You know what is Jugaad? –You are an entrepreneur!

JugaadThis article is prompted by a recent talk given by Sh. R. K. Bagchi (Director of National Institute of Secondary Steel Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh) at the international conference on advancements in engineering and technology held in Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engg. & Tech., Sangrur, Punjab.

Sh. Bagchi is an eloquent speaker and his words are charged with inspiration and laced with experience. The keyword of his talk was ‘Jugaad‘. I had heard this word many times before but it had never stood out like this. I gave it a thought and decided to write something about it.

What is Jugaad?

As a mechanical engineer studying in India, I came to know this word quite early before the worm of entrepreneurship ever bit me. For us, Jugaad technically meant anything between jigs and fixtures. While observing local mechanics, carpenters, and various smiths, I had observed them making Jugaad in this context.

As I grew up, a generalized version of this word Jugaad was formed meaning ‘doing something quickly to get to the solution’. This was more sort of brainstorming rather than going technically or following the already set paths of solving a problem. Of course, this word was spreading among students all over India as people were beginning to endorse the idea of discussion and brainstorming more and more. In fact, brainstorming was endorsed by the world-famous philosopher, Socrates who used to encourage his students on brainstorming because he believed that new ideas will emerge from a healthy discussion.

Later on, as entrepreneurship become more prominent in my life, Jugaad became a creative idea that can depend on innovation, cost-cutting, energy sustenance, etc. The word got new definition and propulsion among the premier institutes of India where prospective professionals started trying their idiocyncracies to bring out solutions.

In its present form, Jugaad means anything that is useful and provides a solution.

You can Jugaad?–You are an entrepreneurs!

Like Google became a verb due to extensive usage, Jugaad should also be included in English as a verb meaning ‘to create ideas or solutions’. For entrepreneurs, it is the easiest way to start something on their own. I have seen a lot of professionals knowing a lot of bottlenecks and pain-points as they work in big multinationals. They also know the way-out or can provide the solution but they can’t change the system. Jugaad can give them the magic wand through which they can create the solution by not becoming part of that system.

I am sure, the spirit of Jugaad will continue to grow along side the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Happy Jugaad-ing to you!

0 thoughts on “You know what is Jugaad? –You are an entrepreneur!”

  1. Yes,a “jugaadi” person who knows how to deal with any prblm and how he can get rid of any adverse situation can never fail in race of life.

  2. Yes , i know what is jugaad . A jugaadi person can solve every task as well as problem easily . Jugaadi person thought that, “nothing is impossible in the world”. Jugaadi person cannot loose his confidence if any problem can comes . i am an entrepreneur !

  3. If a person have “jugaadu scheme”, he will easily come out from any type of problem and always give better solution to the problem. I thought, a person who have “JUGAADU SCHEME”, never fails in life and known as real ENTREPRENEUR!!!!

  4. If you want maximum profit with minimum investment then JUGAD can do that for you. This word is good for those who want to flourish their business but not for those who want to run nation( these people should not take this word too seriously:D).

  5. I am the student of B.G.I.E.T who listen the views of great scholar Mr. R.K. Bagchi and As far as I concern This kind of technology namely ‘JUGAD’ can help the person at certain level. We can also relate this word ‘JUGAD’ to the word Temporarily Success. This Technology(an innovation) is Good Paradigm to troubleshoot some Errors and Problems but not always works.

  6. Mr. Ramanpreet Singh

    We Indian ( Specially Punjabi’s) commonly use the word JUGAAD in our daily life to resolve our problems and I think every Indian is expert in JUGAAD.. It is used by Indian world wide and they made any difficulty very easy by JUGAAD..
    hats off to JUGAAD…

  7. I think jugaad is not only in the way we do business, its even in the way we live.
    “JUGAAD” is a creativity, basically a low-cost innovation. I prefer solutions that is quick, cheap and get the job done. That is Jugaad. And i m sure jugaad always proves to be beneficial.

  8. i am a student of CSE-B (sem-4) in BGIET JUGAAD is Hindi term widely used in India specially by punjabis. Jugaad originated from Sanskrit word yukti.. so i think in this fast moving life a person who is jugaadi can find success easily & can deal with various problems . But is this JUGAAD really works in long run? it’s only a temporary solution..

  9. i also attend this international confrence in B.G.I.E.T., sangrur…jugad is the simple way or we can say fast and the easiest way to find the solution of any problem…. a jugadi person can solve any problem easily…

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