Updates from February 2018

CANCLAVE – Celebrating Local Heroes

Democracy needs Storytellers and Role-Models. Storytellers and Role-Models need platforms to become accessible, to permeate and to inspire action. CANCLAVE is a small gathering where a local hero shares his/her experiences and learnings. Each conference is independently planned in coordination with the Vision India Foundation team. The first CANCLAVE was organized in Hyderabad on 11th Feb. VIF encourages inspired people to organize a CANCLAVE in their respective communities. More details

International Students Retreat

30 students from 15 countries in South Asia, Middle East, and Africa were selected for a two-day International Students Retreat. The sessions focused on leadership and building an understanding of India. The retreat is part of a series of activities to nurture global leadership and friendship. The retreat took place in Vadodara, Gujarat in partnership with ICCR and MSU Baroda.

Interventions in Government Schools of rural Vrindavan

On the 8th of February, VIF in partnership with Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, IIT – Delhi, conducted a dialogue with the principals and teachers representing 24 Govt schools of rural Vrindavan. The theme was ‘Understanding Education and Role Awareness through the Self’. The dialogue was spearheaded by the Director, India Council for Integral Education (an initiative of Sri Aurobindo Society), Shiva Kumar, and Nandita Bose (Principal, Auro Navakriti School, New Delhi), and attended by Vision India Foundation’s co-founder, Nomesh Bolia, Basic Shiksha Adhikari, Vrindavan, Mr. Sanjeev Singh, and Vivek Aggarwal, IIT- Delhi

Reunions and Campus Events

VIF conducts alumni reunions across the country to keep in touch with its ever-increasing alumni base. The Delhi reunion happened last month. VIF also conducted campus talks at Amritha Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Coimbatore and IIM Rohtak.

Featured Fellows of the Month

Naman Bansal and Rovin Pushp, research associates at VIF have been working in 24 government schools across 10 villages in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh. As part of their work, they have designed 11 interventions for all three major stakeholders in education: children, teachers, and parents. The goal is to execute these interventions and document the change. This will later be scaled to other schools and made into policy proposal for the Government to replicate.

Featured Alumnus of the Month

Lakshmi Narasimha was born and brought up in a small village Yazali in Andhra Pradesh. His belief, ”Whatever we have is because of society and giving back is not serving it but it’s our responsibility” made him lay the foundation for ‘Yazali Najanmabhoomi’ which aims to uplift his village in the areas of agriculture, rural development, public sanitation, rural inhabitation, education etc. About a year back, he quit his full-time corporate job and returned to Yazali to dedicate his full time for village development.  He co-founded an old age home which is currently serving 23 senior citizens in his village.

Featured Mentor of the Month

Dr Shamika Ravi, a mentor to VIF, is now a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council. She has been recently involved in designing the strategy to roll out the National Health Protection Scheme – the world’s largest government-funded healthcare program. Dr Ravi mentors VIF on its social development projects.

Featured Patron of the Month

Anurag Goel, a patron of VIF,  is the co-founder and CEO of Cactus Communications – a global medical communications agency. Cactus has been ranked 53rd in the top 100 Best Places to Work in 2010, it made its way to the No. 1 spot in 2017 in a study conducted by the Great Places to Work Institute. Mr Anurag has supported VIF right since its inception.

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.