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Shobha Narendrakumar , Founder at Centre for Research and development on Sustainability


Great Companies: How did you get your idea or concept for the business?


Shobha Narendrakumar: Well Starting a NGO was a dream from my college days .

In a world where change is not just a possibility but a responsibility as well,I was very keen on starting up something which can help the future generations on the sustainability concept, CRDS Foundation has emerged with an objective of preserve, Promote & protect the heritage structures, environment and rural areas..

Mission is to touch 1000 heritage monuments and 10000 lives in Karnataka .



Great Companies: What are the various services provided by Centre for Research and development on Sustainability?


Shobha Narendrakumar:


  • To Research and documentation on rich heritage structures in Karnataka ,

  • To empower communities with knowledge and practices that promote sustainability

  • To conduct awareness on environment suitability through workshops, and project execution

  • To give technical assistance to execute the 3P model for all the three verticals



Great Companies: What makes Centre for Research and development on Sustainability different from hundreds of other similar service providers?


Shobha Narendrakumar:

  • We at CRDS have lots of members with varied expertise in the allied fields .

  • We have Architects,Conservationists,Historians,economists,sociologists,government organisations, healthcare professionals, IT professionals who are contributing to the organisation with their knowledge and experience

Great Companies: What were the struggles and challenges you faced and how did you overcome them


Shobha Narendrakumar:

The path to success is often paved with challenges. As a founder I did face my share of obstacles, including man power for working on the reach projects, acceptance by the people, end users and organisations, funding for your own interests and execution was quite challenging. However, these hurdles have strengthened over a period of time and we have lots of joined hands and funds for working on our mission

Great Companies: How do you plan to grow in the future? What does 5 years down the line look like for Centre for Research and development on Sustainability?


Shobha Narendrakumar: The Centre for Research and Development on Sustainability (CRDS) envisions a dynamic and impactful growth trajectory over the next five years. Our roadmap is shaped by a steadfast commitment to advancing sustainability research, fostering innovation, and catalyzing positive change in our society and environment.


In the next five years, CRDS will diversify and expand its research portfolio. We'll delve deeper into critical sustainability issues. By collaborating with academic institutions, industry leaders, and governmental bodies, we aim to produce cutting-edge research that informs policy and drives sustainable practices.


We are also looking at Global Collaborations and Innovation hubs in the next 5 years 😊


CRDS envisions a holistic approach to sustainability that transcends environmental concerns. We will place greater emphasis on social equity, inclusivity, and the well-being of marginalized communities, recognizing that true sustainability addresses the interconnectedness of all aspects of human life.


In summary, the Centre for Research and Development on Sustainability is poised for a transformative journey over the next five years. With a multidisciplinary approach, global collaborations, and a commitment to driving positive change, CRDS aims to be a beacon of innovation, education, and advocacy, leading us toward a more sustainable and resilient future.


Great Companies: If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?


Shobha Narendrakumar:


  • Stay open to new ideas, perspectives, and possibilities.

  • Be prepared to pivot and adjust your strategies based on the insights you gain along the way. Remember that setbacks are not failures; they're opportunities to learn and improve.


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