From Electronics Engineer to Change-Maker
Akshay Kapur graduated from the Career Institute of Technology and Management in Haryana as an electronics and communications engineer. He spent a few years working in market research and consultancy in the National Capital Territory, but he became tired of the constant noise and negativity that seemed to be the main contribution of India’s intellectual elite. People were always grumbling about corruption, fraud, poverty, and the government’s failure to support its own people, but Akshay realized that his own unnecessary speech wasn’t helping to solve these problems. He felt it was time for him to take action and use his education as a tool for empowerment, one that could help create consciousness.
Using Education as a Weapon for Change
“With great power comes great responsibility,” Akshay says, echoing the words of Spiderman’s Uncle Ben. “Our education is a powerful weapon for change, and it’s up to us to use it wisely.” When asked if he needed to mentally prepare for his one-year commitment to rural India, Akshay responded that one year was much too short. “Things evolve gradually over time. It’s not about quantifying how much you’ve changed the system, it’s about being a part of the solution and not letting the system change you,” he said.
Making a Difference in Rural India
Akshay sees his role in rural India as an opportunity to learn about sustainable development and make a positive impact on the ground. “I believe that something is possible. I believe that we all have the power to make a difference, no matter how small. Change starts at the grassroots level,” he said. He also believes that every one of India’s billion inhabitants has a part to play in shaping the country’s future. “My people are my nation. We must see our country through the perspective of those individuals alone. They seem to be the ones suffering, caught between their ancestral history and forced contemporary systems, and disliked by both,” he said.
A Commitment to Positive Change
For Akshay, this commitment to positive change isn’t just about making the world a better place, it’s about being true to his own values and beliefs. “I want to be able to look back on my life and know that I did everything I could to make a difference,” he said. “I want to be able to say that I used my education and my skills to help others, and that I didn’t let fear or doubt hold me back.” So, Akshay is determined to use his education and his passion to create a brighter future for all of India’s people.