NAYI DISHAYEIN: Winter School on Rethinking “Development” by Sambhaavnaa Institute, HP [Dec 19-30]: Registration Open

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The NAYI DISHAYEIN: Winter School on Rethinking “Development” is organized by Sambhaavnaa Institute from Dec 19-30, 2021.

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About the Workshop

Sambhaavnaa Institute has for the last eight years been organising a participatory, reflective and perspective-building program on ‘Rethinking Development’ called Nayi Dishayein.

This program aims to interweave theory and practice, focusing on building a varied and dynamic understanding of some of the pertinent issues facing our society today.

Ideas are never context-less, we shall avail this opportunity to understand the socio-cultural and political contexts that have led to the present climate in our country, with a focus on development and pandemic.

In this program, we work with young people to:

  • Deconstruct, and critically examine, the notion of development – to understand it as a field of ideas.
  • Examine the root causes of growing inequity in the distribution of wealth and resources and opportunities, and its impacts on nature and people, in a society fractured along the lines of gender, caste, race, class, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, knowledge, and language.
  • To re-examine and challenge our beliefs, views, convictions, and privileges resulting from the enduring power structures that stem from the social markers of caste, gender, religion, and class; and how they are linked with the notion(s) of development.
  • Examine how the State and its institutions of policy-making and governance influence these power structures and vice versa.
  • Assess possibilities of transformation through people’s actions, through exposure to, and dialogue on, a range of initiatives/movements towards a more just society.

The workshop will use an interactive and didactic approach to learning and will have a collaborative curriculum – themes, concepts, and case studies.

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Through the mediums of interactive discussions and conversations, field trips, theatre, film/documentary screenings, lectures, songs of resistance, and sharing of lived experiences by activists and scholars, we shall engage with the abovementioned themes.

The above description is of the Part 1 of the program which will be held at the institute from 19th to 30th December, 2021.

This program will be conducted in 3 parts; The applicants do not need to commit to all the 3 parts of the program right away, you may apply using the form below for Part One of the program and take a decision post 29th December.

PART 2: The second part of the program consists of a month long internship anytime between January to June, 2022. The internship will be assigned based on a participant’s field of interest and geographical location.

Sambhaavnaa Institute will arrange the internship with an institution within the field of social work or a movement space. The internship is primarily for the participant to engage with groups that work on the issues which will be discussed during the course of our program. (No financial support is available from Sambhaavnaa Institute for this component.)

These spaces usually take care of accommodation and food. The participants are expected to bear the cost of travel and food expenses during the course of the field-based internship. A certificate of experience will be given to the participant upon completion of the internship.

PART 3: Participants will return from their respective organizations/spaces of internship to Sambhaavnaa Institute for the third part of this program (for 5 days in July, 2022) to reflect on their learnings and experiences, based on their internship.

This will also be a space for discussions to set a direction for the future. Sambhaavnaa Institute will charge a minimum fee of Rs 2000 for these five days. The amount will include accommodation, food and spaces meant to be part for these five days.

Who is the program for?

If you are in the age group of 21-28 years and seeking an engagement with the above deliberations, or you are just figuring out how to frame the questions you would want to ask yourself or trying to understand the interconnections between different issues that you see around yourself, especially in the wake of the pandemic, then please join us for an intensive collective churning on them – to open up ‘nayi dishayein’ in both your thinking and … hopefully, living.

How to Register?

Interested participants can register for the workshop through this link.


For more information please Whatsapp or call Shashank: +91-8894227954, or email:

Click here to view the official notification for the NAYI DISHAYEIN: Winter School on Rethinking “Development” by Sambhaavnaa Institute, HP.

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