Who We Are
Vayah Vikas is a not- for- profit organisation based in Bengaluru that is driven by the philosophy of "by the seniors, for the seniors, of the seniors". The platform is focused on giving older adults charge of their wellness & well-being & opportunities for productive engagement, so that they can build dignified lives. Our aim is to brighten your growing years, making it more fulfilling.
Vayah Vikas Story
Population ageing is being experienced in India and across the globe, and focused planning for a changing population structure is imperative. It calls for a full-fledged ecosystem in a symbiotic relationship with its senior members who receive, contribute and evolve the ecosystem.
The idea behind the formation of Vayah Vikas was seeded in 2013, when a report - ‘Aspirations for the Elderly’ was put together by Dr Alexander Thomas (Ex-Director of Bangalore Baptist Hospital) with a team of experts of the NTT (National Think Tank) for the India Backbone Implementation Network (IbIn) at the behest of Dr Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India (GoI). Subsequently, efforts continued at the community level in villages and lobbying with GoI to increase budgetary allocations to improve the quality of lives for senior citizens.
A few years ago, the idea of setting up a senior citizens forum was mooted by Dr. Alexander Thomas (Founder Member of AHPI) with various members of AHPI, and the Think Tank on health at NLSIU, which finally culminated into the setting up of Vayah Vikas in April 2021, under the leadership of Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan with six other eminent luminaries who agreed to be the founding members, who are dedicated and work for this cause.
Vayah Vikas is a compassionate, senior-driven ecosystem of well-designed services and opportunities enabling seniors to lead independent lives with dignity and meaning.
Our dream is to evolve into a pan-India entity that will enable every Indian senior to live their life to their full potential. We aim to emerge as a strong voice mobilizing civil society and enabling policy changes to ensure the seniors' well-being.
We recognize and believe seniors as actively contributing members of society.
We aspire to reach 1 million older adults in the next two years based on the membership model. We believe a healthy society is incomplete without the wisdom of our elders. However, due to various reasons, they feel isolated or disconnected. To bridge the gap, we are looking forward to connecting with like-minded organizations on a partnership basis and government institutions to set up state-wise chapters enabling us to cater to every senior citizen of India.
Mr. Senapathy Gopalakrishnan
Co-founder of Infosys; Incubator of various Start-ups; Technology Thought Leader; Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT, Bangalore
Dr. Devi Shetty
Chairman and Executive Director of Narayana Health; A cardiac surgeon with around 34 years of experience
Dr. Alexander Thomas
Founder member and Patron AHPI; Founder-Member and President of the Association of National Board Accredited Institutions (ANBAI); Has served the healthcare sector for over 30 years
Ms. Gauri Kumar
Retired IAS, Former Secretary in the "Ministry of Labour and Employment" and "Ministry of Home Affairs" (Border Management)
Mr. Arun Seth
Trustee of the NASSCOM Foundation; Board Member of HelpAge India; Chairman & Co-Founder Global Groupware Solutions; Mentor for various Start-ups
Dr. Girdhar Gyani
Director-General, Association of Healthcare Providers (India); Ex elected director on board of International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua); Ex-Secretary General of Quality Council of India.
Dr. Srinath Reddy
Ex (Founder) President and Honorary Distinguished Professor, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Former Head of the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
Prof. Nandimath Omprakash
Professor of Law (NLSIU); Chair Professor (HAL Defence Public Sector undertakings, Business Law)