Author – WIN Foundation
India is blessed with a talented young population. Our students, from diverse backgrounds and with enormous information exposure today, have strong capabilities to understand complex issues and take informed decisions. So WIN Foundation is confident that is they are introduced to the grass root communities and the social impact world, through our projects, they can develop excellent understanding and empathy for the challenges facing our less privileged communities and contribute towards ideas, strategies and plans in our culturally diverse, democratic society.
Students exposure to communities and social impact projects will:
- Help them see parts of diverse communities, lifestyle, constraints – which they may not have seen in their own life earlier.
- Helps them see and comprehend firsthand the complexity and ambiguity inherent in social systems
- Helps them to see challenges for such communities and also think of opportunities with new generation ideas and solutions, building upon their learning from academic world
- Build confidence of interacting at different levels in diverse communities across rural, tribal and urban lower middle class areas.
- Build strong personal and interpersonal development, particularly the ability to work well with others, and hone their leadership and communication skills.
NGOs and Communities in turn will:
- Get new ideas including new technologies, management processes, IT applications etc.
- Get opportunity to increase the human resources focused on specific projects for tasks like surveys, measurements, data analysis, etc.
- NGOs and communities usually do not have access to and cannot afford consultants from the market for above.
In India, knowledge and technology translation to the filed, and particularly in social impact domains, is lacking due to:
- Lack of connect between academia and field practitioners
- Lack of connect between those with strong management and technology competencies and those who implement things on the field either as skilled or as unskilled workers.
WIN Foundation is actively promoting student involvement in its projects by bringing students at various levels, from bachelors to Phd/Post-Doc, This helps in following ways:
- It helps to transfer expert knowledge and technology to the field implementers.
- Students take the problems and challenges observed back to their institutions, where with faculty guidance, resources like labs and library, work to develop more mature solutions/approaches. Thus they help build bridges between institutions and communities.
- Students, due to their sheer numbers, can also help in tasks which require basic skills and knowledge in large numbers – e.g. surveying, trying out multiple solutions, etc. This would be either infeasible or too expensive by normal means
List of student projects and internships:
This new generation, through skills and knowledge acquired through such on ground experiences, will emerge as innovative problem solvers for myriad challenges facing India and the world. Whether they go on to become employees, social entrepreneurs, policy-makers, or community leaders, they will have the tools and mindset needed to make a meaningful impact on society, and also have fruitful careers.