Growing up in a small village in Himachal Pradesh, then stepping into our Chatralayam in Solan, Himachal Pradesh, to going back to his roots by venturing in the business of organic turmeric, it’s been a full circle for Nishanth Sharma.
“Many people are leaving their agricultural background. One reason is the small and fragmented land holding that has ensured Indian agriculture continues to be labour intensive,” rues Nishanth. However, challenges notwithstanding, Nishanth is venturing into pushing organic and herbal-based turmeric products through his start-up, AVBT Enterprises.
“I am looking to develop a farmer’s network and also looking at creating a cash crop. The focus would be on delivering a quality product. Traditionally, turmeric is known for its medicinal and healing properties,” says Nishanth.
Nishanth is in talks with acquaintances in the pharmaceutical space to push his turmeric business. Born into an agricultural family based out of Palog Village in Solan Tehsil, Himachal Pradesh, Nishanth studied till Class 4 in his village. His parents are separated and he has a younger brother.
Nishanth came to know about our Chatralayam through a school in his neighbourhood. He took part in an entrance exam for Chatralayam admission conducted by Acharya Nawneet ji, a coordinator of our hostels in north India. Nishanth joined our hostel in 2002, when he was in Class 6. He was a state rank holder (91) in Class 10 and was awarded Rs. 10,000 as scholarship. Nishanth joined the science stream in high school.
The Chatralayam intervention produced the desired results. In the PAT (Polytechnic Admission Test) conducted by the Himachal Pradesh government, Nishanth got a rank of 150 and got an opportunity to pursue the subject of his choice. He finished his Diploma in Computer Science from the Inder Nagar Polytechnic, Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh, in 2012.
After a gap year, Nishanth bagged a BCA (Bachelors in Computer Application) on merit quota at the Government PG College. Nishanth got a 70% aggregate in the course. After his graduation, he started working with Cynoteck Technology Solutions in Dehdradun, Uttarakhand, (from 2016 till mid 2018).
Even while clocking 10 hours a day, Nishanth managed to squeeze out precious time to teach students of the Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.
Nishanth started AVBT Enterprises a year back. One vertical of the company focuses on website hosting and maintenance. Another division of the business is into turmeric. “As turmeric is a commodity, we are focusing on value-added offerings as well as investing in branding and packaging. The name for the turmeric venture is ‘Prajnaa’,” Nishanth reveals.