HeritageINDIA 2019

July 21 - August 10, 2019 New Delhi, Gujarat, and Kerala



Indiaspora, powered by youth leadership nonprofit 360+, is proud to announce a new initiative, HeritageINDIA. A unique, immersive, 3-week summer program, this initiative gives high students of Indian descent the opportunity to connect to their ancestral homeland. Students will experience and engage with India’s rich and diverse cultural history by completing hands-on projects, participating in stimulating discussions, and building friendships with a cohort that will share in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

HeritageINDIA will take place July 21 – August 10 with the exciting theme of India’s Riches: History, Culture, Diversity, & Democracy. Students will visit three areas of India that are geographically and culturally diverse, yet all very much represent India: New Delhi, Gujarat, and Kerala.

HeritageINDIA is for high school students who will be between 15 to 18 years of age at the time of the trip and are of Indian descent. Preference is given to those who have never had the opportunity to visit India.

HeritageINDIA will be overseen by Indiaspora Patron member Sridar Iyengar, an independent mentor investor in early-stage startups and former Chairman and CEO of KPMG India, who has created youth immersion programs for a diverse group of youth through his nonprofit organization, 360+. The adults accompanying them are trained and highly experienced in organizing international travel programs. Students will be under adult supervision of Sridar and 360+ professionals at all times during the trip.

Selected candidates for HeritageINDIA 2019:

  • Riya Bhalla (Freshman, New Jersey)
  • Dheeraj Jassal (Senior, Virginia)
  • Krish Jayarapu (Freshman, Indiana)
  • Anuja Konda (Senior, California)
  • Ishaan Koradia (Sophomore, North Carolina)
  • Pranjali Lobo (Freshman, California)
  • Nirali Patel (Freshman, Texas)
  • Nithya Venkat (Junior, Minnesota)

If you have questions about the candidates or the selection process, please contact Gabrielle Trippe, our Philanthropy Initiatives Manager, at gabrielle@indiaspora.org.

Our trip will begin in India’s capital, New Delhi. Over the course of three weeks, the cohort will also visit the Indian states of Gujarat and Kerala. The curriculum for the trip will include, but not be limited to, the following sights:

  •  Delhi:
    • A guided tour of Old Delhi around the theme of history, culture, and diversity
    • A guided tour of New Delhi around the theme of democracy
    • A guided visit to Taj Mahal/ Fatehpur Sikri
  •  Ahmedabad
    • Curated walks and talks, including a project with Mahatma Gandhi International School around Gandhi / Non-violence / Youth Activism
    • A visit to Sherisa Village
  • Kerala
    • An introduction to the rich heritage of South India in terms of our theme elements focusing on history, culture, and democracy
    • A service project / learning opportunity

Sridar Iyengar has been organizing youth immersion programs in India for several years through his leadership collective 360+. You can read more about what inspired him to give back through his program in this blog for Indiaspora.

He is the former Chairman and CEO of KPMG India, and the Co-founder of The Sounding Board. He is an independent mentor investor in early-stage startups, and is also an Independent Advisor to a number of companies, particularly those operating in the United States and India corridor, including Blume Venture Advisors and Bessemer Venture Partners. He has made a number of private investments in a wide variety of sectors and spent 35 years involved in global business, 15 years of which were India-related.

He is a founding charter member of TiE and remains active with TiE India and its Global organization, as well as the Silicon Valley and Mumbai chapters. He was previously Chairperson of the American India Foundation’s Clinton Fellowship for Service in India program, and is involved with the Foundation for Democratic Reforms in India. He serves, or has previously served, on the Board of a number of organizations, including America India Foundation, ICICI Bank, Infosys Technologies Limited, Club Mahindra Holidays and Rediff.com. Sridar has a B.Com. (Honors) from University of Calcutta and has completed the Executive Education course at Stanford University.


Gabrielle Trippe is the Philanthropy Initiatives Manager at Indiaspora. She comes from a background in international public health, and began her career in sub-Saharan Africa, where she worked on issues such as HIV/AIDS, human rights, and water and sanitation issues. Her experience in India began as a William J. Clinton Fellow with the American India Foundation. She served in Hyderabad and focused on women’s and girls’ health, in addition to work with the the LV Prasad Eye Institute. Most recently, she worked with Purpose as Research and Partnership Development Consultant for a campaign to reduce avoidable blindness in India. A Fulbright-Hays Scholar and a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Gabrielle holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University.