Our vision
To transform lives in the poorest communities to build a modern, inclusive India.
To groom the leaders of tomorrow and develop as entrepreneurs to bring about this change

Why we exist

Our purpose and reason for existence is three fold:
To scale the quality and impact in development sector, by significantly raising the bar on performance and sustainability;
To enrich the talent pool (both in size and quality), particularly entrepreneurial, for the development sector as a whole;
To promote development entrepreneurship through actual practice, academic training, policy change, and corporate philanthropy.

Our story

Our founder Ved Arya, believes in building the second wave of leaders. He sees highly qualified young people as the ones leading and becoming the change agents. This led us to create an incubation space for mentoring them as development entrepreneurs, called Buddha Fellows.
Note from our founder
Given the need for enterpreneurial approach, Buddha Fellowship Program works in several sectors including rural livelihoods (incl. Climate Change), health, financial education, and energy.

Buddha Fellowship Program emerges from our parent institution, Srijan that is committed to promote sustainable and self-reliant models of rural development.

People behind Buddha Fellowship

Advisory Council Team
Ved Arya

Founder and Director
Buddha Fellowship Program
Om Damani

Co-Incharge, Technology and Development Solutions Cell, Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas
Sheila Hooda

Chief Executive Officer
Alpha Advisory Partners, USA
Rajeev Kapoor

IAS (Retired)
Sushil Ramola

President Integrated
Mountain Initiative
Ankur Sarin

Public Systems Group (primary member)
Ravi J Mathai Center for Innovation in Education
IIM Ahmedabad
Ved Arya

Founder & Director
Souvik Dhar

Team Leader
Asha Gopinath

Consultant – Digital Marketing & Communications
Kunal Ranjan

Media Consultant
Shipra Singh

Theme Leader

Our mentor network

BFP partners with NGOs (places Fellows with them) in the sectors of health and rural livelihoods. BFP collaborates, for purposes of mentorship and research with Academic Institutions/ Incubators such as CIIE of IIMA, CTARA of IIT Mumbai, Hubli Sandbox of Deshpande Foudation.

More than 30 eminent people from industry, government and social sector have interacted with and mentored the fellows.

Buddha Fellowship Programme is also thankful to Axis Bank for their continued financial support.

News & Events

Ved Arya, founder at Buddha Fellowship Program, receiving the Business Standard Award

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Ved Arya, founder of Buddha Fellowship Program, is the joint winner of the 2018 Business Standard award for social entrepreneur with Geeta Dharmarajan.

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Helping farmers adopt better practices and solving various other challenges for better outcomes

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Getting better price and passing maximum percentage to solve farmer’s distress

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