Asha 24 Conference

July 25-26 at University of Florida, Gainesville.

* Video links to completed sessions are available in the Schedule below

The Asha-24 conference – named for the 24th year of Asha for Education’s existence –  was held on the weekend of July 25-26, 2015. This biennial conference was hosted by the University of Florida chapter of Asha for Education on the University of Florida campus.

Asha for Education has been supporting the education of under privileged children in India for 24 years now. This was a time for all of us at Asha to celebrate all the work that Asha volunteers and our project partners have done over the years.

It was also the time for us all to learn more about the socio-economic problems in India and think of creative ways in which we can expand our work to serve the under-privileged kids better. This conference had a great array of speakers and topics that helped immensely improve our understanding of the grassroots issues in India and ways to tackle them.

Volunteer comments and notes about the conference can be found here.

Asha-24 Conference at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Conference Details:
When: Saturday, July 25th – Sunday, July 26th
Where: Matthews Suite, Reitz Union, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


Saturday – July 25th – Focus on the state of education and socio-economic inequality in India
Time SlotTopicBy
8:30 AM – 9:15 AMBreakfast/Mingle/Registration
9:15 AM – 9:30 AMWelcome and conference logistics, Opening remarks
9:30 AM – 10:30 AMCurrent state of education and socio-economic inequality in India (Slides)Aparna, Asha Stanford
10:30 AM – NoonPlenary Talk by Anurag BeharAnurag Behar, CEO of Azim Premji Foundation  (via videoconference)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMLunch
1:00 PM – 2:30 PMKeynote Address by Ravi KuchimanchiRavi Kuchimanchi – Founder and Jeevansaathi, AID.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PMWhat works in Education (Slides, Detailed)Pradeep, Asha Stanford
3:30 PM – 4:30 PMBreak + Poster Session3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Chai (Tea break) + Poster Session
4:30 PM – 5:30 PMProject partner talk – Adhik KadamAdhik Kadam – Basera-e-Tabassum
6:00 PM – 6:30 PMWhy do volunteers volunteer?Bernadette White (via videoconference)
6:30 PM – 7:00 PMCSR Funding Opportunities for NGOs in India (Slides) Arun Chaganty, Asha Stanford and Anu Bulusu, Asha Atlanta
Sunday – July 26th – Focus on AfE and how we can better tackle the issues highlighted
Time SlotTopicBy
8:00 AM – 8:30 AMBreakfast
8:30 AM – 10:00 AMState of Asha (Slides)Asha-wide Coordination team
10:00 AM – 11:00 AMCharting the future of Asha – DiscussionEveryone
11:00 AM – 11:30 AMTalk on REWARD TrustUpasana
11:30 AM – 12:30 PMA talk on Livelihoods (Slides)Richa Govil (via videoconference)
12:30 PM – 1:30 PMLunch
1:30 PM – 3:00 PMKeynote Address – Blowin’ in the Wind: Lessons from grassroots IndiaAravinda, AID Development Coordinator.
3:00 PM – 3:30 PMMeasuring and reporting outcomes (Slides)Sundari Balan, Asha St. Louis (via videoconference)
3:30 PM – 4:00 PMChapter Collaborations in Asha (Slides)Aparna, Asha Stanford
4:00 PM – 4:30 PMBreak
4:30 PM – 6:00 PMOpen Forum – Issues at Asha and closing remarks.



For more details, please contact:

Ravi Venkatraman:

Pradeep Jayaraman:

Asha for Education is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit with 66 chapters around the world whose mission is to catalyze socio-economic change in India through the education of underprivileged children. Click here for more details about us.
We work with over 300 projects spread across the length and breadth of India. The projects deal with educational issues from pre-primary schooling to professional education in locations from urban slums to isolated rural areas. Click here to learn more.
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