India’s Social Entrepreneurs Promised “Maximum” Support From Minister
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The Indian government will put its ‘heart and soul’ into supporting social entrepreneurship – the minister for science, technology and earth sciences has pledged.
Dr Harsh Vardhan spoke at the seventh annual Sankalp Global Forum, which was this year held in Delhi for the first time and brought together over 1,000 social entrepreneurs, impact investors and policy makers.
The minister said: “I have been assured by everyone in my ministry that we are putting our hearts and souls into this movement.
“We want to promote it to the maximum level. If we can’t produce good human beings – you might be a good scientist, a good industrialist, a good investor – but if we are not good human beings, we will not be able to provide the types of solutions we need to provide for the people of this country.”
Vardhan is a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which was elected in May last year. The minister told the Forum: “We have a very visionary Prime Minister in this country who has a vision of creating an inclusive government, who wants to involve everybody in the country and who has become a symbol of the dreams of every Indian.”
Joining the minister for the 2015 Sankalp Global Forum was US ambassador to India Richard Verma, who said that the way the development challenges are tackled between nations is changing.