Nitin Tailor is on a mission to spread happiness globally and bring a revolution in the society through inspirational journeys called Prerna Yatras to not only unravel the ethereal beauty of our country but importantly imbibe and spread the cultural values and the ensuing happiness onto our persona and the world at large.
A recipient of Entrepreneur of the Year (July 2014) award by IIIT Bangalore and Shree Lajpatray Verma award (2014) for his social projects, Nitin Tailor is the CEO and Founder of a social enterprise called “Serve Happiness Foundation”. He has mentored many student startups and is working closely with the Government on startup policies to promote entrepreneurship in rural and tribal youth.
Can you tell us about yourself?
I was born and brought up along the banks of the river Narmada in Bharuch, Gujarat. I would describe myself as a fun loving, down to earth and a self-motivated person. I have worked in the academia as well as startups in India (Bangalore) and overseas (Sweden). I am an M. Tech from IIIT, Bangalore, wherein I was also selected as an international student by Malmo University, Sweden. As part of my research work I represented India, along with 200 other students from across the world. I was working for a multinational company in Bangalore before I dived into the world of social entrepreneurship.
What inspired you to start Serve Happiness Foundation?
I always found happiness in working towards bringing about positive change in the society at large. Taking a first step towards this, I had the privilege to work as head of HMP Foundation. We subsequently setup a Community Health Center, Education Center and Vocational Training Institute (for tribal and rural youth) to improve health and education of poor people using latest technology in the rural parts of Bharuch-Narmada District.
Things went to the next level when I met my Co-Founder Anugrah Agrawal, at Startup 2020 event conducted by NASSCOM Foundation at IIM Ahmedabad. We had one vision in common; to create a positive impact in society. That is where the idea of Serve Happiness sprouted and there was no looking back!
What do you plan to achieve through this
I started my social venture aimed at building and improving grass root communities by connecting passionate individuals to them. We aim to direct today’s youth towards a platform specific to their interest. We believe, this endeavor would inculcate happiness in the youth as they stride along to spread the light of joy in society and the world at large!
Have you collaborated with others?
In course of our work, we’ve had the pleasure to work on our programs with organizations such as NASSCOM, Banasthali University, Gujarat National Law University, IIIT Bangalore, Ganpat University, Gujarat Technological University, NIT Surat and CSR of various companies like Petronet LNG Ltd., UPL Ltd., Hindalco Industries Ltd., etc.
In the past, I was also extended an invitation to become a founding member of World Happiness Consortium by the International Happiness Initiative (an initiative of the United Nations) along with attending a conference at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York on the eve of International Happiness Day.
Could you elaborate on your initiatives?
Narmada Prerna Yatra, Sabarmati Prerna Yatra and Tapi Prerna Yatra and Jaipur Prerna Yatra are one of a kind journeys to inspire youth, by connecting them with real life heroes from varied sectors like health, education, agriculture etc. We are trying to inspire rural youth for setting up small scale enterprises in the fields of dairy technology, agriculture, food processing in their village to generate employment and development.
It couldn’t have been a more honorable moment for Narmada Prerna Yatra (Gramin Yuva Edition) Report to be launched and graced by the esteemed signature of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on 20th June, 2015. The Bharuch Sujani Craft Project aimed at reviving this unique dying art of Bharuch called Sujani, the Rural Entrepreneurship programs and Women Empowerment programs are our other active initiatives.
HatkeStory appreciates the likes of Nitin Tailor who constantly strive to make our society a better place.
We end this story with a quote by Azadeh Tajdar
“Democracies flourish when large numbers of citizens acquire the capacity to shape civic and economic life. Social Entrepreneurship is a process that enables citizens to do that.”