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  • published WGF India in Partners 2022-03-15 00:07:01 -0400

  • published Year 2020: WHEELS Webinar Series in Webinars 2022-03-12 14:04:43 -0500

    Year 2020 - Webinars by WHEELS

    The Year 2020 WHEELS Webinar Series
    November 13th, 2020
    Measuring the Impact of Social Enterprises
    Webinar Speakers
    Dr. Jayanti Ravi
    Dr. Kavita Kapur
    Ms. Deepa Prahalad Abhyankar
    Webinar Moderator
    Mr. Arun Jain
    Webinar Chair
    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur
    October 23rd, 2020
    Changing Lives of the Poorest through Education
    Webinar Speakers
    Mrs. Rashmi Misra
    Mrs. Vinita Saraf
    Mr. Ajit George
    Webinar Moderator
    Dr. Dhritiman Banerjee
    Webinar Chair
    Prof. Kannan Moudgalya
    October 9th, 2020
    Scaling Philanthropy for India's Social Transformation
    Webinar Speakers
    Mr. Ashok Alexandar
    Mr. Kartik Kilachand
    Mr. Ruyintan (Ron) Mehta
    Webinar Moderator
    Mr. Arjun Malhotra
    Webinar Chair
    Mr. Ashank Desai
    September 12th, 2020
    Geopolitics in the Post-COVID World: A Dialog with Hon'ble Member of Parliament (MP), India
    Webinar Speaker
    Dr. SHASHI THAROOR
    Webinar Moderator
    Mr. Suresh Shenoy
    Webinar Chair
    Mr. Anil Bhandari


    September 4th, 2020
    Transforming Rural Lives through Education, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    Webinar Speakers
    Mrs. Ranjani Saigal
    Mr. Moncho Ferrer
    Mr. Kalyan Chakravarty
    Webinar Moderator
    Mr. Bala Venkatachalam
    Webinar Chair
    Mr. Yogesh Andlay

    August 21st, 2020
    Role of Professional Organizations to address Issues & Opportunities in Post-COVID world
    Webinar Speakers
    Dr. S. K. Ramesh
    Mr. Krishen Dhar
    Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda
    Mr. Sundy Srinivasan
    Webinar Moderator
    Mr. Suresh Shenoy
    Webinar Chair
    Dr. Vikas Khurana
    August 7th, 2020
    Rural Healthcare - Issues & Opportunities in Post COVID-19
    Webinar Speakers
    Dr. Raj Shah
    Mr. Amit Khare
    Dr. Thakor Patel
    Webinar Moderator
    Dr. Nitish Thakor
    Webinar Chair
    Mr. Arjun Malhotra
    July 25th, 2020
    Evolving Paradigms of Development
    Webinar Speakers
    HH Sri Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar
    Mr. Rajat Gupta
    Webinar Moderator
    Mr. Suresh Shenoy
    Webinar Chair
    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur
    July 10th, 2020
    Emerging Technologies for Social Good
    Webinar Speakers
    Mr. Anup Wadhwa
    Mr. Harish Hande
    Dr. Bharat Balasubramanian
    Webinar Moderator
    Mr. Yogesh Andlay & Mrs. Geetanjali Choori
    Webinar Chair
    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur
    June 26th, 2020
    How each one of Us can make a difference in the World?
    Webinar Speakers
    Mr. Rajat Gupta
    Dr. Jayanti Ravi
    Mr. Desh Deshpande
    Webinar Moderator
    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur & Mr. Suresh Shenoy
    Webinar Chair
    Mr. Sundy Srinivasan
    June 12th, 2020
    Global Pandemic, Local Remedies - Ayurveda, Yoga & Traditional Healthcare
    Webinar Speakers
    Prof. Vaidya Kartar Singh Dhiman
    Dr. Issac Mathai
    Webinar Moderator
    Mr. Yogesh Andlay & Mrs. Geetanjali Choori
    Webinar Chair
    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur
    May 15th, 2020
    Envisioning Rural communities Post-Covid with Smart Village Project
    Webinar Speakers
    Mr. Ram Pappu
    Mr. Farid Khan
    Dr. Vibha Gupta
    Webinar Moderator
    Mr. Yogesh Andlay
    Webinar Chair
    Mr. Suresh Shenoy

    May 1st, 2020
    Visualizing the Post COVID-19 World
    Webinar Speaker
    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur Acknowledged as a "luminary diplomat”
    Webinar Moderator
    Mr. Suresh Shenoy
    Webinar Chair
    Mr. Yogesh Andlay

  • published Year End Updates 2021 in Impact 2021-12-19 20:18:39 -0500

    Year 2021 Wrapped - WHEELS Global Foundation


    Year 2021 Wrapped - WHEELS Global Foundation
    2021 - A Year that started with apprehension, isolation, and fear of a lethal virus, an unthinkable uprising in the world’s largest democracy, and a world ravaged by climate change, science, and technology brought hope with vaccines, digital connectivity, and advances in renewable energy.

    At WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF) our team of engineers, doctors, volunteers, and philanthropists came together with both public and private entities to apply technology to address the many unmet demands of people in some of the most impoverished corners of India. On behalf of the entire WGF family of Board members, Partners, Volunteers, Staff, Donors, and well-wishers, I would like to thank each and everyone for their dedication, passion, time, talent, and treasure to design, develop and implement solutions for maximum impact. I take this opportunity to focus on just a few of the achievements and initiatives in this past, difficult year, that have yielded measurable, and tangible impact.

    Our sister organization, the WHEELS India Niswarth Foundation (WIN), initiated a woman’ Nutri-food micro-entrepreneurs program - under a new nutrition multi-stakeholder project 'Developing Women Entrepreneurs & Improving nutrition intake in children and young women in five Gram Panchayats of Sanand' with Samerth Charitable trust as implementing NGO partner launched in September 2021. This was followed by a training program for field health workers in these villages on Mother and Child Nutrition based on the “First 1000 days” concept. This multi-stakeholder project is based on a market creation approach through a simultaneous Push (Supply) and Pull (Demand) model. The objective of the projects is:
    1. To promote the supply of nutritious food products through women-led micro-enterprises.
    2. To promote demand for nutritive intake in the vulnerable communities, focusing on children and young women, through training of field health workers, who in turn counsel mothers for nutrition and hygiene.
    For additional information about the project, Please find below on various social media platforms:
    WIN also supported several projects for Water and Sanitation in rural and tribal areas impacting over 700,000 people’s lives. You can read about this and also the WIN Challenge in association with IIT Hyderabad for applying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Child Growth and Health Monitoring. To read more about this, Please Click Here.
    WGF and the Water Council initiated a model  Water Management Program in the State of Himachal Pradesh in India with the following objectives:
    1. A Pilot Project for Integrated Water Management, based on Scientific Data and Evidence-based Decision Support System.
    2. A partnership between the state government of Himachal Pradesh and Wheels Global Foundation.
    3. A Consortium of WGF Partners, spanning scientific research group (ACWADAM), academia (IIT Roorkee), social technology enterprise (PSI), and grassroots organizations (CORD, MVS, and RTDC), with proven capability in the domain.
    4. A model of convergence for infrastructure-led development at the village level.
    5. A customized Portal for sustainable convergence at the village level.
    The works will be carried out by the departments of Rural Development, Jal Shakti, Forest, Panchayati Raj as well as Agriculture, Horticulture, and Animal Husbandry, through the convergence of various government programs and schemes. The Pilot Project will engage user communities towards integrated water management, sustainability, and long-term conservation of water resources, including demand management and greywater management.

    Robust systems, processes, and monitoring mechanisms have been incorporated into the Project. A unified Dashboard will anchor seamless & coordinated implementation of the project. The Portal will create a platform for directing all activities by all consortium partners and the state government departments, within specified and agreed on timelines, to deliver the envisaged outcomes in terms of Natural Resource Productivity, Economic Impact, Social Impact, and Sustainability of the project. These results would be measured periodically. IIT Roorkee will independently evaluate the technical outcomes and a third party will independently do the same for socio-economic outcomes.

    This pilot project will impact several communities with a population of over 500,000 people along the initial water streams. The State Government has already indicated its desire to expand this work in 2022 to an additional 10 streams. Additional information on this initiative can be found here: https://www.wheelsglobal.org/water-council.
    The WHEELS Health Council was in full gear throughout this year of the pandemic. With the active solicitation of our many volunteers and the very able guidance of the Health council, we implemented 367 Telemedicine Operations in partnership with EVOLKO – a telemedicine platform vendor applying AI/ML for diagnostics and healthcare.

    The model labeled Healthcare Easy Access for Rural communities through Telemedicine (HEART) offers local individual operators to earn a fair wage, experience an entrepreneurial venture, and serve the community, including free AT Home Testing and health monitoring to detect early stages of critical illness and provide at a cost affordable fee for remote consultation with medical specialists, providing a prescription for treatment and required drugs that villagers can acquire at zero cost supplied by the Govt. The health monitoring continues after treatments or surgical procedures at district hospitals.


    This implementation of 367 telemedicine units by the Health council has impacted about 1.8 million people with each operation serving a rural area with a population of approx. 5,000. The Health Council also helped to work with the Rotary clubs in Aurangabad with Oxygen Concentrators to help meet their local requirements.

    In acknowledging the assistance provided by WGF, the Rotary Club newsletter read “…. In these unprecedented times, when there is much pain and suffering all around, there are still individuals and organizations that are selflessly helping people in need in whatever way they can. During the COVID-19 pandemic, WHEELS Global Foundation has been working with NGOs in the US and India to provide oxygen concentrators and isolation rooms to underserved areas, including villages as well as Tier II and Tier III cities. Continuing with this effort, WHEELS Global Foundation, in collaboration with Shiv Yog Foundation and the Rotary Club of Aurangabad, procured 10 Oxygen Concentrators for Aurangabad….” The local media also reported this effort and its contribution to the local community.
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    WGF Health council also made strides for establishing a footprint for its service in the United States by implementing the first Telemedicine initiative at New York University in Manhattan and also launching a research program with the Center of Medical Innovation at the University of Utah. The council also expanded the program to include 12+ sub-committees to evaluate activities in other areas such as Oncology, Mental Health, Maternal, and Child Care, etc where technology can help to scale philanthropy.
    In Education, WGF has invested in 2 Projects.
    At ARAVALLI, a tribal region in Gujarat, WGF SMART Village initiative:
    Wheels Global Foundation (WGF) in partnership with BOSCH Foundation and Shamlaji Arts College has successfully completed the first batch of the job-oriented training of 21 Youths, 9 female and 12 Male. These youths come from most underprivileged households. Due to personal circumstances, many of these students had dropped out of school at an early age to support their families and were deprived of academic programs. WGF together with the Bosch Foundation set up a BRIDGE Center in Shamlaji College to provide three months short duration course divided into two phases, two months of classroom training and one month of on-the-job training. Twenty-one students will be graduating in December – the first graduating class of its kind where 100% of the students are placed in area companies leading to full-time opportunities.

    As part of the Livelihood verticals of WHEELS, WGF facilitated the establishment of the BOSCH Foundation's BRIDGE center in Shamlaji college. WGF provided two young female master trainers to build the capacities of the youths in soft job-oriented skills such as communication, ethics, values, teamwork, problem solvers, basic English and computer literacy, client service, and so forth. Female teachers were recruited to empower women to be in teaching and leadership positions and also to create female role models for young women in tribal areas. Shamlaji college provided the infrastructure to host the Bridge Training Center. BOSCH foundation provided training kits and trained WGF master trainers. Some of the Youths have been offered entry-level positions in Ahmedabad, Surat, and Vapi in various industries. The local Gujarati media covered this important milestone for the Aravalli district.
    On January 25th, 2021, our partners, Sobus Insight Forum, launched a Sobus Center of Excellence in Shri Vithal Engineering and Research Institute (SVERI), Pandharpur taluka, rural Maharastra. This program formed with SVERI as an academic partner, Wheels Global Foundation as funding and knowledge partner, and Sobus as a social innovation partner, the Sobus Center of Excellence at Pandharpur will work towards creating sustainable and scalable social impact via rural innovation, entrepreneurship, and livelihoods. The SVERI college itself would be transformed into regional research, innovation, and entrepreneurship hub. partnering with organizations such as Deshpande Foundation and IIT-Bombay to support skill-building and research-related activities, starting outreach activities for students, staff, local community members, local and national startups, and entrepreneurs among other activities. WGF has also helped to launch the Telemedicine/Healthcare program with a lead from the WHEELS Health Council.
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    The Aravalli SMART Village program started in 2018 got a lot of traction in 2021 despite the pandemic and the many challenges for working in a remote part of Gujarat. In addition to the skills development program mentioned above in collaboration with the Bosch Foundation, WGF worked with the SEVAK Foundation to implement four Telemedicine Operations in Aravalli District. Also, with collaboration from the IEEE SMART Village initiative and Magan Sangralaya Samiti in Wardha, WGF has initiated a process to implement two entrepreneurship ventures. This activity is expected to start in early 2022. After gaining the trust and confidence of the local tribes and village panchayats, many of the initiatives started since inception have started to gain momentum with participation by State, local, and community leaders. We would be remiss to not mention the help and encouragement from our partners at Mission Samridhi and Sarjan Foundation in these efforts.
    Finally, WGF conducted 7 thought-provoking webinars in 2021 including four COVID series on Sharing experiences to handle the Pandemic crisis, Digital medicine, Public Health Infrastructure as well as policies and practices needed in post Pandemic period. You can view them all at https://www.wheelsglobal.org/year_2021_webinars. We are most grateful to many thought leaders, senior members of the current administration in India, academicians, industrialists, lawyers, and partners who participated in these webinars averaging over 500 attendees at each and broadcast live on Facebook and other social media. Key takeaways from each of these webinars have yielded important lessons for policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and funding agencies on the challenges and opportunities for serving the underprivileged and impoverished segments of society with technology and creating networks of like-minded individuals and institutions.
    Just as 2021 has been a year of significant and impactful activities, 2022 brings new promise and hope as more effective vaccines, methods, and treatment options help to mitigate and fight the deadly covid virus – none of which would be possible without advances and research in science and technology and delivery systems. At WHEELS Global Foundation we remain committed to our creed for embracing every individual and entity who is willing to partner with us for applying their talents, time, and treasure to leverage technology to scale philanthropy. We greatly cherish your engagement with WHEELS and appreciate your participation in our activities. Watch for our announcements of a global conference to be held in India in November 2022 in collaboration with the Ideal Village program at the Stanford School of Medicine – we will look forward to your active participation at this event. Meanwhile, we wish you and all your loved ones joyous holidays, a Very Happy New Year, and our thoughts and prayers for your safety, peace, and good health.

    "Year-end update is to give everyone a brief report on how your Time, Talent, & Treasure has been applied by WHEELS in 2021."

    Please consider to DONATE Generously for our continued success in 2022
    WHEELS Global Foundation is a 501C(3) approved entity started by alumni of the Indian Institutes of Technology and your donations are Tax Deductible in the USA. Our board members and a few others contribute to pay administrative costs to make sure all of your donations go directly to the concerned causes.

    None of the work would be possible without the able guidance, contribution, and stewardship of all the WHEELS Global Foundation Board, The WHEELS Health Council, WHEELS Water Council, and Team: Rajat Gupta (Chairman-USA), Ashank Desai(Chairman – India), Anil Bhandari (Chairman – Advisory Board), Suresh Shenoy (President – USA), Digvijay Chaudhari (President- India), Arjun Malhotra, Raj Jaswa, Krish Gopalkrishna, Nishith Desai, Ron Mehta, Hiten Ghosh, Raj Shah, Smita Siddhanti, Gulab Bhavnani, Kannan Srinivasan, D.C. Agrawal, Vinay Karle, Witty Bindra, Ratan Agarwal, Sushil Bhatia, Pradeep Kapur, Kavita Kapur, Yogesh Andlay, Indrajit Chatterjee, Gauri Kumar, Kannan Moudgalya, Pradip Nadkarni, Yagya Datt Sharma, Ganesh Pateria, Himanshu Verma, Kishen Goenka (WGF-North), Mahesh Vaidya (WGF-Pune), Sujata Roy (WGF-East), Ramnath S. Mani(WGF-South), Surendra Makhija (WGF-North),Chander Ramchandan,Rakesh Jani, Girish Sampath, Marlaine Martin, Joseph Chalil, Farid Khan, Manish Kohli, Joseph Nixon, Rajesh Tripathi, Thakor Patel, Vikas Khurana, Bindu Kumar, Nandini Tandon, Amit Khare, Adheesh Pateria, Priya Tandon, Ram Kumar Singh, Raj Bhayani, Chintu Patel, Chirag Patel, Buddhdev, Ashok Gupta, Varsha Vaidya, R. S. Sodi, C. S. Buch, Paresh Vora. We also wish to acknowledge all the Directors of the IITs who have been actively engaged in participating in WGF activities. Several members of the faculty have also been actively engaged in Data Analytics, Language translations, Site Visits, and student-led projects. My apologies if I have missed the many volunteers who have been actively engaged with us over time. With all your help & support from all the generous donors only, we are able to deliver the above projects and looking for continued support in 2022.


    Sincerely,

    SignSuresh

    Suresh Shenoy
    President,
    WHEELS Global Foundation



     


  • published Latest Webinar in Latest News 2021-09-15 09:05:38 -0400

    Invitation to Public Health Policy & Digital HealthCare Systems for Dealing with Pandemics - LIVE Webinar

    Click Here to Watch the Webinar Recording

    LIVE Webinar
    Public Health Policy & Digital HealthCare Systems for Dealing with Pandemics
    Speakers' Panel

    Mr. Arjun Malhotra, Executive Chairman - Evolko(USA), Co-Founder - HCL & PHFI

    Prof. (Dr.) Shiv Kumar Sarin, MD, DM, D.Sc. (Hony.), FNA, FNAS Senior Professor, Hepatology, & Vice-Chancellor, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences(ILBS)

    Dr. K. Srinath Reddy, President - Public Health Foundation of India(PHFI)
    &
    Dr. Krishna Vatsa, Member, National Disaster Management Authority
    Webinar Chair

    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur, Executive Director, Smart Village Development Initiative, WHEELS Global Foundation

    Webinar Moderator

    Mr. Rajat Gupta, Chairman - WHEELS Global Foundation, Former Chairman - McKinsey Global

    The main objective for our webinar is to offer a forum for discussions on the increased priority of Public Health in Govt policies and improved preparedness to handle another pandemic crisis by complementing a series of three prior Webinars as follows:

    #1 Field Experiences of NGOs showcasing their services to address COVID-Pandemic.

    #2 Digital Healthcare and its promises for Rural Public Health: A joint Webinar with Johns Hopkins University and JHU Institute in India.

    #3 Infrastructures and R&D with IITs needed to make India Self-reliant in Medical devices and Public Health.

     

    WHEELS Global Foundation, the organizer of these Webinars, itself has been actively involved with Public health in India's rural communities, by managing 300 Telemedicine centers and has direct experience in the COVID Pandemic - a failure of Public health preparedness across the globe. We hope to create thought leadership through our cumulative 6000 global participants in our 19 Webinars on what public policies in Public health worked, what did not, and what needs to be developed to avoid the social and economic calamities of such pandemics in the future. WHEELS has been recognized as an NGO for technology transfer by NiTi Aayog of the Govt of India and the Department of Panchayat Raj has signed an MOU with WHEELS and its partners for Integrated Development of Smart Village Clusters. Please note our esteemed panelists and register for this interesting and informative webinar.

    Please join us LIVE on ZOOM

    Day/Date: Saturday, September 25th' 2021

    Time: 07:30 PM - 09 PM IST | 10 AM - 11:30 AM US EDT

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to [email protected]. The webinar will also be broadcast on  WHEELS Facebook Page and other social media platforms. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 09:45 AM ET OR 07:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org

     

    Panelist's Overview

    Mr. Rajat

    Mr. Rajat Gupta is Chairman of WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF) and serves on its board as a key strategist in defining the direction and focus of the non-profit organization. Mr. Gupta brings his considerable skills to WGF, along with his leadership associations and advisory roles to many other non-profits such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

    Mr. Rajat Gupta is a leading Indian-American businessman and Philanthropist who has co-founded successful world-class institutions including the Indian School of Business(ISB), American India Foundation(AIF), New Silk Route, and Scandent Solutions. He was ranked 15th in the nation in the entrance exam for the Indian Institutes of Technology, IIT JEE. He received a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-Delhi) in 1971 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1973.

    Mr. Gupta joined McKinsey & Company in 1973 as one of the earliest Indian-Americans at the eminent consulting company. In 1994, he was elected the firm’s first managing director (chief executive) born outside of the US and then was re-elected twice in 1997 and 2000. Mr. Gupta is widely regarded as one of the first Indians to successfully break through the glass ceiling, as the first Indian-born CEO of a multinational corporation (not just a consultancy). During Mr. Gupta’s tenure as head of McKinsey, the firm opened offices in 23 new countries and doubled its consultant base to 891 partners, increasing revenue 280 percent to $3.4 billion.

    Mr. arjun

    Mr. Arjun Malhotra is a pioneer of the Indian IT industry, Mr. Malhotra served as Chairman of Headstrong’s Board of Directors before its acquisition by Genpact in May 2011. Prior to Headstrong, he was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of TechSpan, which merged with Headstrong in October 2003. Mr. Malhotra has had a long string of entrepreneurial successes. He co-founded the HCL group in 1975, taking it from a six-person “garage operation” to one of India’s largest InformationTechnology corporations. The first leading Indian entrepreneur to relocate to the USA, Mr. Malhotra took over HCL’s US operations (now known as HCL Technologies) in 1989 and grew it to nearly $100 million annual revenues.

    In 1992 he ran the HCL-HP joint venture in India, and in 1996 he set up and ran the joint venture with Deluxe Corporation. Mr. Malhotra is on the Board of Governors of ISB, Hyderabad, and IIT (Kharagpur) Foundation. He is a past Co-Chair of the Global Pan-IIT Alumni Association. He is also a Member of IPSS and was on the Board of Governors of The Doon School. A Life Fellow of IIT Kharagpur, he has been awarded Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) in September 2012. Punjab Technical University conferred an Honorary Ph.D. on him in 2013.

    Dr. Shiv Kumar

    Prof. (Dr.) S.K. Sarin is the Senior Professor, Hepatology, and Vice-Chancellor, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi. He was instrumental in setting up the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, under the auspices of the Govt of Delhi. He is also the Director, WHO Collaborative Centre on Chronic Liver diseases and Viral Hepatitis at ILBS. He serves as Adjunct Faculty, Molecular Medicine at JNU due to his deep interest and contributions to translational science. He is credited with several new treatment protocols for liver diseases, especially variceal bleeding, liver regeneration, hepatitis B, and acute-on-chronic liver failure. He has more than 680 publications to his credit, edited 13 books on liver diseases, and contributed 90 chapters to various medical textbooks. He has helped develop 20 major guidelines; including six major Asian Pacific Treatment Guidelines in Liver diseases. Prof. Sarin has shown leadership roles in being the President of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology, Indian Association for the Study of the Liver, Asian Pacific Association of Liver (APASL), and Chairman Steering Committee of the APASL.

     

    He has been awarded the prestigious Henry L. Bockus Medal -2017 by World Gastroenterology Organization, as also Ralph Kohn Memorial Lecture at the Institute of Hepatology, London, Prof. Telfer Reynolds Memorial Oration at the University of Southern California. He has been bestowed with Padma Bhushan by the Govt of India. He is also a recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, The World Academy of Medical Sciences (TWAS) International Prize, EASL International Recognition Award, Om Prakash Bhasin Award, Dhanvantri Medical Award, Ranbaxy Medical Sciences Award, and the ‘Best Teacher Award, besides being a founding Editor of Hepatology International. He developed with other Board of Governors the ‘Vision 2015’ document for Medical Education in India during his tenure as Chairman of Medical Council of India.

    Dr. Srinath

    Prof. K. Srinath Reddy is the President of, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and formerly headed the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Under his leadership, PHFI has established five Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs) in different regions of India, to advance multi-disciplinary public health education, research, health technologies, and implementation support for strengthening health systems. He was appointed as the First Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in (2009-13) and presently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard (2014-2023). He holds advisory positions in several national and international bodies and recently published a book Make Health in India: Reaching A Billion Plus. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, and an Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. He is the first Indian to be elected to the National Academy of Medicine, USA, and was awarded several prestigious international and national doctorates and fellowships. He was President of the World Heart Federation (2013-15). He is a Padma Bhushan awardee. He is also an Advisor to the Governments of Odisha, Punjab, Haryana, and Andhra Pradesh on Public Health. He served as a physician to two Prime Ministers of India.

    Prof. Reddy obtained his medical degree from Osmania Medical College (Hyderabad), M.D. (Medicine), and D.M. (Cardiology) degrees from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Delhi) and M.Sc. (Epidemiology) from McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada). Having trained in cardiology and epidemiology, Prof. Reddy has been involved in several major international and national research studies including the INTERSALT global study of blood pressure and electrolytes, INTERHEART global study on risk factors of myocardial infarction, national collaborative studies on the epidemiology of coronary heart disease and community control of rheumatic heart disease. Widely regarded as a leader of preventive cardiology at national and international levels, Prof. Reddy has been a researcher, teacher, policy enabler, advocate, and activist who has worked to promote cardiovascular health, tobacco control, appropriate nutrition across the life course, chronic disease prevention and healthy living across the lifespan. He edited the National Medical Journal of India for 10 years and is on the editorial board of several international and national journals. He has more than 500 scientific publications in international and Indian peer reviewed-journals.

    Dr. Krishna

    Dr. Krishna S. Vatsa has worked in the area of disaster risk reduction and recovery for the last 25 years. Prior to joining as Member, NDMA, Krishna S. Vatsa worked as Policy Advisor, Disaster Recovery, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), UNDP in New York and Nairobi during 2015-20. He served as the Regional Disaster Reduction Advisor, South & South- West Asia in New Delhi from 2008 to 2014. He joined UNDP in 2007 as an Early Recovery Coordinator in the Philippines.

    As a career civil servant, Krishna S. Vatsa joined the Maharashtra Emergency Earthquake Rehabilitation Programme in the state of Maharashtra in 1995 and implemented a large-scale earthquake recovery program during the next four years. He has also served as Secretary to the Government of Maharashtra, Relief, and Rehabilitation from 2003 to 2006, and then as Secretary, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj from 2006 to 2007. In course of his career, he extensively consulted for several national and international organizations in the area of disaster risk reduction and recovery. Krishna S. Vatsa has a Doctor of Science in Disaster Risk Management from George Washington University, Washington, DC, and published extensively on the subject.

    pradeep

    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur is an acknowledged “luminary diplomat,” with a distinguished career working with leaders and policymakers around the world. Author and editor of many books, he was Ambassador of India to Chile and to Cambodia and Secretary at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. He is Executive Director of Smart Village Development Fund (SVDF). He received a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering in 1977 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. In 1979, he received a Master of Technology in Management and Systems from IIT, Delhi. As a career Indian Foreign Service officer from 1979 to 2013, he held many government posts both in India and abroad. From April 2001 to January 2005 he was the Indian ambassador to Cambodia. From October 2007 through January 2009, he was joint secretary of the Foreign Service Institute in New Delhi. From January 2009 to December 2013 he was the Indian ambassador to Chile.

     

    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology-Enabled Philanthropy. WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of the Committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer. WHEELS has also signed an MOU with the Ministry for Panchayati Raj for a technology partnership in Rural Development.



  • Invitation to "Infrastructures For Public Healthcare System" - LIVE Webinar

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    LIVE WEBINAR

    Infrastructures for Public Healthcare System

    Speakers' Panel
    Dr. Sanjay Mukherjee, IAS, Vice Chairman & Managing Director - City & Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO)

    Mr. Kalyan Chakravarty, Founding Sevak & Executive Director - PanIIT Alumni Reach for India Foundation

    Dr. Manoj Mondal, Professor at "Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship, IIT Kharagpur"
    And
    Dr. Ramana Rao, MD - GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute
    Webinar Chair
    Dr. Nitish Thakor, Prof. Bio-medical Eng'g, - Johns Hopkins University

    Webinar Moderator
    Mr. Arjun Malhotra,
    Co-Founder, HCL & PHFI

    Infrastructure is the most important anchor that glues together the Public Healthcare System with its vast complexities of medical equipment, supplies, facilities, availability, and training of frontline workers. In addition to public policies and the importance of Public health to the National economy, the national resources and priorities that the government assign -- both at the national and state level, can turn a pandemic into a national calamity as we learned globally. The Heroes of the Public Health system often do not get their due recognition in public priorities until it becomes a crisis.

    We are fortunate to have a panel of speakers who have managed this critical anchor of India's public health system to share their experience and recommendations so that we can manage it better during the next pandemic. Please note our esteemed panelists and register for this interesting and informative webinar.

    Please join us LIVE on ZOOM, Saturday, AUGUST 28th, 2021, from 10 AM to 11:30 AM US ET, (7:30 PM to 09 PM IST). (Registration is Free).

     

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to [email protected]. The webinar will also be broadcast on  WHEELS Facebook Page and other social media platforms. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 09:45 AM ET OR 07:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org


    Panelist's Overview

    Mr. Arjun Malhotra is a pioneer of the Indian IT industry, Mr. Malhotra served as Chairman of Headstrong’s Board of Directors before its acquisition by Genpact in May 2011. Prior to Headstrong, he was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of TechSpan, which merged with Headstrong in October 2003. Mr. Malhotra has had a long string of entrepreneurial successes. He co-founded the HCL group in 1975, taking it from a six-person “garage operation” to one of India’s largest InformationTechnology corporations. The first leading Indian entrepreneur to relocate to the USA, Mr. Malhotra took over HCL’s US operations (now known as HCL Technologies) in 1989 and grew it to nearly $100 million annual revenues.

    In 1992 he ran the HCL-HP joint venture in India, and in 1996 he set up and ran the joint venture with Deluxe Corporation. Mr. Malhotra is on the Board of Governors of ISB, Hyderabad, and IIT (Kharagpur) Foundation. He is a past Co-Chair of the Global Pan-IIT Alumni Association. He is also a Member of IPSS and was on the Board of Governors of The Doon School. A Life Fellow of IIT Kharagpur, he has been awarded Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) in September 2012. Punjab Technical University conferred an Honorary Ph.D. on him in 2013.

    Dr. Sanjay Mukherjee IAS is currently serving as the Vice Chairman and Managing Director (VCMD) of the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO), the Government of Maharashtra’s premium agency for the Development of New Cities and Projects. He specializes in Project Development, Financing and Execution, Strategy, Urban Development, Healthcare Development, Utility Management, and Infrastructure. In his current assignment, Dr. Mukherjee is responsible for the completion of the Navi Mumbai Project of CIDCO, which is the area from Navi Mumbai up to JNPT. Under his leadership, amongst the major projects being executed by CIDCO include Mega Housing Projects amongst the largest in the world, the Navi Mumbai International Airport, the NAVI Mumbai Metro Rail Project, the Navi Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area ( NAINA) project (which includes most of Raigad District) and many more. He is credited to have given breakneck speed to the execution of all pending projects of CIDCO, including above, the Railway Projects, Palghar New Town, etc.

    Dr. Mukherjee’s association with Infrastructure Development goes back 2 decades when he spearheaded the planning and Land Acquisition of Nagpur’s MIHAN project, several Irrigation Projects, etc. He prepared the DPR of the Nagpur Metro and also spearheaded the Nagpur Metro Region Project. As the State Excise Commissioner, he increased the excise Revenue from Rs. 5500 crore to Rs. 12,000 crore in 4 years, and also spearheaded massive computerization of the department. He was the driving force behind of Mumbai Coastal Road Project, the Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project, the Mumbai Sewerage Improvement Project, the Waste to Energy Project, and many more. He is also credited with boosting the reserves of MCGM from Rs. 40,000 crore to Rs. 8,000 crore during his stint.

    He is a doctor by teaming and has the time occasion of serving as the Secretary of the Medical Education Department. His tenure was marked by huge infrastructure creation in the Department, with the Government starting the construction of 11 new Medical Colleges, up-gradation of existing Medical Colleges, doubling the PG student intake, massive increase of the UG medical seats, etc. Several regulatory reforms were bought in, like the entry of the Private Sector in Medical Education, Reforms in the AYUSH system, etc. Later, he led the State’s Covid response during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and was responsible for Infrastructure development and medical supplies, which he did at the rate of One COVID hospital and one testing lab a day, in addition to encouraging and facilitating the Industry in ramping up production of essential items. Under his leadership, Maharashtra became the first exporter of PPEs in India.

    He also began Project Platina, which was the world’s largest trial for Plasma Therapy, and also was an investigator in several studies in COVID, some of which are peer-reviewed and published. Dr. Sanjay Mukherjee is an avid reader and a music enthusiast. He also enjoys the outdoors and spends most of his free time out in nature.


    Mr. Kalyan Chakravarthy is the Founding Sevak & the Executive Director of PanIIT Alumni Reach for India Foundation (PARFI ). This Foundation is a nation-building initiative of IIT Alumni with a mission to enhance the incomes of the underprivileged by bringing IITian spirit to vocational and livelihoods education through Private-Public Partnership with the state.

    He graduated from IIT Madras, with a post-graduation in management from the Indian School of Business, and has completed an executive education program with Harvard Business School on Strategic Nonprofit Management.

    Kalyan had started his career in FMCG, Marketing, strategy consulting in India and abroad before returning to India to work in the social enterprise sector. Kalyan is a strong believer in applying market-based solutions for societal problems and development interventions. He is a member of the CII National Skills committee and is an active participant in Policymaking platforms.

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mondal is presently a faculty at the Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship, IIT Kharagpur. He has been teaching subjects like Entrepreneurship, Design-Driven Innovation, Financial Modeling, and Funding New Ventures. Close to 700 students enroll in his subjects annually at IIT Kharagpur. He is visiting faculty at IIT Jodhpur offering the subject Entrepreneurial Management. He also teaches at the Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur. He mentors a large number of startups in various areas. He has done B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering, M.Tech. in Biotechnology, MBA in Financial Management, and Ph.D. in the area of Financial Economics, ALL from IIT Kharagpur.

    He has worked in manufacturing, banking, and R&D management, and developed several technologies, especially for the rural artisans. He filed more than a dozen patents, the majority of which are related to rural applications and micro-irrigation. He has received a gold medal from a consortium of Lock Heed Martin, Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, and FICCI, India for the best innovation and another gold medal from the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers. He has filed applications for more than a dozen patents. His research areas are mainly for developing products of many kinds. Some of his recent works are in the areas of Oxygen production and dispensation, micro-irrigation, thermoelectric cooling, renewable energy, technological interventions for rural artisans, waste management. He offers an online course on the NPTEL platform in the area of entrepreneurship with annual enrolments of more than 7000 learners.

    Dr. G V Ramana Rao is working as Director Emergency Medicine Learning Centre and Research at GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (GVKEMRI), Hyderabad. He is associated with 108 ambulance services since 2006. He is the Chief Editor of the Indian Emergency Journal. His educational qualifications are MBBS, DPH, MD (Community Medicine), and PG Geriatric Medicine. He worked as a Professor of Epidemiology at the Indian Institute of Health and Family Welfare Hyderabad before joining GVK EMRI.

    Dr. G V Ramana Rao has been a member of the National Ambulance Code- Government of India. He was invited twice by World Health Organization for his expertise in emergency care. He is a member of Global Resuscitation Alliance, Global Stroke Group, STEMI India framework, prehospital trauma care, prehospital traumatic brain injury, EMT education of national/ international agencies. He is a member of the expert group on EMT education, pre-hospital trauma care, snakebite. Dr. Rao was the recipient of lifetime recognition by the Society for Emergency Medicine India and Stanford School of Medicine, the USA for his contributions to Emergency Medical Services in India. Dr. Ramana Rao has trained over 5.5 lakh health care providers to date including over 140,000 Emergency Medical Technicians. He has been an invited speaker in over 100 international and national conferences. Dr. Rao has published over 50 scientific publications. Dr. Rao has been a speaker at TEDx Hyderabad in 2016.

    Dr. Nitish Thakor has been a co-founder of WHEELS Global Foundation and Editor of its technical publication, PiTech, PanIIT Technical Review. He has been a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University since 1983. He is also the Founding Director of the Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology at the National University of Singapore and currently the Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Singapore. Prof. Thakor’s technical expertise is in the field of Medical Devices, Neuroengineering, Prosthetics, and Brain-Machine Interfaces. He is a graduate of IIT Bombay and a recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award and Distinguished Service Award from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, and a Centennial Medal from the University of Wisconsin School of Engineering. He is also an Honorary Professor at IIT Gandhinagar.

     

    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology-Enabled Philanthropy. WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of the Committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer. WHEELS has also signed an MOU with the Ministry for Panchayati Raj for a technology partnership in Rural Development.

     

    key Take-Aways & Lessons Learned

    Infrastructure requirements for the Rural populations can differ from those for Urban populations and must be reflected in policy decisions. For example:

    Human resources: Healthcare skills need can be met by vocational training and made affordable for the rural population -- creating jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities in Healthcare services by adopting technology/digital solutions.

    Telemedicine/Telehealth with at-home testing/screening and AI-based data analysis providing affordable remote access to medical specialists not only meets the needs of Rural healthcare but also minimizes the impact of a shortage of doctors for Urban needs for years to come.

    Make data system/diagnostic aids available to healthcare workers certified by vocational training and equipped with affordable tablets or smartphones. Large numbers of health workers serving the 800 million population will reduce cost by achieving economies of scale and instructions supported by “Spoken Tutorials” in local languages.

    The indigenous design and production of Healthcare products must have affordability and accessibility as top criteria and government agencies should “fast-track” regulatory approvals for such disruptive technology applications – an example is automatic/motorized  Ambu-Bag.
    Establish Mobile Health Camps to serve several village clusters at block level as second-tier healthcare to Telemedicine. This can bridge the gap between district-level facilities and PHCs staffed with skilled resources trained and certified as noted above.
    Public Health Infra-structures must be developed and maintained as Public-private enterprises.
    Deploy 3-wheeler & Boat Ambulance to access remote areas not served by roads but accessible in other ways.
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  • Invitation to "Digital Healthcare - Fighting COVID with Technology at Scale" - LIVE Webinar

    Watch LIVE Recorded Webinar

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    LIVE WEBINAR

    Digital Healthcare - Fighting COVID with Technology at Scale

    Speakers' Panel
    Prof. Suman Chakraborty, Prof. - Mechanical Eng'g Department & Dean of Sponsored Research & Consultancy, IIT - Kharagpur
    Dr. Alain Labrique, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    And
    Dr. Kunal Parikh, Inventor, Entrepreneur & Founder - Global Institute for Vision Equity
    Webinar Chair
    Dr. Raj Shah, Chairman, HealthCare Council & Board Member WHEELS Global Foundation

    Webinar Moderator
    Dr. Amita Gupta, Deputy Director, Professor, Covid Task Force & Head - JHU India Institute

    In June, WHEELS Global Foundation launched a four-part webinar series to cover “Lessons Learned from COVID surges”. In last webinar, we heard from workers in the field about their experiences and some of the key outcomes of their work, and the need for better preparedness and public policies to combat this deadly virus. You can watch this Here.

    Please join us for the second webinar in this series, where we will hear from leading researchers at Johns Hopkins University and The Indian Institute of Technology on their activities surrounding “Digital Healthcare”. We have the opportunity to hear from leading scientists and engineers about new emerging technologies and ‘frugal designs’ for rapidly scaling detection, prevention, and treatment of Covid and other R&D activities. Johns Hopkins University is the premier Public Health Research institution and leads a ‘Taskforce on COVID’ in the USA. The Indian Institutes of Technology have launched their own programs designed for indigenous manufacture of products at scale for Indian conditions. Please note our esteemed panelists and register for this interesting and informative webinar.

    Please join us LIVE on ZOOM, Saturday, JULY 31st, 2021, from 10 AM to 11:30 AM US ET, (7:30 PM to 09 PM IST), in an open dialogue with the Panelists & Moderator. (Registration is Free).

     

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to [email protected]. The webinar will also be broadcast on  WHEELS Facebook Page and other social media platforms. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 09:45 AM ET OR 07:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org


    Panelist's Overview

    Prof. Suman Chakraborty is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, and Sir J. C. Bose National Fellow as bestowed by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He has been Institute Chair Professor. He is currently the Dean of Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy. Formerly, he was the Head of the School of Medical Science and Technology. His current areas of research include microfluidics, nanofluidics, micro-nano scale transport, with a particular focus on biomedical applications including diagnostic technology. He has been awarded the Santi Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize in the year 2013, which is the highest Scientific Award from the Government of India. He has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of ASME, Fellow of all the Indian National Academies of Science and Engineering, recipient of the G. D Birla Award for Scientific Research, Indo-US Research Fellowship, Scopus Young Scientist Award for high citation of his research in scientific/technical Journals, and Young Scientist/ Young Engineer Awards from various National Academies of Science and Engineering. He has also been an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, and a visiting Professor at various leading Universities abroad. He has a large volume of impactful publications in top International Journals with high citations and unique expertise in technology development for the under-served population and community health care.

    Dr. Alain Labrique is an infectious disease epidemiologist, community trialist, and globally recognized leader in the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to strengthen health systems in resource-limited settings. His research focuses on leveraging mobile and digital technologies to solve public health problems - improving data collection, promoting healthy behaviors, optimizing quality/timeliness of services -- but more importantly, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in Digital Health, redefining public health of the future.

    Dr. Kunal Parikh is an inventor and entrepreneur working at the intersection of MedTech, social enterprise, and finance to enable health equity globally. Kunal is currently a faculty member in the Center for Nanomedicine and Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design at Johns Hopkins University where he leads a multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and clinicians to innovate and commercialize biomedical solutions for significant and unmet clinical needs. Kunal also leads the Global Institute for Vision Equity, a social venture studio working to eliminate avoidable blindness through the development, translation, and distribution of technologies addressing the most critical eye care needs in under-resourced settings. He has also founded, led, and raised funding for several organizations, including Core Quantum Technologies, Social Innovation Lab, Access HEARS, and Eyedea Medical. He earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He has been recognized as a Leader of Tomorrow for the Mid-Atlantic bioeconomy and by Forbes as one of 30 under 30 in Healthcare.

    Dr. Amita Gupta is Faculty Chair of the Johns Hopkins India Institute, Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education, and Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gupta has 25+ years of experience in international public health, clinical research, and 18 years of working in infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and antimicrobial resistance in India. She serves as the US chair of the NIH-DBT funded TB research consortium RePORT, leads several clinical trials of new HIV/TB therapeutics, and collaborates with more than 15 Indian institutions. She and her Indian collaborators receive grant funding from the US NIH, CDC, UNITAID, Indian government, foundations, and philanthropy. She is an author of more than 200 peer-reviewed research publications and has mentored more than 35 junior scientists in India and the US. She serves on Anthony Fauci’s NIAID Advisory Council and the Indo-US Science and Technology Foundation’s Governing Board.

    Dr. Raj Shah is a member of the Board of WHEELS Global Foundation and a Program Director of its Track on Health, is a practicing cardiologist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur based in Philadelphia. He is educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Temple and Drexel University faculties. He is a pioneer in the field of telemedicine and the creator of the SmartCareDoc telemedicine system which was deployed at “The Clinic at Wal-Mart” in 2012-14: The first telemedicine clinic in the retail store in America. He established a TeleRetinopathy screening program at the Temple University Health System in 2016 and a teaching Teleclinic at the School of Nursing at Rutgers University. He is also a Research Fellow at the Blanche and Irwin Lerner Center at Rutgers University for the study of Pharmaceutical Management and Healthcare and lectures about Telemedicine. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Kean University College of Business and Public Management and Global Business School, a Trustee of S.M. Shah Law College, and Sarvajanik School in Mehsana, India.


    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology-Enabled Philanthropy. WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of the Committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer. WHEELS has also signed an MOU with the Ministry for Panchayati Raj for a technology partnership in Rural Development.


    POST WEBINAR Outcomes & Key Take-Aways

    Mission
    Access to Affordable Healthcare
    Technology-Enabled Cost-Effective
    Healthcare Easy Access for Rural-Community via Telemedicine 'HEART' Centers
    The Heart Model: the acronym Heart stands for Health Care Easy Access for Rural communities via Telemedicine was designed and implemented with a mission to provide Access to Affordable healthcare, recognizing that poor villagers may not have the means to get hardware, software, and Internet connectivity to receive digital remote healthcare.

    The wheels foundation donates the onetime cost of hardware and charges the patient a small fee to cover the operating costs which can be waived if it is covered by a charity organization.
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    Wheels technology partner Evolko India’s staff provide hardware and software training to one male and one female person who must be residents of the village, we call them “Sahayak” which means the helpers. The sahayak screens and triage patients at their homes, collect vital signs and get them ready for the visit, and initiate video calls with remote physicians. Wheels started its Telemedicine program, the HEART Centers in six villages of Chanchu tribe in Ananthpur district of Andhra Pradesh, in collaboration with RDT Foundation in January of this year.

    Remember, for more than 2000 years, healthcare was always delivered in person. Only in the past 20 years, Thanks to the advancement in technology, we are able to deliver it remotely online! And during the Covid pandemics, because of imposed lockdown and severe travel restrictions, people could not go anywhere to receive care, so remote telemedicine care was the best alternative and it turns out to be the Shining Star of Success. It helped to screen, triage, and treat patients at their homes when appropriate, thereby reducing the cost and burden on the care facilities and hospitals. I believe, our HEART model of telemedicine center is the most cost-effective way to deliver digital healthcare to the rural population: at the extreme point of care, the last point level as discussed by Prof. Chakrabarty. Let me say that Our heart centers are not just for Covid but will continue to provide access to quality healthcare by bringing digital technology at the point of care and help in addressing major issues of Anemia, Malaria, Infectious Diseases, TB, Blindness, Parasitic Infestations, Noncommunicable Disease like Hypertension, Diabetes, Prenatal Maternal, and child health care, mental health problems and so on and so forth.

    The Indian government has recognized the value of digital remote care and started its eSanjeevani program of telephone or video calls from patients to doctors starting in August 2020. More than 6 million teleconsultations have been performed to date. During Covid 19 pandemics 2nd wave in India, we appealed for donations which got a tremendous response. After receiving generous donations of more than $350,000 in the last 3 months, from our own board members, Mr. Rajat Gupta, Anil Bhandari, Ron Mehta, Hiten Ghosh, Suresh Shenoy to mention a few, as well as support and donations from Ishan Shivanand of Yoga of Immortals with help of Dr. Bindu Kansupada and Doctor Raj Bhayani, the president of Federation of Indian physicians associations, FIPA, and more than 600 other donors.
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    During Covid Emergency, with the help and generosity of our technology partner Amit Khare and Arjun Malhotra of Evolko, India, we quickly expanded our telemedicine heart centers in more than 300 sites in UP, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh serving patients free of charge.

    Covid 19 pandemics has not only caused physical illnesses and deaths but, has also caused social and economic devastations from loss of income resulting in food, water, and shelter shortages. This has further aggravated the problems. During the pandemics, Mental health issues and suicides have skyrocketed from anxiety, fear, isolation, depression, and death of loved ones as people are unable to cope up. Therefore, We need to do a lot more, than just physical healthcare, Because health is not merely the absence of disease, but a state of physical, mental, and socio-economic well-being, as defined by the World Health Organization in its constitution in 1948. Therefore, we should thrive to achieve for everyone, that state of complete health as defined by WHO.

    Wheels Global Foundation has aligned with Yoga immortal and Shiv Yog foundations to help mental health issues. Their yoga and meditation video program by Shri Ishan Shivanad has successfully helped more than a million people. They also have generously donated lifesaving equipment, more than 6000 tons of grain and provided families with shelter and jobs. We have aligned with the SEVAK foundation serving villages in the Aravalli district of Gujarat.

    We are also exploring various ways to synergize healthcare delivery to villagers with Ekal Foundation under the leadership of Shri Bajarang Bagara, who was the speaker in our last webinar, Indus-Setu Global Foundation under the leadership of Priya and Nalini Tandon, and many other NGOs doing great work. We also facilitate and accelerate the research and development of, cost-effective lifesaving medical equipment like oxygen concentrators, oxygen generators, ventilators, personal protective equipment, rapid Covid testing, and vaccination, etc. at various IIT institutions.

    The picture mentioned below shows how we have utilized donations and what we did in the last 3 months. So WHEELS is going well beyond just the telemedicine care & will continue to provide healthcare well past Covid. We sincerely appeal and hope that you will generously donate and support Wheels activities.
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    To Know More about the Project HEART, Click Here
    For the technocrats of the world and IIT in particular, we healthcare providers need:
    • Reliable, Accurate, Easy to use, and cost-effective hardware, software, electronic medical record system, diagnostic devices, and rapid diagnostic testing at the point of care.
    • Supply chain technology for efficient resource allocations of life-saving medical equipment, hospital beds, healthcare workers, drugs, vaccines, etc during emergencies.

    WHEELS wish list for the government and healthcare policymakers:

    • Relief from unnecessary onerous regulations and compliance requirements.
    • Uniform National medical licensing and registration.
    • Activate national disaster management authority and empower them with quick decision-making and make it a single point of contact for obtaining all the information during an emergency.
    • Professional Liability Immunity for charity work and Protection from frivolous lawsuits.
    • Basic emergency healthcare education for the public at large and regular education and disaster emergency response drills for healthcare workers.

     

    Digital Healthcare – Joint event with Johns Hopkins University

    ~ Communicate the availability of a “Library of Videos” on ‘Digital Healthcare’ available from JHU and others. WHEELS can help to translate through Spoke  Tutorials with help from sponsors.

    ~ WHEELS can augment the JHU library with videos on Mental health, Vision-care, Anemia, Maternal health, Nutrition, and other specialties. Leverage WGF Telemedicine and HEART business model to give access to these educational videos to rural communities.

    ~ Create more ‘Mobile Health Facilities’ with Vans/Buses to reach remote areas.

    ~ Government/Regulatory approval of Digital healthcare technologies for testing and treatment must be accelerated. This should include standardization, quality control, and acceptance of AYUSH practices.

    ~ Recognize and promote indigenous development of low-cost/affordable testing kits, Ambu-bags, ventilators, Oxygen concentrators, etc. at local universities and colleges such as the IITs and AIIMs.

    ~ Create “Wellness Centers” and accelerate the adoption of Telemedicine/Telehealth facilities through aggressive training, social awareness campaigns, and sharing best practices for Digital Healthcare, sanitation, clean water, nutrition, etc.

    ~ Envision Public Health Healthcare and related services in rural communities as ”job creators” with an impact on the national economy and a policy priority.


  • Invitation to Webinar on COVID – Field Work Experiences

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    LIVE Webinar

    COVID FIELDWORK EXPERIENCES

    Speakers' Panel

    Dr. Mukul Bhatia, Ekal Arogya Yojana Kendriya Pramukh, Ekal Abhiyan

    Dr. Thakor Patel, Chairman, SEVAK Foundation, Retd. US Navy

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    Ms. Neena Jolly, Trustee, Adharshila Trust

     

    Webinar Moderator

    Mr. Bajrang Bagra, President, Ekal Abhiyan, Chartered Accountant & Social Entrepreneur

    Webinar Chair

    Dr. Raj Shah, WHEELS Health Care Council


    COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the confidence and lifestyle as well as economy of all countries around the globe. This is a failure of the Public Health system and public policies that have caused more than a million casualties in addition to untold sufferings at all levels of society. WHEELS Global Foundation in coordination with Capital IIT Alumni, PanIIT Alumni of USA, and Federation of Indian Physicians Associations, FIPA, have sent thousands of Oxygen Concentrators and medical supplies so that people in cities and villages alike can breathe.

    We need more donations to what is feared to be the COVID-Third Wave yet to come. WHEELS has decided to devote 4 of its highly popular Global webinar sessions from last year to actual field experiences, lack of frontline workers training, and the role of Telemedicine in villages where no medical doctors are available to advise. This webinar will be followed by other monthly webinars on special projects WHEELS have initiated for R&D in IITs to design, manufacture indigenous medical equipment and supplies to make India self-reliant as also Infrastructures like First responder system, etc and raising the awareness of the need to raise the role of Public Health in India -- especially in Rural communities to avoid the tragedies that we experienced. We invite dedicated leaders who are working on these topics to join us as speakers and moderators to share with our Webinar loyal audiences so that we can stand united in serving those who need it the most.

    Please join us LIVE on ZOOM, Saturday, JUNE 26th, 2021, from 10 AM to 11:30 AM US ET, (7:30 PM to 09 PM IST), in an open dialogue with the Panelists & Moderator. (Registration is Free).

     

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to [email protected]. The webinar will also be broadcast on  WHEELS Facebook Page and other social media platforms. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 09:45 AM ET OR 07:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org


    PANELIST'S OVERVIEW

    Dr. Mukul Bhatia is an Ekal Arogya Yojana Kendriya Pramukh in Ekal Abhiyan.He is a Surgeon by profession. He is serving tribal and rural brethren with his present responsibility in Ekal Abhiyan. At that time 6 hospitals were established in different parts of tribal areas of Today's Jharkhand. He completed his Master's from SN Medical College, Agra. Just after his graduation in 1978, He joined Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram and was state Organizing Secretary of Bihar for 5 years. He is RSS Karykarta. After doing MS in surgery he rejoined the organization and worked for ten years in Arunachal Pradesh staying at the China border in the East Kameng District of that state. In 2004 he was sent to Andaman & Nicobar Islands for relief work after Tsunami by Voluntary Health Association of India ( VHAI) where he worked for 8 years.

    Ms. Neena Jolly is the co-trustee of Grassroots NGO Adharshila which was founded in 2004. She is a graduate in community resource management from Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, and an alumna of Harvard Business School Strategic Non-Profit Management Program. Prior to starting Adharshila, she has 15 years of nonprofit experience during which she compiled a research document of NGOs pan India along with co-trustee Geeta Arora under the aegis of Ford Foundation, which led to the realization that most of them were either non-existent or only existed on paper. She realized that there was a need for strong on-ground NGOs that would respond to the needs of the community where government and private sector both could not bridge the gap due to systemic issues.

    Since its inception 17 years ago, Adharshila has touched the lives of 2,53,219 people through various initiatives in the field of Education, Health, and Skill Development. The beneficiaries include migrants and families below the poverty line in Delhi NCR. The organization is working closely with their communities on food relief, sanitation, and telemedicine during the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic and also strengthening partnerships with govt agencies, IndianDiaspora, National and international Foundations, and like-minded NGOs pan India. She is also the recipient of the distinguished alumni award from Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi.

    Thakor G. Patel, MD, is a program director of the WHEELS ' Track on Health. He currently serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the uniformed health services of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Patel is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology and is a Master of the American College of Physicians. Following his training, Dr. Patel joined the US Navy where he served with distinction and received numerous awards for his service of 23 years.


    On retirement from the Navy, Dr. Patel joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC as the Program Director for Renal Diseases, Diabetes, and Oncology where he was instrumental in developing and implementing critical policies on cancer, vascular access for hemodialysis, and hemoglobin A1C standardization. He retired from federal service in March 2016 to devote time to public health projects in rural India.

    To accomplish this, he created the Sevak Project to bring access to care by utilizing the Navy ‘corpsman’ model, similar to the use of physician assistants in the medical office.  The selected individuals are trained and supported by the staff of Baroda College in implementing education, screening, and health care tracking programs in the assigned village. This project, in place since June 2010, is now in over 110 villages in four states of India and has now expanded to ten villages in Guyana. 

    Initially funded personally by Dr. Patel and family members/friends, the Sevak Project has now garnered funding from the GOPIO and AAPI organizations. WHEELS Global Foundation, USA became a partner in this unique and preventive healthcare monitoring as also constructing 10 RO plants in villages with poor quality water. The joint partnership also built 100 toilets in the Sevak villages in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, India. The Sevak Project has also treated special needs patients with blindness, insulin-dependent diabetics, and those with high Blood pressure. Sevak Project has a plant to manufacture sanitary napkins and sell them at a discount-- employing 10 women in the village. In another village, a classroom is acquired to teach sewing and fashion design to create jobs for local girls and women who dropped out of school. In another partnership with CETI, Sevaks screen for active TB patients to make Sevak Villages TB-free. In partnership with WIN Foundation, Sevaks screens for anemia in girls age 10 to women 40 years old to prevent maternal/infant morbidity/mortality. Sevaks must live in the village and get a monthly stipend and travel allowances.

    Mr. Bajrang Bagra, a Chartered Accountant, is a social entrepreneur since 2013. Before that had a cherished career as a Corporate Manager from middle to Board level, for 36 years in various fields of the economy- Power, Seeds, Mining and Metal, Railways, and Consultancy. He worked as CFO of Botswana Railways, Director (Finance) of RITES and of NALCO, and when bidding bye to corporate career was CMD, NALCO.

    Bajrang Bagra has been active with CII, as Chairman, C I I, Odisha, Member, Development Council for Affirmative Action, Member, National Committee on CSR and Sustainable Development and Chairman, National Committee on CPSUs.

    After leaving his corporate career prematurely, he has been pursuing community service since 2013, as President, Ekal Abhiyan, in empowering tribal and rural communities through primary education with values, health, skills, organic farming, digital literacy, and empowerment. The reach of the movement extends to 102,400 villages. Students enrolled in its free primary schools as of April 2021 were above 28.7 lakh.

    Health vertical of Ekal, Arogya, rendered varied services during the Covid pandemic from running a nationwide helpline, isolation centers at 25 remote places, awareness for preventive measures and vaccination and diagnostic services in over 112,000 villages.

    Dr. Raj Shah is a member of the Board of WHEELS Global Foundation and a Program Director of its Track on Health, is a practicing cardiologist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur based in Philadelphia. He is educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Temple and Drexel University faculties. He is a pioneer in the field of telemedicine and the creator of the SmartCareDoc telemedicine system which was deployed at “The Clinic at Wal-Mart” in 2012-14: The first telemedicine clinic in a retail store in America. He established a TeleRetinopathy screening program at the Temple University Health System in 2016 and a teaching Teleclinic at the School of Nursing at Rutgers University. He is also a Research Fellow at the Blanche and Irwin Lerner Center at Rutgers University for the study of Pharmaceutical Management and Healthcare and lectures about Telemedicine. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Kean University College of Business and Public Management and Global Business School, a Trustee of S.M. Shah Law College, and Sarvajanik School in Mehsana, India.


    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology-Enabled Philanthropy. WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of the Committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer. WHEELS has also signed an MOU with the Ministry for Panchayati Raj for a technology partnership in Rural Development.


     

    key Take-Aways & Lessons Learned

    • Public-Private-Partnerships must work with open and effective communications between Sarpanch, Block developers, NGOs, etc.
    • Adopt Uniform Standards for Healthcare facilities, worker training, and patient-care across ALL Public Health Facilities.
    • Provide ‘at-home care to screen and monitor the early onset of diseases and prevent chronic illness.
    • Leverage social media and mass communications (TV, Radio, etc.) to educate people on the prevention of communicable diseases and updates on pandemics.
    • Develop better infrastructure for first responders and healthcare workers: transportation, diagnostics, access to drugs, and treatment with standards for quality control.
    • Better holistic development of rural areas with an emphasis on clean water, sanitation, and prevention of common ailments like kidney stones, diabetes, etc.
    • Rural areas are best served by trained medical nursing staff with access to urban health centers with doctors and specialists through Telemedicine or Telehealth.
    • Equal emphasis must be placed on AYUSH and locally accepted practices.

  • published COVID-19 Relief Efforts For India in Latest News 2021-04-27 19:09:47 -0400

    COVID-19 Relief Efforts For India

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    * WHEELS Global Foundation is a 501C(3) approved entity started by alumni of the Indian Institutes of Technology and your donations are Tax Deductible in the USA. Our mission is to help scale philanthropy through the use of appropriate technologies. Our tag line is "Technology-Enabled Philanthropy". Our board members and a few others contribute to pay administrative costs to make sure all of your donations go directly to the concerned causes.

    As you know, India is going through a major health crisis due to COVID-19 raging in several parts of the country. India has recorded the highest one-day tally of new COVID-19 cases and deaths anywhere in the world, with the National Capital Region of Delhi is the most drastically affected. There is an acute shortage of Oxygen in Delhi, with several hospitals running out of Oxygen. Hospitals are turning away patients and ambulances are waiting in lines for hours in front of hospitals. This dire situation is now spreading throughout rural India where more than 60% of the population resides!! In this dire need of healthcare essentials for the masses, PanIIT-USA and their chapters are joining hands with WHEELS Global Foundation to come up with a multi-pronged approach to help our fellow citizens in India. We are now emphasizing the old adage that "an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure"! We are putting more effort into Telemedicine, raising awareness, distributing 'prophylactic kits' that include masks, gloves, oximeters. sanitizers, more testing, etc. If we can detect and treat a Covid victim in the first 6 to 10 days of the first appearance of Covid, we can drastically reduce the chances for that person to require oxygen treatment. Such early treatment can be something as simple as administering over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol/Paracetamol, Zinc, and Vitamin D. Here are the four options we are pursuing and the related cost for each. Your generous contributions will be applied for one of these options:

    1. Sourcing and Supplying Oxygen Concentrators:

      We initiated a drive to purchase 5L and 10L Oxygen concentrators for immediate use for those in dire need of such treatment. On May 12th, we shipped 434 units of 5L Oxygen Concentrators from DeVilbiss Co., a leading US manufacturer of medical equipment, to IIT Delhi who is serving not only those on campus but also the surrounding communities that are gravely affected by this pandemic. We see this as "short-term" and serves as urgent care requirements. With the massive worldwide demand for such concentrators to meet India's enormous demand, it is becoming increasingly difficult to source these products from reliable manufacturers or distributors. We also worked to ensure that the products comply with FDA standards and the devices will work satisfactorily in India's fluctuating power requirements for 220-240V/50-60Hz. The transportation and logistics for the "last mile" delivery of these machines to the intended parties in India are becoming difficult due to pilferage and other logistical challenges. Volunteer members of the WHEELS team have helped to facilitate the airlift of about 3000 Oxygen Concentrators from various organizations and continue to help others with transportation logistics. Typical 5L Oxygen Concentrators are costing between $500 to $750 landed in India.

    2. Cash Support for Local Sourcing in India: 

      In view of some of the challenges cited above, we have chosen in some cases to make cash payments to our partners, such as AdharShila, in Delhi, India - an NGO started by alumni of IIT Delhi so that they can purchase and service these Oxygen Concentrators locally along with the disposable supplies needed for the apparatus. We are also working with several other charitable organizations that have approached us for similar cash donations for purchasing equipment in India. These organizations have been vetted by us to be run by reliable and known IIT alumni and who are also in compliance with prevailing rules and regulations. Some of these organizations, such as AdharShila are also assembling and distributing 'prophylactic kits' which include masks, gloves, sanitizers, OTC drugs like Paracetomal, oximeters, and thermometers. They also help to raise awareness and prevent spread among the many impoverished people in outlying areas. Please see the pictures we have posted on our Facebook page. We will be updating those as we hear from our beneficiaries. These kits cost about $30-50 ea.

    3. Large Oxygen Generators for Hospital Use:

      We are working with a couple of Rotary Clubs in Delhi and Chennai who will implement 100LPM Oxygen Generators to serve small-medium public health hospitals with 50-75 beds. These machines that are expected to be installed in the next few days, have Power Failure Alarms, Low-Pressure Alarms and rated to supply Oxygen at 93+/-3% purity. These machines are purpose-built and assembled on skids for rapid installations. These Oxygen generators are made in India with Korean technology and will also be serviced locally. We are recommending these as our top option for oxygen treatment as the impact is larger than individual units administered by one volunteer at a time. Also, these units would have a longer life in service and not be prone to pilferage, etc. Each Oxygen Generators cost in the $30,000 to $40,000 range depending on capacity.

    4. Telemedicine:

      We are partnering with EVOLKO, a Telemedicine platform that we have deployed at 20 locations in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, UP, and Gujarat. We have pledged 400 such telemedicine systems for use in Uttar Pradesh and many more in Gujarat. A local donor in India has pledged $100,000 for supporting this endeavor. Many Doctors in the United States and in India have signed on to offer their services for free to Covid victims in India. Each Telemedicine operation costs $1000 for hardware, software and training on AI driven tools for speedy initial diagnosis & future diagnosis of diabetes etc in rural India. AI Tool will handle 20 of India's main languages. We believe each operation can serve 50-70 patients a day and early intervention and treatment is the best way to prevent patients from getting to a stage where they require Oxygen. Telemedicine has become our primary platform for "Technology-enabled Philanthropy" that we can implement at scale and fairly rapidly.


    Apart from the relief efforts made by WHEELS Global Foundation during this tough COVID-19 Pandemic, WHEELS has strived hard in implementing multiple projects. Some of them are as follows:

    • Implementation of Intensive Care Units at Local Hospitals

    Recently, we have received requests to urgently provision 'Intensive Care Units' at local hospitals. Such facilities are expected to cost upwards of $20,000 per bed! Also, ICU requires highly trained and skilled nursing care which is in severely short supply and hard to place in remote rural areas. Our solution is implementing Covid Isolation Centers (CIC). These 25-75 bed facilities can be set up in existing facilities like hotels, hostels, schools, colleges, and other government facilities with the basic requirements for early isolation and treatment of Covid patients. Each such CIC costs approximately $15,000 to $30,000 including, a few oxygen concentrators, and Telemedicine with training and equipment. WHEELS is now working in collaboration with EKAL to implement the first 10 such units in Gujarat, UP, and Bihar. EKAL has a presence in 130,000 villages - hence, the demand for such facilities is enormous but the cost per patient is also low with very high impact.

     

    • Better utilization of Water Resources to overcome the shortage of Water

    In addition to the above activities that are directly related to Covid, the WHEELS Water Council continues to make progress with the Government of Himachal Pradesh for a pilot program for better management of their water resources in anticipation of a severe water shortage this summer. Such a shortage of water would be devastating on top of the raging pandemic. We have set aside $30,000 for this endeavor.

     

    In 2019, WHEELS had initiated a holistic project for rural development in a cluster of 7 villages in the Aravalli district of Gujarat. We have continued this activity with added emphasis on Telemedicine working in collaboration with the SEVAK organization as COVID has spread in that remote region. This program has both short-term funding requirements ($50,000) as well as longer-term projections in excess of $2 million. We are appealing for both individual donations and participation from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs.


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    Please donate generously and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Our many well-wishers, donors, and patrons have come forward most generously wanting to donate and to know how WHEELS Global Foundation can assist. Here are ways in which you can help and work with us:

     If you wish to make a donation, you may do so at this page or you may also send your check to:

    WHEELS Global Foundation
    11654 Plaza America Drive, #615
    Reston, VA 20190

     

    We assure you that all donations and CSR contributions are applied responsibly for maximum and immediate impact and in compliance with all governing rules and regulations for not-for-profit organizations in the United States and in India. We strive to make sure that our activities are rooted in the application of technology for maximum scale and efficacy. We see every donor as a 'stakeholder' and is entitled to know how their money is being applied for the purpose that their donation was made. Please do not hesitate to email us at ([email protected] or [email protected]) or any of our colleagues on the WHEELS team if you have any questions or wish to get additional details on any of the above activities. Please also let us know if you wish to volunteer or help in other ways."

    Thank you

    WHEELS Global Foundation


  • Live Webinar on the Integrated Development of Village Cluster

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    LIVE Webinar

    THE INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT OF VILLAGE CLUSTER

     

    Keynote Speaker

    Mr. Sunil Kumar, Secretary of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj

    & Rural Development of Union, Government of India


    Speakers' Panel:

    Mr. Sanjay Patki, Vice President - IEEE Smart Village Chair-South Asia Working Group,

    &

    Dr. Sundar Kamath, Senior Vice President & CTO of Sanmina Corporation

     

    Webinar Chair

    Dr. Smita Siddhanti, Board Member of WHEELS Global Foundation & TiE Global, Board of Trustee TiE DC

    Webinar Moderator

    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur, Executive director, WHEELS Aravalli Pilot Smart Villages, Alumni IIT - Delhi


    Currently, most of the NGOs are conducting projects with a high degree of success in the individual track of Water, Health, Energy, Education, Lifestyles (Irrigation, transportation, etc), and Sustainability (Skill dev/job creation, etc) but few NGOs are doing an Integrated development of all tracks and involve Village cluster as an economic unit for financial viability that villages need as holistic development. The keynote speaker will address that as a goal and also challenge the speakers and audience to step up to that challenge along with what it takes to scale existing projects like SMART Village Development. Each speaker will address how their NGO has addressed such integrated development goals and how they can collaborate with each other to scale it nationwide into a public-private partnership as they interact with the keynote speaker.

    Please join us LIVE on ZOOMFriday, April 30th, 2021, from 10 AM to 11:30 AM US ET, (7:30 PM to 09 PM IST), in an open dialogue with the panelists.

     

    Click Here to Know More about the Speakers & Other Webinar Related Info

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to [email protected]. The webinar will also be broadcast on  WHEELS Facebook Page and other social media platforms. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 09:45 AM ET OR 07:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org

    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology-Enabled Philanthropy. WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of the Committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer. WHEELS has also signed an MOU with the Ministry for Panchayati Raj for technology partnership in Rural Development.


     


  • Invitation to Webinar on Beyond The COVID-19 Pandemic: The New Paradigm

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    WHEELS Global Foundation invites you to join a free webinar on

    “BEYOND COVID-19 PANDEMIC: THE NEW PARADIGM

    with the Authors of the BOOK

    BEYOND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

     

    AUTHORS :

    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur, Executive Director, WHEELS Smart Village Development Initiative, IIT-Delhi

    &

    Dr. Joseph M. Chalil, MD, MBA, FACHE, Global Healthcare Executive

     

    Around the world, providing quality and affordable healthcare remains a challenge. As the COVID-19 pandemic began, it quickly became apparent that public policy and current healthcare systems were ill-prepared to deal with the challenges. Ambassador Pradeep Kapur and Dr. Joseph Chalil discuss the lessons learned in the book, Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Envisioning a Better World by Transforming the Future of Healthcare.

    The evolving global scenario, as envisioned by the authors, addresses healthcare needs, education, and sustainable lifestyle choices, reducing the need for more intensive and costly interventions to improve the overall quality of life. Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Envisioning a Better World by Transforming the Future of Healthcare does not stop with a plan for the United States healthcare system, but also organizations, such as the United Nations and the WHO, which are not living up to their initial promise. The authors suggest a roadmap that goes beyond just reform. With these lessons and their Grand Plan,  Ambassador Kapur and Dr. Chalil challenge the world to have the political consensus to create meaningful change for all, both in the United States, the United Nations, and around the globe. You can see some further details of the book by clicking:- https://beyondcovidbook.com


    Please join us on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (EDT), 10:00 am -11:30 am (CDT), 8:00 am - 9:30 am (PDT), 8:30pm -10:00pm (IST) to participate in a lively discussion.


    ABOUT THE AUTHORS

    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur

    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur is an acknowledged “luminary diplomat,” with a distinguished career working with leaders and policymakers around the world. Author and editor of many books, he was Ambassador of India to Chile and to Cambodia, and Secretary at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. He graduated from the globally acclaimed Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D). He is Executive Director of Smart Village Development Fund (SVDF).

    Dr. Joseph Chalil

    Dr. Joseph Chalil, MD, MBA, FACHE, is the author of several scientific and research papers, and serves as the Chairman of Indo-American Press Club (IAPC), the largest ethnic Indian American media forum. He is also the Chairman of the Complex Health Systems Advisory Board, H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova South-eastern University in Florida. Dr. Chalil is an expert in U.S. healthcare policy and a strong advocate for patient-centred care.


    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy. 

    WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer.



    People who donate $60 or more to WHEELS, will get a hard bound copy of the book. Those who donate $75 or more, will get an author's autographed hard bound copy of the book. If you donate $500 or more, you will also get a chance to interact with authors at a mutually agreed convenient time.


  • published Report - Aravalli Project in Latest News 2021-03-27 05:00:50 -0400

    Outcomes of Aravalli Project Inception Meeting

     

    Report of the Inception Meeting on Aravalli Project

    March 23rd, 2021

    In collaboration with National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj and on behalf of all development partners, WHEELS Global Foundation, an initiative of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) alumni, organized the Aravalli Project Inception Meeting on Tuesday, 23rd March 2021 at Shri Shamlaji Arts College. The National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj  (NIRD&PR) has been implementing an Action Research Project for creating Model Gram Panchayat (GP) Clusters in Assam, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra from 2019 with support from Mission Samridhhi. Now, in further collaboration with WHEELS Global Foundation and Sarjan Foundation, this project is extending to one Cluster of seven GPs (Shamalpur, Bhavanpur, Waghpur, Devni Mori, Dhandhasan, Shamalaji and Ode) covering about 21,000 population in Bhiloda Taluka under Aravalli District of Gujarat.

     

    Mr. Yogesh Andlay, a board member from the WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF), mentioned that this inception meeting, bringing the Government, development partners and community, is an important milestone as WHEELS strives to develop Bhiloda taluka as a model of development, converging all major sectors, Water,  Health, Education, Energy, Livelihood and Sustainability. Mr. Andlay presented the WHEELS Foundation's SMART village development framework.

    "There is wonderful work on various technologies going on in US universities and in India especially at the IITs. While we started work on connecting these various technologies to NGOs and grassroots communities, our approach has evolved over the years where we have realized the importance of working on ground walking shoulder to shoulder with rural communities and ensure that these technologies are tailored to the local context, and suited to the needs of the local people. This is the approach that we are bringing to this initiative too." - Yogesh Andlay, WGF India.


    The event also witnessed a strong community participation. Dr. Dilip Pal, Project Lead, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad, facilitated a community dialogue with the participants to appreciate the positive deviations in socio-economic development and to improve efforts based on lessons learnt from across the Gram Panchayats. NIRDPR representative, Mr.Dilip Pal, went on to say that this model has the scope of national replicability.

    “We will be creating 11 clusters across Gujarat and we have chosen this cluster as the starting point. This is a very unique multi-partnership model, where we are working with more than 18 development partners. Such a collaborative is a very unique public-private development model being tested out for the first time in the country.” - Dilip Pal, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.



    The active and open participation of the villagers, and the rural community, including Sarpanches and Gram Panchayats, was very encouraging. They expressed their willingness to collaborate with the other stakeholders to make this project successful. The partners in attendance were, Mission Samridhhi, working in deepening decentralized governance and strengthen institutional structures, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-ISV) in Energy, Entrepreneurships and Education, Sarjan Foundation, BOSCH Foundation and I-Create for skilling, re-skilling and upskilling of the youth and entrepreneurship development, SEVAK Foundation and EVOLKO in health care service delivery, Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs) in Rural Development, and Piramal Foundation in Water Security.


    “We are very thankful to have this opportunity to work with the community and all the other development partners. Mission Samriddhi's Community Development Framework is based on Personal, Social, Economic, Ecological and Institutional Development of Gram Panchayats to achieve Holistic and Sustainable development. This model is operationalized through a young fellow, but we urge all of you to provide full support to the young fellow. All of us are going to take this journey together to make Bhiloda into a model development cluster.”Ram Pappu, Mission Samriddhi. Mr. Ajay Patel, Principal, Shri Shamlaji Arts College, emphasized that concerted efforts are required to support the Aravalli district to improve human development indicators.


    Shri A K Rakesh, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary (Chief Guest) emphasized the use of technology for the rural development to reach to the last mile, the most vulnerable and marginalized sections of the society. Mr. Rakesh alluded to the Government of Gujarat's various programs, schemes and policies to improve holistic development. The ACS suggested all development partners to support in strengthening institutions at the GP level facilitating the convergence of all sectors, chiefly, Agriculture, Health, Nutrition, Education, Water and Sanitation, livelihood to have a cumulative and multiplier impact on the overall development.


    Other dignitaries, who spoke in the event are, the District Development Officer, Shri Anilbhai T. Dhameliya, IAS, Aravalli District, Gujarat. Shri Anilbhai presented development Aravalli district. He emphasized and requested partners to focus on three major areas, Training and Capacity Building, Women Empowerment through Self-Help Group and Technology for Agro-based Industries. The consortium partners also presented their plans for the Aravalli District. There was a dialogue among and verbal support expressed for, the cooperation and collaborative operation by all public and private stakeholders.



    The meeting concurred with a joint plan of action to support the Gram, Taluka and District panchayats, district administrations & relevant state departments to develop Bhiloda Taluka as a model development taluka in India.


    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy. WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer. WHEELS has also signed an MOU with the Ministry for Panchayati Raj for technology partnership in Rural Development.


     


  • published Project Aravalli in Latest News 2021-03-19 14:33:15 -0400

    Bulletin on Aravalli Project

     

     

    Project Aravalli Inception Meeting


    Flyer News:

    Inception Meeting On Aravalli Project

    WHEELS Global Foundation

    In collaboration with National Institute of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj

    & on behalf of all development partnershas organized the

    Aravalli Project Inception Meeting on

    Tuesday, 23rd March 2021 at 11 AM at Shamla Ji, Aravalli District.

    The event will be graced by Shri A K Rakesh, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Panchayati Raj, Rural Development and Rural Housing, Government of Gujarat, the District Collector, Shri Amrutesh Kalidas Aurangabadkar, IAS, Aravalli District, Gujarat, the District Development Officer, Shri Anilbhai Tulashibhai Dhameliya, IAS, Aravalli District, Gujarat and other state and district officials.


     

    The Inception Meeting is an Important Milestone in our partnership as WHEELS strive to develop Bhiloda taluka as a model of development converging all major sectors, Water, Health, Education, Energy, Livelihood and Sustainability. The Inception Meeting will help us get an understanding of the State Governments Interventions and Development Plans. The event will also provide an opportunity to all of us to jointly present the partners involved in this intervention.

    Event Details

    Event: The Aravalli Inception Meeting

    Date & Time: Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 11 AM

    Venue: Shamlaji College, Shamla JI, Aravalli District, Gujarat

     

    Meeting will be held on Zoom (Only for invited partners)


  • Live Webinar on Corporate Funding of Social Projects through CSR

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    LIVE Webinar

    Corporate Funding of Social Projects Through CSR

    Speakers' Panel:

    Mrs. Sarbani Chakravarty, Director, Confederation of Indian Industry,

    Mr. Akshay Saxena, Founder, Avanti Fellows, A showcase of CSR Fund Usage,

    Mr. Rahul Rishi, Social Sector Practice & Impact Investing, Nishith Desai Associate,

    &

    Mr. Nixon Joseph, Co-ordinator for CSR Funding, Chief Operating Officer, SBI Foundation

     

    Webinar Moderator:

    Mr. Yogesh Andlay, Director, WHEELS Global, India, IIT-Delhi

    Webinar Chair:

    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur, Executive Director, WHEELS Smart Village Development Initiative, IIT-Delhi


    Union Budget of India has doubled fund allocation for MSME sector serving the Rural and semi-urban community but the estimate of the needs by those familiar with these communities far exceed such commendable goal. This is where private-public enterprises can amplify and accelerate developments of Sustainable projects.

    One such channel is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) incentives given to Commercial Corporate sector in one of the most strategic plans in the world for Social Upliftment. After several years of experimentation with this massive scheme of Social impact funding, India is revising the CSR rules, specially affecting the contributions that Indian diaspora can make to serve their motherland.

    WHEELS have assembled some leaders with subject matter expertise in a speaker's panel to exchange ideas with a global audience and promote another connecting channel for funding social projects to last webinar's theme of capital market's entry into Social Impact Investment.

    Please Join us on Friday, March 26th 2021, from 09:30 AM to 11 AM US ET, (7 PM to 08:30 PM IST), in an open dialogue with the speakers

    and moderator and help them promote developing a sustaining capability of Urban population for their self development.

     

    Click Here to Know More about the Speakers & Other Webinar Related Info

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to [email protected]. The webinar will also be broadcast on Facebook, and other social media platforms. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 09:15 AM ET OR 06:45 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project's videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org

    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy. WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer. WHEELS has also signed an MOU with the Ministry for Panchayati Raj for technology partnership in Rural Development.


     


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    SOCIAL IMPACT INVESTING

    “If you’re going to create real impact, it has to be done with the same focus and
    level of intensity as your business.”
     - Scot Tatelman, STATE

    "Social Impact Investments are made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return". Impact investing occurs across asset classes; for example, private equity/venture capital, debt, and fixed income.

    WHEELS Global Foundation is proud to present a dialog among an expert panel of SOCIAL IMPACT investors

    who look at Entrepreneurship and Investment with an eye for solving the many social causes.

    Speakers'  Panel:

    Mr. Vikram Gupta, Founder and CEO of IVY Venture Capital, Alumni IIT–Delhi,

    Mr. Mukesh Sharma, Co–Founder & Managing Director Menterra Venture Advisors Private Limited,

    Mr. Meyyappan Nagappan, Leader, Digital Tax and Social Finance at Nishith Desai Associates

    &

    Mr. Arjun Malhotra, Executive Chairman, Evolko–USA, Co-Founder, HCL & PHFI

    Webinar Moderator:

    Mr. Sanjay Kadaveru, Founder, Action For India (AFI), Alumni IIT–Madras

    Webinar Chair:

    Mr. Yogesh Andlay, Director–WHEELS Global, India 


    The objectives for this Webinar is:

    1. What is Social Impact Investing? Can NGOs invest in such funds?
    2. How do investors measure return on investment and Social Impact?
    3. Do recipients of such investments operate differently than other types of investments?
    4. Is the success factor for Social investing different from that in commercial investing?
    5. Are Social Impact investments selected based on altruistic considerations or personal objectives?
    6. Are Social Impact investments treated differently for tax purposes?

    Please join us on Friday, February 26th 2021, from 09:30 AM to 11 AM (US EST), 08 PM to 09:30 PM (IST) 

    to this lively Panel Discussion.

    Click Here to Know More about the Speakers & Other Webinar Related Info

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to [email protected]. The webinar will also be broadcast on Facebook, and other social media platforms. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 09:15 AM ET OR 07:45 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project's videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org

    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy. WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer. WHEELS has also signed an MOU with the Ministry for Panchayati Raj for technology partnership in Rural Development.


     


  • Live Webinar on Delivering Service in Compliance with Rules and Regulations Governing Not-For-Profit (NFP) Organizations

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    DELIVERING SERVICE IN COMPLIANCE WITH RULES AND REGULATIONS

    GOVERNING NOT-FOR-PROFIT (NFP) ORGANIZATIONS

     

    Speakers'  Panel:

    Mr. Kamlesh Vikamsey, Partner – Khimji Kunverji & Co LLP (KKC),

    Mr. Nishant Singh, LL.M., Partner – IndusLaw, Mumbai, India,

    And

    Mr. Israel Tannenbaum, CPA, Partner – Withum

    Webinar Moderator:

    Mr. Rajesh Tripathi, LL.M., Principal, Market Leader – International Tax, U.S. – India Corridor, Withum

    Webinar Chair:

    Mr. Suresh Shenoy, President, WHEELS Global Foundation, USA

     
    “Without a Strategy, Execution is Aimless. Without Execution, the Strategy is Useless.” – Morris Chang

    WHEELS Global Foundation wishes all our patrons and attendees a Very Happy New Year. 

    In 2020, we were pleased to host over 16 webinars with industry leaders and the common, universal message was loud and clear - We can achieve a lot more when NGOs collaborate for the common good! We are very pleased to follow up in 2021 with an emphasis on execution! The best of intentions are often challenged by poor planning, execution, and mired in regulatory processes and compliance. We are proud to start 2021 with our inaugural webinar on Friday, Jan 22nd at 9.30 AM US EST (8 PM IST) with a panel discussion on "Delivering Service in Compliance with Rules and Regulations Governing Not-for-Profit (NFP) Organizations. 501C(3), Sec. 8, 80G, FCRA, AML, and other considerations".


    The objectives of this webinar are to address:

    1. The regulatory framework governing Not-For-Profit (NFP) organizations in the USA and in India.
    2. Donating cash, stock, and/or other assets to NFPs.
    3. How can NFPs "invest" in for-profit activities or companies?
    4. Implications for donor-advised funds.
    5. How do Anti-Money Laundering rules impact NFPs?
    6. How do the new FCRA rules impact collaboration among NFPs?

    Please join us on Friday, January 22nd 2021, from 09:30 AM to 11 AM (US EST), 08 PM to 09:30 PM (IST), to this panel

    discussion by the experts from  Withum, IndusLaw, Kotak Mahindra, and KKC.

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to [email protected]. The webinar will also be broadcast on Facebook, and other social media platforms. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 09:15 AM ET OR 07:45 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project's videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org

    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy. WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer. WHEELS has also signed an MOU with the Ministry for Panchayati Raj for technology partnership in Rural Development.


    WEBINAR SPEAKERS

    Mr. Kamlesh Vikamsey is the Chairperson at Audit Advisory Committee of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), New York, United States of America with effect from 23rd February 2019 and has been a Member since 13th October 2015. He is also the member of the Audit Committee of World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Geneva, Switzerland with effect from 1st March 2019 for a term of 3 years. He is also the member of Independent Management Advisory Committee (IMAC) of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva, Switzerland with effect from 1st January, 2016 and National Advisory Board Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha.


    Mr. Nishant Singh is admitted to practice law in India and New York (USA). He is graduated from NLSIU Bangalore in 2002 and joined Amarchand Mangaldas as an associate until 2004. He obtained an LLM in 2005 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and had a brief stint as foreign associate at Holland & Knight LLP and an associate at Perkins Cole LLP before joining Dewey & LeBoeuf for two years in January 2007. In the last 16 years, Nishant has worked on a wide array of corporate transactions, including Mergers & Acquisitions (both domestic and cross-border), Private Equity, Joint Ventures, and Capital Market Transactions across multiple sectors. He has significant experience in the pharmaceutical sector. Nishant has represented Fortune 100 Companies, Private Equity Funds, Hedge Funds, and Investment Banks across multiple jurisdictions.In addition to transactional work, Nishant regularly advises the board of directors and special committees on day-to-day internal corporate affairs, corporate governance matters, and shareholders' relations. Prior to joining IndusLaw, Nishant worked with leading international law firms - Dewey & LeBoeuf, New York, and Perkins Coie, San Francisco Bay Area.


    Mr. Israel is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) where he sits on the Not-for-Profit Subcommittee and the Tax-Exempt Subcommittee. Israel has more than 17 years of experience providing value-add compliance and tax consulting services to not-for-profit clients of all sizes, including Public Charities, Private Foundations, Membership Associations, Arts and Cultural Organizations, and all other subsectors of the Not-for-Profit industry. He is an expert in Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) and foreign filing requirements for tax-exempt entities. He has experience in providing Employee Benefits Tax compliance and consulting services to a diverse group of clients including Fortune 100 companies and some of the largest pension trusts in the world and assisting clients with the implementation of the requirements of various new legislation and regulations at both the Federal and State levels.


    Mr. Rajesh Tripathi is a Principal in the Firm’s National Tax Services Practice and the National Leader for the U.S. India Corridor. He brings more than 19 years of U.S. international tax experience to the Firm. As a National Leader for the U.S. India Corridor, Rajesh focuses on Indian companies doing business in the U.S. and U.S. companies doing business in India. He advises U.S. multinationals and foreign public and privately held companies with U.S. operations on international tax issues, day-to-day international outbound/inbound tax issues, cross-border transactions, and tax treaty issues.


    Mr. Suresh V. Shenoy is the President for WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF) and serves on its board to provide valuable advice and direction for activities of the non-profit organization. Mr. Suresh Shenoy has been an active supporter of the Capital IIT and Pan IIT Alumni associations and has continued to give his time and talent to WGF as its trusted advisor. Mr. Suresh Shenoy is Executive Vice President at Alyxtech, Inc., Inc., a Virginia based systems consulting and Technology Company. He recently completed two terms as Chairman of the National Capital region of the American Red Cross and currently serves on the boards of The Kevric Company, IMC Global Services, The Capital IIT Alumni Association and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Shenoy also serves on the TechAmerica Board of Directors, the Board of Directors for Fairfax 2015 – the biennial World Games of Police and Fire Fighters with 12,000 athletes competing from 80 countries.

    His distinguished career includes being the Program Committee Chairman of the PanIIT Global Conference held in Washington, DC in 2005. Mr. Shenoy served as co-President of the PanIIT Alumni Association in North America for the 2006-2008 Term. He also represented Dranesville District on the Fairfax County IT Advisory Board for six years. Mr. Shenoy is a Fellow of the Information Management Congress (Europe) and AIIM International (USA). He has been recognized by IBM Corporation as ‘Information Champion’ for his contributions to Enterprise Content Management technologies for three consecutive years 2009-2012 and received the Distinguished Service Award from his alma mater, the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai. In 2010, Mr. Shenoy and his brother Sudhakar, were honored by the Northern Virginia Community Foundation for their leadership and contributions to Fairfax County. He is on the adjunct faculty of the School of Information Technology & Engineering at George Mason University, where he teaches a course in Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation.

    Mr. Shenoy has traveled widely throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East, has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1972), and an MBA from the University of Connecticut (1975).



  • published Year End Updates 2020 in Impact 2020-12-30 11:56:27 -0500

    Year End Updates 2020

     


    #StayUnited    #StayConnected

     

    As 2020 comes to a close and in this happy holiday season, all of us at WHEELS Global Foundation wish you the best of Health, Happiness, Cheer, Joy, and Success in 2021 and beyond. We are looking forward to the New Year with renewed hope and anticipation for working with each and every one of you - our patrons, donors, collaborators, volunteers, and partners - to continue on our mission for "Technology-enabled Philanthropy" for social change.

    In 2020, WHEELS Charitable Foundation in India formally changed its name to WHEELS Global Foundation. Together, we conducted over 14 thought-provoking webinars with industry leaders, NGOs with social impact projects, Professional Associations, Senior Government officials, and academicians. These webinars averaged over 500 attendees and now you can watch them all here: https://wheelsglobal.org/webinars OR

    Watch all 2020 Webinar's Summary here on WHEELS YouTube Channel. 


    WHEELS - offers technology-enabled solutions for Water, Health, Energy, Education, Livelihoods and Sustainability -

    is also proud to have launched many projects in collaboration with our NGO partners including:

     

    1. Our pilot for a SMART village development program in the Aravalli District of Gujarat started with students from IIT Tirupathi doing a requirements study and making several recommendations for technology implementations for clean water, education, etc.  Later, 60+ students from IIT Gandhinagar and IIT Bombay visited the district to familiarize themselves with rural requirements and propose new, innovative business plans with social impact.

    2. We established an Entrepreneurship program at Shamalaji College in Aravalli Districts with our partners iCreate. This has led to the start of a Dairy Farm and a Foodservice Establishment by residents in Aravalli District.

    3. WHEELS started a "Healthcare council" with Doctors and Engineers collaborating to set up Telehealth facilities and other initiatives.

    4. WHEELS working in collaboration with SEVAK Foundation started a home healthcare service in the cluster of seven villages in Aravalli. This is being expanded to include Telemedicine Operations in the area.

    5. The SMART Village program in the Aravalli District has also started planning a  Clean Water project and a Skills Development project in collaboration with our CSR partners from the industry.

    6. WHEELS together with our partners Rural Development Trust/Vicente Ferrer Foundation established  "RDT on WHEELS" to help a Women's Entrepreneurship Program in the tribal village of Chenchu in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh creating over a dozen jobs. The program includes a shelter for groups of women to weave disposable plates from Chenchu leaves.

    7. WHEELS and RDT have also established 6 Telehealth Operations to help COVID patients in remote villages. Each of these is an independent entrepreneurial venture.

    8. There are 20 additional Telehealth facilities currently being implemented in Maharastra, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, and other states together with our NGO partners.

    9. Working in collaboration with Kolkata Foundation, WHEELS contributed to feeding over 20,000 meals to COVID affected slum dwellers around Kolkata.

    10. WHEELS was among the sponsors to help our partners at Spoken Tutorials to translate and dub a number of videos on COVID response.


     

    WHEELS Global Foundationan initiative of alumni of IIT - has a pipeline of several projects in India and the United States. We work

    collaboratively with our partner NGOs who have feet-on-the-ground to offer Technology-enabled solutions. In 2020, we are proud to be officially recognized by Niti Ayog as their partner for technology transfer.

    We are also honoured to sign an MOU with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj as a partner for rural development and technology-driven programs. We welcome your support with Time, Talent, and Treasure. You can join us in our mission by volunteering your services or donate by clicking link button below.

    For transparency, you may also suggest to use your donation to a particular project or track (i.e. Clean Water, Telemedicine -Healthcare facility, Education to Unprivileged Children, Smart Village etc. and can get information how your donation is helping in changing lives.

    Thank You Again for Your Support!

    May the Season be Festive and the Laughter be Contagious!

    We wish everyone and your loved ones Safe, Healthy, and Enjoyable Holidays.



  • Live Webinar on Measuring The Impact Of Social Enterprises

    WATCH THE RECORDING OF LIVE SESSION

    WEBINAR 14

    MEASURING THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

    Speakers' Panel:

    Dr. Jayanti Ravi, IAS, Principle Secretary, Public Health, Govt. Of Gujrat (India),

    Ms. Deepa Prahalad Abhyankar, Author, Speaker and Innovation Consultant,

    AND

    Dr. Kavita Kapur, President and Co Founder at India-Latin America Associates

    Webinar Moderator:

    Mr. Arun Jain, Founder, Mission Samriddhi

    Webinar Chair:

    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur, Executive Director, Smart Village
    Development Initiative, WHEELS

     

    Edward Deming, the renowned Statistician, famously said, "In God we trust. All others must bring data."

    There is also an edict in Quality, that this Quality Guru used to say: "You cannot manage, if you cannot measure". Such principles of  managing for profit business also applies to managing non-profit enterprises, specially  in current philanthropy where it is viewed as investments to create social impacts.

    And, so it is for all those involved in Social Impact projects! Whether we are Givers, Takers, Doers, or Enablers - measurement and collecting relevant data is imperative for accountability to the beneficiaries as core to their mission, performance, and operations. Funders/donors are led by understanding the 'impact' of their social investment. Regulators are guided by best practices that are aligned with national priorities and can be achieved with maximum benefits at least risk and cost.

    But, everyone in social enterprises is grappling with qualitative vs quantitative, financial vs non-financial, historical vs forecast measures. What vectors are important - individual, social, regional, national, or economic? Over what period of time is the measurement relevant: immediate, present, or future? Also, the measurement cannot be just an academic or technical exercise unless it is also usable for planning and reporting purposes. It must be specific for the intervention and useful to regulators and policymakers for governance. Is there a common methodology or best practice that serves any type of intervention? Often, donors make decisions to pay based on measurable outcomes but risk all those 'unmeasurable' outcomes with obvious social importance!  

    Our final webinar for 2020 brings five thought leaders to discuss:

    • What measurement makes sense and for whom: beneficiaries, donors, and government regulators?
    • When is a good time to measure interventions?
    • How can data be used and by whom?
    • How does one integrate data into an organization, governance, business processes, and procedures?
    • What vectors are most served by data: individual growth, community, regional development, or economic growth?
    • For right vectors of Scaling, do we collect data on size only or also on the direction ?
    • Like 'Return-on-investment', how can one calculate a 'Return-on- Social Enterprise'?

    Please join us on Friday, November 13th 2020, from 09 AM to 11:30 AM (US EST), 07:30 PM to 9 PM (IST) to participate in a lively discussion.

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to [email protected]. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 08:45 AM ET OR 07:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project's videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org


    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy. 

    WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer.


    WEBINAR SPEAKERS

    Dr. Jayanti Ravi is a scientist, civil servant, writer, speaker, educator, performing vocalist and thinker. With a master's degree in nuclear physics from the University of Madras, an MPA from Harvard University and a PhD in e-governance, she has authored books, published in international journals, guided doctoral students and also been a visiting faculty at Harvard University. Her professional experience includes serving as DDO in Sabarkantha, as collector in Panchmahals and as director of the National Advisory Council with the Prime Minister's Office.

    As principal secretary and commissioner, rural development, Gujarat, she has championed the Swachh Bharat Mission for rural sanitation in the state. Her innovative and creative multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving has led to major transformational outcomes across various sectors. Presently, she serves in Gujarat as the principal secretary and commissioner, health and family welfare.


    Ms. Deepa Prahalad Abhyankar is an author, speaker and innovation/design strategy consultant with an emphasis on emerging markets and social innovation. She has worked with start-ups and large multinationals, and researched and co-authored the book, Predictable Magic: Unleash The Power of Design Strategy To Transform Your Business, which was selected by Fast Company as one of the “Best Design Books of the Year”. She is also a frequent blogger on the Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review, and other publications.

    Deepa holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She is an elected member of the International Academy of Management and was ranked #34 on the inaugural Thinkers 50 India list. She is a member of Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches program, selected from among 16,000 applicants worldwide.

    Deepa is also active in non-profit boards. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Global Peter Drucker Forum, Arogya World and is a patron of the Indiaspora Forum. Deepa is an Advisor/ Investor for ReMaterials, an innovative and transformational roofing company in India. An art enthusiast, she is on the Board of the Committee for Arts of the Indian Subcontinent (CAIS) at the San Diego Museum of Art.


    Dr. Kavita Kapur has more than 20 years of work experience, as a consultant, executive coach, trainer and faculty in Management and Organizational Behaviour. Her consultancy work has been primarily in the area of Management of Change, Organizational Development, Leadership, Cultural Sensitivity, Diversity and Inclusion. She has a wide range of practical experience and managerial consultancy skills with a global perspective having worked in India, Nepal, Cambodia and Chile. Research in deep level diversity and personal experience of living in different countries have further honed her skills of facilitating the development of multicultural bonds and leveraging diversity through building cultural competence, using processes of appreciative inquiry, networking and enhancing cultural sensitivity.

    Kavita is a PhD in Organizational Behaviour from Management Development Institute (MDI), India. and has been teaching management courses at the Adolfo Ibanez School of Management, Chile; Pannashastra University, Cambodia; and Kathmandu University, Nepal. Kavita has worked as an HR Manager in multi-national corporations and as a Management Trainer and Change Management Consultant in HR, Organizational Development, Total Quality Management, Leadership, Cultural Sensitivity, Diversity and Inclusion.Her varied experience of being a practitioner, consultant, trainer and researcher has given her a unique blend of skills and competencies as a management professional. Her current research interests are in the area of geographically dispersed multicultural teams, team diversity, cross cultural management, and expatriate adjustment. She was the founder and Patron of the Indian Social Network, an association of Indian expats in Chile and was the President of the Diplomatic Spouses Association in Chile, organizing various fund raising and social welfare events and activities. She was awarded for “Empowerment of Women, 2013” for her social and professional work in Chile by Mujer Opina, an NGO.


    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur had a distinguished career working closely with leaders and policy makers in different continents of the world: Asia - South Asia and South East Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America. He brings with him years of on-the-ground experience in countries as diverse as Tanzania, Nepal, Cambodia, France, Spain, UK, USA and Chile, besides rising to the level of Secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India. He is currently working as International Strategic Economic Adviser to Intellect Design Arena Inc.; Executive Director of “Smart Village Development Fund”; Director, Ambassador's Circle, American Hindu Coalition; and Chairman, Advisory Council, DiplomacyIndia.com. He has also made significant contributions as an academic. He was Visiting Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, and Diplomatic Associate at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.


    Mr. Arun Jain is the Founder of Polaris Group and Chairman & Managing Director of Intellect Design Arena Limited, the world’s first full spectrum Banking and Insurance Technology Products Company. Intellect powers over 240 leading Global Banks and Financial Institutions, with a revenue of INR 1351 Crores (USD 191 Mn) and an employee base of over 4500. Arun commenced his entrepreneurial journey by setting up Nucleus Software Workshop in 1986, Polaris Software in 1993 and Intellect in 2011.


    As an evangelist of Design Thinking, his brainchild - FinTech 8012, the World’s First Design Center at Chennai dedicated to Financial Technology came into being. With the constant drive to better the community around him, he instituted Mission Samriddhi – a social impact enterprise dedicated to holistic human development in India, Ullas Trust – a social impact organisation working towards igniting less privileged young minds into realizing their true potential and START-UP Nukkad – a unique initiative for budding Entrepreneurs to understand their purpose and nurture and mentor their innovative thinking using 10X model.


    Arun has been nominated as the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Information Technology Ranchi, Jharkhand, India recently by Hon'ble President of India. He is entrusted with the responsibility of the Chief Mentor of the FinTech Centre of Excellence at STPI, Chennai setup by Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Govt. of India in association with the ELCOT, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. He holds/ has held prestigious positions in various other forums like National Software Product Mission (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology), National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Madras Management Association (MMA), and the Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC).


    Arun has been bestowed with numerous accolades including the Dronacharya Award 2019 by TiECON Chennai, ‘CII Lifetime Achievement Award’, ‘Lifetime Achievement Award at the Design Thinking Conclave & Awards 2018’, ‘Indo‐ASEAN Business Initiative Award’, Rotary Club’s ‘For The Sake of Honour Award’, Lions Clubs International award for "Youth Empowerment'' ‘Pathfinders – Award for Excellence in IT & ITES recognized by Times Group’, 'ICICI Venture - CII Connect Entrepreneur Award', ‘Lions Clubs International award for Youth Empowerment’ and Business Mentor Award by Vikatan Group, one of South India's leading media powerhouses. With a legacy of 93 years, Vikatan Group has been a pioneer in the media space in South India. Arun holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering.



  • published WHEELS Awarded by Sadhbhavna Award in Latest News 2020-10-22 05:52:59 -0400

    WHEELS Awarded Sadhbhavna Award by IPAC

     

     

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    "SADBHAVANA AWARD"

    is awarded to the

    WHEELS GLOBAL FOUNDATION

    by the Indo-American Press Corp. at a ceremony broadcast in USA, Canada, India, and a few other countries. 

    Other awardees included Nitin Nohria of Harvard, Pradeep Khosla of UCSD, Ranjani Saigal of Ekal and a couple of others.

    WHEELS President "Mr. Suresh Shenoy" accepted the award on behalf of WHEELS team

    &

    Cordially Thanks to All Board members as well as Team

    Satyajit, Yagya, Sayantan, Kavita Kapur, Hiten, Dr. Raj Shah, Digvijay, Amb. Pradeep Kapur, Indrajit

     

    and everyone who has poured countless hours to make us appreciable. Getting WHEELS such recognition feels like an affirmation of our activities being of value and attracting attention for the causes we serve. Award Ceremony is hosted virtually where, more than 6000+ viewers joined the live event. You can view the recorded Award Ceremony event from the video mentioned below. Our Award winning segment started from 4:00 mins to 7:43 mins. Thank you!

     

    Recorded Video of Award Ceremony


    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy. 
    WHEELS has been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer.


  • Live Webinar on Changing Lives of the Poorest of Poor through Education

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    CHANGING LIVES OF THE POOREST OF POOR THROUGH EDUCATION

    Speakers' Panel:

    Mrs. Rashmi Misra, Founder Chairperson VIDYA,

    Mrs. Vinita Saraf, Founder & Trustee, EkTara,

    And

    Mr. Ajit George, Director of Operations Shanti Bhavan

    Webinar Moderator:

    Dr. Dhritiman Banerjee, Founder Kolkata Foundation

    Webinar Chair:

    Prof. Kannan Moudgalya, Head Spoken Tutorial, IIT Bombay

    In 2019, Indian Govt stated that 6.7% of its population is below the official poverty line. That is a significant improvement from 12.4% in 2012 or More than 80 million people were lifted out of poverty line in seven years thanks to the efforts of individuals and NGOs dedicated to education along with stellar efforts of the Government. This is a living testimonials to those who believed that:

    "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to them who prepare for it today." 

    COVID-19 has shown that most affected by this pandemic are those at the bottom of the pyramid and we must leverage the wide-spread awareness and desire to collaborate with each other. With this goal, WHEELS is proud to present some NGOs led by visionaries and their lots of love in our webinar to reach out to those viewing discussions that you too can make a difference. 

    The session will be chaired by Prof Kannan Mudgalya of IIT-Mumbai and developer of Spoken Tutorials -- a technology tool that can make teach in major languages while standard content in English are displayed on the computer screen. This is how WHEELS is accelerating communication  of best practices in multilingual society and can collaborate for access to education in local languages.

    Objective of the Webinar:
    1. Describe how the project got initiated and how did you meet the challenges.
    2. What are unique success factors that enabled you to expand.?
    3. What are the lessons learnt  from COVID-19 pandemic ?
    4. How do you think you can collaborate with other NGOs on the panel and WHEELS to leverage the opportunities in Post Covid India?

    Please join us on Friday, October 23rd 2020, from 11 am to 12:30 pm (US EST), 8:30 pm to 10 pm (IST) to participate in a lively discussion.

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to [email protected]. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 10:45 AM ET OR 8:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project's videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org


    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy. 

    WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer.



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