Summer School/Internship Programmes at Sambhaavnaa Institute of Public Policy and Politics

ORGANISER:

Sambhaavnaa Institute of Public Policy and Politics

Sambhaavnaa is dedicated to learning and educating about the process and politics of policy making in the government, and to enable people to participate in this process so the policies and laws being formulated are in public interest. It is a place to learn about contemporary public policies, their multifarious impacts on society, and to learn about possible alternatives to them which would be more equitable, just and sustainable. Know more

Website: www.sambhaavnaa.org

SUMMER SCHOOL/INTERNSHIP PROGRAMMES:

  1. Samanvay (6 weeks)
  2. Sandarbh (1-week)

Join one of these two Summer Schools (Internship Programmes) at the Sambhaavnaa Institute which aim at providing you a fresh perspective to understand development, economics, society, policy and politics. Through interactive sessions with activists, thinkers, academics and experts from various fields, these programs attempt to sharpen your skills for critical analysis of, and a overall perspective to, the challenges our country face today.

Place of Internship: Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

Eligibility: You may preferably belong to the age group of 18 to 26 with any academic background; you may have volunteered with action groups in your area; may have worked briefly with organizations working for change.

Discussion Topics (applicable for both the programmes):

  1. Historical Background of our Development Model
  2. Understanding India’s Economic Policies
  3. Democracy and Decision-Making: Who Controls Public Policy?
  4. Ecological Consequences of Development
  5. Social Context of Development: Caste and Gender
  6. Social Movements in India
  7. Alternatives to Development

HOW TO APPLY:

Post completed Application Form to:

Sambhaavnaa Institute,

Gaon Kandbari,
Tehsil Palampur,
Zila Kangra, Himachal 176061

OR Email them to sutradhaar@sambhaavnaa.org

LAST DATE FOR SENDING APPLICATIONS: March 31, 2013

DOWNLOAD:

Application Form
Leaflet

Given below is the full description of the individual programmes-

1. SAMANVAY

This program brings together the theory and practice of social change. The 2-week theoretical component of this program will engage the participants in a critical analysis of the challenges before our society. It will cover issues of Economic Policy, Social Justice, Democratic Governance, Ecological Sustainability, Social Movements and Alternatives to Development – thereby, trying to build a holistic and interconnected picture of the issues facing our society today.

Duration: May 24 – July 05, 2013 (6 weeks)

Cost: Rs. 5500 (Need-based financial assistance is available. Do not let your inability to pay, be the reason for not applying)

Opportunity:

The internship would present you an opportunity to work with and learn from well-known organisations that have done pioneering work in their fields such as Narmada Bachao Andolan (M.P.), People’s Science Institute (Uttarakhand), Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (Rajasthan), Kheti Virasat Mission (Punjab), Hazard Centre (Delhi), Jagori (Himachal), Eklavya (M.P.), Navdanya (Uttarakhand). The synthesis of both theory and practice would help evolve a deeper understanding of different approaches to social change.

Components:

Samanvay is divided into three parts:

A. Rethinking Development: A Critical Analysis (1 week)

Through interactive sessions with activists, thinkers, academics and experts from various fields, this week attempts to sharpen yours kills for critical analysis of, and an overall perspective to, the challenges facing our society today. We shall try and cover issues of Economic Policy, Social Justice, Democratic Governance, Ecological Sustainability, Social Movements and Alternatives to Development – thereby, trying to build a holistic and interconnected picture of the issues facing our society today.

This part of the program shall be residential and housed in the Sambhaavnaa campus, near Palampur (Himachal Pradesh)

B. Internship (4 weeks)

After a week-long theoretical perspective on socio-economic and political issues, as well as approaches to social change, the 4-week internship shall provide the participant with an on-the-ground perspective on these issues. Depending on their areas of interest, the participant shall spend four weeks with a social movement/ organization. This will not only give an insight into ground realities, but also an opportunity to work and learn with experienced social activists and organizations. During the internship, the participant will be involved in the work and activities of the organization, interact with the local community and try and develop an understanding of the issues on which the organization is working.

Internships shall be with organizations working in the areas of – Education, Environment , Agriculture and Organic Farming, Livelihoods and Alternative Technologies, Dalit and Tribal rights, Displacement and Rehabilitation, Local Governance and Right To Information, Gender Empowerment and Domestic Violence and Holistic Community Development.

C. Reflection and Conclusion (5 days)

On returning from their individual internships, the participants will get an opportunity to share and reflect on their experiences from their internship. They would get to bring together the theory from Part 1 of the program, and their on-the-ground experiences from the internship. The varied inputs of the participants from a range of organizations and social initiatives will also help the group evolve a deeper. The varied inputs of the participants from a range of organisations and social initiatives will also help the group evolve a deeper understanding of different approaches to social change.

This part of the program shall be residential and housed in the Sambhaavnaa campus.

2. SANDARBH

It is a week long dialogue that attempt to critically engage the participant to rethink the current concepts of ‘Development’ that pervade society and public policy. Through lectures, discussions, interactive sessions, debates, film screenings and book-discussions an attempt would be made to re- examine our current understanding of economic policies, inequities in society, democracy, environmental issues. It will also give a glimpse of the various kinds of alternatives to ‘development’ – both at the grassroots and policy level – that are being experimented with in different parts of India and the world.

Duration: June 01-08, 2013 (1 week)

Cost: Rs. 3500 (Need-based financial assistance is available. Do not let your inability to pay, be the reason for not applying)

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