My Story: Yuvaraj Patil, VSMIT Nipani

There was one day which turned my life towards achievement. Our sir at college came and informed us to join one LEADership drive. We all went  to the presentation given by the LEAD program. I was impressed  listening about LEAD and by watching the project videos. I saw the LEAD slogan: “complaints start with they, solutions starts with us”. This slogan pushed me to achieve something. It is made me hunt for problems around me that I could solve.
By keeping the slogan in mind I went home and started thinking over it. Since i stay in rural area, I found lots of problems. One biggest of those was the ‘choola smoke’ issue. I wanted to help my mother by solving this problem. I start to think over it and made a smokeless choola .
Traditional chula produces more smoke and that has an effect on the health of the chef and also on the food. I found a solution to reduce the smoke,which works on traditional fuel only but produces less smoke. I have added one small part which blows oxygen to fuel and causes complete combustion of the fuel thereby reducing the smoke. The blower works on a mobile charger and battery is also economic for rural people. By seeing this project my mother was very happy. She showed this project to all women friends. Since the cost of this project is low and it is very effective, they have demanded for this project as well.
 1st January 2015 was very lucky and very important day for me. I received a call from LEAD Deshpande Foundation, to present my project. The next morning only I saw my news in various news papers, the caption read as follows: “FIGHT AGAINST THE POLLUTION”.
I was selected for LEAD Prayana 2015 and my project was selected for showcasing in Yuva Summit 2015. I enjoyed and also got to learn a lot in Prayana and at Yuva Summit. I exhibited my project in front of the role models, and in award ceremony I was sitting on a chair in crowd. There was one announcement from Ajay sir,  “the Best LEADer award goes to Yuvaraj Patil”. I was surprised and extremely happy. I accepted my Best LEADer award from Nobel prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi-ji .
I came back to my village but I did not stop my work, because I found lot of problems around me. And I started to solve the problems through LEAD projects. I completed more than 20 projects.
While doing these projects the villagers were observing me. They thought that I would be a good leader. One day the ex-Panchayat member came to my home and he suggested to me to stand for election. I was shocked for a few seconds, but I thought that this is a very good chance to do something for my village and so I said yes.
AIl i want to tell is that LEAD is a bridge from normal student to successful leader. One of the most important things I learned from LEAD is that converting an idea into reality with great effort is the moment of success. No matter whether the idea is small or bigger, converting it into reality is the main thing. Because of all my work in  LEAD projects the people elected me as a Gram Panchayat Vice-Chairman without any opposite competitor.
Yuvaraj sharing his My Story on stage at Yuva Summit 2016

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