Entrepreneurship, Women, womenentrepreneurship

Girls of KGEC E-Cell

KGEC E-Cell is the brain behind the promotion of entrepreneurship at Kalyani Government Engineering College. Although it has swelled in numbers over the years, starting from three members in 2016, the number of girls are really low. Most feel that they are out of place with this club. While taking the leap from school to college many do not know what entrepreneurship stands for, because schools in general do not really teach how the real world functions and do not take the practical approach. As with all spheres in life, participation of girls can truly make a difference. What is needed is to overcome the initial hesitation that most people associate with entrepreneurship. So, the four of us girls here have shared our heartfelt experiences here at E Cell so that maybe the girls after us hesitant to take the plunge into E Cell can have a much smoother journey.

So here to iron out your issues :

Komal Singh, IT (2015-2019)

I feel grateful to KGEC E Cell for giving me this opportunity to represent E Cell as a Joint Secretary.

Although I have been actively participating in technical hackathons, the tag of Joint Secretary  in my resume has given me an advantage over other candidates and has helped me a lot in every job interviews.

Even companies do not miss the golden opportunity to hire a software developer with leadership qualities. I still remember the day, when the girls’ hostel was first introduced to E Cell and I was the only one who was interested. Without further ado, I filled the Google form and headed for the recruitment process. When I reached the venue, I took a step back when I saw the entire room was filled with boys and I thought twice whether this place was for meant for me. There was not a single girl that had ever been a part of E Cell and this demotivated me and forced me to think that whether girls had the required capability to be a member of E Cell. But I wanted to be the change that I wanted to see in the college (increased participation of girls in technical events ^_^ ). And then soon I got the tag of “E Cell waali didi” … XD. As of today, I feel really honored when girls come up to me and say that I was the motivation behind them joining the E Cell. E Cell can be a game-changer for you, if you know the trick of grabbing opportunities. E Cell has brought about a transformation in my personality, from being more confident to being punctual. E-Cell has different domains where you can contribute ranging from Website Development, Marketing, Content Writing to Leading Teams. Even if you don’t want to be an entrepreneur, this place can help you to learn a lot. If you think you are not capable or feel less confident then keep aside your worries and take this single step and you will thank me Later.

- Komal Singh
Sanghamitra Biswas, IT (2017-2021)

I still remember Egnition 2017 where I had a little glimpse of what E Cell was going to be like. I remember only Komal Singh didi being the only girl who was present there and that too from a senior year. As opposed to other clubs of KGEC, E Cell initially had only one female member. Although I had known a lot about the functioning of other Entrepreneurship Cells in colleges and wanted to join one, I was apprehensive whether I had turned up in the right place. I was so anxious that I had blackmailed a lot of my friends and had filled up their forms online with the result that they did not turn up for the test. During the recruitment drive 2018, only one girl (Sohini Ghosh didi) and later Eshika turned up. Later, I was given the task of writing blogs for E Cell and I felt that maybe I wasn’t that useless. Being a part of E Cell has its own perks and a chance for you to brag about being a member of it. It provides internships, a platform for interacting with notable entrepreneurs along with launching your own start-up ideas. Later, while talking about the reasons why girls steer clear of this place is the reason that “Entrepreneurship is not for girls ” ,”It’s a boys-only club, duh!” and “I don’t really understand entrepreneurship “. Well, trust me, all of these reasons are pretty unfounded.

To be an E Cell member, one really does not need to know about entrepreneurship.

It takes a lot of patience and hard work to be an entrepreneur and frankly, even I haven’t got what it takes. And secondly, there are a lot of women entrepreneurs out there who are constantly setting new records – one of them being Somwrita Guha, founder of PaperCup who visited us during E Summit 18. Lastly, I think all that it takes is a little sense of adventurism and curiosity and who can tell, when the next best female entrepreneur comes from KGEC.

- Sanghamitra Biswas
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 Sohini Ghosh, IT (2016-2020)

Back in 2018, when the recruitment drive started for E Cell , I was in two minds. First of all, I did not have a proper idea or interest about entrepreneurship. Secondly the extremely poor female to male ratio in the cell  made me apprehensive about joining it. Unable to decide, I called up one of my friends who was involved with E cell and still is a very active member. On voicing my doubt, he reverted back without any delay – “ Even if you are not interested in Entrepreneurship, you should join E-Cell. I can assure you that you will learn a great deal working in E cell and in the long run that is surely going to help you.”  Later, it did not take me much time to make up my mind. I took the plunge and turned up for the recruitment drive. And now when I look back, it was one of the wisest decisions that I ever took, as working in E Cell, for the past one year has been a huge learning experience for me. From making webpages and writing articles to managing people and organizing events, my plate has been quite full throughout the year.

That I was working in an E Cell, was enough to land my first internship.

Though it was not a notable one but it paved the way for the better ones. Getting the access to an amazing network is one of the other perks that I am grateful for. It would be a lie if I say that being the only girl from my year was not a problem at all. Yes, it was intimidating but for the rest of the times, it did not cross my mind at all as what I received in return was worth  everything else.

Lastly, I would like to conclude with an  adage that says – “To reach someplace, you need to start somewhere.” And KGEC E Cell was my starting point.  To all the girls out there in KGEC, it can be your ‘Starting Point’ too. If you have the urge for learning and working,  know that this is your place. Do not let any other say anything else. Take a chance and I promise you will never regret this decision of yours. Wishing you all the best.

- Sohini Ghosh
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Eshika Agarwal, CSE (2017-2021)

Since my school days, I was very much interested in entrepreneurship and other related activities. I got to know about our college’s E-cell properly from Egnition 2017.
The truly inspiring words of Mohammed Hasan, still echoes in my ears who was the chief speaker in Egnition 2017. I was amazed at his dedication and that of other entrepreneurs.

I was determined to join the E-Cell from the very start since I came to KGEC and I never regretted that later.

From writing articles, making databases, gathering information to managing people, I learnt a lot from E-Cell and improved my skills a lot. E-Cell keeps us occupied and makes us more responsible. Besides, there are many perks of joining the E-Cell. Even if you don’t build a startup, you still gather immense knowledge about them. Indeed, the participation of girls is very less in E-Cell and when I joined only one girl member was present. But that was enough to motivate me and that’s why it is a humble request to all the interns and students of KGEC, especially girls, to come out of their comfort zone and explore the world of entrepreneurship. We, a very strong team of E-Cell members are waiting for you. So ignite that spark and rock on.

- Eshika Agarwal

It is heartening to see, that due to greater awareness, more and more number of girls are willing to join E Cell. The number of girls during the Recruitment Drive 18-19  were at an all time high. We sincerely hope that this trend continues, for generations to come, who graduate from KGEC.

Edited by – Sanghamitra Biswas

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