then only we can fight against issues like global warming and climate change more effectively. Thank you for your comment and support!

Amit Kulkarni

Jul 10, 2015
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Dear Subhash, Thank you for your comment and support. We expect that the younger generation can motivate the local community more effectively. Every programme should have some measurable outcome. It is applicable to this programme as well. Each student will be submitting an energy audit report of their home and school along with the copies of their monthly electricity bills. So, in this way, we will have a database of energy audit reports and monthly electricity bills of 1,00,000 households and 1000 schools of the country! In this way, we can make a tally of the total electricity savings achieved every month. 1000 schools will also be having their own energy policies, based on their requirements. These parameters can be the most important measurable parameters of this programme. Thank you once again for your support.

Prasad V Gurav

Jul 11, 2015
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Hello/Namaskar, Congratulations to the Team Vijnana Bharati to aim for this extra miler effort. As we always say to create a meaningful impact, "catch them young". This project proposal exactly revolves around this theme i.e. changing the mindset of the young children during the age when they are getting introduced to the surrounding world and have that energy to adopt / influence / make the change. Couple of observations/suggestions .... 1. Children are part of the family rather that's their initial impression of what their world is all about. The student who becomes "urja rakshak/energy conservation manager", you may wish to tag his/her family as "Urja Rakshak Kutumb/Family". This will bring collective ownership within family aruond that student's efforts and won't be treated as one of those student only school projects. This would also help creating "cascade communication/awareness effect" when father / mother / siblings talk about these initiatives within their own circles. Also this would help to recognise the student and their families at institution/state/national levels. 2. It would be interesting to understand and capture as part of the project proposal about what is the distribution of schools in terms of rural Vs semi-urban Vs urban. When the project kick starts, it would be helpful to monitor in which parts we need more attention and can create lead tables to enhance healthy competition across the schools sectors. 3. You may wish to add a section around "Introducing the Use of Technology/Social Media" (like facebook, twitter, whatsapp) to create awareness about this project to turn into a participative national movement. Even if there is one member who is "urja rakshak" on such social groups then that person would share his/her experiences to influence the rest. 4. We can see that the theme is around changing the mindset, then why not explore and reach out to the Indian schools/student population globally. This would facilitate to share international experiences and best practices around energy conservation in various parts of the world (in those countries) and bring the like minded people together to join the efforts. 5. It would be useful if some analytics/stats around the current state Vs future state are shared as part of the proposal. This would help to showcase the before and after scenarios and would make it visible on how this project is going to touch the day-to-day lives. 6. Not sure if the graphical form of information is allowed as part of the proposal but if yes then you may wish to consider to include the same to increase visible appeal of the proposal - picture speaks louder than words :) Specially, it would be nice to see the results of phase 1 and 2. 7. During the project implementation phase, it would be good to introduce competitive element, as they say competition brings out the best and gives that momentum to such initiatives. Best Wishes/Shubhasya Shighram Prasad

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Jul 11, 2015
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Also, 8. It would be good to see what measures are proposed from sustainability perspective to keep the momentum up and running for the referred initiatives beyond 3 years project phase. Are there any plans to make this as joint venture between voluntary organisation and state ownership? 9. If the team feels appropriate then you may wish to add what are the top 3 key proposal highlights which differentiates it from rest of the projects in similar category? All The Very Best Prasad

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Jul 11, 2015
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This is very cool idea .. If you tech students they will create positive changes to nation and later Earth also

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Jul 12, 2015
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Dear Team, Excellent initiate. Energy conservation will play a significant role especially for a country like India . I would like to add a point, which i feel might be handy even though cannot be implemented with a youth campaign In India the awareness about different electricity loads is poor among people/users.People treat an Iron box ,CFL and a washing machine as the same. Moreover, electricity meters are normally displayed outside houses in unnoticed areas. Any discussions about electricity charges in a common house hold in India happens only on the day , readings are taken which could be monthly or bi monthly. So a mass monitoring campaign with school kids taking daily readings and monitoring changes, with a monthly report presented to parents and schools might be good. Also in a larger context, I think a larger digital display inside homes, preferably in kitchen , with online charges/payment info display ( in Rupees) along with electricity unit charges might, automatically raise awareness as the user can see how his electricity payment went up when he uses an iron Box or other heavy loads. This can also be done by SMS and other methods if online grid type meter monitoring is there.

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Dear Prasad, Thank you so much for all your valuable suggestions and support! We really appreciate your suggestions and will look forward to incorporate the appropriate and feasible ones. Your suggestion regarding giving the certificate / award to the most Energy Efficient Family is really a good one. Through this, we can engage all the family members and the community at large which can create a huge impact as they all will talk about this in their own circles. The second suggestion regarding distribution of schools in terms of rural, semi-urban and urban, we are doing not only in terms of this but also in terms of government / private / international schools. Because, the syllabus of each state is different and also the local issues. Like in cities, there is need for energy conservation but in rural India, where there is no access to electricity, there is need of electricity generation through renewable energy sources. We have also prepared the content of this programme in few regional languages of India including English, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil and Bengali. The most important suggestion regarding scaling up this programme globally is what we are expecting from Climate Co Lab platform. Through this, we can reach to maximum number of likeminded people concerned about such issues who can join hands for implementing this programme in their respective countries. We have also incorporated few of your suggestions regarding adding some statistics, images and graphical information to the proposal. Thank you once again.

Kuldeep Kaul

Jul 13, 2015
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This is an excellent try from VIBha to plan and execute Energy conserveration which, is of utmost importance and the need of hour for the future living of mankind in a confortable situation. Energy is a tool which is required to convenrt any avaiable resource avaiable in nature into our day to day comfortable facilities! However, I would stress the begining of lesson taking to conseve energy/power is to be made at children's homes through their parents. Someone has very rightly said "CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME" which is equally true for conservation of Energy or even for climate protection! I wish all the best to ViBha in this most meaningful Endeavor!

Pooja Shetty

Jul 13, 2015
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Hello team, There is a great scope of energy conservation and efficiency by bringing attitudinal changes at school level itself. Educating the children will not only bring changes at schools but also at their respective homes and neighborhood.Congratulations to the team for coming up with such a wonderful concept.Energy conservation means a lot specially for a country like India. Suggestions: Children, teachers and schools involved should be given recognition so as to encourage more participants in order to form more energy clubs. Project development can be timely updated and made public so that interested people can enroll and be aware of the progress. Lastly, I agree with Dr. Supriya's suggestion of timely audit which should be given equal importance as financial audits. All the very best to the team! Pooja S.

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Hi, Congratulations to team vibha for this excellent work.. The increasing demand for power has led to considerable fossil fuels burning which has in turn had an adverse impact on environment. In this context, efficient use of energy and its conservation is of paramount importance. Efficient use of energy and its conservation assumes even greater importance in view of the fact that one unit of energy saved at the consumption level reduces the need for fresh capacity creation by 2.5 times to 3 times. Further, such saving through efficient use of energy can be achieved at less than one-fifth the cost of fresh capacity creation. Energy efficiency would, therefore, significantly supplement our efforts to meet power requirement, apart from reducing fossil fuel consumption. In all these context the mission proposed by VIBHA is Absolutely commentable.. I like these main points.. ## Making a young generation those who are aware about energy conservation is a great thing.. ## Formation of energy clubs... it will helps to create unity to work for energy conservation.. ## Teaching for energy auditing.. it will help to immediate energy saving... All the very best to team VIBHA...

Harshal Badhe

Jul 14, 2015
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Hello! It is a great idea to effectively create awareness in the future generation. Interaction and collaboration between Energy users(mainly Domestic in this context)and Energy providers will help in achieving efficient energy usage in times to come. Currently there is a huge disconnect between the two. As mentioned in previous posts, statistics would certainly have a greater impact in attitude shift. Looking forward to witness the change. Wish your team a grand success! Best Regards H Badhe

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The project has great potential for creating leaders for change. Change in attitude is extremely difficult but the most important task for climate change. The proposal includes school children – the most sensitive age group, which has the potential to spread the message to their parents. Involvement of 2000 teachers adds several intangible outcomes. Teachers and children can participate in various other activities for climate change with practicing efficient use of energy. India as a young country has 30 % of its population under 14 years. The proposal can be a case study that can indirectly reach to 40 million world citizens. Vijnana Bharati is a reputed organization involved in capacity building and development of scientific attitude. The team has already created around 7,000 Energy Ambassadors who are participating in the activity and needs further empowerment and support. I appreciate the translational aspect of the proposal, which can be a role model to shift approach toward environment. Catch them young for the climate change! Best wishes Girish Tillu

Amol Bhusari

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Hello! Thanks for your work on a great initiative! Wish you all the best! Regards, A Bhusari

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Dear Prasanth, Thank you so much for your valuable suggestions! Your idea of having a digital display of your current energy consumption inside the home is really a fantastic one! This can create a huge impact since the user can actually see how much energy he is consuming. This can also be be for water along with some sensors measuring oxygen and carbon dioxide levels at home. Thank you once again for your support.

Amit Kulkarni

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Dear Kuldeep, Pooja, Sreeprasad, Thank you so much for your support!

Amit Kulkarni

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Dear Girish, Harshal and A Bhusari, Thank you so much for your support and valuable suggestions! As Girish rightly said, "catch the young" for address the problem of climate change, we must all come together and try to change the attitude of people and society all over the world. Thank you all once again.

Dirk Heine

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Dear project team, We had a similar campaign in Germany in the early 2000s. If you are interested, here is an article how the idea of the energy management was combined with an implicit financial compensation: http://bit.ly/1HwRKuE. See page 34-37. Best wishes, Dirk

Sreeprasad Mambrakkaran Kuttan

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Dear @dirius Read that article.. its really nice experiment students betting with the government for a noble cause.. I would like to suggest team vibha also take up this idea along with the project.. its really nice one...

Amit Kulkarni

Jul 15, 2015
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Hello Dirk, That's really a fantastic idea! We can also definitely look forward to implement this concept as a part of our programme. Thank you for your valuable suggestions!!

Olivier Talpain

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Dear Project Team, I love the idea of involving kinds. In my opinion, education is key in changing attitude and awareness. I remember how close I was feeling to the nature when I was a kid. I certainly would have loved such a project. I believe your concept is scalable around the globe. I'm sure it would work here in Switzerland as well. I hope you'll inspire beyond boarders! Best wishes, Olivier

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Dear Olivier, Thanks for your support! You have rightly said, education is a key in changing attitude and creating awareness amongst the people. So, we have to catch them young. We would be glad to support you to start this programme in Switzerland. Rather, we too want to scale up this model in different countries wherever we can get good support to start this programme. Thank you once again for your support and hope to hear from you very soon.

Nicole Kordus

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Dear Project Team, May I contribute that the only thing missing in this proposal for education in next generations is that it could and should also be implemented in every country, especially the United States and China. Bravo for including in your vision that your model can be scaled up to share globally, hopefully starting with the largest countries that are having the most adverse impact on climate change. Thank you! Niki (Enthused)

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Dear Niki (Enthused), Thank you for your valuable suggestion regarding scaling up this model in other countries especially United States and China. This is what we expect to be done through Climate Colab platform. There are many success stories in different corners of the world but most of them remains unshared. All such success stories must be discussed on a single platform with like-minded team members, who can take up those activities in their respective countries and implement the same. This is where Climate Colab and MIT can play a major role. That's why we seek everyone's support to not only scale up this model but to replicate the same in different parts of the world. Thank you once again..

Lata Raghunath

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Great to hear that this proposal has made it to the finals. It has not come as much of a surprise as the whole proposal is unique in its conceptualisation. Its not often that one thinks of using the younger generation to hold the torch to tomorrows enlightened world. These ambassadors will pave way for the whole world to shift their attention from the knowledgeable seniors and their ideas to knowledge seeking and enthusiastic younger crowd poised to take on the world, one step at a time. The rewards can be seen in the not so distant future and the recipients - the world. It will help if these young ambassadors go round the country and train other children to promote the concept. This task force can be nationally encouraged to then proceed to distant shores.

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The project holds a great potential specially in a country like India that has approximately 1% of world’s energy resources but has 16% of world population. The target age group is ideal for attitude shift as it is well proven (in psychology) that individuals are highly susceptible to attitude change during late adolescence and early adulthood and that susceptibility drops precipitously immediately thereafter and remains low throughout the rest of the life cycle. I have one suggestion, whether some tangible outcomes can be added to the proposal? Is it possible to have actual energy audits before and after awareness campaigns in some predefined units to assess the real life impact of the project?? However,this is absolutely optional as the project aims to achieve many interesting outcomes. All the best, Alok Dalvi.

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Hello Team, I am so happy to see that this proposal has reached to final round. Indeed, the proposal holds great merit. I had mentioned in my earlier comment that adolescence is the best period to bring out shift in attitudes. The focus on students therefore becomes the USP of the proposal which is going to create long term impact. I could see that this central theme of the proposal is appreciated in many comments!! I believe the recommendation to extend the project beyond Indian boundaries also comes with the same intention!! I once again appreciate the concept and overall presentation of the proposal. Wish the team all the best!! Dr. Supriya

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Hello, Best wishes to the team for this great initiative. Applause to Urja Wahini too, please keep doing such kind of work. "Energy saved is Energy produced" Regards Makarand

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Dear Lata Raghunath, Thank you so much for your support! Its only because of everyone's support and contribution that we are in finals!!

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Dear Alok, Thanks for your comment. I guess you mean the same as it was mentioned in the previous comments. Some measurable outcomes have already been added which has now made this module more comprehensive... More suggestions are welcome.. Thank you once again for your comment and support!

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Dear Dr Supriya, Thank you so much for your suggestions and support! Its was possible for us only because of supports like you.. As psychology tells that our beliefs define our attitude and later it gets reflected in our behavior. So to change the behavior of students of the targeted age becomes much more easier.. Thank you once again for your wishes and support!

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Dear Makarand, Thank you so much for your wishes and comment. You have rightly said, Energy saved is Energy produced which in turn helps to reduce CO2 emissions and keeps the environment clean..

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Dear Makarand, Thank you so much for your wishes and comment. You have rightly said, Energy saved is Energy produced which in turn helps to reduce CO2 emissions and keeps the environment clean..

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Dear Makarand, Thank you so much for your wishes and comment. You have rightly said, Energy saved is Energy produced which in turn helps to reduce CO2 emissions and keeps the environment clean..

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Dear Makarand, Thank you so much for your wishes and comment. You have rightly said, Energy saved is Energy produced which in turn helps to reduce CO2 emissions and keeps the environment clean..

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Dear Makarand, Thank you so much for your wishes and comment. You have rightly said, Energy saved is Energy produced which in turn helps to reduce CO2 emissions and keeps the environment clean..

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Dear Makarand, Thank you so much for your wishes and comment. You have rightly said, Energy saved is Energy produced which in turn helps to reduce CO2 emissions and keeps the environment clean..

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Wonderful and proud to see the proposal reaching the final stage. It has shown strong value proposition and influential impact at the right stages. All the very best to the Team for the final countdown .... go for it !!!

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Wonderful and proud to see the proposal reaching the final stage. It has shown strong value proposition and influential impact at the right stages. All the very best to the Team for the final countdown .... go for it !!!

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Dear members Wonderful to know that you have reached the final round. yours is a great initiative which can bring attitudinal changes in the young minds of this country Wishing you all the very best

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The proposal has high potential in illuminating young minds . Congratulations VIBHA for bringing in such project.

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The proposal has high potential in illuminating young minds . Congratulations VIBHA for bringing in such project.

Gln Murthy

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We need to add up alteranative energy genrations from cowdung and typical energy creation from bulls movement around a generator -coverting bull/donkey/elephant rotational/linear movement to electricity Generate self sustaining circles of energy at each village

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We need to add up alteranative energy genrations from cowdung and typical energy creation from bulls movement around a generator -converting bull/donkey/elephant rotational/linear movement to electricity Generate self sustaining circles of energy at each village

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First of all appreciate this effort for a sustained development. This proposal has the basic component, that is, students as one of the stake holders. That itself can bring in the required commitment as the student community in India will take the responsibility once they are convinced. By bringing in the schools into the fold, the team has ensured smooth implementation across the length and breadth of India. Feel that this is a successful proposal. All the very best to the efforts to bring in the change for sustenance

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A few dedicated teachers will inspire a generation of students and that effect will be life long. Also these inspired students will further inspire their peers and families similar to a lit lamp lighting many other lamps. If these teams are allowed and facilitated to be creative, many more ideas will sprout out of them. This will feed on itself in an exponential manner with unlimited benefits. Vasant Pandav

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Hi Vibha, With today's need of the hour being alternate energy sources and energy efficiency, this is a great proposal and has massive potential for global scalability. Loved the fact the proposal would be urging the youth to be the stimulants in shaping tomorrow's future. This would also have an effect in the global emissions trade. Wishing you all the best Shekher Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Hi Vibha team, The proposal is an excellent initiative to make the world an energy concerned ones. Catch them young is a good policy, children are the best ambassadors who can bring about a change in the home front, school front and in turn in the National front. Good wishes Shreedevi

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Hello, The Project appears to be in tandem with the needs of contemporary times where a change has impact only when it comes through a right blend of heart and brains. As rightly said by other commentators, I feel this project pertaining to behaviour and attitudinal change is the foundation of -sentiment driven changes in a country like India. Being an Education Technologists, I believe that a paradigm shift does not merely come from technology alone, but it stems from the changes in attitude of masses as well as classes, especially the young untapped fertile generation. The concept is excellent. My best wishes to ViBha team!! -Dr. Shweta Telang.

Vinay Pawar

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An excellent initiative! All D Best!

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Dear Prasad, Thanks for your support! It is possible only because of you all who have appreciated the concept, gave suggestions to improve it, participated to make it a workable model and became a part of this team to implement it on a large scale.. This is what that has made this programme successful till now and looking forward for your support to implement it on a large scale world wide.. Thank you once again..

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Dear Ajit, Nampoori, Gln, Narayanan, Vasant, Shekher, Shreedevi, Dr Shweta and Vinay, Thank you so much for your comment and support! We really appreciate that you all liked our concept of building a network on young Energy Ambassadors. As Vasant has rightly said, the inspired students will further inspire their peers and families similar to a lit lamp lighting many other lamps, this will help to create many new ideas in the field of environment and energy with unlimited benefits. As suggested by Gln, we can also think of adding alternative energy generations from cowdung and typical energy creation from bulls movement around a generator. We welcome your suggestion. Many more things can be added to it based on the requirements and local climatic conditions which can make this project more comprehensive and successful indeed. Thank you all once again for your support!

Sathiyarajeswaran Parameswaran

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Excellent idea, apart from the expected outcome it will definitely inculcate climate change related actions in every student and will do this vision more strength and value.

Shireesh Kedare

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This is a very important project and an appropriate organization for implementing it.

Anil Verma

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All the Best for a very Good proposal. My suggestion is to take help of Indian Millionaires for getting funds required for setting Solar/Wind energy plants on big scale. Indian Government has its limitation to provide fund hence private sector funds can boost the reforms. Somebody has to take initiative to "Give up the Subsidy" thus to reduce the burden of Government and speed up the movement. Anil Verma.

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Hello Sathiyarajeswaran, S B Kedare and Anil Verma, Thank you so much for your support. We hope for the same in the future as well. As Anil Verma has rightly said, Indian Government has limitations to provide funds for setting up large scale Solar/Wind energy projects. That is why they are now encouraging private players to get into this sector. The government has also recently started the campaign to "Give up the subsidy" for those who can afford to buy things at its original cost, thereby passing the benefits to the needy ones. This is really a very good initiative by the Indian government. But government alone cannot do anything to address the issue of climate change. It is we all who should come forward and also support the government to take suitable actions. And we hope that with this kind of organisation supported by such a large number of people in India and abroad, we can provide that platform and play a very important role. Thank you all once again..

Clelia Faravelli

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Amazing project proposal, thanks a lot.


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Thank you for your support!


Preeti Chavan

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This is an excellent proposal. Children are the best ambassadors for change. We have seen how the advertising world has thrived on it to mold consumer choices. Now this concept is being used for a great cause. I wish the team success in their endeavor. I hope this movement spreads to encompass industry and shopping/ entertainment hubs too as they are the major energy consumers.

 


Dr.raghuram Ayyagari

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Hi,

Good to see that VB is doing the best thing for Resource Management . 

In India, the concept of  Sustainable Development is gradually picking up the pace and i am sure the target group as selected as children would definitely carry forward the fire  that is ignited by VB.

As Dr.Supriya suggested, it would be very nice to measure the Outcomes of the project ,

and  i would also  like to suggest that understanding of the  non tangible  outcomes like Brand image  -i.e  as a responsible energy conservative society, socially responsible citizens and well understood  means adopted   for a sustainable growth  gives the India an edge over others in the eyes of Developed countries if this project is taken and implemented in good spirit .

All the Best

Dr.Raghuram Ayyagari

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Mahesh Dixit

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Very good...real innovation and nation building. Salutes you team.


Natalie Macke

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Hello,

   So happy to see this effort and model.  This past summer a small group of us began the process of starting something similar in Cape Town, South Africa.  We started Kwelanga Solar which is a youth enterprise initiative.  This initiative will help to financially support an educational component.  Our idea was embraced by the communities we visited and various stake-holders we spoke to.  Even with different cultural and institutional obstacles, we too would like to create a lasting impression with a younger generation.  Besides workshops and competitions, etc.  Hoping to provide some sort of online presence or forum for those who are committed to seek information/resources to continue their engagement.  Thinking a global carbon counter/calendar may be engaging for students to track efforts for change globally.  Disengagement here in US often focuses on the excuse/misinformation that other countries are not participating in the effort.  I would love to hear more about the specifics to determine how best our programs can intersect.  Best to your team.

Natalie Macke


Megha Tiwari

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it is great initiative for energy conservation, good start for energy saving awareness campaign.


Neha Joshi

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The project is really important specially in a country like India, there  is great need for energy conservation.

The target age group is ideal for as children learn more and can save energy best.
all the best


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The whole world is fighting for Energy, 

And I sure if we do not able to find any alternative source to fulfill our requirement in time,

human can't survive anymore.

So, I am looking your project, as revolution 

And best thing is that it is practically possible to implement among our future generation.

All the Best!!!


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Hello Team

I am very glad to see that a proposal from India has reached to final level in such a prestigious contest. I am sure this has happened only because of the potential of the project and herculean efforts put forth by the team. All the best!! I wish to see the idea gets translated into action.

Sudhakar Bhalerao

 

 


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Dear Priti, Raghuram, Mahesh, Natalie, Neha, Megha, Arun and Sudhakar,

Thank you so much for your valuable comment. We are really happy to know you all liked this concept and proposal. This support from you all will only help us to create a network of young Energy Ambassadors in India and all of the world. 

Under the leadership of eminent Scientists like Dr. Anil Kakodkar, former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, Government of India, Dr Vijay Bhatkar, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Delhi, Dr. G Madhavan Nair, former Chairman, ISRO, Mr. Jayakumar, Secretary General, Vijnana Bharati, Mr. Jayant Sahasrabuddhe, Organising Secretary, Vijnana Bharati, Dr. S P Singh, Chairman, NEED Mission and more than 5000 scientists members associated with Vijnana Bharati from India and abroad, this initiative can be taken to the masses at large in a very effective way. One of the best ways to change the attitude and behavior of the people permanently is to catch them young, as we are rightly targeting the school going students for this project. Support from the Indian government will help a lot to take this initiative forward. 

Climate CoLab platform created by MIT will surely help us to implement this project, get more support from eminent personalities and organisations working this field and successfully implement this project not only in India but in many other countries. 

We are happy to see that such a great support has been received for this proposal. We would like to thank everyone once again and we look forward for the same contribution to implement this project.

 

 


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"Shree Ganeshay Namah"   "ShreeSwamiSamarth"

Greetings Team VIBHA,

Congratulations for such a timely and worthy initiative of Energy Savings Awareness Campaign! Also such a clever idea to select the age group of children which you have selected. It is a right age group of children to bring about any change in our society. Just a suggestion... Would it be beneficial to involve service club organization such as a Rotary Club? The Rotary Clubs seem to work without any political boundaries and its network is just about as large as the planet Earth! Look what the Rotary International has done with its "Polio Eradication" Campaign!! 

Best of luck to the Eminent Leadership and the whole VIBHA organization.

C.Anil R.

 


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It just may be another 'First' among many given by Hindusthan - India to the World!

C.Anil R.