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FSc | SUMMER FIELD SCHOOLS
 
The Grassrots Institute organizes several Summer Field Schools for the students in undergraduate and postgraduate studies. These Summer Field Schools offer high-quality interdisciplinary practical education giving grassroots exposure to the students. The Summer Field Schools are designed to teach students about critical/ local problems and train them to do field work, field research and community development. Our faculty provides core lectures needed to understand the content areas pertinent to different courses in each type of Summer Field School. Case study research on various content areas of every Summer Field School constitute the curriculum. Field exercises and exposure compliment classroom lectures and help students to develop skills needed for coorelating the theory with the practice.

Program Structure of Summer Field School

Each of the Summer Field School course (FSc) runs for approximately 4 weeks (30 days), including weekly breaks allowing local travel by students on your own. The Summer Field School imparts very intensive lectures and practicals.
 
 
May 2014 (4 weeks) MER l MOUNTAIN ECOSYSTEM AND RESOURCE 
MANAGEMENT
June 2015 (4 weeks) GPR l LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND 
PEOPLE’S RIGHTS
 
 
 
Application Deadline The applicants will be selected and admitted every month till the available seats are vacant. When the seats become full, no further application will be accepted. Each of the Summer Field Schools has its own deadline of application.
Course Hours 4-week summer session with 30 contact hours of instruction and  60 hours of research
Credits
Field Location Great Himalayan National Park and Seraj Valley in Kullu district (Himachal Pradesh), India
Language of Instructions & Facilitation Language of instructions will be English. However, if some guest faculty speaks Hindi, a translation back up will be provided. The local communities usually speak local Kullavi language or Hindi or Punjabi. Some youths speak English too. At the time of field visits, several translator or interpreters will accompany. In the village of accommodation, someone in host family would communicate in English. Those facing much difficulty may be given assistance of a guide speaking English. Students can also learn bit Hindi just to somehow manage the situations.
Practicals From Monday to Wednesday the lecture series will be organized every week. On Thursday and Friday the students will visit the sites, villages, jungle or towns for observing, studying and practicing on relevant topic. On Saturday each student will independently visit villages to research on the given topic and thus complete the research assignment. If the student wishes to take break on Saturday, he/she may conduct assigned research work right on Thursday and Friday after the field visit/exposure is over. Each student will stay as paying guest with a family in a village and in the end he/she will also produce socio-economic, politico-cultural or development profile of the village where he/she lives with the family. Students will have to accommodate (for learning purpose) in the local living, food and transport conditions, which are typically mountainous and rural but one of the most beautiful and adventurous.
Faculties For the training course 2 resource persons will work full time. At least 2 field facilitators work full time. Additionally, 2 guides/helpers will take care of associated queries, help, assistance, etc. Some guest faculties will also be invited to deliver the lectures on some of the course contents. Most of the resource persons engaged will have rich field experiences in order to give more and more field/practice inputs.
Contact Information Head of Operations
GRASSROOTS INSTITUTE
Banjar – 175 123 Distt. Kullu (HP), India
Tel: 01903-200202, +91-9418133427
Fax: +91-1903-222257
E-mail: info@grassrootsinstitute.in 
Website: www.grassrootsinstitute.in
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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