South Asian Rotary Leadership Institute was launched 2003, ten years hence RLI started in USA 1992. Bill Hawkins, during his visit to Kolkata in East India, suggested to introduce RLI. From the strength of three districts then, the next eight years till date witnessed a phenomenal growth with 32 out of 33 districts in its fold.
With India, it has Nepal and Sri Lanka, as major countries to operate, while Pakistan and Bangala Desh have been shifted into other neighboring region recently. The South Asia Region is administratively divided into six divisions, viz. Eastern India, Western India, Northern India, Central India, Southern India (including Sri Lanka) and Nepal.
All the districts in all the divisions of the region have been covered by visiting and conducting Faculty Orientation Courses, and Graduation Courses (Parts I, II, III).
The region has around 1000 plus Rotarians exposed to RLI learning in the last couple of years. It also has now to its credit, tens of faculty in all the districts, and Trainers to cater to the progressive plan.
It must be mentioned that International RLI Trainers Frank Wargo, Knut Johnsen and Tamton Mustapha have made number of training visits and helped build RLI in this part of the world to be on the professional path, proving productive for clubs and Rotarians.
David Linett’s words of motivation keep making a difference from time to time.
Regional leader Binod Khaitan’s leadership and his team, is exceptional.
Subhash Saraf, RLI SA