Two Indians among 2015 Yale World Fellows in US

Zeena Johar, SughaVazhu Healthcare Founder; and journalist/author Rahul Pandita are among 16 people named by Yale University as its 2015 World Fellows. They will arrive at the University later this year for an intensive 4-month period of academic enrichment and leadership training.

Johar founded the SughaVazhu Healthcare (SVHC) and IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH) to create a primary care delivery network through rural clinics that rely on affordable health care and trained Indian medical practitioners to provide basic health care for hard-to-reach rural populations of India.

Johar also spearheaded ICTPH’s academic alliance with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, that helped develop India’s first certificate programme for Indian medical practitioners.  She is a member of the Governing Board at Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology Bangalore, and is currently pursuing  the Program for Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School.

Delhi based Pandita has reported extensively on conflicts in Iraq and Sri Lanka and is known for his reportage on the Maoist insurgency in central and eastern India, and the turmoil in Kashmir.  A recipient of the International Red Cross Award for conflict reporting, Pandita was the Opinion and Special Stories editor of the Hindu.

A total of 18 Indians have been selected as Yale World Fellows since the commencement of the programme in 2002.

Yale World Fellows is Yale’s global leadership development initiative and a core signature element of the University’s ongoing commitment to internationalisation.