In January 2018, the Government of India launched the Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP) to accelerate improvement in the socio-economic indicators of the most underdeveloped districts of the country in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has marshalled a coalition of ministries, state governments, and public-private partnerships to focus on education, health, agriculture, and financial inclusion. According to a recent study by the Harvard Business School, “In the domain of education, 8 of the top 10 districts that have been able to drive the maximum change are supported by development partners working in the same domain.” The Piramal Foundation/Kaivalya Education in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan is one of those development partners.

Starting December 2020, Embassy of India Student Hub is seeking 14 student volunteers who will spend 10 weeks conducting virtual field interviews, getting local perspective, and organizing presentation materials of educational best practices in the Government of India’s Aspirational Districts Programme. The volunteers will undergo a two-day training and then work virtually with local counterparts to understand the data, assemble photos/videos, and share one or two educational best practices and how they can be modified for more holistic, hands-on, interdisciplinary learning in other school districts across India.

Criteria for selection:

  • Should have completed their primary and secondary schooling in India.

  • Have spent cumulatively 1+ months in village(s).

  • Good community interviewing, research, editing, writing skills, and the awareness of culutral difference in the way we listen.

  • Willingness to learn, attention to detail, and an open-mind regarding education, aspirations, and measures of success.

  • Genuine interest in making a contribution to India’s development.

  • Good listener, emphathic, and able to maintain a community-first outlook.

  • Hindi and other regional language skills (basic reading, writing, speaking, listening) required.