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Summer School

The International Summer School on Pluralism, Development and
Social Change

The University of Humanistic Sciences (UvH) in partnership with Azim Premji University and others will conduct the International Summer School on Pluralism, Development and Social Change from July 7, 2016 to July 24, 2016 at Bangalore.

The annual Summer School on Pluralism & Development involves a 4-week full time program of lectures, excursions, seminars, literature study, discussion, guided individual - and small group work and assignments. Participants are selected from four or five participants from our Pluralism Partners in India, Indonesia, Uganda, South Africa and the Netherlands. (See below for a list of our partners.) Selected participants are required to prepare a pre-summer school assignment.

Call for Application 2016, India

The application process is mentioned in the Call for Application, therefore we request interested applicants to read this carefully. Please submit complete applications to [email protected]. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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Last date to submit applications - May 31, 2016.

Call for Application 2016, Students of Azim Premji University

Students who are currently pursuing their first year in any of the postgraduate programmes offered by Azim Premji University are encouraged to apply for the Summer School. Interested students are requested to plan their internships keeping the dates of the summer school in mind. Selected students will be notified by the organisers. The application process is mentioned in the Call for Applications, therefore we request interested applicants to read this carefully. Please submit complete applications to [email protected] Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Click here to Download Applicaton form

Last date to submit applications - May 31, 2016.

Application Process

Who can apply?

You are eligible to apply for the summer school if you are:

  • An Indian national
  • We welcome applications from recent graduates and upper year undergraduate students in any recognised Law degree programme.

What is covered?

Chosen candidates will receive:

  • Accommodation and food for the duration of the workshop
  • All the costs pertaining to the exposure visits
Application Procedure
  • All eligible applicants may download the application form from the web site http://www.uvh.nl/english/studying/summer-school-on-pluralism-development
  • The duly filled in application along with (a) a statement of purpose of not more than 1500 words outlining her/his motivations behind seeking a place in the course and stating as to why s/he should be considered for a place in the program, and (b) the latest curriculum vitae of not more than 3 pages be submitted through email to [email protected] on or before 31 May 2016. The final selection is expected to be completed by 10 June 2016.
  • For further information or clarifications please contact Ms Ashna Ashesh ([email protected]).

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The summer school program focuses on

  • Critical analysis of (1) key concepts in development theories and their normative and empowering impact, (2) human rights, its basic values and justifications and a reflection on the claims of the universality of human rights versus human rights as a western invention and (3) key issues in social theory and cultural studies with regard to civil society building and democratic empowerment
  • Exploration of concrete civil society practices from perspectives of human and sustainable development
  • Theories and practices of pluralism in diverse societies
  • Reflection on methods and strategies which are used by civil society based organisations in the promotion of pluralism, such as educational practices, dialogue, personal and social empowerment and civil society based community action programs
  • Philosophical and ethical discussions on the basic values of cosmopolitan ethics, e.g. theories of global civil society building and democratic participation, sustainable development and global social justice.

The main aims of the Pluralism Knowledge Program

  • Comprehend and map existing studies and practices and generate new knowledge on core contemporary issues pertaining pluralism and fundamentalisms
  • Intensify links between development practitioners and academic researchers in ways that enrich both their knowledge bases with new perspectives, insights and skills
  • Support and empower civil society organisations to effectively design and advance new strategies, policies and practices of pluralism
  • help create international networks of civil society initiatives around issues of pluralism translate acquired knowledge into strategies for promoting pluralism in practice.


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  • “The Summer School looked like it could be the bridge between my university education and my upcoming work… Ours wasn’t just a summer school on Pluralism, Development and Social Change, ours was a closed experiment in these three things within those three weeks.”

    Ameya, Summer School Participant


  • “Throughout this short journey we pondered upon some difficult questions about the notion of development, about our survival as human beings, about universality of human rights, about minority voices and aspirations, about promise of peace through reconciliation. It also provided us numerous examples where communities and societies have found their way to build lasting peace with people and environment.”

    Haffiz, Summer School Participant


  • “It was seventeen days of conversing about development, governance, politics, environment, identity, religion, ethics, lifestyles, choices and lives; seventeen days of sharing food, laughter and joy with people from across the world I never thought I would meet, and now I can never imagine not knowing them!”

    Shreeradha, Summer School Participant