To go ‘all in’ and ‘never give up’ was the core idea at the third TEDx event organised by IIM Rohtak on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Celebrating the theme of Lock, Stock and Barrel, the eminent invited speakers shared their life experiences wherein they accumulated everything into one single spear point and overcame all barriers to achieve their dreams.
At the event, Mr. K. Vijay Kumar, retired IPS officer who served as the Chief of Special Taskforce of Tamil Nadu – the unit behind the encounter of the infamous bandit Veerappan, said, “I never asked for big resources, rather tried to put in all my efforts every single time”. He said the number of failures don’t matter as long as one is ready to fight back.
In a moving speech, Dr. Swapna Patkar, author, film producer and entrepreneur, advocated the ideals of individualism. “All my life’s education seemed worthless when I couldn’t come to terms with the individual aspirations of my son,” said she, adding that happiness is what matters and one who masters that art is the jack of all trades.
The woman behind the innovative concept of ‘JetSetGo’, Ms. Kanika Tekriwal, talked about disruptive commercial mobility. She told that the Western world cannot solve the problems of India and it’s the Indian millennial which need to come forward and find solutions to accommodate our burgeoning population. She further added that the world is continuously shrinking and at the end of the day we need to develop solutions which the ecosystem supports.
Major Vandana Sharma, Kargil war veteran and a corporate leader at present, said that to achieve something extraordinary, one has to move out of one’s comfort zone. “If one is determined enough, gender cannot become a barrier, she added recalling her days in the army.”
Guinness World Record holder nail artist, Mr. Wajid Khan was the most celebrated speaker at the event. Mr. Khan also has his name featured in the Limca Book of Records and Asia Book of Records. He has also been commissioned to design a unique sculpture for the2022 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Qatar.
Manish Goel (of Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki fame), S.K. Shahi (Director CSRI), Waheed Rahman Para (Youth President and spokes-person of J&K PDP) were the other speakers to share their experiences and struggles with the audience that primarily consisted of young students.
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About TEDx, x = independently organised event: The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.
Director IIM Rohtak, Dr. Dheeraj Sharma, in his welcome address said, “Knowledge dissemination is no longer restricted to books only; technology is ushering in paradigm change and shaping the thoughts and viewpoints of human beings.”
TEDxIIMRohtak 3.0 was supported by GAIL and Valvoline Cummins Private Limited.