My Diary – Earning while learning – New Education Pedagogy

We had a two-day Mission Samriddhi Summit 4 at Chennai where we spent time listening to various initiatives that are driving the social impact.

Here, I am sharing Project Agrindus – Integration of AGRIculture and INDUStries that was initiated by Dr. T. Karunakaran at MIGRI, Wardha to educate children of deceased farmers’ families in the district of Yavatmal, Maharashtra. He selected 35 children of the deceased and designed a great programme based on the principles of Nai Talim.

A few observations from the programme are listed below:

1. He designed an integrated programme on Personal Development, Knowledge Imparting and Skills Development (4 hours each).

2. The 35 students were divided into groups (pair each) and were asked to form virtual companies.

3. Every student pair would be given two acres of land where they would be guided to cultivate crops as per their choice.

4. The profit from their cultivated land would be sold by the students and 60% of the proceeds would be given as income of the students.

6. There is a computer centre where all the students would be given basic training on computer programming.

7. Experts from Scientific Agriculture and Industry were called in to voice their experiences and provide students ‘Hands-on’ techniques that improve productivity of the land.

8. The students were familiar with the company’s nuances and every student were named as Directors of the company.

9. In last 5 months, there was a case of M&A among 2 out of 10 companies.

10. The students have grown the agriculture land so well that they will take back between Rs. 30,000 and 50,000 on completing the course.

This is the first time in an education system where students are being paid (earning) formally while learning.

Kudos to the new model of education which can be absolutely relevant in Rural development context. These 35 students will be the next-generation entrepreneurs and leaders of ‘Self Empowered Units’ (Rural India) like what the IIMs have produced for managing a corporate structure.


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