I still remember the day vividly when I was a first year engineering student and our class was addressed to head towards seminar hall because there was some external guest coming to deliver a lecture.
That day was when National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) was firstly introduced to all of us. I felt very excited and energetic after the session as this was what I actually wanted to do, but i never knew what exactly to do. We all came to know what the word “Entrepreneur” meant. The concept of E-cell and activities going around in other colleges throughout India were shown to us. NEN had a proposal to start new E-cell in our institute i.e. Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering. Though very less seemed to be interested, there were few who started finding out ways to become a part of the cell if given a chance.
Later, a group of 15 was selected as E-leaders to run E-cell as an organization on the campus. All of us from First year Engineering with no experience but hell lot of courage and willingness to do something different were ready to continue this campaign started by NEN. We named our cell KANISHK, in the name of King Kanishka, who was well known for his courage, huge empire and power. The outcome was seen soon. E-week 2010 was a magical hit which turned out to be a ZERO BUDGET EVENT. Cell got lot of recognitions from media, crowd of the campus as well as the management. Things started happening differently in the campus, institute and management was not used to things done without following the system. All the leaders faced lot of problems from their department regarding attendance, academic performance issues, and what not. Some internal politics and personal issues was a threat to team’s strength and focus. Some of them thought of ending their journey looking at their academics, other worries and did so. But others stood still staying much more determined and dedicated towards the cell. After all, it was something, which was our own.
Next year came with new challenges and goals. Kanishk was no more a new comer now. We had to compete, create a value among other E-cells in the city. Development phase had started. Team was newly formed with changed designations and responsibilities.
– +Anikait Chavan
KANISHK, PCCOE E-cell.