It was in 1995 that TALEEM was conceived by Dr. Subhash Chandra, a visionary who has brought India on the world media scene. One of the goals was to start a world class private university. The same came into existence in 2005 known as Himgiri Nabh Vishwavidyalaya (University in the Sky) located at Dehradun. It took almost a decade of perseverance and pragmatic decisions that led to enactment of the University Bill in July 2003. The University was later renamed as Himgiri Zee University. Now the campus construction is expanding as the bunch of new courses are added. In this way one of the important missions has been achieved.
Social Science, Health and Media research continue to be the main thrust of our research. A small band of committed professionals have been involved in research of high quality and have earned good name in the field of population, health, communication, media studies and technology applications research. We have been able to work closely with Central and State Government’s department/ agencies. In addition, the Foundation has also collaborated with international and national sponsoring agencies like UNFPA, UNDP, Micronutrient Initiatives, Shastri-Indo Canadian Institute, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, British Council Division, WaterAid, Adani, Tata, IIM-Ahmedabad, ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth, Indian Council of Medical Research, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), to mention a few.
Some of the national level policy relevant research studies undertaken by the Foundation include RCH, DLHS, NFHS and GATS-India sponsored by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. On behalf of Office of Registrar General of India (ORGI), Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the Foundation has recently completed three phases of Third Party Audit (TPA) of Annual Health Survey (AHS) in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand that covered nearly 700 thousand households in each of last two phases.
Since 2002, the Foundation has been involved in Elections studies and forecasting poll results. Recently, the Foundation has successfully carried out 16th Lok Sabha Elections covering all states in 2014 and State Assembly Elections held in Maharashtra, Haryana and Delhi during 2014-2015. This way, we have established our credential in poll studies and forecasting elections results.
To accomplish our mission, we are constantly on the lookout for creative minds; fresh talent and new perspectives and so invite you to share your views, comments and suggestions on our plans and programmes.
Md. Irfan Khan