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Educational visit for Rural Exposure, March 24 – 30, 2019

The Foundation Year students of Department of Design were part of the Rural Exposure study trip to Khamir in Bhuj. Khamir works to strengthen and promote the rich artisanal traditions of Kachchh district. The second group of students went to Jatan Sansthan in Rajasthan. Jatan Sansthan is a grassroots not-for-profit organization working with rural and resource poor communities in the state of Rajasthan, India in the districts of Rajsamand, Udaipur and Bhilwada. In Design, the context is a significant parameter encompassing geographic, economic and cultural factors of any given space in time. The week long experiential exposure aims at introducing students to developmental initiatives guided by ‘design’ and socially equitable & ‘sustainable practices’ by organizations working at the grass roots. The social organizations are selected such that they have designers as key members of the team on the ground, working with social entrepreneurs, scientists, social workers, communicators and artisans. The students produced visual documentations of their experiences.