WHY MIEF STARTED – OUR STORY
With his family and two small kids, Dr. Uday Kakroo shifted from Srinagar, Kashmir valley in 1990 as a displaced Kashmiri Pandit, to be able to keep the family safe from the constant conflict that had become the hallmark of Kashmir during those turbulent times. With an unclear future, a small hope of returning home and a sum of 2000 Rupees of cash, the family first moved to Jammu – like several others- and then to the National Capital Territory Region of Delhi, India. While struggling to re-build a life in a new place, Dr. Kakroo recollects now with a certain sense of pride, that the only thing that helped them sustain and grow was their education. He recognises that while many claim that wealth and money do not necessarily come with education, the understanding and astute reasoning do.
It was with this mindset, in the backdrop of a personal rebuilding and crisis that Millennium India Education Foundation was set up in June 2003 registered as a Not-for-Profit organisation in Delhi with an aim to increase the outreach primarily of education in young people and build in the curious researcher mindset. MIEF works with a mission and key objectives for promotion, encouragement and conduction of research in all aspects of education, health and culture. These include popularisation of science and educational themes amongst school children, capacity building through workshops, seminars for teachers, popularisation of art, languages, and undertaking research projects in various fields. MIEF works with several government and corporate partners in this endeavor.