Sunday, January 08, 2012

1st Patna Marathon 2012 PRESS RELEASE

Patna, Jan 7 2012 The organizing team of , 1st Patna Marathon announced few major developments over last few weeks. We had many meetings with Partners, Sponsors, Govt Departments and the global teams regarding successful conduct of this event. In a series of meetings held with Honorable Deputy CM of Bihar at his residence and office till late evening, Shree Sushil Modi jee earnestly requested representatives of Team Patna Marathon (CEO, Atul Kumar, VP, Anandi Singh, Chief People Officer, Piyush Kishore and other members to change the date from 19th Feb 2012 to a later date like 26th Feb 2012. Reason being the logistical challenge of hosting two Global Events in Patna at the same time. The original date of 19th Feb, was suggested by Principal Secy, HRD, Bihar Govt, to coincide with "Global Summit" events on 18th-19th Feb, 2012 where people from many countries including few heads of state from neighboring countries like Nepal, Bhutan are also expected and they also get a chance to participate in Bihar’s 1st Global Scale sports event where elite runners from Africa, other countries, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, UP, neighboring states and rest of India are expected to participate.

Many govt departments including 1) HRD ( Education) 2) Art, Youth & Culture, 3) Health, 4)Tourism, 5) Rural Development, 6) Police had expressed solidarity & support to the event. However City Administration expressed concerns about their ability to host a major conference (Global Summit) and Global Sport, Health, Youth & Fun events at same time. Since, organizers are keen to ensure world class hospitality & participation, they have agreed to change the date by 1 week. HRD Principal Secy had already sent a formal letter to all relevant govt departments expressing support and requesting support. Director, Higher Education also sent a letter to all Universities to participate and volunteer for the event. Tourism Minister, Sunil Pinto jee expressed his support and world class hospitality for attendees, Minister of Youth,Art & Culture Sukhda Pandey jee has assured support and Principal Secretary C Lalsota issued directives to Director, Sports to ensure full support.

There is a tremendous excitement in the Armed Forces, Police Forces also regarding participation in this event. Various educational institutions of Bihar including schools, colleges, NIT, Patna, BIT Patna,NIFT have also been extending full support.

As a preparation for event, the organizers have also started operating out of a Camp office at Shaligram Complex on Ashok Rajpath which is in close proximity to Gandhi Maidan (start point and finish point) and various educational institutions. Our Camp Office at Shaligram Complex, will be formally inaugurated after Makar Sankranti via a Pooja and press conference.

Dr Ajay Kumar, a renowned Doctor and former President of the Indian Medical Association has agreed to become, The Medical Director and will oversee the medical/health related preparations which is most critical part of a Marathon. Route Manager, Sukesh Ranjan of Chanakya Law University had meetings with DGP Abhayanand and DIG Ravindran Shankaran regarding the routes and is co-ordinating the Route Plan and will be co-ordinating the 42km Route, 10km, 5km and other routes with Traffic SP and other city officials. In a meeting with Patna Commissioner, Ramaiah , he also expressed his support and “relief” about change of date from logistics perspective. Since change of date will have a major impact for runners, attendees, the organizers have been assured full support by Dy CM, HRD Minister as various govt institutions.

What is unique about this event is that a global team which connected and emerged via social media has been visiting and/or camping in Patna for last few months. Santosh Pandey, President, Patna Marathon organizing team, spent few weeks in Patna, Chhapra, Delhi, Mumbai, Neeraj Sinha, VP Sponsorship and Shikha Sinha have been camping in Patna for 1 week every month. Ravi Kumar,Director, Media & Outreach is also visiting Patna, Hazipur, Samastipur and area. Our young CIO, Ankit Prakash based in Bengaluru is managing all technical operations. One of our earliest believers and donors, Sandeep Rajarshi, spent time with Patna team during his India trip. While this event is being hosted by BEN, it is being supported and supported by many individuals, organizations (SANTOBA, NOBA) and many other with love for the city, state and the idea of “healthy body, healthy mind”.

We also had positive developments on sponsorship front with relentless efforts of members like Richa Rai from Delhi, Firoz Ansari from Baroda, Atul Gupta (camping in Patna). Few global, many national corporations and fewlocal orgs have confirmed their support to the event as “sponsors” and “partners”, and details will be shared by Neeraj Sinha during the coming weeks. Our team represented by CEO, Atul Kumar, is also participating in Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas in Jaipur. Priyanka, CEO of our charity fund raising partner organisation, Wishberry”, will be re-presenting Patna Marathon at Wharton India Economic Conference at Mumbai.

We are also enhancing our leadership team and executive team. Prof Prabhat Ranjan has agreed to be a Chief Mentor. Nupur Nishith as GM-Creativity and Rajeev Kamal as Head - Design & Creativity have been working on some amazing posters, fliers, calendars and they will be made available via retail stores and online very shortly. In case you are still not excited about the amazing spring / Basant Panchami or National Youth Week then in coming few weeks especially after “Sakrat”, world will start visiting Patna and join the “run”. Our very own, PALTAN, (Ganga Dolphin) will also like to wselcome you to Patn.

So start running/jogging wherever you are since 26th of Feb, 2012 (Sunday), we all will be running for progress. Running for health, Running for different causes.

Different Causes, Different People, ONE Marathon.

Aditya Homes Flat No. 101, Anandpuri , West Boring Canal Road, Patna, 800 001

Saturday, October 29, 2011

PATNA MARATHON - PRESS RELEASE (Press Conference Saturday 2pm (15-Oct)

Patna, Oct 15 2011 2pm / BEN, Bihar Society & Karma Society / --

BEN, Bihar Society, Karma Society and associated orgs are pleased to announce the first Patna Marathon to be held on Sunday the 19th of Feb, 2012. The theme of this Marathon is "Patna runs for Progress" and aims to showcase the resurgent and resilient Patna and Bihar.We will also celebrate the Centenary year of Bihar with organizing of Patna Marathon.
After discussions with Anjani Kumar Singh, Pincipal Secy, HRD, Bihar Govt, and his suggestion, the date has been selected to coincide with "Pravasi Bihari Diwas" being organized by the Government of Bihar on 18th-19th Feb, 2012 where more than 500 people from across 25 countries are also expected to participate.
People of Patna & Bihar take great pride in being the capital of ancient India for approximately a millennium. Patna (ancient name Patliputra) is also one of the most important historical cities in the World. Much before any of the great Indian cities came into being, Patna, as the capital of some of the greatest empires the world (i.e., Mauryas and Guptas), was the abode of great learning.

Patna, the greatest political center of its time, which introduced Buddhism to the World, nourished ancient international learning centers like Nalanda and Vikramshila and united almost the entire population of India in one thread more than two millenniums ago, the city was gradually lost in the oblivion of history.
We have been through a very rough patch for the last couple of centuries especially, in the last few decades. Through all of those hardships and difficulties , the most important city on the coast of the holy river Ganges is rising again to lead a resurgent Bihar as the “heart, mind & soul” of India and Asia. On the occasion of Bihar's hundredth anniversary of becoming a state in our beautiful and ancient country India, the city of Patna invites the World to participate in the first ever Patna Marathon.

Now Bihar is bouncing back and Patna is ready to join the league of great cities of this world like New York, London, Paris and many others in Asia like Sanghai, Tokyot. This sporting event will give a much needed impetus to this long awaited renaissance of this ancient city.
A healthy body and mind are a good place to start change and we aim at accelerating that process through this event. Our main goal is to bring Bihar into the eyes of everyone, help the world realize that, yes, Bihar too is a city which is important to the histories of this world, and she is in agony, waiting for the time she too will become a state people can be proud to say as their home. Please take the time to think about your home. Do you truly feel your state is at peace? Do you truly feel this state does not need to be developed? If you answered no to either of those questions, take a few minutes out of your day to help spread awareness. Some of the proposed themes of this event are as follows:-

1. Run for Development
2. Run for Health
3. Run for Fun

What is unique about this event will be that a glocal team has connected and emerged via social media for the event. This event is being supported by existing legal organizations for legal, financial and technical purposes, and we have also set up a Trust for organizing Marathon and other arts, culture and sporting activities. Those who are interested in becoming involved members of this event and participate in helping make this dream a reality please contact us.

We have received assurance of support from few of the largest financial institutions in India and are in discussions with many healthcare, telecom, infrastructure, transportation, education, travel & tourism, media companies & institutions at a Global Level, India Level, Bihar & local level for sponsorship and partner opportunities with this global event.
We will also do our best to promote small and medium local business in Patna and Bihar via various promotional opportunities during the event. On that day, the route of 42km will be full of banners, booths, stalls, balloons. Opportunities include live coverage in TV & Radio and ongoing coverage during the months prior to the event.
Various departments of Govt. of Bihar and India will also use this opportunity to promote tourism, investment and also showcase their work done so far.

Those business houses and entrepreneurs planning to invest in Bihar especially from other parts of India and the world who have been just watching the Bihar story unfold from the sidelines will use this as an opportunity to join the "party". It will be an opportunity to connect with BIHAR, a market of 10 crore consumers, 3 crore students which is one of the youngest in world. On a standalone basis Bihar would be the 11th largest country in the world in population. In size, the market of Bihar is bigger than all of UK or Germany or Egypt and is like a "blue ocean" or "virgin" uncontetest market. Those who want to explore Bihar from close hands and beyond meetings in A/C Rooms, will be able to see "Bihar" in action on the streets of Patna. Others might join the "party" next year and will catch-up
Aditya Homes Flat No. 101, Anandpuri , West Boring Canal Road, Patna, 800 001

Media & PR
Arunima Singh
Atul Kumar +1203.987.4452

Website & Social Media
Ankit Prakash

Patna Team
N.K. Singh ( +91 943 187 7896)
Abhay Kumar (+919431200929 )
Ashutosh Srivastava, Sukesh Ranjan, Sohum,

Sponsorship Team
Ajit Kumar ( Ranchi)
Amritesh (Ahmedabad)
Atul Kumar ( New York)
Dinesh Kumar ( Mumbai)
Neeraj Sinha ( Delhi NCR)
RajivSoni ( Kolkatta)
Ravi Kumar (Delhi)
Santosh Pandey (Europe)

Website (beta)
Event Page


Friday, May 20, 2011

BEN Conference ib the Business Line-Bihar Society to meet at Bodh Gaya

Bihar Society, the US-registered NGO focused on Bihar's economic, social and cultural revival, is holding Bencon 2011 (Bihar Entrepreneurs Network Conference 2011) at Bodh Gaya on May 21 and 22 to highlight the potential of the State as the destination for investments, according to a press release.

Bihar Entrepreneurs Network (BEN), which has been founded with the help of a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives and senior professionals with stakes in Bihar, aims to “create an eco-system and a vibrant platform for entrepreneurs with active participation of global Biharis.” Bencon 2011 will have panel discussions on real estate, education, energy, healthcare, tourism and e-governance. There will be workshops on business plan basics and a business plan competition for students.

Prominent speakers will include, among others, Mr Nitish Mishra: Minister, Rural Development Department, Government of Bihar, Mr Vijoy Prakash ,Principal Secretary, Planning & Development, Mr S M Raju , Commissioner, Tirhut, Mr Madhukar Shukla, Professor, XLRI, Mr U S Pandey , an expert in the field of renewable energy.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bihar Entrepreneur Summit 2011 in Prabhat Khabar बिहार को दुनिया से जोड़ने की मुहिम

अतुल रहते तो अमेरिका की जर्सी सिटी में हैं, लेकिन दिल बिहार में बसता है. वह दुनिया को बिहार से और बिहार को दुनिया से जोड़ने की मुहिम में जुटे हैं. बिहार के युवा उद्यमियों की पहल बिहार इंटरप्रेन्योर नेटवर्क (बेन) के कॉन्फ्रेंस में भाग लेने वह इन दिनों बिहार में जमे हैं. यह कॉन्फ्रेंस बोधगया में 21 व 22 मई को होनेवाली है. अपने प्रदेश के बारे में अतुल की समझ स्पष्ट है - बिहार को दया नहीं चाहिए. यहां आत्मविश्वास जगाने की जरूरत है.

- बिहार सोसाइटी का गठन -

आइआइएम, अहमदाबाद से प्रबंधन की पढ़ाई करनेवाले सारण जिले के निवासी अतुल पिछलेपांच वर्षो से अमेरिका में हैं. उन्होंने अपने मित्रों (संतोष पांडेय वगैरह) के साथ मिल कर बिहार सोसाइटी का गठन किया है. सोसाइटी ने हाल में वेब पत्रिका द बिहार शुरू की है. इसके जरिये बिहार के गौरवशाली अतीत, संस्कृति, बिहार में आये बदलाव और उद्यमियों की सफ़लता की कहानी को दुनिया के सामने लाने की योजना है. यह संस्था पटना में मैराथन दौड़ करायेगी.

अतुल अमेरिका में रहनेवाले बिहारियों की मदद से बिहार के युवा उद्यमियों को हर तरह की सहायता पहुंचाने की योजना पर भी काम कर रहे हैं. अभी हाल में लोकपाल विधेयक के लिए अन्ना हजारे ने दिल्ली में अनशन शुरू किया, तो इसकी आवाज अमेरिका में गूंजी. इसके लिए अतुल ने बिहारियों को जुटा कर न्यूयॉर्क में सभा की.
अतुल का कहना है कि नालंदा विश्वविद्यालय के नष्ट होने के साथ ही बिहार की पतन शुरुआत हुई थी. लेकिन, अब लगता है कि इसका स्वर्णिम काल फ़िर से शुरू हो रहा है. इसमें सिविल सोसाइटी की अहम भूमिका होगी. कई नये क्षेत्र उभर रहे हैं, जिनमें यहां के उद्यमी काम कर सकते हैं.

अतुल ने खुद एक बड़ी मल्टीनेशनल कंपनी से इस्तीफ़ा देकर नन प्रॉफ़िट सेक्टर में काम शुरू किया है. उन्होंने एनएफ़पी फ़ोकस (कंपनी) ज्वाइन किया है. यह कंपनी अस्पतालों, विश्वविद्यालयों जैसे नन प्रॉफ़िट सेक्टर में बतौर सलाहकार यह बतायेगी कि खर्च को कहां-कहां और कैसे नियंत्रित किया जा सकता है.

- बिहार के गौरवशाली अतीत को सामने लाने की योजना

21व 22 मई को बोधगया में कॉन्फ्रेंस

Prabhat Khabar's coverage on BEN-बंजर जमीन में बायो डीजल की खेती

दुनिया में जहां कहीं भी ओर्थक समृद्धि आयी है, उसकी जमीन स्थानीय उद्यमियों ने तैयार की. बिहार में माहौल बदला, तो कई युवाओं ने मोटी तनख्वाह का ऑफर ठुकरा कर उद्यमिता की राह पकड़ी है. ऐसे युवा उद्यमी बोधगया में बिहार इंटरप्रेन्योर नेटवर्क के बेन-2011 कॉन्फ्रेंस में 21 व 22 मई को जुटेंगे. बिहार में सामाजिक उद्यमिता के प्रति उभरी आकांक्षा को केंद्रित कर आज से विशेष श्रंखला शुरू की जा रही है.

पटना : सरसरी तौर पर आपको यह सचमुच विसंगतियों से भरा मामला दिखेगा. 20 साल की उम्र में कंपनी का गठन एक्सएलआरआइ से एमबीए के बाद गांव व खेती में जुटना. निश्चित भविष्य की गारंटी वाली नौकरी का ऑफर ठुकरा कर बिहार में बदलाव लाने की पथरीली डगर का चयन. जिस बंजर जमीन पर खेती भी मुश्किल हो, वहां डीजल पैदा करने की जिद. डीजल भी उस पेड़ से निकालने की योजना, जिसे बिहार में फालतू पेड़ माना जाता है.
जी हां, करंज से.गया के युवा उद्यमी कुमार अंकित ने अपने लिए राह चुन ली है. वह बिहार की एक लाख एकड़ बंजर जमीन पर करंज के पौधे उगा कर इससे बायो डीजल, ग्लिसरीन, बिजली और बायो कीटनाशक पैदा करने की परियोजना पर काम कर रहे हैं. इसके लिए उन्होंने अपने दो युवा सहयोगियों मनीष दयाल और कुमार राहुल के साथ मिल कर ग्रीन लीफ एनर्जी प्राइवेट लिमिटेड नामक कंपनी बनायी है.
बकौल अंकित, उनकी योजना करंज के बीज से 10 करोड़ लीटर बायो डीजल और 20 मेगावाट बिजली उत्पादन की है. इससे हजारों किसानों को अगले 50 वर्षो तक आमदनी का जरिया उपलब्ध हो जायेगा.सामाजिक उद्यमिताअंकित ने गया के डीएवी से स्कूली पढ़ाई की. फिर जबलपुर से इंजीनियरिंग.
बाद में उन्होंने एक्सएलआरआइ, जमशेदपुर में एमबीए में दाखिला लिया. इंजीनियरिंग की पढ़ाई के दौरान दूसरे राज्यों के दोस्त उन्हें बिहारी कह कर चिढ़ाते थे. तभी उन्होंने तय किया था कि वह बिहार की छवि को न केवल बदलने में जुटेंगे, बल्कि उदाहरण भी पेश करेंगे. एक्सएलआरआइ में पढ़ाई के दौरान अपने शिक्षक मधुकर शुक्ला और प्रबल सेन से उन्होंने सामाजिक उद्यमिता का अर्थ जाना. इंडियन इंस्टीच्यूट ऑफ साइंस, बेंगलुरु के उदीपी श्रीनिवास के करंज के पौधे से बायो डीजल उत्पादन पर शोध के बारे में जानकारी मिली. फिर तो अंकित ने अपनी राह चुन ली.नर्सरी में सवा लाख पौधे सितंबर, 2009 में अंकित ने डोभी के कोठवारा गांव में करंज के सवा लाख पौधों की नर्सरी लगायी.
तत्कालीन औद्योगिक विकास आयुक्त ए विजय राघवन और ग्रामीण विकास सचिव विजय प्रकाश से मिल कर पूरी परियोजना की जानकारी दी. अंकित ने मनरेगा के तहत बंजर जमीन पर करंज के पौधे लगाने का प्रस्ताव सरकार को दिया, जो न केवल स्वीकृत हुआ, बल्कि 23 जून, 2010 को सरकार ने इसकी नीति भी बना दी. अंकित की योजना गया, नवादा, औरंगाबाद, जमुई, बांका और कैमूर जिले की एक लाख एकड़ बंजर जमीन पर करंज का पौधा लगाने की है. इसके लिए सरकार प्रति एकड़ 26704 रुपये अनुदान देगी. इससे किसानों को पौधों की देखभाल के लिए13 हजार 200 रुपये प्रति एकड़ मिलेंगे.
अंकित ने गया जिले के शेरघाटी, डोभी, बाराचट्टी जैसे पिछड़े इलाकों में करंज के 13 लाख पौधों की नर्सरी लगायी है. फिलहाल उन्होंने 500 एकड़ में करंज के पौधे लगाये हैं. ग्रीन लीफ एनर्जी प्राइवेट लिमिटेड का जल्द ही एचपीसीएल और आइओसी से करार होने वाला है, जो करंज के बीज से निकला तेल खरीदेगी.
अंकित की योजना बिहार के अपने प्रयोग को उत्तराखंड में आइएफडीसी के साथ मिल कर जमीन पर उतारने की भी है.
करंज से फायदे अनेक
-बंजर जमीन भी होगा हरा भरा
-यह हवा से नाइट्रोजन लेता है
-जमीन की उर्वरता बरकरार
-एक एकड़ में 200 पेड़
- पेड़ों के साथ खेती की भी गुंजाइशऐसे बनेगा बायो डीजल
- नर्सरी में चार-पांच माह में पौधा तैयार
- चौथे वर्ष में 4-5 किलो फल आने लगेंगे
- आठवें वर्ष में प्रति पेड़ 25 किलो फल
- फल की खरीदारी कंपनी तय रेट पर करेगी
- एक पेड़ 50 वर्ष तक फल देगा
- तीन किलो बीज से एक लीटर तेल
- तेल से बायो डीजल, ग्लिसरीन व कीटनाशक बनेगाकई राज्यों में सफल है प्रयोग
- कर्नाटक में सरकारी बसों में बायो डीजल का उपयोग
- छतीसगढ़ व आंध्र प्रदेश में प्लांट स्थापित
- 35 रुपये प्रति लीटर बिकता है बायो डीजल.

Prof. Piyush Sinha on BEN in Prabhat Khabar -लो कॉस्ट नहीं, गुड वैल्यू पर सोचिए

बिहार में आये बदलाव के बाद दूसरे राज्यों की तरह यहां भी उद्यमिता के प्रति रुझान बढ़ा है. अच्‍छे संस्थानों से पढ़े-लिखे युवकों में यह प्रवृत्ति विकसित हुई है कि वे खुद के लिए क्यों नहीं मेहनत करें. कहीं और जाकर नौकरी के बजाय अपने लिए काम क्यों नहीं करें. यदि आपके पास बेहतर आइडिया हो, तो लोग मदद को तैयार हैं. बिहार इंटरप्रेन्योर नेटवर्क (बेन) के बैनर तले युवा उद्यमियों के जुटान को मैं इसी कड़ी में देखता हूं.
सोशल नेटवर्क का सपोर्ट जरूरी
जो लोग सामाजिक उद्यमिता के क्षेत्र में आ रहे हैं, वे एक भावना के साथ आ रहे हैं. यहीं पर एक खास ध्यान देने वाली बात है. उद्यमिता की शुरुआत भावना से हो और संघर्ष की क्षमता नहीं हो, तो फ़िर वह हवा हो जायेगा. बिहार में इको सिस्टम बनाने की जरूरत है. इससे मेरा मतलब वातावरण के निर्माण, आधारभूत संरचना के स्तर पर सहयोग और सरकारी मशीनरी में त्वरित फ़ैसला से है. दीपक तभी तक उजाला देगा, जब तक कि उसमें तेल हो. इसके बाद कुछ देर तक दीपक जलेगा जरूर, लेकिन तब उसकी बाती जलेगी. दूसरे राज्यों में आज जो विकास देख रहे हैं, वह एकाएक नहीं आया है. 10-15 वर्ष पहले इसकी शुरुआत हो चुकी थी. बिहार में अब जाकर यात्रा शुरू हुई है, इसलिए सबसे पहले तो सोशल नेटवर्क का सपोर्ट जरूरी है. केवल सरकार के स्तर पर नहीं, बल्कि सामाजिक स्तर पर भी उद्यमियों को सहयोग और पॉजिटिव रेस्पांस मिलना चाहिए. यदि किसी प्रोजेक्ट की स्वीकृति में देर होगी, तो जाहिर है कि उसकी लागत बढ़ जायेगी. उत्पादन लागत बढ़ेगी, तो बाजार में परेशानी खड़ी होगी. फ़िर बाजार की प्रतिस्पर्धा में टिके रहना मुश्किल होगा.
लघु उद्योग को मिले बढ़ावा
बिहार के संदर्भ में एक और जरूरी चीज है - घिसे-पिटे पुराने ढर्रे के सोच को बदलना होगा. नये एप्रोच व नये आइडिया के साथ आगे बढ़ना होगा. फ्रांस, जर्मनी जैसे कई देशों ने लघु उद्योगों की बदौलत आर्थिक तरक्‍की की है. कोई जरूरी नहीं कि आप बड़ा बिजनेस या इंडस्ट्री शुरू करें. छोटे स्तर पर प्रयास किया जा सकता है. मेरी राय है कि बिहार में कम लागत (लो कॉस्ट) के बजाय बेहतर गुणवत्ता (गुड वैल्यू) पर ध्यान देने की जरूरत है. यहां उपजाऊ जमीन बहुत है. बेहतर मानव संसाधन है. इसका इस्तेमाल करना चाहिए. कृषि में कुछ करना है, तो क्यों नहीं इसी में ऊंची गुणवत्ता पर सोचें. गन्ना में उत्पादकता कम है, तो सिर्फ़ शुगर इंडस्ट्री तक क्यों, इसके बाइ प्रोडक्ट पर सोचें. मेरे कहने का मतलब है कि बिहार को नयी सोच की जरूरत है.
बेन एक बेहतर प्रयास
बिहार में सरकार ने कोशिश शुरू की है. यदि आप लंबी सोच लेकर चले हैं, तो इंटरमीडियट रिजल्ट देना जरूरी होता है. परियोजनाओं को संपूर्ण रूप से जमीन पर उतरने में वक्त लगेगा. इस बीच कैपिसिटी बिल्डअप करते जाना होगा. यह सतत विकास के लिए जरूरी है. उपलब्धि हासिल होती रहे, तो लोगों में उम्मीद बनी रहती है. बिहार इंटरप्रेन्योर नेटवर्क (बेन) को मैं उद्यमिता के लिए बेहतर प्रयास मानता हूं. बेन जैसे पचासों और प्लेटफ़ॉर्म की जरूरत है, जो पढ़े-लिखे ही नहीं, साधारण उद्यमियों को भी राह दिखा सकें. अब वक्त आ गया है कि केवल सरकार ही नियोजक की भूमिका में न रहे, बल्कि उद्यमीगण दूसरे को नौकरी दे सकें.
- प्रो पीयूष कुमार सिन्हा -
(पटना निवासी पीयूष कुमार सिन्हा, आइआइएम, अहमदाबाद में मार्केटिंग के प्रोफ़ेसर और सेंटर फ़ॉर रिटेलिंग के चेयरपर्सन हैं. लंबे समय तक एक्‍सआइएम, भुवनेश्वर और आइआइएम, बेंगलुरु में भी पढ़ाया. यह आलेख रजनीश उपाध्याय से बातचीत पर आधारित है.)

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Madhu the first Bihari Twitter Bird-inspired by the world famous Madhubani Art from Bihar

On the occasion of Bihar Entrepreneur Network's Networking and entrepreneurship conference We are launching worlds first Bihari Twitter Bird "MADHU". Madhu has been conceptualized by Manish Sinha and designed by by Yogi Kumar

Manish is Chief Strategy Officer - Digitas India, an Entrepreneur and founder of Once Upon A Time - A Story-telling & Brand 2.0 Consultancy. He is also founder of Cinnamon Stays a Hospitality company.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

BEN Conference

Bihar Society is an organization which aims at updating the story of Bihar to the rest of world. It is a story which is still evolving and waiting to unfold and be told. We aim at being a very significant force in the intellectual, cultural and economic renaissance of Bihar. We have been working with the goal of promoting Bihar’s interests globally.

To promote entrepreneurship in Bihar, and to represent the aspirations and needs of entrepreneurs and investors, Bihar Society with the help of a group of successful Entrepreneurs, Corporate Executives, and Senior Professionals with stakes in Bihar has founded The Bihar Entrepreneurs Network (BEN).

We are going to launch our inaugural annual event "BEN Conference" in the historical city of Bodh Gaya, Bihar India, which will be the largest professional and networking conference for entrepreneurs in Bihar.

To mark 2600 years of enlightenment of Lord Buddha and revival of Bihar, we are organising this event on 21st May 21.

We invite your presence and participation to the inaugural conference of Bihar Entrepreneur Network (BEN) being held on May 21, 2011 & May 22, 2011 at Hotel Royal Residency, Bodh Gaya.

For more details mail to

1) Santosh at
2) Atul at
3) Ranjan Varma at
4) Tanvi at

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bihar Entrepreneur Netwrork - BENcon

Bihar Society has been working with the sole motto of promoting Bihar in all fields. To promote entrepreneurship in Bihar, and to represent the aspirations and needs of entrepreneurs and investors, Bihar Society with the help of a group of successful Bihari Entrepreneurs , Corporate Executives, and Senior Professionals with roots in the Indian State of Bihar has successfully founded The Bihar Entrepreneurs Network (BEN).

Bihar Society is going to launch its inaugural annual event "BEN Conference" in the historical city of Bodh Gaya, Bihar India, which will be the largest professional and networking conference for entrepreneurs in Bihar. To mark 2600 years of enlightenment of Lord Buddha and revival of Bihar, we are organising this event on 21st and 22nd of May, 2011.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Some positive stories from Bihar-News Digest

Bihar to set up dolphin conservation task force

Bihar has decided to set up a task force for conservation of the endangered Gangetic river dolphins, an official said Thursday.
Mithilesh Kumar, member secretary of the state wildlife board, said a task force headed by wild life expert R.K. Sinha would be constituted soon.‘The state government is serious about the conservation of Gangetic dolphins. A task force is a move in this direction,’ Kumar told IANS here. Sinha is an expert on the species and also chairman of the working group for dolphin conservation set up by the central government.The Gangetic dolphin is India’s national aquatic animal, but frequently falls prey to poachers in the state. Their carcasses are found regularly on the banks of the river. Ganges river dolphins are being killed at an alarming rate in Bihar. Wildlife officials say poachers kill them for flesh and oils. read more here

Bihar has also pipped UP and the rest of India on the asset declaration front.

Interestingly, apart from most other developmental parameters, Bihar has also pipped UP and the rest of India on the asset declaration front.

The state leads the country in putting asset declarations of all bureaucrats and ministers, including that of chief minister Nitish Kumar, in the public domain. Read more here

Transparency International (TI) has hailed Bihar government for ensuring time-bound service to citizens.

TI vice-chairman S K Aggarwal said, "Delhi CM promised to have service-level agreements long ago, but no officer has been fined under it yet because the law has not been notified. In UP, the governor has just signed it. Bihar has the best system since it is linked to information technology, which helps in monitoring appeals. There are also provisions like online RTI and seizure of property of errant officials. MP has an appellate authority." Read More here

AAI keen on expansion of Patna airport

Buoyed by unprecedented growth in air traffic at the city's Jaya Prakash Narayan International airport (JPNI) in the last couple of years, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is working out strategies to better tap the growing flying capacity of people from Bihar. Read More here

Bihar babu who put his dept back on track gets PM award

No wonder, then, that though he is the only winner in the individual achievement category this year, Pratyaya is quick to say, “It (the award) is a recognition for the work that is happening in Bihar today, and it will send a positive message to many people, especially to those investors who are interested but are still not too sure about the state....” He adds: “It is about the 500 employees of the Bihar Pul Raj Nirman Nigam (BRPNN) coming together and working to make it a success, cutting across caste lines.” Read more here..

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Some positive stories from Bihar


Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday praised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the progress the state had made in recent years.

Speaking at a function at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna, in which the Bihar CM was also present, Sibal turned to Nitish Kumar and said: “Aapki shali aesi hai ki aapko Supreme Court ka lawyer hona chahiye (You have a style good enough to make you a Supreme Court lawyer”. Read more

Polythene ban to be banned in Bihar

Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi today said the state government would soon ban polythene bags in Bihar on the pattern of Delhi, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Read more

Bihar for jointly development coal mining for thermal plants

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has said he will discuss with Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda the issue of coal mining along with setting up of thermal power units in both the states.
Modi said he would approach Munda to ensure that mining in coal blocks of Urma Pahadi Tola and Maurya, jointly alloted to Bihar State Mineral Development Corporation (BSMDC) and Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB), are carried out speedily. Read more..

Bihar boys bring laurels to state

Car rally showcases development work in Bihar

The Lion's Club organized a car rally in Patna on Sunday to showcase the development taking place in the region, and to generate funds for improving the lot of the underprivileged people. Read more..

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

‘Buddh International Circuit’ Is The Name For Indian GP Venue

India's first F1 track has been officially named ‘Buddh International Circuit’. The new F1 track is located about 40 kilometres from the Nation Capital. The huge track can easily accommodate 125,000 spectators, as well as 25,000 fans at the chief grandstand.

Sameer Gaur, Managing Director and Chief Executive of Jaypee Sports International supported the naming of the track as Buddha is a synonym for calmness The Buddh International Circuit is designed by the world-renowned F1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke, at a cost of around 400 million dollars. The length of the track is 5.14 kilometre and should be completed by August 30. In order for the race to take place on October 30, the track will be subjected to “homologation” – the inspection and approval from the Federation Internationale d’Automobile (FIA) that the track meets all predetermined requirements.

The whole new idea of the F1 taking place here in India is more than exciting. After the ICC Cricket World Cup which India co-hosted, the F1 GP will be the next best thing to look out for.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Join Anna Hazare's Fast To Bring the Jan Lokpal Bill

Anna Hazare will commence a fast unto death from April 5 2011 in support of the Jan Lokpal Bill. You can join the fight against corruption! Join Anna, and fast with him for a day, or as long as you can. Click here to see your city

Our Anti corruption system needs a change

Why is it that no one goes to jail in our country despite indulging in corruption? This is because we have completely rotten anti-corruption laws and anti-corruption agencies that it is almost impossible for the corrupt to be penalized.
Jan Lokpal Bill is the solution

Justice Santosh Hegde (former Supreme Court Judge and present Lokayukta of Karnataka), Prashant Bhushan (Supreme Court Lawyer) and Arvind Kejriwal (activist) have together drafted a strong anti-corruption law called Jan Lokpal Bill which requires that investigations into any case should be completed within a year and the trial should get over in the next one year so that a corrupt person goes to jail within two years of complaint and his ill gotten wealth is confiscated.


A letter to the Prime Minister

Mr. Chief Public Servant,
Manmohan Singh

We have suffered enough due to corruption. We are deeply hurt and disappointed with any lack of a real and meaningful solution from you and your government.

We want change, and we want accountability and we cannot wait any longer to have this! We will not vote for you if an effective anti-corruption bill is not enacted. Not the farce Lokpal Bill proposed by your government, but the peoples “Jan Lokpal Bill”. We want strict and effective punishment for the corrupt. They MUST go to jail! Or you Mr. PM, along with your party, will fall from the people’s grace. We assure you, stand by us, and we will stand by you. The opposite will also hold true.

Your government has appointed a GoM to draft the Lokpal Bill. This GoM includes -
Sharad Pawar,Veerapa Moily and Kapil Sibal. Mr. Pawar and Mr. Moily have a past of corruption and mis-deeds that the entire country if aware of. Mr. Sibal does not feel there was corruption in the 2G scam. Having these people draft the anti-corruption law – is it not an insult to the people of India? How can the corrupt be asked to draft an anti-corruption bill? We urge you to consider the choice put forth by the people – credible names such as Justice Santosh Hegde, Prashant Bhushan, Shanti Bushan and others, to be part of the committee to draft the Lokpal Bill.

Shri Anna Hazare, one of the Greatest Social Reformers India has ever seen has announced a Fast Unto Death beginning April 5th. His demands are extremely beneficial for the future of India. We urge you to immediately accept the demands of the people of India represented by the demands of Shri Anna Hazare lest the discontent among the people grows out of control.

The sentiments against rampant corruption in this country are quickly becoming as strong as those that led to the uprising in Tahrir Square. The honest and hardworking people of this country refuse to be innocent bystanders in the wholesale public looting that is taking place as you read this letter. We request your immediate and strong response to this concern of the people as corruption should be the top priority of your government. If the challenge is not met effectively and promptly, it has the potential of undermining every valuable effort made by upright citizens of this country over the last century - including you. It also has the potential of leaving your government with a legacy of shame.

Tahrir square can yet be a reality in India.

We trust you will take immediate steps to give us our solution, and not force us to take the above steps!

Citizen of India