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Nayi Dishayein: Summer Schools on Rethinking Development

Event Start Date:
17th June 2020
Event End Date:
28th June 2020
Event Venue:
Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

Think, dialogue, and evolve pathways for a better society


Nayi Dishayein interweaves theory with practice to generate a dynamic understanding of the pertinent issues faced by today’s society.

Participants of the program:

  • Examine the root causes of growing inequality in resources distribution
  • Deconstruct the conventional notion of development
  • Understand the impact of development on nature and society
  • Challenge beliefs, convictions, and privileges resulting from the enduring power structures, and understand how they are linked with the notions of development
  • Examine how the state and its institutions and power structures influence each other
  • Assess possibilities of transformation through people’s actions towards a just society

Who the program is for

Apply forNayi Dishayein if you are between 21-28 years and want to understand how development is shaping Indian society. Learn how the facets of gender, caste, race, class, ethnicity, communalism, sexuality, education, and language are linked to resource distribution.

Programs Structure and Contribution Amount

The summer school consists of two programs:

Program 1:  Six-week program (Campus + Internship), 21 May to 4 July 2020

The first part of the program is 10-day campus-based. It will involve interactive lectures by activists and experts, group work and discussions, cinema, theatre of the oppressed and songs of resistance.

The second part involves a month-long internship with some ongoing social change initiatives. Participants will be sent to grassroots organizations in groups of 2-3 across the country for a month. You will return to Sambhaavnaa Institute for the third part of this program for four days to reflect on learnings and experiences based on your internship

Contribution for Program 1: Accepted applicants are required to pay ₹6000 as a contribution amount.  This covers the expenses towards food and stay for the two campus components of the program at the Sambhaavnaa Institute.

Travel and food expenses during the internship will have to be borne by the participants. Lodging will be provided by the respective organization with which one is working. Sambhaavnaa Institute will not be able to extend any financial support for this component

Program 2: 12-day Program (Campus only), 17 to 28 June 2020

This program involves interactive lectures by activists and experts, group work and discussions, cinema, theatre of the oppressed and songs of resistance at Sambhaavnaa Institute.

Contribution for Program 2: Accepted applicants are required to pay ₹7500 as a contribution amount.  This covers the expenses towards food and stay for the duration of the program at the Sambhaavnaa Institute.

Need-based partial waivers are available. We have a limited number of partial waivers, so, please request for a waiver only if you really need it. Do remember that there may be others who need it more than you.


Inequality is deeply entrenched in the socio-cultural and economic fabric of our country today, and the gaps continue to grow at an alarming rate. In 2017, 1% of the population held 58% of the country’s total wealth, which was higher than the global figure of about 50%. Currently, the top 1% of the population holds 73% of the wealth. We understand this phenomenon as ‘growth’. Sometimes, we either equate growth with ‘development’ and the distinction between growth and development gets blurred. At other times, the discussions remain fixated with the notion of economic growth.

We see ‘modern development’ as a panacea to the issues related to poverty, inequality, unemployment, and marginalisation in our society. Many of us have come to see the moot concept of development in fixed terms and as a natural societal progression which necessarily would be followed by, or accompanied with, a more aware and educated society, relatively free of the multifaceted divisions that stare us in our face. But, the conditions of societies across the world today, wrought with conflict, discrimination and exploitation, is a grim reminder that those thought processes need to be problematized with a sense of urgency. These dominant narratives of development need to be punctured, and more ambiguity, chaos, and uncertainty need to be introduced into these stories – the linear stories which are being fed to us left, right, and centre.


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