Discovery of the Week   

Changing Lives, One Article of Clothing at a Time: The Story of Anshu Gupta and Goonj

Ricky Carippa, MBA, JAGSoM

Anshu Gupta is a social entrepreneur and founder of Goonj, an NGO that helps disadvantaged people in rural India by giving them clothing and other necessities. For more than 20 years, he has been woring to solve the problems of poverty and inequality in India, and the lives of countless people and communities all over the nation have been greatly impacted by his efforts.



Anshu Gupta, Entrepreneur,
Founder of Goonj


When Gupta left his corporate position in the late 1990s to concentrate on social work, his adventure began. He started by giving supplies to people who had been affected by earthquakes and floods. But he soon saw that in order to effectively improve the lives of the poor, much more significant structural problems needed to be addressed.

Lack of access to needs like clothing was one such problem. Gupta noticed that even if their old garments were still in decent condition, people in urban areas frequently threw them away. People in rural areas, meanwhile, frequently lacked access to adequate clothing and other necessities.

Gupta established Goonj in 1999 in order to close this gap. The charity gathers unwanted clothing and other supplies from urban areas and gives them to rural residents in need. Goonj does not merely donate the stuff, though. Instead, it has created a distinctive approach that encourages community involvement and empowerment.

In accordance with this strategy, Goonj establishes donation locations in cities where locals may drop off their used clothing and other items. Volunteers sift and process these items before turning them into useful goods like mosquito nets, hygiene products, and school backpacks. Following distribution, these goods are given to residents of rural areas who have earned them by helping with community improvement projects like constructing roads, constructing wells, and planting trees.

By using this concept, Goonj has given those in need not just access to basic requirements but also the power to direct their own development. It has helped to remove boundaries between urban and rural India and has fostered a sense of communal pride and ownership.

The influence of Goonj has been enormous. To date, the group has delivered more than 15 million kilograms of goods and visited more than 3,000 communities throughout India. Additionally, it has given thousands of rural residents who work as tailors, weavers, and other craftspeople economic opportunities.

Gupta has received various honors and medals for his work with Goonj, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award, which is regarded as Asia's Nobel Prize. He yet maintains his modesty and dedication to his goal of building a society that is more just and equitable.

Anshu Gupta's work with Goonj is a ray of light in a society that frequently seems to be driven by selfishness and avarice. He has demonstrated that altering the world for the better one piece of clothes at a time is achievable. His tale serves as both an example for us all and a reminder that each of us has the ability to positively impact the lives of people around us.

  Education News  

JAGSoM Conducts 27th Convocation At Its Bengaluru Campus; Announces Launch Of PGDM Entrepreneurship And PGDM Executive Programs

India Education Diary, Apr 20th, 2023

Bengaluru: JAGSoM conducted its 27th Convocation ceremony with the conferral of degrees to the graduating Class of 2023. The Chief Guest of the Convocation ceremony was Ms. Sanskriti Dawle, Co-founder and CEO of Thinkerbell Labs.

3 ways ChatGPT will impact the edtech industry

India Today, Apr 20th, 2023

ChatGPT is a cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology that has the potential to revolutionise the education industry or edtech. ChatGPT is a language model trained on text data capable of generating human-like responses to various questions and topics

  Faculty Fundas    

IoT for Good 

Recently, Mr. Tushir has released a book named “#IoT FOR GOOD”. It is a book that discusses concepts, narratives, proper understanding with case studies, acronyms, the flavour of skills on Digital Transformation, and Intelligence Automation having a mix of IoT, AI and Robotics.     


Tushir Malik
Co-creator of Intelligent Automation (IA), Vijaybhoomi University 



Is this the end of Rainbow for IOT ?!

There is a legend as old as the human race which tells us that a pot of gold may be found at the end of a rainbow.

For almost 10 years IOT has been in search of the end of the rainbow to claim the pot of gold, is it done ?

To me the IOT that was meant 10 years ago which for now can be termed as “simple” in which things meant to connect to the internet and give the data for business logic to apply has been achieved.

Now the “extreme” of it where AI is shaping up & integrated where for the next killer app / product/ solution or its right use. philosophers have been hired to think and put the imagination cap for a futuristic world to be defined. Like the talks of …

“ … blink of an eye and student will get to know all the answers” “ ..chipsets will be so cheap that everything will have the intelligence of human ..”“ ….brain memory will be given emotions & data and one can choose an emotion anytime .. “

So the new Prism with a trapped rainbow 🌈 where “extreme” is getting released for a new journey whereas the old one’s / simple golden pot has been attained :) 

To me the New Prism will have lights of IOT, AI and Robotics which is IA (Intelligent Automation) to create the rainbow and achieve its desired Golden Pot. 

To continue in my next handbook #IA ‘s Land of Honey And Milk. 

Keen to know your views and thoughts!! May be with pot of gold we have got surprise elements as well ??I

Finally, before I wrap up on technology, as this handbook is largely oriented for students so beyond technology or any other stream which you will learn, success in workplace is a mix of Subject Matter Expertise & team work. 

What makes team-”work”?

To me one of the key ingredients is “Communication”. In normal scenarios or in adverse..

Now the question is what to “communicate” .. irrespective of how enormous is the end goal or seems unattainable ..

Like to put a recent example:

A medical team of hospitals during the pandemic were overwhelmed by high patient volume, scarce resources and challenging cases. They were continually confronted with fatalities so for them to lose was easy.

Management decided to communicate the team’s wins, both large and small. For example, when a high-acuity patient survives , a team leader shared an update with the entire team, not just those with who happened to be bedside. Middle managers made sure that if a ‘win’ occurs after a shift is over, that information about the win is communicated back to the team that was originally involved.

So Instead of the repeated exposure on problems, mistakes & obstacles.

The reminders about successes, signs of progress and obstacles overcame the hurdles of unknowns, gave the team the sense of efficacy and a success overall from the mammoth problem.

Key is communication and

“Communicate - wins and successes (large or small. )” as

“Business is a team sport!”

Wish all the readers a Success !! 

To join in the Industrial Revolution you needed to open a factory; in the Internet Revolution, you need to open a laptop

– Alexis Ohanian

  Student Spotlight    

Iot Handbook Written by Kush Sheth under the guidance of Mr. Tushir Malik 

Aswini Patro, BBA, JAGSoM

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a rapidly growing field with numerous applications in various industries. To help individuals better understand IoT, Kush  has written a comprehensive handbook on the subject under the guidance of Mr. Tushir Malik. The book covers the basics of IoT, from the use of sensors and hardware to collect data to the cloud-based platforms used for analysis and processing.

The book also discusses the various applications of IoT in different industries, such as healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, and smart homes/cities. With IoT technology, healthcare professionals can monitor patient health and vital signs, while manufacturers can detect and prevent malfunctions before they occur. Transportation can benefit from IoT technology to track and manage fleets of vehicles, optimize routes, and improve safety.

Overall, this IoT handbook provides a clear and concise overview of the field, making it accessible to anyone, regardless of their level of technical knowledge. Whether you're a healthcare professional, a manufacturing engineer, or a homeowner, this book can help you understand how IoT technology can benefit you.

  Week Gone By    

Creativity and Commercialisation

Saarang Arora, B.Tech - AI, INSOFE

Art is not just about creative expression, it can also be a profitable venture.

On the 15th of April, Mr. Manish Choudhry arrived on campus to give a Futureworks session on the commercialisation of art. The session stressed the importance of discovering your unique selling point, creating your personal brand, and finding your target market. 

However, while making a profit is significant, the discussion also highlighted the necessity of genuine and authentic creativity. Finding a balance between commercialisation and creativity can be challenging but is essential to ensure artists can continue to flourish. It is important to remember that art is not only a commodity but also a means of conveying emotions and ideas.

The next session, Conducted by Mrs. Snehal Choubey, focused on how one can express creativity. The speaker emphasised the importance of embracing one's individuality and finding unique ways to express oneself creatively.

  Student Quotes    


"These sessions were a really good way to get introduced to the world of commercial yet artistic jobs."


Saarang Arora, BTech in AI, INSOFE




Karaoke Night!

Sagar Urs G, MBA, JAGSoM

The Karaoke Night was organized by the cultural committee for the students of Vijaybhoomi University on 19th April. The students had the opportunity to sing the song they want or they can play a game where the luck of chits will predict which song you are going to sing and like whom. 

Many students took part in the Karaoke night to feel relaxed from their routine day-to-day activities.


The laughter, the smile, the talent made the karaoke night memorable. The cultural committee at VU comes up with many such unique events which add some flavor to our days which makes it possible for us to live in the moment.

  Student Quotes    


“I personally enjoyed the the funny performances very much, I just felt everyone lived in the moment and I feel that everyone should live in the moment."


Sagar Urs G, MBA, JAGSoM


  Readers Ask, Vijaybhoomi Answers    

What are the treks around the campus like?


Shritika Dubey, Vijaybhoomi School of Law

The University is surrounded by the Sahyadri range on 3 sides. There are almost 265 waterfalls in the area surrounding the campus, which makes it a beautiful and one-of-a-kind experience trekking.

Places like Kothligad, Panduranga, and Solanpada Dam are hotspots to trek and spend your time. One of the 12 Jyotirlingas, Bhimashankar, is situated on the other side of one of the mountains, which is an 8 hours trek overall.

Treks are organized during the weekends when most of the students are free from their academic schedules. Students register with the Sports Committee a few days in advance and also attend drill sessions by PEP Faculty, specifically run for longer and difficult treks.


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Vijaybhoomi University is India's first Liberal Professional University, which uses the liberal-professional framework of education to build a unique curriculum aligned to Industry 4.0. The curriculum facilitates the process of self-discovery in the initial year and thereafter choice of majors and minors to prepare oneself in high-demand careers in data science, artificial intelligence, business, law, music and design. The university is located in Karjat, Greater Mumbai, and nurtures holistic, socially responsible, and continuously employable professionals who can make a positive difference in the world.


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rs innovation and scholarship to impact practice and communities


Nurture holistic, socially responsible, and continuously employable professionals.