Updates from November 2018

Namaste from Vision India Foundation on the upcoming auspicious festival of Geeta Jayanti. 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.

Know India Program by GoI 

The Know India Programmes (KIP) is an important initiative of the Government of India with an aim to engage and make the students and young professionals of Indian Diaspora, in the age group of 18 to 30 years, feel a sense of connect with their motherland, to be motivated and inspired by transformational changes taking place in India and to give them an exposure to various aspects of contemporary India’s forms of art, heritage and culture. VIF conducted a workshop on Building Diaspora Youth Networks for the participants of the 47th and 48th KIP in association with Antar Rashtriya Sahyog Parishad.  40 participants representing 9 countries were part of the program.


  • India needs to be innovative in dealing with challenges and leveraging opportunities that arrangements like the Quad (United States, India, Australia, and Japan) present. Paras Ratna from VIF along with Prof Harsh Pant writes for The Diplomat on this issue.
  • In a short span of 18 years, Chhattisgarh State has made India proud on both the national and international levels. While it’s well known for Bastar art and iron ore deposits, the state has much more to offer. Suyash Pande from VIF listed 18 amazing facts about his home state, the 18-year-old Chhattisgarh.
  • A recent Supreme Court ruling, which has been hailed as a feminist victory, has instead angered the Indian women it was meant to empower. Shyam Kumar from VIF writes for BBC News on the issue.
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan on October 28, 2018, as part of the 13th annual summit between the two countries, had brought to the fore the dynamics of the Indo-Japan bilateral relationship amidst the shifting contours of global politics. Paras Ratna from VIF presents his opinion for IPP Review.

4 years of VIF – From Genesis to Launchpad

On Karthik Poornima 4 years ago, an idea took birth which aimed to make Bharat into a Vishva Guru, once again. This audacious dream has since found its feet. We would like to humbly thank you for sharing this dream with us and contributing to it with all your energy. We would not be here today without you and we will never forget that. Fasten your seatbelts, we have just got started and will be shifting gears soon!

Featured Fellow of the Month

Shubham Verma is a development associate with Vision India Foundation. Shubham hails from the historical city of Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh and is passionate about working for rural development. Shubham has 6 years of rich experience in working for policy research and rural development organizations across the country. Shubham has now shifted to his native place Vidisha and is associated with various socio-developmental activities including, educating slum children, solving the agrarian crisis of farmers, educating villagers about health etc. Shubham has also actively engaged in the recently concluded Madhya Pradesh assembly election. He was part of election strategy, campaign management, and media strategy. 

Featured Alumnus of the Month

Suraj Samant is an alumnus of Policy BootCamp 2016. He is currently working with the local government of Leicestershire, England. Earlier Suraj has worked in the office of Sir Edward Ganier MP and in the office of Jon Ashworth MP. As an intern in Project Chakra, Suraj researched and coordinated battleground tours related to Indian soldiers in World War 1. On Nov 11th this year,  100 years of the end of World War 1 was celebrated; a war in which 1.5 million Indian soldiers had participated. Suraj was a part of the ceremony in England to commemorate the sacrifice of Indian soldiers in the war.

Featured Mentor of the Month

Shri Anil Swarup is a former Secretary, Government of India. He started his career in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in, 1981. Shri Swarup holds a Masters degree in Political Science from Allahabad University, where he was awarded the Chancellor’s Gold medal for the best all-round student. At the very beginning of his administrative career, he was awarded the best officer award at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration amongst the officers of 1981 batch. As a strategic thinker and an innovative leader, he has won several awards and nominations. Shri Swarup has now taken the responsibility as CEO of the Jharkhand State Development Council.

Upcoming Program – i2I – Ideas to Impact

i2I is a 15-hour article writing workshop to hone your ability to communicate with clarity and precision. Through interactions with stalwarts and a practical, hands-on pedagogy, we explore key insights and techniques needed at every stage of writing – from brainstorming ideas to identifying target platforms and getting your article published!.  More details

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.