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Chhavi Rajawat: The Trailblazing Sarpanch of Soda Who is Making a Difference in Rural India

Ricky Carippa, MBA, JAGSoM

Chhavi Rajawat is a pathfinder who has been working relentlessly to improve the lives of people in rural areas. She is a social activist and the former sarpanch (village head) of the Rajasthani hamlet of Soda. Her story is an inspiration to many, and her work has earned her national and international recognition.



Chhavi Rajawat



Chhavi, who was born in Rajasthan, was raised in a family of scholars and businesspeople. She returned to India after completing her schooling in the United States and started working as a marketing specialist However, she felt a deep sense of dissatisfaction with her work and decided to dedicate her life to social service.

In 2010, Chhavi won the election to become the sarpanch of Soda, a hamlet in Rajasthan with roughly 3,500 residents. Despite coming from an urban environment, Chhavi was determined to improve the lives of those in her village. She was confronted with a number of difficulties, such as a lack of fundamental infrastructure, a high rate of illiteracy, and restricted access to healthcare and education.

Chhavi started out concentrating on enhancing the facilities in her village. She initiated various development projects, including the construction of a new school, a community hall, and a health centre. By constructing new wells and water storage facilities, she also worked to enhance the village's water supply. Through her efforts, she was able to bring about significant improvements in the quality of life for the people of Soda.

Chhavi continued to work for Soda after that. She also started a number of initiatives to advance women's empowerment and education. She collaborated with the local administration to construct a computer training centre and a library in the village. She also began a program to educate women in a variety of trades, such as needlework and stitching, to enable them to support themselves.

Chhavi's efforts to bring about change in her village did not go unnoticed. She won several honours and recognitions, including the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Award in 2012 and the British High Commission's Young Indian Leader Award in 2014.

Many people have been motivated to continue in Chhavi's footsteps by her work in Soda. She has become a role model for young people in India who wish to make a difference in their communities. She has also shown that change is possible, even in the most challenging of circumstances.

Chhavi made the decision to leave her position as the sarpanch of Soda in 2019 and devote herself entirely to humanitarian work. She presently serves as the creator of the NGO Awaaz Foundation, which works to advance women's empowerment and education in rural communities.

The life of Chhavi Rajawat is a testament to the influence one person can have on a community and the strength of individual action. Her efforts have significantly improved the lives of the residents of Soda and motivated several more people to act for social change. She is an actual hero who has devoted her entire life to helping others, and her legacy will continue to motivate future generations.

“To be able to make a difference, to be able to change someone’s life, to be able to help someone stand on their feet, is the greatest reward anyone can ever get” – Chhavi Rajawat.

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Following Your Passion in Concentric Circles

“Surround yourself with individuals who share your passion and who can motivate you to do better.”

Finding your passion in life can be a challenging task. It requires a lot of self-exploration and experimentation to figure out what you truly love doing. However, once you have identified your passion, it becomes a driving force that can lead you to success and happiness.



Piran Irani, Assistant Dean at TSM, Vijaybhoomi University


One way to identify your passion is to look for the intersection of what you are good at and what you love doing. This sweet spot can be referred to as your "Zen state" When you are in your Zen state, you are not only doing what you love, but you are also excelling at it. This combination of passion and proficiency can lead to a fulfilling and rewarding career.

Once you have identified your passion, it's important to become a "nerd" about it. This means diving deep into your field of interest and learning everything you can about it. This can involve reading books, attending conferences, taking courses, and seeking mentorship from industry experts. The more you know about your passion, the more confident you will feel about pursuing it. Networking is also crucial when it comes to following your passion. Identify other "nerds" in your industry and connect with them. This can be done through professional associations, social media, or attending industry events. Building a network of like-minded individuals can provide you with valuable support, advice, and opportunities.

As human beings, we are the products of all the things we learn, and mistakes and failures can be our best teachers.

When it comes to pursuing your passion, it's important to work with people and ideologies that inspire you. Surround yourself with individuals who share your passion and who can motivate you to do better. This can include mentors, colleagues, and even clients or customers who appreciate the value of your work.

However, it's important to remember that pursuing your passion is not always easy. There will be challenges and setbacks along the way. It's important to follow your instincts and take calculated risks, but also be prepared to make mistakes and learn from them. As human beings, we are the products of all the things we learn, and mistakes and failures can be our best teachers.

In conclusion, following your passion in concentric circles can help you identify what you truly love doing and excel at it. It requires a combination of self-exploration, learning, networking, and perseverance. But by following your instincts, surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals, and embracing the journey, you can turn your passion into a fulfilling and rewarding career.

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AlterLighting Milestone!

Saarang Arora, B.Tech - AI, INSOFE

At Vijaybhoomi University, the CCLE has an initiative named the AlterLighting Initiative. AlterLighting ties up with industry partners to provide students with active industry projects that provide the students with real industry experience.

Recently, students from Vijaybhoomi University just completed 12 live industry projects under the AlterLighting initiative. The projects ranged from Technology centric projects dealing with AR, VR, XR and such technologies to Management and Design Projects.

These past 3 terms have been very productive for the students, with them learning new skills and being an active part of the Industry. As one of VijayBhoomi University’s core tenets, being ‘Industry Ready’ is a very important skill for students to learn nowadays.

  Student Quotes    


"I recently got the opportunity to work on this book under the guidance of Miss Asmanya Mohanty, I got to interview people and learn about first hand experiences of students who recently graduated and took up jobs, their actual struggles and challenges. Overall it was a great learning experience for me."


Dhwani Bhandari, BTech AI, INSOFE




Noisy Pots @ VU!!!

Saarang Arora, Btech AI- INSOFE

Noisy Pots, a Prague based Electronic Music duo recently came to VijayBhoomi university to share their experience with Live Electronic music production with synths and unusual objects. They produce live electronic music using a very unique combination of synths, household objects like pots and hardware like buckets and beer bottle caps.

The workshop was attended by students of various verticals, some were there to learn the technical elements while others were there to witness the unique sound of the duo. They went into detail about their workflow and how they combine their experience with non-conventional instrumentation and electronic music production and sound synthesis.

In between the explanations, in order to demonstrate their workflow live, they also played several of their pieces and the students were left spellbound, unable to do anything but go along with the flow of the music.

After the session ended, the students were invited on the stage to look at their setup and see how they integrated everything together in higher detail. This was followed with another Q&A session with which the workshop ended.

  Student Quotes    


"It was honestly an eye opening experience to watch seasoned live performers shed some light on their process, it personally lifted a veil for me and I could clearly see how even I'd be able to go live and incorporate electronic elements in my performances."

Archit ‘Psya’, B.Mus, TSM



  Readers Ask, Vijaybhoomi Answers    

How is life at Vijaybhoomi University?


Sagar Urs G, MBA, JAGSoM

As a student of MBA, I would say my life gets hectic at times as my entire day would be filled with activities starting with Personality Enhancement Program (PEP) in the morning starting at 6 am and would end at 6:45 pm in the evening. Sounds like a tiring day, isn’t it? It sure is but what makes the day peaceful is the beauty that surrounds the campus. 

Vijaybhoomi University is surrounded by mountains and abundant flora which brings peace to the mind. The calmness of the campus makes me feel at ease and lets me continue by day. 

As a student, my day is not only filled with academics, Vijaybhoomi University takes the health of its students seriously and to make it a reality, each student has to enrol in the PEP where they need to choose an activity that they would do which can be for example gym, Strength and conditioning, swimming and many more. 

Lots of fun activities are organised by various committees of the University, One being the movie night which is arranged every sunday at 9 pm for the students to relax and have a fun-filled evening. Well, this isn't everything, every week, the cultural committee comes up with a unique event for the students, for example: The HipHop night and many more. 

I would like to conclude by saying that my life at Vijaybhoomi University is great. What makes my day fun is the beauty which surrounds the University, my peers and the fun that they involve me into !!, attending the lectures taught by the finest professors and lastly the peace that the flora offers.


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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.


To become an independent, multi-disciplinary, globally acclaimed university which facilitates learner-centricity, builds pathways to groom holistic individuals, and foste

rs innovation and scholarship to impact practice and communities


Nurture holistic, socially responsible, and continuously employable professionals.