Bringing Tomorrow into Today's Choices

1st Annual Ekal Youth Conference

September 19 - 20, 2009, Washington DC


Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, Washington DC chapter is proud to host the first First Annual Ekal Youth Conference – 2009. This conference aims to strengthen Ekal Foundation’s vision for village development, education, and civic empowerment.

The Ekal Youth Volunteers have been embedded into the philosophy and vision of Ekal, and are engaged in several activities either individually or in groups to support Ekal’s mission and vision. This is the first time where the youth diaspora would come together, share and discuss their work, ideas, and future plans to enable Ekal activities with better prospects. We feel that tour research or project presentation will add tremendous value towards this objective.

We invite you to participate and attend this conference; and motivate the presenters for their work, ideas, and plans. We seek your active participation to make this conference a great success.

Venue for the Conference

Chase Suites Hotels, 1380 PICCARD Drive Rockville, MD 20850.
Ph : 1-888-433-9407, 301-590-9880.

Youth Student Volunteers will be provided accommodation by Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA at the hotel.

Contact Address

Email: – please use this email ID for all submissions or contacts.

Organizing Committee

Coordinators : Pankaj Chadha, Ritu Linhart
Advisors : Shashi Shrivastav, Brij Shrivastav
Program Coordinators: Viral Patel, Sanjay Bhatt, Jiban Khuntia, Chandrashekar Tadikonda, Dharmendra Kumar, Ashwin Saboo, Utkarsh Varshney, Arpana Sali, Aditi Shrivastava, Nikhil Mehta

Bringing Tomorrow into Today's Choices

First Annual Ekal Youth Conference

September 19 - 20 , 2009, Washington DC


Tentative Agenda and Presenters 

19th September 2009 : 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM


Inaugural Session

Rekindle the Spirit



Welcome and Inauguration



Speech of Chief Guest

Charles Regan
VP & General Manager
National Geographic Maps 

Session 1

Expanding the Horizon

Moderator: Viral Patel


Let’s make Ekal Vidyalaya “Spatial”!

Anand Trivedi & Mukul


Arogya Project Assessment Study

Jiban Khuntia


Ekal Web Site Design : Ideas and Challenges (To be presented during National Meeting)

Viral Patel

Session 2

Tales from the Traveler

Moderator: Nikhil Mehta


My Vision for School Visits by Youth

Sanjay Bhatt


Ekal School Visits by Youth Last Three Years’ in perspective

Nikhil Mehta


Teaching the Children at Ekal schools - Using Slates

Vindhya Adapa

Session 3

Logs, Legs and Blogs    

Moderator : Mihir Vaidya


Fundamental Concept in Fundraising—Service

Kedar Mulpuri


Leveraging from Newer Technologies on Internet

Mihir Vaidya


Media Library Log 

 Mehul Shah/Ritu Linhart


Ekal Marathon (To be presented if time permits)


Session 4

Ignite the Passion

Moderator: Pankaj Chadha


Raising Ekal Awareness amongst Youth and Community

Shachi Dave & Tejas Devaraj


Publicizing Matching Donations by Corporations 

Mihir Vaidya


Traditional Fundraising with Annual Programs (To be presented if time permits)


Concluding session


20th September 2009 : 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM


Session 5

Moving Ahead

Moderator : Jiban Khuntia

7:00 -9:00


Poster Session

The Artistic Mind


Both Days

Pictures from School Visits


Both Days

Local Essay Contest Entries    

Kalpana Fruitwala

For more information, contact Pankaj Chadha at (803) 553-4206 or