Prof. Dr. Sudhir Gavhane
Director Rural Immersion Program and National Outreach & Networking
Higher education in the world is changing in terms of technology, methodology and profitability. It’s loosing its connect with industry in terms employ-ability.Most concerned worry is students of new generation, known as millennia , are victims of total disconnect with society and most of them are self- centric and individualistic.
It’s very essential that youth of any nation must be connected with society and people around them. They must be problem-solvers than problem -creators.
In India, which is a continent in itself with 17.5 % population of the world, there exist two nations within it: one is ‘India’- Urban India of metropolis and cities and other is ‘Bharat’ – consisting of villages of rural India. ‘India’ is advanced and ‘Bharat’ is underdeveloped, deprived and backward. In rural India (Bharat), there are as much as 638 thousands villages with 69% population residing in them.
In view of this under socially committed visionary leadership of MIT-World Peace University’s founder President Honorable Prof. Dr. Vishwanath Karad and an idea of dynamic Executive President Mr. Rahul Karad, we have designed the completely different Rural Immersion Program, which is mandatory to all students of MIT-WPU University, including students of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy, Arts, Science, Commerce, Law, Education and School of Government.
Every year more than 6000 students of MIT-WPU participate in this unique Rural Immersion Program. The philosophy behind design of this program is to ‘Bharat To India’ (B To I) and ‘India To Bharat’ (I TO B) which preach that the students of urban India should go to rural India not educate them but to learn from them, how to survive while facing unbearable obstacles. After understanding their plight and problems through humanly communication and interaction urban students are expected to apply their knowledge and capabilities to provide solutions to rural folks.
The learning out of this Rural Immersion Program is three dimensional which is empowerment process for these students. The three dimensions deployed here are Service Based Learning (SBL), Project Based Learning (PBL) and Research Based Learning (RBL).
Ms. Neelam Pandit
M.S.W. Project Co-ordinator, Rural Immersion Program
Message from Project Co-ordinator
Rural Immersion Program is indeed devoted to sensitize and educate urban students about social issues concerning rural people and their mechanisms to fight against all odds in their day to day lives. This is a unique program designed to transform a student into a holistic person.
It helps a student in understanding our values and traditions better.
Students from different disciplines learn not only adjust themselves in a rural background, away from comforts of their homes but also be content with scarce resources. They can implement their knowledge to solve certain problems faced by rural population and bring ease into the lives of villagers particularly farmers. The emphasis of this unique program is majorly on researching and working on ground level so that every student can contribute for sustainable development of rural community.
Rural Immersion Program is definitely a step to inculcate social values, having compassion and realizing the hardships of Rural India i.e. Bharat.