Subhash Chandra through his many philanthropic and social initiatives over several decades has stood testimony to his principle of being a responsible citizen first and then a leader. With every initiative, Subhashji recognises the immense potential of the youth has to better the society we live in, and through these initiatives provides the much needed mechanism quintessential to achieving this. With a firm conviction in the concept of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, every initiative involves, and works inclusively to address problems and provide solutions collectively.
Apart from investing in the economic infrastructure, Subhashji wants to invest in social infrastructure of India. Through the creation of The Subhash Chandra Foundation, he wishes to inspire thousands of self-reliant people who can contribute to nation-building. The foundation has a unique model where deserving individuals will be supported with relevant funding and in turn when he/she is able to earn enough, they will help by funding someone else. Thus, creating a culture of people helping themselves and also others.
Subhashji has pledged a corpus fund of Rs. 5000 crore to the foundation. He envisions an India that is self-reliant and not dependant on government or on subsidies. The fund by The Subhash Chandra Foundation is neither a loan nor a donation, but a simple capacity building model.
Subhashji’s dedication towards the cause of educating the torch-bearers of the future of India can be clearly seen through the work done by the Ekal Global. By running one-teacher schools or Ekal Vidyalayas, the grass-root movement focusses on taking quality and inclusive education to in the remotest parts of the country. It takes off from the valuable words of Swami Vivekandaji – ‘If a poor child cannot come to school, the school must come him’.
Started in 1989, Ekal Abhiyan presently runs 55,646 schools in 22 states across India and 1900 in Nepal. It has so far reached the lives of around 18 lakh children, especially in the Naxal hit areas. And, it envisions of starting 1,00,000 school by 2022.
Taking the concept overseas, Ekal has also spread its unique literacy program to ten other countries becoming the largest grass-root NGO literacy movement in the world.
Subhashji, after completing his Vipassana course in 1994, was impelled to spread the philosophy of mental purification by self-observation. Having experienced the power of Vipassana meditation meaning ‘seeing things as they are’, he has been the driving force behind the Global Vipassana Foundation.
The Vipassana meditation technique that was practiced by Gautam Buddha himself 2500 years ago and helps raise one’s spiritual quotient. The foundation propagates this technique that helps people from all walks of life deal with mental and emotional stress and also increase efficiency and productivity.
The foundation today runs all courses free of charge at over 150 centres across 90 countries.
The principle of giving back to the society transcends in to every aspect of Subhashji’s work. In 1995, TALEEM (Transnational Alternate Learning for Emancipation and Empowerment through Multimedia) was set up to make accessible quality education via distance and open learning.
The Taleem Research Foundation today has over 150 projects in 17 states covering over 20,000 respondents. The foundation focusses on addressing issues of national concern like over population, environment preservation and fair access to education, health services and income generating skills. Social science research, capacity building and alternate learning initiatives are its three main areas of interest.
By connecting ‘change seekers’ to ‘change makers’ “Sarthi” which translates as the one who drives in the right direction, gives the tools to those who wish to bring about change for the betterment to their lives. The initiative aims to create a domino effect of positive change by building a well-informed and empowered nation. It does so by facilitating citizens to become aware of their rights and understand their duties, give them the tools to raise their voice against the issues faced by them and in turn provide the right channel to address and resolve them.
Through this initiative, Subhashji has taken a big step towards initiating and accelerating the process of social and economic freedom for every citizen of India.
Subhashji serves as the founder and chairman of GFCH, an Eastern initiative for conflict avoidance and a partner of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC).
GFCH is based on the non-conflict paradigm, in that lies the conviction that all faiths are valid and sacred, and therefore believes that a harmonious relationship between them is imperative and achievable. It does so by taking on activities to facilitate a dialogue and prevent any violence and chaos that may emerge as a result of clash between civilizations in their respective ways of life.
Launched in January 2006, the founder patrons of GFCH include His Holiness Dalai Lama, former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, eminent Hindu humanitarian Swami Dayananda Saraswathi, and renowned yoga guru Baba Ramdev among others.