Updates from October 2018

Namaste from Vision India Foundation. 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.

Gram Suraj Shaala – Leadership Training for Sarpanches (Village Heads)

Vision India Foundation in association with Keshavsrushti Gram Vikas Yojana organized Gram Suraaj Shaala at Wada, Maharashtra, India (Taluk) on 22nd Oct. 40+ Sarpanches and Upa-Sarpanches took part in the training program. The program started with an interaction between leaders, and discussions around success stories. Sessions ranged from the structure of Gram Panchayat, relevant government schemes to experiences in Gram Panchayat development plan preparation.

World Governance Expedition to Israel

The World Governance Expedition (WGE) 2018 to Israel took place between 13-19 Oct. 27 delegates participated in the program which was conducted in partnership with Embassy of Israel in India. Projects in the expedition included interactions with social & political leaders, visits to political institutions, and organizations working on policy-making, innovation, and sights of cultural importance. A one of its kind experience, the expedition to Israel further strengthened the delegation’s commitment to serving their country – India.


  • In ancient Bharat, theater promoted the values upheld by the society. De-linking sacred from theater has done much harm to the art form. When temples were seats of art and music, there was an assured patronage to the arts. Rashma, a research associate at VIF, writes on Theater in Ancient India and Greece – In Comparison with the Modern Times
  • President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the P5+1 nuclear deal has once again turned the spotlight on Iran and for all the bad reason. Strategists in White house accuse Tehran of betraying the essence of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal. Paras Ratna from our Strategic Affairs team shared his opinion with Foreign Policy.

P3E Launch by MoS PMO Dr Jitendra Singh

VIF has launched a new program ‘Public Policy Program for Executives‘ (P3E). P3E is a 15-week immersive educational program in Public Policy and Governance specially curated for India’s future leaders. The program is handcrafted to equip the delegates with a practitioner’s perspective that combines the fundamental elements of immersion, imagination, and fun-learning with the rigor and depth of an academic program that can propel careers. P3E was launched by Minister of State Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitendra Singh. Applications for the program are now open.

VIF Fellow Training at Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh

The fellowship cohort of Vision India Foundation recently visited Jhabuva, Madhya Pradesh and spent 5 days as part of their rural immersion training program. Fellows explored the rural life, interacted with the Vanavasi (tribal) community, and stayed at their homes. The cohort also visited several places of Shivaganga Gram Vikas project and understood the importance of Halma – a collective effort of Shramadan to revitalize the standard of life of the Vanavasi community at Jhabuva.

Webinars with Experts

VIF has started a series of webinars to get experts to speak on current policy issues of national importance. Last month webinars were conducted on the Supreme Court judgments related to adultery and Aadhaar. Another webinar was conducted with a professional at NITI Aayog on opportunities for youth in policy making and governance. Access to these webinars is exclusively for members of the Change Agents Network

Featured Fellow of the Month

Supriya Patil is a development associate with Vision India Foundation. She is an aspiring social and political leader. Supriya is originally from Sangli, Maharashtra and is passionate about working with people at the grassroots. During the fellowship with VIF, for a year she assisted a Member of Parliament on legislative work and then worked with the tribals in Palghar District of Maharashtra for another year. Now Supriya has moved to her home district and intends to dedicate herself to its transformation. Recently Supriya organized the Gram Suraj Shaala- a Sarpanch training program held at Wada on 22nd October.

Featured Alumnus of the Month

Gopi Shankar Madurai is an alumnus of Policy BootCamp 2018.  Gopi is a recipient of The Commonwealth Youth Worker Award, and is the founder of Srishti Madurai student volunteer collective. Gopi is also rooted in Indic traditions of spirituality. Gopi shared chair with world leaders like Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría (Vice President of Costa Rica), Pascal Smet (Brussels Minister), José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (MP, Prime Minister of Spain), Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (Prime Minister of Iceland) and many other officials from United Nations, European Parliament office and UNESCO at Madrid Summit. Gopi was awarded a Leadership Degree “Leading Change” exclusively for The Queen’s Young Leaders from the University of Cambridge on 2017. Gopi was one of the youngest, and the first openly intersex and genderqueer, candidates to contest in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election, 2016.

Featured Mentor of the Month

Prof Sreeram Chaulia is a Professor and Dean at the Jindal School of International Affairs of O.P. Jindal Global University. He holds a Doctorate (Ph.D.) and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science and International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA. Professor Chaulia’s areas of specialization include diplomacy, foreign policy, comparative politics, international political economy, international organizations, armed conflict, humanitarian practices, and contemporary world history. He has been highly supportive of VIF education programs and has been a guest speaker at several of them.

Upcoming Program – Vikasa

Indic Leadership Retreat for Youth- Fourth Edition
27 Dec 2018 – 2 Jan 2019
Rishikesh, India
Early Bird Deadline: November 3, 2018

This youth centric retreat, with an Indic approach, will provide young people with the mental tools to awaken their leadership potential. Leadership is not just to do with leading a team of people but developing a sense of ownership in whatever one takes up. This retreat will enable people to imbibe the qualities that make for a true leader: compassion, vision for the larger good, a sense of ownership, self-reliance, energetic action, decision-making with clarity, inspirational stewardship and self-poise.  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.