“We aim to build a sustainable ecosystem and create a positive impact on people’s lives through technology. We have undertaken initiatives promoting education, conservation, sanitation, healthcare and public welfare to improve people’s quality of life and bring about progressive change,” says Sunny Singh, CEO, RoundGlass Wellbeing, in conversation with Dr Ravi Gupta, Editor-in-Chief & CEO of Elets News Network (ENN).
Q What has inspired RoundGlass Wellbeing to expand its base in India?
RoundGlass is a global company with most of the works being executed in India. We work on the concept of wellbeing. RoundGlass’ vision of wellbeing emerges from individual, social, cultural, economic and environmental fulfilment and growth. India has always been the cradle for wholistic wellbeing. Yoga and Ayurveda have been benefitting us since ancient times, but over the years these wholistic concepts have gained more popularity in the western world. We want to bring back the understanding that wellbeing comprises mental and emotional stability along with physical health. We aim to integrate traditional wisdom with modern amenities and technology. We are currently working on executing the model village projects in Punjab and after their successful implementation, we plan to go pan- India.
Q What sort of initiatives are being undertaken by your organization in Punjab?
We have evolved the concept of Model Village – a self-reliant, eco- sustainable, progressive rural society that facilitates harmony between humans, animals and the environment. Our varied initiatives cover improvement in all aspects of living, from sanitation and health to education and skill development. With the RoundGlass Model Village concept we are aiming to build a model of rural wellbeing that will not only benefit villagers but also serve as a crucible for sustained environment.
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Q Do you also have some plans to collaborate with the government in near future?
Yes, the government has an important role to play on this front. Together we can build something significant. The private sector has financial and technological resources and the government has schemes, authority and the network in place to utilize those resources. We have undertaken various initiatives such us utilising sports to curb drug menace, sustainability and public welfare projects, which can be executed more efficiently with government’s support.
Q How significant is the role of IT in leveraging these processes?
Technology is indispensable today. It plays an important role in creating a bridge between all stakeholders. We leverage technology to manage projects, provide access, and to communicate project- progress with others. You can keep track of what you are doing and let people know about your initiatives. And with the advent of technologies like Data Analytics and Machine Learning, huge possibilities are being created, even more so in the large-scale innovative projects we are establishing.
Q What have been some of your significant success stories so far?
We are working with 90 villages in Punjab and plan to expand to 150 villages. We have implemented our initiatives in these villages – creating football academies, installing solar panels, establishing proper waste management mechanisms, setting up Learn Labs in schools. In a village near Mohali, our sports programme has helped significantly curb drug addiction. Involving the youth in football has engaged their mind and aligned their innate energies with a sense of purpose. Q What has been the motivation behind taking up the model village project in Punjab? Punjab is a huge state with 30 million people and 12,500 plus villages. Once we tackle the problems here, we can replicate this model in any other village, city or State.