SDG1:No Poverty

Sustainable Development Goal 1:   
'No Poverty'
R. Shanmugam, is the former Sarpanch of Odanthurai, a panchayat in Mettupalayam Taluk, Tamilnadu. He is the person behind building Odandhurai panchayat as a model Panchayat in India. This village is known for becoming self-sufficient in electricity generation by his efforts. All the houses are pakka houses, all the roads, basic facilities are provided within the village. Drinking water , own power generation, sustainable income to panchayat through the power generation lead to get more panchayat funds and made all the change in the lives of people living in the panchayat. Finally, there is no poverty. One can see how Panchayats transform the society and bring development into villages. 

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SDG 2:Zero Hunger

Sustainable Development Goal 2:   
'Zero Hunger'
Ankit Kawatra is the changemaker of SDG 2: Zero Hunger. Ankit is the founder of Zomato Feeding India, one of India’s largest nonprofits solving hunger and food waste. Feeding India works to rescue surplus food and also serve freshly prepared food with 26,000+ volunteers, logistics across 185 cities and has served 120+ million meals to people in need. Ankit started Feeding India after quitting his corporate job, post witnessing massive food wastage in an Indian wedding in 2014. He is the winner of several prestigious awards including - the Queen's Young Leader Award from HM Queen London, 1 of 17 United Nations Young Leaders for SDGs from 18,000 applicants in over 150 countries, Forbes 30 under 30 Honouree, National Youth Award India, GQ 50 Most Influential Indians and TED India speaker among others.
Ankit serves as a key spokesperson on issues of food security (SDG2), societal inequality and social entrepreneurship on several national and international platforms such as United Nations events, UN FAO CFS, Climate Change conferences, and is also a board of advisor for the Eat Foundation Stockholm. Ankit, as a changemaker, going to share his vision to create ZERO hunger lives and societies in India and his call for action.
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SDG3: Good Health & Well-being

Sustainable Development Goal 3:  
'Good Health & Well-being'
Dr. Divya Karthik completed MS in Ophthalmology, at Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai. She has completed fellowship in Cornea and Refractive surgery from Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai. Currently, she works as a Medical Officer, Aravind Eye Hospital, Chennai, and going to share the journey and legacy created by Dr.Govindappa Venkataswamy. Aravind Eye Hospital started as a 11 bedded hospital with services provided by four doctors.  Today, it is grown into one of the largest facilities in the world for eye care. Aravind, with its mission to ‘eliminate needless blindness’, provides large volume, high quality and affordable care. 50% of its patients receive services either free of cost or at steeply subsidised rate, yet the organisation remains financially self-sustainable. Much importance is given to equity – ensuring that all patients are accorded the same high quality care and service, regardless of their economic status. A critical component of Aravind’s model is the high patient volume, which brings with it the benefits of economies of scale. Aravind’s unique assembly-line approach increases productivity tenfold. Over 4.5 lakh eye surgeries or procedures are performed a year at Aravind, making it the largest eye care provider in the world. Since its inception, Aravind has handled more than 6 crore outpatient visits and performed more than 78 lakh surgeries.  Aravind’s eye care facilities include 14 eye hospitals, 6 outpatient eye examination centres and 84 primary eye care facilities in South India. 

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SDG4 Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4:   
'Quality Education'
Glad to bring you the first story of Change Makers on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on School Radio. Quality Education is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations. You can listen to the story of Aakash Sethi, Founder, Quest Alliance, an NGO, working across 12 states to provide quality education, training and entrepreneurial skills to children and youth by using technology. He is going to share his journey and the kind of change his organization, Quest Alliance brings in the lives of children and youth. STEM for Girls programme is changing the lives of girls living in remote areas and they are learning by virtual and non-virtual classes. School Radio broadcasts the stories of Change Makers - SDG programme to inspire children and youth in taking up small actions towards achieving these goals.

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SDG5 Gender Equality

Sustainable Development Goal 5:   
'Gender Equality'
Dr. A.L. Sharada is the Director of Population First and spearheads the media advocacy campaign for Gender sensitivity - Laadli, which had initiated conversations with many influencers in print and electronic media, script writers and other content developers through awards, Fellowships, Workshops and consultations. She is a member of the CBFC and also initiated gender analysis of ads and films in Print media. 
She has done her Doctorate in Sociology from the Central University of Hyderabad. She has been active in the Development Sector for the last 25 years. She started her career as a faculty member in the Central University of Hyderabad.  She was also on the faculty of Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) at Jaipur. She carried out many short-term consultancy assignments for UNICEF and UNFPA in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. She has also conducted several programmes for NGOs in U.P. and Rajasthan on various issues such as rehabilitation of the mentally handicapped persons, mobile crèches for migrant construction workers, adolescent, non-formal and innovative education initiatives, and empowerment of women, child labor and women’s health.  Dr Sharada has conducted various training programs for personnel of international agencies, NGOs and Government departments on gender and RCH as well as on Communication Planning.
Dr Sharada has received the Change Maker Award from Working Mothers Media at the
2016 Global Advancement of Women Conference.
The US government Under International Visitors Leadership Programme on “Role of NGOs in addressing Global Gender Issues” in June 2009 also invited her. 
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SDG6:Clean Water and Sanitation

Sustainable Development Goal 6:   
'Clean Water & Sanitation'
Listen to 'Water Hero' Rajasekhara Raju Podili on School Radio. He is a Social work Professional, at present working as Head - CA and CSR of Zuari Cement Ltd (Heidelberg Cement India Ltd). He is working for protection of natural resources and for community development since last 15 years, 
Given trainings on water saving and good management practices to the farmers and covered total 135000 farmers in 420 training programs in 6 districts, 

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SDG7 Affordable and clean energy

Sustainable Development Goal 7:   
'Affordable and Clean Energy'
School Radio presents you the story of changemaker, Dr. Ashok Das on SDG:7- Affordable and Clean Energy. He is the Founder CEO of SunMoksha, a company focused on clean technology solutions for sustainable socio-economic development of rural hinterland. Dr. Das has a decade of hands-on experience in working on rural development with state-of-the-art technology interventions in smart microgrids, renewable energy, IoT, and smart irrigation. Grounded at the grassroots, he has developed state-of-the-art technology solutions and business models to address issues of rural development. His innovations have received several national and international awards and accolades. Dr. Das has also consulted in technology, business, market and advisory services to several national and international organizations, such as, the World Bank, UK- DFID, KfW, ADB, GiZ, Climate Parliament, and PFAN. As founding-chair of TiE Clean Tech Forum, he has been very active in developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem for clean technologies and social impact across India. Prior to founding SunMoksha, Dr. Das worked for a decade for semiconductor equipment manufacturer Applied Materials, and then headed the India Operations of a fab automation start-up Aquest Systems, both in the Silicon Valley. He is a B.Tech from IIT Kanpur, India and Ph.D. from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA. 
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Sustainable Development Goal 8:
'Decent Work and Economic Growth'

Listen to the story of Bhagavatula Charitable Trust, a non-profit organization working towards the transformation of the villages since 1976 in Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh. Through its participatory approach and integrated rural development programs, BCT nurtures change agents within villages and created paradigm for replication both nationally as well as internationally.  For the past 42 years BCT is focusing on Sustainable Development of the villages. The thrust areas of BCT are Agriculture, providing Quality Education to children, facilitating Skill Development of youth, Women and youth Entrepreneurship, Health and Wellbeing and reducing inequalities and Gender Equality. BCT thrust programmes fall under more than six Sustainable Development Goals. 1. No Poverty, 4. Quality Education, 5.Gender Equality, 6. Clean Water & Sanitation, 8.Decent Work and Economic Growth, 10.Reduced Inequality.
Bhagavatula Sri Ram Murthy is heading Bhagavatula Charitable Trust as a Sectretary and CEO since 2011. During the year 2011 taken over the Krishi Vigyan Kendra in the position of Chairman. Sri Ram Murthy narrates the journey of BCT and the transformation it brought in the lives of rural communities. Listen to him narrating the journey of BCT in a conversation with Aruna Gali.

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SDG 8:Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Sustainable Development Goal 9:   
'Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure'
Sandith Thandasherry, CEO and Chief Naval Architect of NavAlt Solar & Electric Boats grew up in India. Received his Bachelors Degree in Naval Architecture from the prestigious IIT Madras (1999). He Started his career as a Naval Architect in the Design Department of Alcock Ashdown, Gujarat, INDIA (2000). He joined as Senior Naval Architect at OMI Marine Services (2001) After he obtained his MBA from INSEAD, France(2006), he Started the company Navgathi Marine Design and Constructions (2008). Later, to achieve his vision for transforming Water Transportation to more greener, with the collaboration of Alternatives Energies, France, started Navalt Solar & Electric Boats (2013). The first step of success of his vision marked with the creation of ADITYA - India’s first solar ferry (2017). The experience acquired in the field of Naval Architecture and Shipping Industry made him to drive his passion and vision for transforming transportation on water to Eco- Friendly. The ADITYA- India’s first solar ferry and Gustave Award winner for “ The worlds best electric ferry for paying passengers” is now an epitome of Sustainable Green Water Transportation. 
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SDG10:Reduced Inequalities

Sustainable Development Goal 10:   
'Reduced Inequalities'
Mittal Maulik Patel, is the Founder and currently functioning as the Secretary of Vicharta Samuday Samarthan Manch (VSSM). VSSM organization works broadly for the welfare of the most downtrodden Nomadic and De-Notified tribes. Her and VSSM story would be highlighting the Sustainable Development Goal10: Reduced Inequalities. When she had begun this initiative, she hardly had known anything about Nomadic and De-notified communities. From there, VSSM has come a long way, reached more than 80,000 families from more than 2000 settlements in 90 blocks of 18 districts. Mittal Patel is the Honorary Member of Development and Welfare Board for Nomadic, Semi-Nomadic and De-notified Communities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, New Delhi. Mittal Patel conferred with many awards and rewards like Real Hero Award by CNN - IBN and Reliance Foundation in March- 2012. Honored as Ashoka fellow by Ashoka Innovators for the Public in 2013. Ashoka recognizes and felicitates dynamic global community of leading social entrepreneurs who deliver high-impact solutions to society’s most pressing problems. Ashoka accelerates Fellows’ progress as an individual, a leader of an organization, a participant in collaborative initiatives, and as a member of a global community of peers. Invited for a TED Talks in 2013.

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SDG11:Sustainable Cities and Communities

Sustainable Development Goal 11:   
'Sustainable Cities and Communities'
School Radio brings you the story of Dr. Priti Parikh on the Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. She has expertise in infrastructure (water, sanitation and energy) for resource constrained settings such as slums and rural communities in Africa and Asia. She is also leading research on developing evidence base to link SDG's and infrastructure. Dr. Parikh has been awarded a prestigious five year Senior Research fellowship co-funded by industry (BBOXX) and Royal Academy of Engineering. The fellowship titled Smart Solar Solutions for all (S34ALL) will focus on smart solar solutions for resource challenged communities combining machine learning based models with consumer surveys. She is the founder for the MSc in Engineering for International Development at UCL Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng Faculty of Engineering Science
She won the Provost Education Award in 2018 for her contribution to engineering education particularly for engineering and international development. Dr. Parikh set up the MSc in Engineering for International Development with a view of equipping engineering with the skill sets required to address global challenges and provide appropriate infrastructure solutions in resource challenged settings in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She also set up and now leads the Engineering for International Development Research Centre ( She has substantial industry experience in India and also a research based in infrastructure planning for cities to cover the areas of financial planning, institutional frameworks and societal impact. She has substantial in-country experience in South Asia, Africa and UK working with local governments and slum communities and has led multi- sectoral projects at both city and community scale. She is Chair of the Editorial Panel for ICE's Engineering Sustainability Journal and was invited to join the board of Trustees for Happold Foundation and Engineer's Against Poverty. In 2019, she was recognized as an Engineers Without Borders Changemaker. 

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Neelam Manjunath

Sustainable Development Goal 12:   
'Responsible Consumption and Production'
Ar. Neelam Manjunath has been promoting and practicing simple living and sustainability for the past 3 plus decades. Neelam Manjunath is an architect, planner, scientist, activist and theoretician, with two graduate degrees, Bsc , Agra University, 1982, and B.Architecture, Govt. College of Architecture, Lucknow, 1987. Her education, however, is much wider with skills related to sustainable architecture, Media Architecture and Charrette Training from GSD, Harvard University, and PGDip-Theology, Dayalbagh University, Agra. Her practice, Manasaram Architects, is based in Bangalore since 1994. Her architecture is distinguished for Healing the Biosphere and well being of society through use of sustainable materials and technologies with special emphasis on Bamboo. Her work has been published widely and presented in several national and international forums . She is on several national and international technical committees on Sustainability and Bamboo. She is the CEO, Founder and Managing Trustee, Centre for Green Building Materials and Technology, Bangalore, and CGBMT-School of Simple Living doing R&D, applications and training on sustainability and Bamboo since 2004; Nominated World Bamboo Ambassador, WBO, Jan 2018; Chair, Karnataka Chapter & National Governing Council member, Bamboo Society of India; Advisor ,Sustainability and Bamboo Affairs, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Dayalbagh, Agra, 2013 onwards; Advisor, Karnataka State Bamboo Mission, 2019; INBAR Construction Task Force Key Expert , 2020. She has won several National and International nominations and awards To name a few, Viz- Sir M Visvesvaraya Prize ,New Delhi.(2005); IIA-Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Award , (2005), World Architecture Community awards, 2013,, Lafarge Invention awards (2011),World Architecture News Awards, (2013), Nomination for Aga Khan Award for Architecture(2013), Lifetime contribution to Bamboo Sector at “International Bamboo Conclave”, Bangalore – (2014), The Merit list (2015-16) cycle , Green Building Designer of the Year - Rotary Club Bangalore South – IIA – RASHI – Dinesh Verma Award, Red dot Shortlist 2016, ARCASIA Awards for Architecture 2017 GOLD , Sustainable project , four awards under, Rethinking the future: Cultural, Office building, Transportation and Housing (2017) ,WADe Asia-Sustainability Champion for work on Bamboo(2017), Fibra awards, 2018-2019, ASADI Vastukala Mahati Award 2020. 

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SDG13:Climate Action

Sustainable Development Goal 13:   
'Climate Action'
Mr. Sukhbir Singh Dhaliwal is the Founder of 'Farm2Energy' which is a crop residue management organization, solving the Paddy Straw Burning Problem in the Northern Region of India. He shared his journey on School Radio along with Nitin Jain. Farm2Energy is CleanTech & AgriTech Startup into crop residue collection services, providing robust and integrated biomass supply systems for the advanced Biofuels, Bio-power, and Bio-based product industries by processing and using Corn Stover, Paddy Straw & Sugar Cane Trash. Farm2Energy is the first company in India to break the barrier of large-scale crop-residue collection, with imported large round/square balers, Rakes, in-house developed automated lifting trolleys via Technology.
Organization's focus is to make Punjab and neighboring states a "Biomass Valley" from stubble to energy crops to make Renewable energy products like pellets, Bio-Coal, Biochar, CBG, etc & Sustainable products like Yarn, fabric, wood panels, Biodegradable tableware & other industrial products.

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SDG14: Life below water

Sustainable Development Goal 14:   
'Life below water'
Dr. Suhas S. Shetye works as Scientist-C at National Institute of Oceanography (NIO). His interests are in Fundamental processes controlling the ocean-atmosphere distribution of carbon dioxide in Indian Ocean and its impact on marine ecosystem, and in the organic carbon and nitrogen budget and the implications of organic nitrogen loading on phytoplankton communities. His research covers a wide span of processes such as ocean chemistry and biology in the past, present and projected future including the effects of anthropogenic perturbations. For the past few years, the major focus of his research has been on Ocean Acidification and Sea ice Bio-geochemistry. He went on for 800 days out in open Sea and on Scientific Expeditions, including 2 Indian Antarctic Expeditions, 2 Arctic Expeditions, 2 Southern Ocean Expeditions, 3 Cruises in Equatorial Indian Ocean, 7 cruises each in Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. Several cruises in Mandovi Estuary and also field work in Lakshadweep. Has done research on Research vessels like Sagar Kanya, Sagar Sampada, Sagar Sukti, Sagar Nidhi, Boris Petrov, Ivan Papanin, Sindhu Sankalp, Sindhu Sadhana. 'The National Institute of Oceanography- (NIO)' at Dona Paula, Goa. NIO has regional centres at Kochi, Mumbai and Visakhapatnam, is one of the 37 constituent laboratories of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi. CSIR-NIO was established on 1 January 1966 following the International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE) in the 1960s. The institute has since grown into a multi-disciplinary oceanographic research institute of international repute. The principal focus of research has been on observing and understanding special oceanographic characteristics of the Indian Ocean. Let us listen to Dr. Suhas on 21 February,2021 at 7:30 pm, sharing his knowledge and information about life below water, how life below water is getting affected by anthropogenic activities and how the entire ecosystem is depending on each other for survival and sustaining the life.

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SDG 15 Life on Land

Sustainable Development Goal 15:   
'Life On Land'

Karuna Singh

Karuna Singh leads EDN initiatives in the Asian Continent. She heads EDN’s international office outside of the United States. The programs she oversees aim to use innovative methods to raise environmental awareness for all of EDN’s programs in close to 25 countries and among approximately 5 billion people. This she achieves with the team she supervises in multiple places. Karuna is a spokesperson for EDN and makes presentations at global forums as well. These include speaking at the 2015 UN Conference of Parties 21. Karuna was lead presenter at a meeting of embassy heads in Bangkok on ways to help the city grow more environment-friendly. She was also invited to speak at the ASEAN Seminar held at Nu Py Du on invitation of the Government of Myanmar. Karuna is one of six NGO representatives from across the world chosen to make a presentation to the then UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon. Karuna is regularly featured in all media – print, social and electronic. She is the author of several of EDN’s eBooks that feature innovative case studies that lead to greener economies. Karuna is called up to reach out to stakeholders to form partnerships, and develop specially crafted programs and campaigns that are of particular relevance to not just a country, but a region as well.
Karuna is on the steering committee for India of the Global Environment Facility, UNDP and the Government of India Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change’s Small Grant Program. She has been invited by the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research, Japan to provide expert advice to develop a South Asian hub for collaborative research and capacity building toward climate preparedness and change management. Karuna comes to EDN after a 24-year career with the US State Department in Kolkata.
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Sustainable Development Goal 16:   
'Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions'
School Radio, brings you the Story of Changemaker : SDG16, Upma Diwan Director, Institute of Regional Analysis (IRA), Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. She is also the Executive Chairperson of SIRDI organization. Upma Diwan, carries forty years of experience in Social Development Sector. She has been working with tribal and rural communities of Madhya Pradesh and Maharastra. She is instrumental in creating inclusive and peaceful societies by involving local communities to take active leadership and responsible roles. She is building strong Panchayat Raj Institutions through GPDP , and by promoting the participation of youth and women, in the process of development and governance. She is extensively supporting women SHGs, and single women. She believes that if women are encouraged to participate in the process of development, they take up responsible roles and bring the transformation in the societies they are living in.
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SDG17: Partnerships for the goals

Sustainable Development Goal 17:   
'Partnerships for the Goals'
Mr. Harsh Jaitli is the Chief Executive Officer of Voluntary Action Network India (VANI). Harsh has done M.Phil in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and has been working in the development sector for almost three decades. Before VANI he was working as Director in Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), looking after assignments of capacity building, research, advocacy and networking. He has worked on the themes like environment, health, local governance, Right to Information, organizational development etc. He has also worked on institutional strengthening in the field of information resource management, financial management and project cycle management. Mr. Jaitli has done extensive work on occupational health related issues of workers in formal and informal sector. Workers involved in hazardous and dangerous work, were organized to demand safe and healthy working conditions. Since 2009, Mr. Jaitli is working with VANI as its Chief Executive. Being a national platform VANI works towards strengthening Civil Society Organizations in India. This includes enabling regulatory environment and internal capacity enhancement of CSOs. VANI has outreach to 15,000 organizations located in almost all parts of India. Majority of these organizations work on issues related to socio-economic development and better quality of life. As civil society is passing through very challenging phase worldwide, VANI along with other national platforms is working to protect and promote organizations that primarily work on rights of marginalized. VANI is also working towards mobilizing Indian CSOs on SDGs to promote their participation in monitoring and implementation. VANI also draws attention on SDGs 16 and 17 as they are not in the priority area of government and private sector. Mr. Harsh Jaitli has written on the subjects mentioned above and also represents sector in various committees. He is Vice-Chair of Forus (formerly known as International Forum of National Platforms (IFP)), Co-convener of Asian Development Alliance, council member of Asian Democracy Network (AND) and Member of Policy Development Forum of European Commission. 

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