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Updates from March 2019

Namaste from Vision India Foundation. In March, we conducted a new program focused on India’s civilizational heritage, a webinar series on India’s upcoming elections, took off to Israel to study the country, published research on India’s strategic and foreign relations and much more. It should be a quick 5 mins read.

Abhyudaya 

VIF in partnership with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts organized Abhyudaya – a five-day immersive know-and-act program to deepen one’s understanding of the Indian civilization and evolve actionable insights for contemporary challenges. 45 participants from across the country engaged in conversation with experts on the Shastras, Indian Knowledge Systems, Temples, and modern discourse such as gender and minority rights.


Election Curve – Webinars to Decode Elections

India is all set once again to celebrate the largest festival of democracy, i.e. General Elections 2019 in which 900 million voters are registered to vote. VIF is dedicating a series of interesting webinars to facilitate more learnings, interactions, and deliberations on the upcoming elections. Webinars are being conducted with the Election Commission, pollsters, politicians to give a complete perspective on the elections.  Register here to participate.


World Governance Expedition to Israel  

The World Governance Expedition (WGE) introduces international best practices in governance and public policy to a selected cohort of young leaders from India. A travel-based experiential programme, WGE aims to understand governance and policy models across the world and their viability in the Indian context. Currently, 20 selected delegates from India are traveling across Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, in Israel, meeting various policy stakeholders over a week.


P3E Delhi 2.0 

The second workshop for the inaugural batch of the Public Policy Program for Executives (P3E) was conducted at the prestigious IIT Delhi. This workshop was focused on orienting delegates to the career opportunities in the public policy space and this was enabled through freewheeling conversations with key players from private organizations, lateral entrants and policy entrepreneurs. Delegates learned how policy negotiation works through interesting activities, and also got the chance to meet some senior policymakers who are mentoring them in a project.


Publications   

Arunima, Center for Strategic and Foreign Relations at VIF, writes about the massive scale of international engagement and global recognition of the Kumbh, a symbol of Indian soft power.

Paras Ratna from Centre for Strategic and Foreign Relations at VIF co-authored a chapter in “Indo-Pacific Report 2019” released by National Maritime Foundation. The book was launched by Hon. Raksha Mantri Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman during the Inaugural Session of Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD) 2019. Paras Ratna also wrote for Eenadu.net (Telugu Newspaper) about Indian participation in Organisation of Islamic Corporation.

Aloy Buragohain, PhD Research Fellow at the Darmstadt University of Technology and VIF alumn, wrote in Swarajya on the festival Holi and how the advertising industry is spreading prejudice towards a festival which integrates.


Featured Fellow of the Month

Rovin Pushp is a development associate at Vision India Foundation. He has more than a decade of experience in the education sector. Currently he is placed at Vrindavan and is working on Vidyalaya Vistaar – an initiative to support government schools through a series of educational interventions. These interventions are being implemented across 200+ government schools in the villages under the Vrindavan cluster of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan program of IIT Delhi.  These interventions address two seemingly different needs – conceptual learning and holistic personality development.

Featured Alumnus of the Month

Nitin Dhakad, an IIT Roorkee graduate, first visited the tribal villages of Jhabua district, Madhya Pradesh, through VIF’s summer internship program. In 2016, he co-founded ‘Empathy Connects’, a startup conducting rural immersion travel programs to connect urban educated youth with the grassroots realities. To generate a regular income for Jhabua farmers who are stuck in debt trap, he currently mentors them in organic farming, and connects them to market through his another startup, ‘Jhabua Naturals’. Lives of 100+ farmers from 8 villages have been impacted so far.

The person to Nitin’s right is his mentor Padma Shri Mahesh Sharma ji.


  • Upcoming Programs

    • Policy BootCamp is a 21-day residential program focused on public policy and governance, leadership, and nation-building. It serves as a launchpad for aspiring public leaders, and policy enthusiasts who are specialists in their respective fields. Dates: 9-29 June Location: Delhi NCR
    • World Governance Expedition (WGE) introduces international best practices in governance and public policy to a selected cohort of young leaders from India. A travel-based experiential programme, WGE aims to understand governance and policy models across the world and their viability in the Indian context. Dates: 8-15 July Location: Russia
    • Change Agents’ Retreat is VIF’s annual alumni get together. It is a platform for VIF alumni who are committed to nation building to meet and interact with each other and some of the best minds in the country. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their career plans, network with a diverse community, collaborate with like-minded individuals and organizations and stay updated on the various aspects of Nation building. Dates: 1st and 2nd June. Location: Hyderabad


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.