New Delhi: The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organisation of the World Economic Forum, and the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation of Jubilant Bhartia Group conferred Pranshu Singhal of KARO SAMBHAV with the prestigious Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award – India 2021. The award was presented by Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India Prof K Vijay Raghavan at a virtual ceremony in presence of eminent personalities from different fields from across the world.
Felicitating the winner and congratulating the finalists of this year’s SEOY Award India 2021, Prof. Vijay Raghavan said, “This global pandemic has been a major crisis and the social entrepreneurs have come forward in each section of the society as emergency rescuers for the most vulnerable, by stretching their means to the maximum possible. We need to take important lessons from these change makers working at the grass-roots offering unique solutions to seemingly impossible challenges.”
The SEOY India Award 2021 winner Pranshu Singhal from Karo Sambhav is working to make circular economy possible and is enabling enterprises to close their material loops. Karo Sambhav covers e-waste, plastic packaging waste, battery waste and glass and continues its exploration towards less scrutinised sectors like mattresses and textiles. Pranshu aims to shape and catalyse the set-up of a well-governed and accountable end-of-life waste management industry with transparent practices.
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Co-Founder and Chairperson Ms. Hilde Schwab and World Economic Forum Founder & Executive Chairman of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Professor Klaus Schwab commended the role of social entrepreneurs and congratulated the winner & finalists.
Applauding the winner and the finalists, Mr. Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman and Founder and Mr. Hari S Bhartia, Chairman & Co-Founder, Jubilant Bhartia Group and Founder Directors of Jubilant Bhartia Foundation said, “The pandemic brought to the forefront the extraordinary role of social entrepreneurs as front line workers and showcased their vast reach and penetration in the country.
Pranshu Singhal on winning the SEOY Award India 2021 shared, “We are today in the decade of action. We need a movement where people, organisations, enterprises, governments collaborate and co-create solutions. I thank the SEOY India Award for kick starting the journey of making things circular. This award will go a long way in helping us be a catalyst in this space.”
Pranshu Singhal will join the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship’s Community, the world’s largest and prestigious network of social innovators from around the world. The winner of SEOY Award also participates in World Economic Forum (WEF) events which offer unique opportunities to engage with global decision-makers from the public, corporate, media, academic and civil society sectors.
The other finalists of SEOY Award India 2021 were Dr. Aparna Hegde from ARMMAN, Seema Prem from FIA GLOBAL and Dr. Shuchin Bajaj from UJALA CYGNUS.