Round Table and Ladies Circle India (LCI), an international organisation which aims at enabling 'Freedom through Education', hosted 'What Next, where profession meets academia' on January 21 in Bangalore. The career awareness and counselling event offered a platform for high school students to meet industry professionals and make an informed career choice. The event also introduced the concept of Edu-Shadowing with an aim to facilitate students to visit the workplaces and have a more realistic perspective of the profession.
The keynote speaker was Tristha Ramamurthy, founder and executive director, Ekya Schools and vice president, CMR Group of Institutions. The event featured 12 eminent speakers from diverse and offbeat professions, including Dr. Arun Bhardwaj, CEO, Happiness Technology; Nikhil Ranjan, owner of William Penn; Dr. Naren Ramanan, IISc, Science and Research, Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology from IMCB, National University of Singapore and post doctoral research in Department of Neuroscience in the lab of Prof. David Ginty; Kalpa Kartik, who heads the content, strategy and research wing of LXL Ideas; Sumanth Raghavendra, founder - Deck App Technologies, a startup; Wanitha Ashok, founder, Get Fit India, Moving Body Studio; Ashok Dutta, co-founder and principal architect, Studio Decode; Abhijit Saha, master chef and founding director, Avant Garde Hospitality. Ower of critically acclaimed premium restaurants Caperberry and Fava in Bangalore; Vivek Murthy, executive director, Technology group, British Telecom Plc, London; Manuja Veerappa, assistant editor (Sports), Times of India; Shautik Das, director, RN Eventsource; Dippak Basavaraju, an agriculturist and owner of Anantgram.
Besided benefiting the students, the funds raised will be used towards farmer education and water security for farmers in Karnataka. Navdanya, a Dehradun based NGO, will be taking up the initiative for educating the farmers. Selected few farmers will travel to Dehradun to spend a few days at Navdanya following which support will be further extended by the NGO. The money raised in the first edition of the event will be used for farmers in the Chitradurga district.