Updates from January 2019

Namaste from Vision India Foundation. 2019 started with a bang at VIF – a new leadership advancement program for executives, engagement with young foreign diplomats, and a unique governance cafe. 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.

Young Diplomats Conclave 

Young Diplomats Conclave- Energizing Indo-ASEAN ties, a track 2.0 initiative was organized by Vision India Foundation in joint collaboration with Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries, New Delhi on January 17th. The conclave witnessed participation of ASEAN diplomats, media, and researchers working on India-ASEAN relations. The Conclave delved into issues ranging from emerging construct Indo-Pacific, civilizational linkages between India-ASEAN, to challenges pertaining to regional economic integration namely Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Speaking at the Conclave, Indonesian ambassador to India, Amb. Suryodipuro highlighted the rich cultural exchange that exists between India and Indonesia simultaneously emphasizing the need for enhanced cooperation in the field of trade and investment.

Public Policy Program for Executives (P3E)  

The first classroom module of the inaugural edition of the Public Policy Program for Executives (P3E) was conducted between 12-15 Jan. P3E is a 15-week program tailormade for working professionals who intend to engage with the policy-making process. It is a mix of classroom lectures, online sessions and hands-on projects with policymakers.

Governance Cafe 

‘Governance Cafe’, is planned to be a series of discussions with people who shape key policy decisions in the Indian government. The first speaker in this series was  Mr. Upendra Tripathy. Mr Tripathy is an IAS officer with 36 years of public service in various sectors. Mr. Tripathy is the current Director-General of International Solar Alliance, a former secretary of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in the Government of India. He won the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration in 2009. The first Governance Cafe was conducted at IIT Delhi on 23rd Jan.

Delhi Alumni Reunion 

The alumni reunion for Delhi Zone took place at the VIF office on 27th Jan. The reunion started with group games, followed by a round of introductions and updates by the alumni. The concept of VIF Alumni Committee was introduced. The reunion ended with open networking and snacks. Alumni reunions for Bangalore and Chennai zone will be on 31st January and 6th February 2019 respectively.


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Featured Fellow of the Month

Priyank Chauhan is a research associate at Vision India Foundation. Priyank hails from Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh. He completed B.Tech from BITS Pilani. Priyank is engaged in the study of India’s civilizational knowledge, particularly in political science. His current research focus is on the principles described in Shanti Parva and Anushasana Parva of Mahabharata. Priyank intends to get a Master’s degree in Political Science and then pursue a PhD. Recently, Priyank has written a book review of Abhinav Chandrachood’s “Supreme whispers: Conversations with Judges of the Supreme Court of India (1980-89)”. The book review has been published in  Indic Today

Featured Alumnus of the Month

Parvati Jangid is an alumnus of World Governance Expedition to Israel in 2018. She is the Chairperson of Youth Parliament of India & Global Goodwill Ambassador at Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Her social leadership and commitment to serve the nation has brought her many awards including the Youngest Nationalist Social Activist,  Social Personality of The Year, Women Pride Award and Bharat Gaurav Award. As UNO-Girls Rising Ambassador, she works for girls education and gives motivational sessions to rural girls. Soldiers at Border Security forces call her “Sister of BSF” as she believes that BSF soldiers should also get the same resources and benefits as the soldiers of Indian Army. Every year, Youth Parliament of India organizes a program to educate youth about the governance and policies.

Upcoming Leadership Advancement Programs by VIF!

As we read this newsletter, 3 programs of VIF have been opened up for applications. Please share these details with those interested.

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.