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Santosh More is the co-founder of Mantra4Change. This is an initiative that works to help make education in India accessible to all. Santosh has a degree in Engineering but over his years in the corporate world, he felt that he wanted to do something he is passionate about.
What is the educational inequality like in India and is it an issue that should be talked about more frequently?
Santosh started off by mentioning that the diversity in India is so large and so is the population so there is already a barrier of how successful the education sector can be. 50% of grade 5 children are not able to read grade 3 texts. This an important issue that needs to be solved because it directly affects the next generation that will be leading India. He also wanted to point out that although it is an issue, the government of India tries to combat this problem and takes it very seriously.
Whatever you study in university does not determine what you will do for the rest of your life. We asked Santosh, what made him make the change to move from engineering to social issues.
Santosh believes that having the ability to see a problem and come up with a solution to that problem is very important. That is something we should take away no matter what degree or field you want to go into. The corporate world taught him how to find root causes for issues and he wanted to take this knowledge further.
What would your advice be for students to adapt and find jobs in different markets?
His advice would be to have an entrepreneurial mindset. Santosh believes in entrepreneurs and that they have the ability to make the change unlike bigger corporations. Being humble and having the ability to co exist with other opinions makes entrepreneurs vital to the society. Even if you don’t decide that it is something you want to do, having that mindset will make you different to other people.
If you could leave the youth with one piece of advice, what would it be?
Take risks and have the correct mindset. If you don’t take risks now, it will be much harder to do so as you get older.