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Updates from May 2019

Namaste from Vision India Foundation. In May, we successfully completed the first Public Policy Program for Executives (P3E), inducted the new batch of VIF fellows, published research and much more. It should be a quick 5 mins read.

Inaugural Edition of P3E Concludes 

The first batch of Public Policy Program for Executives (P3E) graduated with the convocation address by Ashwani Lohani Ji, MD, Air India on the role of ethics and character in public life.

His message to the young policy leaders was: “Ideas are irrelevant when the basic systems are not ready to accept/implement them. To transform an institution, firstly we must build trust amongst stakeholders by showcasing that change is possible, and then giving them ownership for it.

The next edition of P3E will start in July 2019.


New Fellows Retreat

VIF fellowship is a 1-yr public leadership incubator focused on 3 tracks – thought leadership, political leadership, and community leadership. Each new batch of fellows spends informal time at a 4-day retreat where they meet the rest of the VIF team, the fellows from previous batches and VIF alumni. This year the retreat was conducted at a Yoga Ashram outside Hyderabad.


VIF YouTube Channel  

We often get asked the question – where does the content of VIF’s educational programs go? The VIF YouTube Channel has now started hosting the educational content. We have a huge archive of content, which are editing and putting online each day. Please subscribe to the channel stay updated.


Publications    

Paras Ratna, research associate at Vision India Foundation, writes for IPP Review on the Sri Lanka bombings and the spreading of the ISIS arc in India. Quoting from the article “TNTJ, which is under the NIA scanner for its linkages to the Sri Lanka bombings, has close links with Saudi Arabia who believes in a puritanical version of Islam and adheres to Wahhabism which doesn’t sanction any syncretic practices like Dargah worship, a common feature in South Asia.”

Sahil Aggarwal, co-founder and Hon. Director at VIF has published an article in the Jindal Global Law Review. Sahil writes on ‘Food and Climate Change‘. The article addresses how institutions and governments can encourage people towards conscious consumption and lowering carbon emissions.

Aloy Buragohain is a PhD Research Fellow at the Darmstadt University of Technology. He is an alumnus of VIF. On the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore’s jayanti, Aloy wrote on “Tagore And The Art Of Transcendence“. Aloy writes on the artistic corpus of Tagore and Tagore’s genius in presenting love as the poetic medium of transcendence and hope as transcendence itself.


Featured Fellows of the Month

Shivshankar, Rovin, Rahul, and Naman (left to right in the picture above) are VIF’s development fellows working on reform in school education. They initiated a project ‘Vidyalaya Vistaar’ in the rural schools of Vrindavan and Mathura. The project intends to implement educational interventions in Government schools that (1) are contextually relevant, (2) contribute to meaningful education by setting up of model schools, (3) identify and nurture inspired teachers and institutions, (4) influence policy and governing structures.

Featured Alumnus of the Month

Praharsh Patel is an alumnus from IIT Kanpur. Praharsh started with being a Data Scientist, and soon switched to Public Policy Research. Currently, he’s working as a consulting researcher at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). His work helps senior policymakers address water challenges by translating the research findings into practical policy recommendations. He has also co-founded a Center for small-town students with career counseling and soft skill workshops.

Location: Anand, Gujarat
VIF program attended: World Governance Expedition 2016


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.