The Rural Immersion program for students of Science and Engineering (RISE) is an initiative by IIT Bombay Alumni of the Batch of 1992 to expose and sensitize undergraduate students to the problems faced by rural India, and to encourage them to find possible solutions.
As part of the RISE program, undergraduate students of IITB will get an opportunity to be part of a two-week immersive cultural experience of life in rural India.
Selected undergraduate students will be placed with a reputed NGO working in the field of rural development. Students will get an opportunity to stay in a rural household and get a glimpse of the hardships as well as the delights of rural life. They will be expected to work with the field workers of the NGO under the guidance of senior staff.
This rural immersion program will be conducted twice a year, just after completion of the end semester exams i.e., once in the first two weeks of May and again at the end of November/early December.
In each batch, up to 25 students will be selected and placed with the partner NGOs. Expenses for travel and stay will be covered by the RISE Program.
Students are expected to submit a report on their stay, their experience, and what they learned in these two weeks on their return.
The program also proposes to support students who show a deeper interest in rural issues, and wish to pursue this further in developing solutions to problems that they identify in their initial Immersion Program.
Those students who are interested can opt for 2 more weeks of field stay with the NGO, with or without TDSL. They can also pursue the development of solutions with RuTAG (Rural Technology Action Group) which will be supported by the program
This could prove to be a life-changing experience for those who are curious to get hands-on experience of how the ‘other’ India lives.
The program is open to all undergraduate students of IITB in Year 1, 2, 3
The last date for receiving applications is 15 October 2019.
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