Working with the local community
The University’s model is designed in a manner so that it works from deep within the community. This ensures that the local community is involved at every step, from early discussions to the implementation aspect. The process is aimed at empowering the village communities, with an emphasis on women and children. For instance, the farmstays initiative helps the locals in earning money from tourism and prevents migration to metro cities. The very existence of the University is closely tied with the ideology of inclusion.
Fellows will be working closely with the local communities to develop innovative solutions, which combine the wisdom from traditional knowledge with modern technology. Working from within the community enables them to find original answers that account for the specific needs and challenges faced by the locals.
They will also use their skills to further established initiatives. For instance, the fellows will be helping out with the outreach for the farmstays.