Vikalp stands for ‘alternative’ and ‘Nai Dishayen’ symbolises hope, purpose and continuity.
Vikalp (Nai Dishayen ) envisions a society that promotes overall human, social and economic development using innovative, accessible, and sustainable solutions.
A global enabling environment is an absolute prerequisite for stimulating overall growth in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. At Vikalp, we prioritize ‘sustainable development’: "Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". We believe that any initiative for sustainable development, in spirit and action, places value in equal opportunity for all. It places value in being inclusive, accessible, empowering, and being accountable.
The two arms of the organization – Centre for Renewable Energy & Sustainable Development and Centre for Mind & Development view health and development as interdependent, empowering and equally enabling the full and effective participation of an individual in the society.
Centre for Renewable Energy & Sustainable Development: Energy is Enabling. Energy is decisive for development. Energy is significantly linked to the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, environmental, and social. Energy services are obviously essential to economic and social development of a society. The question of the development of renewable energy sources is inseparable from the question of sustainable development. All forms of renewable energy – solar, wind, biomass, hydrogen and fuel cell, small hydro etc. are important aspects of sustainable development. At Vikalp, our endeavour is to promote accessible, affordable and sustainable energy for all. We strive to create enabling environments that empower people through clean and green energy initiatives. We work towards this by developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating policy, advocacy, research and development initiatives.
Centre for Mind & Development: Mental Health is Enabling. At Vikalp, we believe that mental health and development are interdependent. We acknowledge that mainstreaming of mental health issues is an integral part of any strategy for sustainable development. Vikalp works on issues of mental health and well-being in the community. We at ‘Vikalp’ believe that people with mental illness are ‘people’ first. We acknowledge that discrimination against any person, on the basis of mental illness and disability is a violation of the inherent dignity of the person. We acknowledge mental health as a human right. We strive towards creating environments that are enabling and empowering and strengthen the voice of the consumer of the service.