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Frequently Asked Questions


  • Is this for real?
  • Yes.

 

  • Who are you guys?
  • We are a group of young professionals, a few years out of college. Mostly (but not exclusively) Indian.

 

  • Why are you doing this?
  • For too many people (including us), especially "successful" people, college and life after it seems like a straight and narrow path, straying from which looks dangerous. That's a pity, considering that the free-thinkers of today are the leaders of tomorrow. We hope this award encourages people to think of things they haven't thought of before. Consider this -- even if you apply and don't get the money, presumably you wanted to do your project badly enough that you'll find some other means to do so. We aim to inspire.

  • What's the history behind this thing?
  • Some of the back-story is in the press-clippings. If you have specific questions, feel free to drop us an email.

 

  • What stops me from running away with the money and not doing what I said I would?
  • Other than our faith in our judgement in selecting you, and possibly your guilty conscience, nothing really. But then, if someone's giving you the means to do something that you presumably wanted to do in the first place, why not do it?

 

  • Is this an annual award?
  • Yes, we have the commitments in place to fund this award annually to the amount of at least Rs. 50,000. Depending on feedback/additional funding, the scope of the grant may also expand (as it has for the past few years).

 

  • Are post-graduate students also allowed to apply for this?
  • Yes. Any currently registered student (over 18 years of age on 31st March 2011) in any Mumbai college is eligible to apply.

 

  • How many awards are you giving out?
  • There is no fixed number. The only limit is that the total amount of money given out in this, the fifth year, will be over Rs. 1,00,000.

 

  • Can there be students from outside the supported colleges in an applying team?
  • Depends on the proposal. If the primary applicant is a student from one of those colleges, and such people are integral to your project, then there's no reason why not. Bottom line - to be decided on a case-by-case basis.

 

  • Can I submit more than one proposal?
  • People face many crossroads in their lives, and hopefully have many alternatives (and ideas!) they can pursue. Our goal as an organization is not to try to enable all of them (indeed, we do not have the resources to do so) - rather, we want to act as a mirror for people, to help them focus on the things that are truly important to them. Think of this as practice for discovering your inner self :) This doesn't mean you have to give up on your other ideas - it merely means you have to prioritize (a useful life-skill to have). At the end of this process, for the one idea you share with us, if you really want to do it, your passion will show and bowl us over! And even if, for whatever reason, you are not one of the eventual awardees, hopefully the process of introspection will have been useful, and you will go ahead and attempt it on your own. (It's really not that much money.)

 

  • I have questions for past awardees...
  • Please send us an email and we'd be happy to put you in touch with the awardee(s) if they wish to be contacted.

 

  • I think this is a great idea. I'm filthy rich, and I want to give your organization oodles of money/I have unlimited time, and I can help out. Can I do this?
  • Glad you asked :) Please email ni.gro.detimilnuefil@ofni

 

  • I have questions about...
  • Feel free to contact us at ni.gro.detimilnuefil@ofni. You can also directly contact your college's representatives at
    • St. Xavier's - drop in during working hours to see Neha Trivedi at XRCVC
    • IIT Bombay - Prashant Khandelwal is the GSAA and can be contacted at ni.ca.btii@aacesg