Bangalore, Jun 30 : A Delhi college has been named the second-runners up in a global contest for their social project aimed at increasing awareness among women in slums for using sanitary napkins.
A team from Delhi’s Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies was named second runners-up of the ‘Dell Social Innovation Competition’, a global contest to recognise and encourage young entrepreneurial ideas.
The college team was awarded a prize money of Rs 4,46,999 for their project ‘Sanitation Solutions’ announced by Dell and the University of Texas at Austin.
“The project aims at encouraging women across Delhi slums to be independent in financial matters. As part of the project, regular awareness camps about sanitary hygiene are held in various slums of Delhi to teach them the basics of hygiene and answer their queries,” a release said.
Sanitary napkins were procured from the manufacturers directly thereby reducing the cost and further distributed to the shopkeepers in the slums, who in turn sold it at a reduced prize to the slum women, it added.
The Delhi college was one of the five finalist teams among 1,400 entries received from 85 countries.