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Largest Literacy Movement Undertaken By NRIs and Indians

Author: Vinod Jhunjhunwala
Publication: Ekal.org
Date: May 1, 2014
URL: http://www.ekal.org/news/66/largest-literacy-movement-undertaken-by-nris-and-indians?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_campaign=d1b32198e6-Ekal_News_May_20145_2_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3a06baf588-d1b32198e6-139271029

Power of Education Forum

“Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation” (EVF-USA), an organization that brings education to millions of underprivileged children in remote rural & tribal parts of India, recently hosted a “Power of Education Forum” at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MA. It brought academicians, entrepreneurs, community leaders of stellar credentials together, to explore various avenues under “Ekal” to empower neglected millions through state-of-the Art technology and techniques.
Dr. Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School, in his opening remarks mentioned, “Ekal movement allows millions of people in India to have that right to dream.”

Ranjani Saigal, the Executive Director and Vinod Jhunjhunwala, President of EVF-USA made introductory remarks about the organization, its objectives and its recent accomplishments.  There was a panel discussion titled “Ekal in the 21st Century – New Opportunities.” The participants were Dr. Subra Dravida, of Qualcomm, Dr. Anantha Chandrakasan, MIT, Dr. Sanjay Sarma, MIT. Dr. Raj Sisodia, of the Conscious Capitalism movement and professor at Babson College touched upon the impact of entrepreneurship on development.  Dr. Ranu Dhillon, Harvard Medical School known for the work of health care in Africa and rural India also spoke.  Overall, the sessions were interactive covering the challenges and opportunities to elevate the underprivileged.

Dr. Nohria applauded the scaling ability of the Ekal model while Mr Girish Navani, CEO of E-Clinical Services highlighted the new revolution among youngsters through internet. The event concluded with appeal for generous support for ‘Ekal Vidyalaya’. Contact: Prakash Waghmare, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation C (973-525-2250)

- Vinod Jhunjhunwala, USA


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