October 7th to 9th

Mammallapuram, Tamilnadu

6 Speakers

60+ Participants from 23 Projects

Welcome to Pragati 2017

A Bi-annual conference that brings all its partner projects to one platform with a mission to “Connect, Share and Leverage”

The 2017 Pragati conference is the fifth in the series and is proposed to take place on October 6 and 7 at Mammallapuram, Tamilnadu .



About Pragati

The past four Pragati conferences have started a vibrant process of collective learning from our experiences on ground and from the rapidly changing external environment locally and globally. The conference has served as a platform for not only learning from each other’s rich experiences but has also brought in new innovations and ideas from other organizations and from experts in various sectors that affect our work on ground.

This year as well, Vibha India proposes to bring in exciting speakers from various organizations who will share there ideas and knowledge with our partner projects . In addition, Pragati also serves as a means to inform, share knowledge and build capacity of partner projects on various internal processes and procedures.


In response to a rapidly changing environment and the need to be in line with new thinking, innovations and creative ideas, to be able to create products that add to the value chain in bringing lasting change in the lives of the underserved children , Vibha India Pragati 2017 will focus on the following objectives:

  • Stimulate creative and innovative thinking through the sharing of knowledge and experience of leaders and change makers in the field of education and development
  • Intense skill building in basics of design thinking, proposal and budget preparation for more effective results at ground level
  • Increase socialization and interaction among partner projects and between partners and Vibha through creative and fun filled activities
  • Take Aways from Pragati

    • Partner projects gain knowledge on innovations and new thinking
    • Partner projects learn new skills for immediate application (design thinking, proposal and budget preparation)
    • Vibha India's image and branding gains traction with Corporates
    • Vibha India develops and strengthens its access to CSR funding for programs

President's Message

It gives me immense pleasure to welcome you all to Pragati 2017! 

Vibha has completed 26 very exciting, fruitful and fulfilling years in working towards her vision of a better world for children especially those from disadvantaged and underserved communities.

It has been a quarter century made up of many hours willingly volunteered by so many individuals in Vibha across the USA and in India – all for being able to give back to society,especially children ; through the support in seeding, growing and scaling up stellar grass root organizations working hard to bring about a lasting positive change in the lives of children from disadvantaged circumstances. 

Vibha is proud to be and have been associated with over 250 such organizations since inception, whom we have helped to scale their work and increase their outreach to over 300,000 children.

We have not only provided vital financial support, but have also invested significant reso urces in building capacity of partners in areas which could be of imminent help in doing what they do, even better! A lot of support is provided in the form of regular interactions between Vibha and partners, visits to the projects, business modelling, working with all stake holders including the government, advice, suggestions and recommendations for improvement and so much more which may or may not be visible to many. 

But then there are some very visible and very intensively planned activities such as workshops and trainings. The singular most important event we plan every two years, is the Pragati conference, of which, Pragati 2017 is the fifth in the series.

A great deal of thought and effort goes into planning this conference, so that it becomes a vibrant platform for unlearning ,learning , connecting, sharing and leveraging our collective experiences and knowledge as well as the exciting new ideas and thinking which we bring to you through interesting speakers with tremendous knowledge, new concepts and ideas.

This year too we have a great line up of very interesting speakers whose experiences you will enjoy listening to and interacting with. 

Welcome once again! I look forward to some great interactions!

Ron Victor
President, Vibha Inc

List of Speakers

Mr Sonam Wangchuk

Founder, SECMOL School, Leh
He is an innovator and creative leader and has also set up the Himalayan Institute of Alternate Learning (His school was the final destination of the much acclaimed Bollywood film “3 Idiots”)

Ms Pooja Taparia

CEO and Founder of Arpan
An NGO working on the issue of child sexual abuse and exploitation. Arpan is doing stellar work in schools across India and has impacted several thousand children since inception.

Mr Aakash Sethi

Executive Director, Quest Alliance
on attributes and skills necessary for building self learning pathways for success in the 21 st century

Mr Parvinder Singh

Advocacy and Development communications expert

Ms Bipasha Roy

on Design Thinking

Mr Sameer

on Design Thinking

Ms Rubina Majid

Tata Consultancy Services

Ms Leena Tipre

Tata Consultancy Services


  • What is VIBHA ?

    VIBHA is a social venture catalyst.

    It seeds, grows and scales grass-root ideas that can solve systemic problems related to the underprivileged child, through a cure that involves minimal external intervention with large scale societal impact.

    Vibha is a platform that brings together people that want to make a difference in the life of an underprivileged child (corporates, grass-root entrepreneurs, donors, volunteers, government agencies and partner NGOs). Funding is one of the tools provided by this platform towards ensuring a scalable cure is found to SOLVE a systemic problem in the life of the underprivileged child.
  • As an NGO/Social Organization how would I be able to leverage by attending PRAGATI 2017 ?

    Well, there is no end to the possible benefits that you as an NGO/Social Organization would gain by attending PRAGATI 2017. It provides a great scape of opportunity for your social projects to get into action and real-time results. PRAGATI 2017 offers you a platform to explore all possible funding options.
  • What is PRAGATI 2017 ?

    PRAGATI 2017 is Vibha's Bi-annual conference that brings all its partner projects to one platform with a mission to “Connect, Share and Leverage”. Started in 2009 in Bangalore and continued in 2011 and 2013, PRAGATI played an important role in developing a better understanding between Vibha and its partners. It also provided an environment among all the projects to learn from each other. PRAGATI has been extremely successful in facilitating the growth and impact of the work of several projects.
  • As a corporate how can I benefit from attending this event ?

    CSR happens to be one of the most crucial mandates for any responsible corporate in India. VIBHA through its social entrepreneurship model provides an opportunity for corporates to leverage Vibha’s 25 years of experience and expertise in the social sector; coupled with its 28 grass-roots partner initiatives across the country, so as to enable corporates to achieve their respective CSR goals. Apart from VBHA’s numerous grass-roots partners that will be attending PRAGATI 2017, Vibha also has several corporate partners as well, who are already a part of the Vibha ecosystem and have created a significant difference in the lives of children in need.


An Overview of Our Partner NGOs