What if 12,500 engineers committed suicide every year?

What if doctors earned average Rs. 1,666 a month?

What if teachers were forced to travel to cities and turn themselves into cheap labor?

Would you say there was something fundamentally wrong with the system?

This is the story of a quarter billion farmers & artisans in India.

 

Be The Change!

 Welcome to the flagship Service Learning program by University of Commons.

Transform the lives of thousands of farmers and artisans.

Be a Commoner. 

Background

We believe in a better future.

And we’re determined to create it.

Who’s in?

About the Journey

Join the human-centered journey that is designed for the growth of farmers, artisans and weavers in rural India and build capacity with young leaders in urban India.

Remember Swades? The Bollywood movie? Check-out this movie synopsis on YouTube

Mohan (Shah Rukh Khan), a project manager who is employed with NASA, travels to India to take his aunt along with him. Little does he know that this journey will change his life forever! The contrast between the highly developed workspace at NASA, which has been at the forefront of advances in space research, and his village back home in India, which is at the crossroads of development.

Mohan’s simple quest becomes the journey that every one of us goes through.

Inspired by journeys of change at UoC, we connect competent corporate employees and university students to amazing places (mostly their hometowns, or their present place of work/study), to work alongside hardworking farmers and artisans to build a prosperous nation.
We have come this far, in the city in search of good education, work and opportunities. In this journey towards self-development, prosperity and personal growth, have we forgotten to give back to society?
Imagine, if given the opportunity to do good and do well, how would this journey look like?
  • Who are you?

    Having sitting in classrooms, sitting through lectures and exams, you’ve been wondering “where is the purpose?” You are busy through-out the year and there is no time for integrating a new form of impact learning in your calendar. You’ve been looking for integrated field learning or internship.

    Having worked in corporate, in challenging engineering, management and executive roles, you’ve been wondering ‘what next?’. Possibly you have seen many fellowships but couldn’t take the time off work. Or you’ve been looking at ways to take a break but do something completely different.

    You have time and energy but it goes in searching for places during weekends and you end-up watching phone screen.

    This program requires 10% of your time and does not demand missing classes, or delaying your work deadlines. In fact, it gives meaning and joy to your weekends. And with that you can bring irreversible change to many people’s lives.

  • What would you do/learn?

    You’ll drive socio-economic inclusion for poorest of the poor in the country through volunteer-cum-developmental journey. Provide support and mentorship to grassroots entrepreneurs in your city, town, or village*.

    Activities will include on-boarding women entrepreneurs, building market linkage strategy, partnerships, building societal brands, etc. In the process, practice the MIT U-Lab impact process, take Design Thinking practices to field and learn about basic social entrepreneurship methodologies from UoC Coaches. You will travel in groups, back to your roots to leverage and develop your skills to uplift your very community.

    We will equip you with a toolkit that teaches you about grassroots entrepreneurship and problem solving – and together we’ll design a plan for how to drive social-economic inclusion.

  • Who you will you work with?

    Focus will be on development contexts and poverty reduction; and you would be trained in specific techniques that enable you to support women farmers and artisans link directly to customers. You will then spend the remaining time identifying problems, designing solutions, testing ideas, and building brands.

    You’ll befriend small group of grassroots entrepreneurs, be with them. You will help generating revenue whilst driving social inclusion. You will then design an exit plan for yourself such that they continue to sustain as you finish the program.

    This is also an opportunity to demonstrate and build leadership skills, quite off-beat from a regular classroom lecture on leadership.

  • For how long?

    We would want you to stay connected with farmer families forever. However the project lasts for six months, part-time. 

    This program requires about 10% of your time and does not demand missing classes, or delaying your work deadlines. In fact, it gives meaning and joy to your weekends. And with that you can bring irreversible change to many people’s lives.

    The minimum commitment required is 15 days of immersion spread over 12 (non-consecutive) weekends. For students looking for internship, a minimum of 30 days of participation is needed. There is no max-limit, service learning is a long journey.

  • Looking to partner?

    University of Commons is the choice of many corporates to engage employees at the grassroots, and build real world leadership capabilities. Aligning with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we encourage corporates join us in building the foundation at the pyramid. 

    Service Learning is the new internship. Many universities and colleges partner with us and interning with community problems and encourage students work with dynamic leaders to build work acumen. 

    We invite corporate leaders and university deans to partner and build leadership needed in the 21st century. Reach-out to us at +91 9916188800


Our Partners

Choice is yours!

Join us as an intern, a volunteer or a learner.

Service Learning is an amalgamation of learning, volunteering and work experience where one compliments the others.

Be the Change