About ARC

ARC or Aspire Retreat & Convocation is Aspire Circle’s captive convening, originally conceived as a biennial event. Our aspiration continues to be to make it an annual event and hence we persist with the name ARC, albeit as an acronym, to evocate the arc of enlightened social leadership. As we also confer the “Fellowship” at this event to graduating Fellows, we integrate a Convocation with the same. ARC is a closed-door event, by invitation only, for Aspire Circle stakeholders- Fellows, Scholars, IFP Community Leaders, Members, Speakers, Staff & and Office-bearers. One of its most important objectives is to bring together our Fellows, from across cohorts, face to face, in the spirit of Fellowship, with readings-based heart-and-soul Socratic dialogues. It is not open to guests or the public.

To date, we have had three such physical events. Our first such event “ARC2015”, was held in Mumbai, at ISKCON’s Govardhan Eco Resort, with the theme- “Anubandh”. Subsequently, the second edition, ARC2018 was held in Delhi NCR, at Brahmkumaris Om Shanti Om Retreat Centre in Pataudi, with the theme- “Impact Design”. In 2022, we, met again for a 3-day residential event under the theme of “Impact Renaissance”, at the School of Ancient Wisdom – a 10-acre eco-destination close to the Bengaluru Airport. In addition to the 3 physical events, in 2021, we also hosted a virtual event due to the prevailing pandemic situation. Our ARC2021 theme was “The Pursuit of Purpose”.

We believe that collectively, we must build ARC into a Forum that allows leaders from the social sector as well as key invited influencers (celebrities, sports personalities, government leaders, etc.) to come together to further build a national impact movement- in pursuit of enlightened social leadership.

Event Details:

ARC2024 Core event: 22-24 February 2024

Venue: UPES University, Dehradun

Side Event: 24-25 February 2024

Side Event Structure:

This will be our 10-year celebration. This time, due to the special edition, we are keeping the final day (24-25 February) for our Fellows to host side events on any subject/area of their choice. UPES will provide meeting space for the side event. The organizing Fellows must underwrite any nominal costs, payable to UPES or caterers, and attending Fellows will need to pay for their own rooms.


Core ARC 2024 Events

Thursday, 22 February 2024

12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 Opening Plenary; Fellows- Micro Keynotes
15.30-16.30 Tea / Refreshments
16.30-18.00 Readings: Session 1 of 3
18.00-19.00 Tea / Refreshments
19.00-20.00 Musical Performance
20.00-21.30 Dinner

Friday, 23 February 2024

07.00-08.00 Breakfast
08.30-10.00 Readings: Session 2 of 3
10.00-11.00 Tea / Refreshments
11.00-12.30 Debates & Guest Keynotes
12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 Debates & Guest Keynotes
15.30-16.30 Tea / Refreshments
16.30-18.00 Readings: Session 3 of 3
18.00-19.00 Tea / Refreshments
19.00-20.00 Impact Cinema
20.00-21.30 Dinner

Saturday, 24 February 2024

07.00-08.00 Breakfast
08.30-10.00 Debates & Guest Keynotes
10.00-11.00 Tea / Refreshments
11.00-12.30 Closing Plenary; Valedictory Session; Governors- Micro Keynotes

Optional Fellow Events

Saturday, 24 February 2024

14:00-15:30 Aspire Impact on ESG, Sustainability & Impact Measurement
15.30-16.30 Tea / Refreshments
18.00-19.00 Tea / Refreshments
20.00-21.30 Dinner

Sunday, 25 February 2024

07.00-08.00 Breakfast
08:30-10:00 • V-shesh on Disabilities
• Prashant on Children & Environment
10.00-11.00 Tea / Refreshments
12.30-14.00 Lunch
  1. Event Fees

    1. ARC2024 only (22-24 February 2024): INR 7,500
    2. ARC2024 + Side Events (22-25 February): INR 11,250
  • Payment Process

    1. Choose Event
    2. Choose Accommodation
    3. Total Payable
    4. Pay via Debit Card, Credit Card, etc.
  1. Accommodation

    Accommodation Details (all the tariffs mentioned below are total for per person per night)
    Limited seats are available On-campus at UPES campus which will be allotted on a first-come first-served basis.

    1. Hotel LP Vilas  (10.6 KM, 30 mins from the venue)
      Room Type- Single Occupancy- INR 4480/Person/Night
      Room Type -Double Occupancy – INR 2250/person/Night
    2. Hotel Clarion (10 KM, 30 mins from the venue)
      Room Type- Single Occupancy- INR 3360/person/Night
      Room Type -Double Occupancy – INR 1904/person/Night
    3. Hotel Ramada (17 KM,40 mins from the venue)
      Room Type- Single Occupancy- INR 7670/person/Night
      Room Type -Double Occupancy – INR 4130/person/Night



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