What does it take to turn a dream into reality? Reflecting on various scholars, fellows and young leaders that she has worked with in the past and more specifically at the Institute of International Education, IIE/India Director Namrata Jha has come up with the following items.
Namrata Jha is the Director of the Institute of International Education’s New Delhi office. Namrata joined IIE in 2009 and had been in her current position since 2011. She brings 14 years of experience in Leadership Development, Capacity Building, Communication and Program Management. Acknowledged for her integrity, high professional standards, “big-picture” vision and sensitivity to manage projects with commitment, passion and creativity, Namrata is a recipient of the coveted Business School Affaire & Dewang Mehta Business School Award for Leadership in Education and has been featured at Forbes. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Delhi School of Social Work, Delhi University and a B.A. in Psychology. Read her blog posts about the Verizon Innovative Learning Program.
This was the recently concluded “congratulatory event” in Chennai, India, organized to felicitate the 100 graduating girls of the Verizon Innovative Learning Program (VILP).
The Verizon Innovative Learning Program (VILP) girls are about to complete their annual academic cycle designed to promote STEM education among girls in India.
The Verizon Innovative Learning Program (VILP) has achieved yet another milestone! Forty Verizon volunteers went through a kick-start workshop to begin the mentoring process for VILP girls.
Much has happened in the Verizon Innovative Learning Program (VILP) in last two months, including a few initial milestones. The teachers' workshop was completed in Chennai, and 200 girls have been selected for the program.
The Joint Entrance Exam 2012 report states that the percentage of girls admitted to the Indian Institutes of Technology has decreased from 9.9 percent in 2011 to 9.7 percent in 2012. In continuation of the need assessment plan for the pilot program to be launched in Southern India, the IIE team set out for another site visit in December 2013.
After a four-month needs assessment, endless school visits, meetings with government officials, presentations, and data gathering and analysis, the Verizon Innovative Learning Program was launched with the Teacher’s Workshop in Hyderabad on the February 25 -26, 2014.
In an attempt to remove barriers and encourage girls’ to enter STEM fields, IIE’s New Delhi office officially began the planning phase for a pilot program to be launched early in 2014. To kick off the need assessment, I was joined by the education technology expert Ms. Vasanta to visit Hyderabad, the bustling capital of Andhra Pradesh in South of India.