23rd January 2013
Mr Srikanth Bolla delivered a Guest Lecture to the students on the topic ‘Entrepreneurship with a Social Purpose’ at NMIMS Hyderabad Campus on 23 Jan 2013.
Srikanth is currently a third year undergraduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States and also Director of Aasadeep. As a visually challenged individual, he has overcome many life challenges in order to achieve his impressive academic and entrepreneurial success.
Being visually challenged has not stopped him from having the dedicated vision to change society, creating a better tomorrow for disabled people in India, and becoming an active Board member for the Samanvai Center for Children with Multiple Disabilities, a non-profit organization in Hyderabad, India.
Dedicated to the vision of supporting students with disabilities, Srikanth took the initiative to launch a Computer Research and Training Center for visually challenged students at the Samanvai Center to provide computer education for visually challenged students and to help them become independent learners and develop skills for employment.
He also designed the Digital Library which provides books in the form of mp3 files and DVDs to promote accessible education. In addition to this he also designed and implemented a Braille library and printing press to provide free Braille books to blind schools and colleges for the students studying there. He is now concentrating on fundraising for future projects and working on Samanvai’s website development.
He was awarded the “Distinguished Youth Service Award” by renowned Telugu poet Dr. J. Bapu Reddy, the “Youth Leadership Award” by New Jersey Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, an the “Youth Excellence Award” by the Telugu Fine Arts Society of New Jersey.
Srikanth also received several fellowship grants from the MIT Public Service Center and the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship to implement his service goals at Samanvai.