Entries by VIF

Gujarat Assembly Elections – A Note from Ground Zero

By Sarath S R (Research Associate at VIF)   My experience in working in the WarRoom for Harsh Sanghavi (BJP Yuva Morcha National General Secretary and the youngest MLA in Gujarat) for Majura Constituency, Surat help me to observe the 2017 Gujarat Assembly Election closely. From my experience, I will say that the  Gujarat elections, […]

How E-Mitra Kiosks in Rajasthan Help People Access 300 Govt Services without Going to Govt Offices

Aditi Sinha and Prateek Behera write about an e-governance initiative that is streamlining the system of government service delivery in Rajasthan. e-Mitra is an e-governance initiative taken up by the government of Rajasthan in association with several private entities to form a dedicated, transparent, and a viable system to assist the community with more than […]

Why Delhi Should Discuss MCD Trifurcation Before 2017 Municipal Elections

A series of three articles aims to shed light on the rationale behind the trifurcation process; its impact; and the outcomes of trifurcation, particularly on service delivery. These articles are drawn from primary research undertaken from October 2015 to January 2016, for a Master’s thesis by Apula Singh, VIF Research Associate. Different officials across the […]

How India can isolate Pakistan at Heart of Asia

By Kamal Madishetty The holy city of Amritsar is all set to host the sixth Heart of Asia ministerial conference over this weekend, where representatives from over 40 countries are congregating to discuss and deliberate upon issues of peace, prosperity and progress of the nation which lies at the “heart” of Asia – Afghanistan. Read […]

Aadhaar Platform to be Given Legal Backing – Much Needed Legislation

Shobhit Mathur “We will undertake significant reforms such as the enactment of a law to ensure that all government benefits are conferred upon persons who deserve it, by giving a statutory backing to the Aadhaar platform. Public money should reach the poor and the deserving without any leakage.” – Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his […]

The Need for Civil Society in Good Governance

Shobhit Mathur As conscious citizens, we cannot hope for good governance without civil society’s engagement. A well-functioning democracy needs everyone’s participation and investment. The socio-economic problems plaguing our nation are huge and need immediate attention. We rank at the bottom of the list on several human development indicators. Numerous NGOs have spawned to champion uncountable […]

A new attitude towards ‘government’

Shashank Rai We were all in Vadodara at Hotel Planet. We gathered in front of the gate after light breakfast at 7:30 am. In 10 minutes, we were told that the bus has arrived. And it began, 15 of us ready to embark on a journey which was supposed to change our outlook towards governance […]

Greenhouses Gases and Vegetarianism

The world is struggling to protect the environment and achieve sustainability. Climate change and greenhouse gas emissions are real concerns. Population growth has exploded from around one billion people two centuries ago to seven billion now, of which more than 10 percent do not have enough to eat. Under these conditions, it is imperative to […]

One Year of Nation Building

  Twelve months ago, VIF started its journey with a policy workshop at IIT Delhi. As we complete one year of nation-building, we feel proud to share our story so far. On 6th November 2014, the day that marked VIF’s launch, we had asked the participants about their career choices. The average age of respondents […]

Renewable Energy in Jhabua

Nitin Dhakad Abstract This report provides information on the scope of implementing solar and bio-energy to provide power for meeting domestic as well as agricultural requirements of the people of Dharampuri in the Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh. It has been proved through survey that devices such as Solar Water Purifier and Bio-Lamp desk can […]

Skill Development in Tribal Rajasthan

Kapil Surve   Sahariyas are a tribe residing in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Many of them earn their living by working in someone else’s field, a job known as ‘Hali’. Some also work for the Government Construction programmes on daily wage basis. They normally live at a distance from the city’s central region. Shahbad, one […]

A Visit to Asawarpur

– Rohit Parakh   On Day 8 of the BootCamp, there was more excitement than usual amongst the BootCamp delegates for we were going to go the highly awaited field visit. As for most of the delegates (myself included) this was a first-ever exposure to seeing the countryside in Haryana, we were unsure what to expect. […]

BootCamp in 39 quotes

Compiled by Yash Sharma   “It’s not about Make in India, It’s about Making India” ~ Dr R Balasubramaniam “It’s not the politicians or the bureaucrats, but the Judiciary that is most responsible for this present state of the country.” ~ Dr Jayaprakash Narayan “The government without a Result Framework Document is like playing soccer with goal […]

21 Days to Deepen Democracy

Somya Bajaj   Policy? Check. BootCamp? Check. 21 days? Unsure. When the post popped on my desktop, I was delighted. A graduate with infinite dreams and a vision for the nation, with an unsatiating corporate job and goal to pursue a PhD in development Economics, needs motivation and a force to propel her dreams. And […]

Digital Classroom: experiences from ground

Chaitanya from Vision India Foundation worked with the Andhra Pradesh Government for implementing a pilot project on Digital Classrooms. The summary below shows his experiences about dealing with such projects. Objectives Assess the impact of technological interventions (Digital content and tablet-based learning) on learning outcomes, and Assess the challenges in scaling up the project Tasks […]

An Invisible Factor: Building a Model Village

Aditya Deshmukh One of the CWC officers asked, “What are the places we have to visit?” The answer given by volunteer from Hiware Bazar stunned me for a minute. “You can’t see the unity of our village in any of the buildings. We have transformed these barren lands through mere unity. If you want to […]

Budget Shows Government Lacks Experience in Higher Education and R&D

Dr Anand Bulusu I think India is not yet ready with innovating technological industry. Hence we don’t have much interest from industries for sponsored research and planned R&D manpower development. Industries mostly import equipment and are satisfied working in that mode. MNCs (especially in Microelectronics) do a lot of R&D, sponsor a lot of PhDs. […]

Attending Budget Session Live in the Parliament

Ashish Singh As every citizen of India, I always wanted to see our temple of democracy, the Parliament of India. Finally I got the opportunity to visit the parliament on the most awaited budget day of 2015-16, through my regional MP Shri Ganesh Singh ji (MP SATNA). The big hall of Lok Sabha was same […]

Comments on the Union Budget 2015

Shobhit Mathur, Executive Director, VIF The Union Budget presented on Feb 28th was highly awaited as it was the first full budget to be presented by the Narendra Modi government. It promised to indicate the direction of the Economic Policy from the new government which came to power with a historic mandate. Though there were […]

100 days: Journey so far

Vision India Foundation was launched on 6th November 2014 by Shri Suresh Prabhu and Dr R Balasubramaniam at IIT Delhi. As we complete 100 days, we want to share our journey so far. We started as an initiative by alumni and faculty members of different IITs. Now we are represented at 20 different institutes of […]