And from there, we watched as the world slowly delved into madness right before our eyes. COVID infections rose, the death tolls climbed to thousands. We watched as people walked thousands of miles home. We watched as so many people feared losing their livelihood and the lakhs who did. We watched death tolls climb from thousands to 1.3 lakhs now. We watched, as we found that India ranked 94 out of 107 nations in the Global Hunger Index 2020 – due to more than 14% of us going undernourished. The situation is dire, and every time we see any of this, we keep thinking:  “Can’t this be changed? Can this really not be made better?”

Change is necessary. And all change starts from one person, and one idea. 

The Hult Prize Program, founded in 2009, by then MBA student Ahmad Ashkar, was meant to give his then peers around the world a platform to have a sustainable, profitable impact. Young people often have the drive to save the world, and that is exactly what Ashkar gave a platform for. This organization gives a chance to entrepreneurs and innovators who have an idea, and help them gain more skills and make a far greater impact than they could barely have otherwise. 

Bringing this program to Kalyani Government Engineering College, therefore, is a no-brainer. The students of KGEC, as a community, are filled with unbridled enthusiasm, energy, and a ‘Change The World’ spirit. Founded in 1995, this organization has been the starting ground for many a stalwart going forth to be a pillar of society. It ranks 2nd among engineering colleges in West Bengal admitting through WBJEE, according to The Telegraph, and 69th in India according to popular vote.

The Hult Prize is an annual, year-long competition that crowd-sources ideas from university students after challenging them to solve a pressing social issue around sustainability topics such as food security, water access, energy, and education. The Prize is a partnership between Hult International Business School and the United Nations Foundation. In only a decade, the company has deployed more than $65M into the impact sector which helped create and operating on more than 2,000 college and university campuses in 121 countries.

The program will be conducted online this year. The Hult Prize is an annual, year-long competition that crowd-sources ideas from university students after challenging them to solve a pressing social issue around sustainability topics such as food security, water access, energy, and education. The Prize is a partnership between Hult International Business School and the United Nations Foundation, for a million US dollars in investment into the winning business. Also, the Regionals winners have the opportunity to study an Accelerator course at Hult Business School.

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