The program will commence on 27 December 2018 (arrival on 26th December) and conclude at 4.00 pm on 2 January 2019. The youth-centric retreat program, jointly offered by Anaadi Foundation and Vision India Foundation, will combine insights from ancient Indian philosophy and modern social, political and policy frameworks.
The retreat is an experiential program that blends :
- Group Activities
- Visits to significant places in Rishikesh including Banks of Ganga
- Simulations and Role Plays
- Yoga and Meditation
- Analysis of real world Case studies
- Self-Reflection and Q & A
A wide range of frameworks, models and concepts will be discussed during the retreat. Below are listed some of the topics. A historical perspective, right from ancient India and tracing it to modern times, will be discussed.
- Social structures in Ancient India
- Indian Principles of Good Governance and Leadership
- Educational Models: A Continuum from Ancient to Modern India
- Inter and Intra Country Relations: Principles and Strategies of Peace and War
- Understanding Indian Ethos through Astronomy, Yoga and Indian Health Systems
- Indic principles of Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability
- Foundational Principles of Right Action: Purushartha
Who can Attend?
- College students
- Aspiring Public and Professional Leaders
- Young leaders: Business, Social and Political
- Youth interested in Public Policy and Governance
- People Looking to Get Involved in Nation-Building
- People Looking to Build a Narrative for India
Vision India Foundation
Vision India Foundation (VIF) is a non-profit initiative by faculty and alumni of various IITs. We are a platform for the brightest youth of the country to participate in the modern nation-building movement. We invest in human capital to bring about systemic transformation in public policy and governance.
We believe that talent, technology, and thought are three pillars to bring about systemic reform. Consequently, we are focused on identifying and grooming young minds and developing appropriate tools to support them. To achieve our goal we have partnered with state governments, cities, elected representatives, quasi-government organizations, grassroots organizations, and academicians. VIF through its ambassador network has a wide network of campuses across the globe. This network is used to reach out to the brightest minds willing to invest their life for this cause.
We have designed various classroom and field-based education and training programs. The participants in these programs enter our talent pipeline and are supported long term to chart their careers as change agents. The VIF fellowship is a 3-year full-time program for change agents. It has a focus on both field-work and research. VIF research focuses on urban local governance, foreign affairs, rethinking education and rethinking development.
The program will happen at the Kriya Yoga Ashram in Tapovan, Rishikesh.
Bus will be arranged by Anaadi Foundation for all participants Delhi to Rishikesh and Rishikesh-Delhi. The bus will leave Delhi on 26th December , post-lunch
Registration and Contact
Kindly fill the application form below. You will be receive further information on registration and payment via email.
Registrations close on 25 November 2018. Early Bird registrations close on 3 November 2018.
Program Fee includes Accommodation, Food, local travel in Rishikesh, travel from Delhi to Rishikesh and Rishikesh to Delhi. Scholarships are available to full time students and early bird registrants. Students will need to submit Institution ID proof.
Application Form (Further details will be sent to you via email)
+91 97896 37109 | +91 9487006160
What are the objectives of Vikasa?
The key objective of Vikasa is to expose young people, working towards the progress of the nation, to Indic models of leadership, decision-making and governance. This will help participants understand and appreciate the continuous civilization that India is.
Who is this program for?
College students, Aspiring Public and Professional Leaders, Young leaders: Business, Social and Political, Youth interested in Public Policy and Governance, People Looking to Get Involved in Nation-Building, People Looking to Build a Narrative for India and Academicians.
Who are the organizers of this program?
The program is jointly being organized by Anaadi Foundation and Vision India Foundation.
Who will be leading the sessions?
The sessions will be jointly offered by people from Anaadi Foundation and VIF
What would happen in a day at Vikasa?
A typical day in Vikasa starts with dynamic yoga sessions that keep the participants energetic throughout the day. Lecture sessions begin after breakfast and go on upto lunch time. Afternoons are alloted for group activities that blend ancient and modern principles. There would be local tours on alternate days. There will be lot of Q & A sessions.
What would be the impact on me? Past participants have mentioned that Vikasa has been a transformational experience for them mainly because it expands their worldview. Many people have a disconnected view of ancient and modern thought process. Vikasa helps to bridge these and help people experience it as one continuum.
Is there a selection process?
Applicants are selected based on the Statement of Purpose provided by them in the application form. The program requires interest and orientation towards nation building and inner exploration. Details provided in the SOP will help us evaluate the interest.
Would the program provide a certificate?
Yes. Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.
Where would Vikasa happen?
The program will happen at the Kriya Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh. The Ashram which is designed to host national and international participants, is a safe, serene and beautiful place.
Rishikesh is located on the banks of Ganga and is considered the gateway to the Himalayas. Its a beautiful place with lapiz lazuli colored waters of the Ganges flowing through it. Rishikesh provides the right serene ambience to imbibe knowledge and reflect deeply upon it.
What would be the accommodation facilities?
Participants will be provided shared rooms with 2 or 3 participants in each room. The room is equipped with water heater, cots, thick blankets, shelves and western closet toilet.
Would there be any local tours?
Alternate days are alloted for local tours. We would be visiting the gorgeous Vashista Gufa and taking bath in the Ganges. We would visiting local markets and Ganga Arthi.
What would the program fee cover?
The fee covers travel to and from Delhi, Scheduled Rishikesh local travel, food and accommodation.
How do I make a payment?
You can pay through NEFT. Payment details will be emailed to applicants.
Would there be a fee refund?
We discourage cancellation as the program may be once in a lifetime opportunity for many. If due to unavoidable circumstances, you wish to cancel, 50% will be refunded if you cancel before 10 December. No refund for those who cancel after 10 December.
How do I travel to participate in Vikasa?
The entire group would be starting from Delhi on 26 December. We would be taking care of your transportation.
What should I pack?
The temperature in Rishikesh will need warm clothing. Sweater/hooded jacket, socks, gloves, a mild blanket, dresses and toiletries are what you will need. A detailed list will be shared with registered participants.
Speakers and Resource Persons
Adinarayanan is the founder of Anaadi Foundation. He was formerly Assistant Professor, Department of Information Technology and Coordinator of the Department of Cultural Education, Amrita University Coimbatore.
He has an MS in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University and was with the Software Industry before moving into academics. In December 2015, he offered an week long experiential retreat program based on Yoga and Mahabharata at Rishikesh. In May 2016 Adinarayanan presented his thoughts on Shakthi Worldview at the Integral Ecology, Earth Spirituality and Economics conference held at Bodo, Norway which was attended by business and economics professors from across the globe. He also led a meditation session there.
Smt Smrithi Adinarayanan inspires young people through a practical approach to life. Deeply interested in the cause of Education and having a decade of experience in academics and research, she has inspired several teachers and students through her insights on the teaching and learning process. As a yogic practitioner, technologist and story-teller, she blends these aspects to design transformative programs at Anaadi Foundation.
Varalakshmi L, a former Software and Healthcare Systems Engineer, is currently researching into Indic health systems and working towards bettering their reach at a policy level. Deeply interested in the Ithihasa, Varalakshmi is good at blending modern day policy and governance with Neeti.
Raghav, Fellow at VIF, is a Seeker by temperament, Game Development Executive by profession and Policy Analyst by training – In addition to his professional endeavors in the ITES/Games Industry over the last 16 years, he takes keen interest in Geo-Economics, Political Philosophy, Behavioral Sciences, Governance and Indic Civilizational Studies – He aims to synthesize his reading and understanding of these areas with solid work that can help Nation building – A ‘Bharat’ that harnesses the power of her people and culture to take her rightful place in the world order.
Shyam is a consultant with Vision India Foundation and a member of Anaadi Foundation. His work focusses on research and design of courses at the intersection of culture, technology and policy. His articles on civilisational perspectives informing contemporary social and political issues have been published in various media outlets including BBC, The New Indian Express, DNA, Huffington Post, Swarajya etc. Currently he is working on a book on how Indian frameworks can help us navigate the volatility of our contemporary urban lives. Shyam has a Bachelors in Computer Science from Amrita University, Coimbatore. He co-founded Eduseva Technologies- a social enterprise focussing on technology and pedagogy-driven interventions in Education. He dreams of seeing India as a civilisation informing India as a nation in every sphere of life.
Aman is Hon.Director at Vision India Foundation. He has an MA in Public Policy from Jindal Global University and BTech from IIT Delhi.
Read Ms. Anuva's experience of Vikasa 2016
Read Anaadi Foundation's Blog Post on Vikasa 2016
Sh. Ravish, Google India shares his experience of Vikasa 2017
Past Participants: 2017
IITM Alumnus and Eaton Corporation
Political Campaign Consultant
Vision Indian Foundation
Chyavan Mallya Barkur
Symbiosis School of Economics
Symbiosis School of Economics
Symbiosis School of International Studies
C Vishnu Prasad
NKP Salve Institute Of Medical Sciences And Research Center
Students, Kumaraguru College of Technology
Dhanus kodi P
Radha Lakshmi R
Jai Suriya M
Karthik A R
Nethaji Subash M
Harish Kishore P
Past Participants: 2016
Young India Fellow
Indian Oil Corporation
Frost & Sullivan
Vision Indian Foundation
Anuva S, Outreach Manager
Apula Singh, Research Associate
Kamal Madishetty, Research Associate
Supriya Patil, Research Associate
Government of Jharkand
Young India Fellow
Vijay Rama Roa
PMR Law College
Students, Amrita University
Aswath Maharaja KM
Senthil Kumar S K
Students, Kumaraguru College of Technology