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Updates from September 2018

Namaste from Vision India Foundation. In our endeavor to keep you posted on the progress at VIF, we are pleased to share the last month’s updates with you.  This should be a quick 5 mins read.

Arunachal Pradesh Transformational and Aspirational Leadership (ATAL) Conclave

The Government of Arunachal Pradesh in partnership with Vision India Foundation organized a 3-day youth conclave in Itanagar. 150 youth from across the border state were selected to participate in the 3-day brainstorming. The CM, Dy CM, Chief Secretary along with cabinet ministers and senior officials listened to the challenges of the state and potential solutions presented by the delegates. This was a much needed and first of its kind conclave which was well received by all sections of the Government. The Government of Arunachal Pradesh intends to take forward the suggestions made and engage the youth in its implementation.


राही – यात्रा से शिक्षा – Educational Intervention

‘राही – यात्रा से शिक्षा’ is one of the 12 educational interventions currently implemented by VIF fellows in 200 government schools of Mathura & Vrindavan. While private schools can organize travel programmes for their students, few government schools can afford to do so. On 16th September, VIF fellows organized the second yatra with 115 students and 10 teachers coming from two upper primary government schools. The purpose of the yatra was to introduce these children to the rich culture and heritage of the place they belong to and to inspire a sense of pride in the history of which they are the natural descendants. The yatra was jointly owned by the government teachers who themselves came forward and asked our team to arrange this yatra for their students. It was a heartening sight to witness the teachers (who are otherwise blamed for lethargy and being unproductive) give up their Sunday to be available for their students right from 7 AM in the morning till evening to make the Yatra successful.

Families for Change

Vision India Foundation has initiated a program to bring together families to understand their role and significance in the society and nation at large – Families for Change. The first edition of this 3-day program was organized at Haridwar in 2017 and the second edition was organized in September in Vrindavan.  The topics discussed included understanding family as the smallest unit of the society, the role of parents and children in today’s society as per the Indic way of life, old age and how to prepare oneself for Vanaprastha and Sanyasa Ashram. The program has so far been invite-only and 8 families participated in both editions. Considering the positive response, VIF intends to expand this initiative further.


Publications

  • A stalwart statesman, Vajpayee’s vision for India and his worldview was characterized by realism on one hand and idealism on the other, both prefixed with a pragmatic approach that was used to further India’s interests at the global stage.

    Arunima Gupta from Vision India Foundation team writes for Modern Diplomacy on how Atal Bihari Vajpayee shaped India’s Foreign Policy.

  • The sheer panditya that Vedanta Desika embodied and the austerity of his living illustrate the richness of the Bharatiya Jnana Parampara, that even 700 years ago, produced acharyas of the highest spiritual illumination flowing from a spirit of loving surrender and service. Shyam from VIF team writes on IndiaFacts on 750 Years of Vedanta Desika

Featured Fellow of the Month

Suryabhan Jhadav is a development associate with Vision India Foundation. Suryabhan received the Bharat Leadership award 2018 by Bharat Leadership Festival Committee, Patna. Suryabhan is passionate about ‘Samagra Gram Vikas’  (Inclusive Rural Development) and has been working on to rejuvenate his native village Gopuj in Satara district of Maharashtra. His vision, hard work, and dedication brought the Paani Foundation water cup prize for his village. Suryabhan is also working with multiple stakeholders to transform his village.

Featured Alumnus of the Month

Sidhartha Namburi is an alumnus of Good Governance Yatra 2017. He is an alumnus of BITS Pilani and an aspiring political leader. Political leadership begins with a good understanding of people’s issues and the right mentorship. Sidhartha has been touring rural Andhra Pradesh alongside VV Lakshminarayana, former Joint Director CBI and Additional DGP Mumbai. He is currently interacting with thousands of farmers, social workers, grassroots reformers, agricultural researchers, students and teachers among others. In the picture above, Sidartha is the person with the notebook to the extreme right.

Featured Mentor of the Month

Pratyaya Amrit is a 1991 batch Bihar cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. He was entrusted by the chief minister Nitish Kumar to get the laggard state’s electricity story right. In September, he announced that employees of Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL) and its sister companies will be docked leaves if they reach office late.  Employees are supposed to report to work at 10AM and they cannot leave office before 6PM. The attendance would be registered using the biometric machines. The broader goal of the move was to ensure much needed punctuality.


At VIF we continue to maintain our focus on building the future leaders of our country – young change agents who are sincere and committed to nation-building. We will keep you posted about the happenings from our end. Thank you for the continued support.