ACSF Round Table Discussion on 19th January 2016

On the day of the inauguration of ACSF, an interactive round table discussion in the “world café” format was organized among the attending alumnus. Five round tables were set up with a host and a set of five different questions with the common thread of how we can contribute towards a visible, successful and sustainable alumni association and make a difference were distributed for brainstorming amongst the participants. The ideas which emerged are summarized below table wise.


Table No.1:  Theme: vision for ACSF five years down the line

1a)  Imagine you are in a meeting to review the achievements five years later. What do you expect to hear?

1b)  Why do you think ACSF would be able to have these achievements?

Summary points which emerged from the discussion:

1.      Knowledge sharing

2.      Visibility of ACSF in various channels, sectors

3.      Application of knowledge/training  gained towards development of India

4.      ACSF in advisory role in selection process, policy making

5.      Recognition of alumni achievements

Table No.2: Theme: Activities that ACSF can initiate

2a) What kind of activities should ACSF engage in?

2b)  Why do you think so?

Summary points which emerged from the discussion:

1.      ACSF as an expert group for education and other broad based government policys

2.      Theme based subgroups

3.      Publications and holding seminars and conferences

4.      Local chapters

5.      Community development

Short term goal: Increase membership, publish newsletter

Long term goal: Local chapters, journals

Table No.3 Theme: Motivating and mobilizing members to ACSF

3a)  How can more Fellows/scholars be Motivated to join ACSF?

3b)  Are there Scholars/ fellows you Know who you think must join ACSF?

3c)   Can you help them join ACSF?  How?

Summary points which emerged from the discussion:

1.      Word of mouth publicity

2.      Letters to various organizations/institutions/agencies seeking information of commonwealth alumni

3.      Media coverage-alumni day

4.      Regular interdisciplinary meetings

Table No.4 Theme: Individual engagement and contribution of members

4a)  How would you like to be engaged in and contributing to ACSF?

4b)   What skills would you like to bring into The ACSF space?

Summary points which emerged from the discussion:

1.      Donate time

2.      Popularizing the association

3.      Reverse fellowship

4.      Public lectures

5.      Fund generation

6.      Towards skill contributions: E-platforms for alumni interaction, editing and writing for websites, newsletter, delivering public lectures

Table No.5 Themes: Taskforces and planning for the future

5a)  Going forward, ACSF has plans of creating specific task forces. What task Forces should be created? Why?

5b)    Which of these task forces would you like to join? Why?

Summary points which emerged from the discussion:

1.      Technology development including popularizing indigenous knowledge

2.      Sustainable community development

3.      Health and wellbeing

4.      Women empowerment

5.      Human rights

6.      Climate change



Event Schedule

To observe the Commonwealth Day 2019, ACSF India is organizing a Panel Discussion on “A Connected Commonwealth: Achieving an Inclusive Growth: Education, Peace and Sustainability” on 11th March, 2019 in New Delhi.

 Date:             Monday, 11th March 2019  (02:00 PM – 04:00 PM)

Venue:          British Council, 17, KG Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi


Eminent Panellists:

  • Dhruva Chaudhary, Senior Professor & Head, Department of Pulmonary &   Critical Care Medicine,  Pandit B. D. Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak
  • R. Govinda, former Vice-Chancellor, National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi
  • A. P. Dimri, Department of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru    University, New Delhi
  • Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
  • Ravi Kumar, Department of Sociology, South Asian University, New Delhi

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