Why is the registration fee so high?

We are often asked why the registration fee is 'so high', when the summit itself is run on a no-profit no-loss 'shared cost' basis and is quite spartan.

Let us first reiterate the commitment made at the first summit way back in 2007: Money will not be a barrier for anyone to participate in the summit and mentioned this time too if you are interested in attending and the registration fee is the only constraint, do let us know.

The registration fee (for all the three days) is Rs 100 per person (non-residential) and Rs 2500 per person (residential).

This is how the break up goes:
India has 5564 (or is it 6071?) Taluks/blocks in 640 districts in 28 States and 7 Union Territories. We assume (and encourage)

  • International/national organisations and networks (Rs 200,000) will have member organisations from at least 2000 taluks.
  • State networks/campaigns and organisations (Rs 25,000) will have about 250 member organisations in a state (membership density is higher the more local the network is).

These networks would normally stay together at a venue of their choice. So the registration fee (Rs 100 per person for all the three days) covers the lunch for three days.

If however, an individual organisation wants to register separately, then the CEO and one senior person are registered. The fee then works out to a little over Rs 600 per person per day (Rs 5000). This fee includes board and lodge for four days, since most people stay that long (come a day earlier/leave a day later due to travel connexions/other work/sightseeing in Namma Bengaluru).

The fee is to encourage state and block level processes, so that the initiative is rooted (there is no 'discount' for organisations registering individually but not staying at the venue) ... but actually would work out the same either way.

But yes, we do want CSOs to think big (and encourage Purposive Networking). So if an organisation or network claims to be a 'national' network, we would expect it to have membership from at least a third of the taluks/blocks. But if a 'national network' is only five organisations working in 10 states, and wants to save money, we suggest that it registers as five separate organisations or join other state/national organisations. Choose the level most appropriate for you and register accordingly.

If you still think that our registration fees are too high, do let us know how we can reduce it by sending a mail to 2014Summit@gmail.com. This is a small (micro!) initiative, and we welcome suggestions to be better.