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 School of Agriculture & Rural Development

Transform the lives of thousands of farmers and artisans.

Be a Commoner. 


We believe in a better future.

And we’re determined to create it.

Who’s in?

About the Journey

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

With a vision to extend outreach of agriculture education by harnessing convergence of One Straw Revolution, Small Is Beautiful, and use of digital technology to build market linkages; University of Commons invites young Indians to bring about change in lives of small farmers & land-less farmers. The curriculum starts with immersions for general understanding of agriculture ecosystem clubbed with action-research in gap areas. It’s a non-classroom, action led program eventually leading to building working solutions before the program ends. Participants have an opportunity to pitch for agri-startup incubation and funding.

The program is open for full-time and part-time applicants for December 2018 and June 2019 Batch.
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 fellowship.

    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.

    Give meaning and joy to your life. And with that you can bring irreversible change in lives of many people.

  • What would you do/learn?

    You’ll drive socio-economic inclusion for poorest of the poor in the country through learning-cum-developmental journey. Provide support and mentorship to grassroots farmers in villages close to Bangalore..

    Activities will include o,learning from farmers, teaching 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.

    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. 

    The minimum commitment required is 6 X 4 weekends = 50 days, however full-timers, in-sabbatical and people in gap year will be preferred. Interns welcome, a minimum of 50 calendar days of participation is needed. 

  • 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