Age:
Home Town: Pondicherry, Puducherry
Education: B.A. of Arts (Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education), M.A. in Education (Azim Premji University)
Specific Field Interests: Alternative Education, Research and M&E, Community Development, Gender Equality
Placement: Shaishav in Bhavnagar, Gujarat
Area of Focus: Education

Fellowship Project: Strengthen the life skills training, self-designed learning techniques, and sustainable living practices for children and locals of vulnerable tribal communities.

Highlights: Utsarga is serving as an American India Foundation (AIF) Clinton Fellow with Shaishav in Bhavnagar, Gujarat. For his fellowship project, he is supporting and strengthening life skills training, self-designed learning techniques, and sustainable living practices for children and locals of vulnerable tribal communities. The self-paced, student-centric approach fostered at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education (SAICE) provided Utsarga with ample opportunities to develop his interest in the field of alternative education. After his graduation from SAICE in Arts and Humanities, he pursued his Master’s in Education from Azim Premji University. During his Master's programme, Utsarga learnt about various issues plaguing the public education system and acquired a first-hand understanding of some of the challenges pushing children out of elementary schools in rural communities. His latest engagement has been a research internship with the Central Himalayan Rural Action Group, where he studied school leadership in the context of organisational culture and community participation and its effect on children’s overall learning outcome. He contributed in strengthening the physical education program and raising funds for the school apart from conducting household surveys to understand the socio-economic condition of families, sources of livelihood and management of natural resources. In 2019, he participated in a 15-day entrepreneurial train journey to interact with social change-makers and explore alternative practices to bring quality education in the government schools of rural India. Utsarga is grateful to be serving as an AIF Clinton Fellow; he is looking forward to broaden his understanding of the education sector and experiment alternative practices in the public school system by fostering an all-round development in children.

Posts by Utsarga.Mondal

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Serving during the Pandemic Year II: In Virtual Capacity

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Serving during the Pandemic Year I: At my Host Organisation

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A Fellow’s Perspective on AIF’s Learning and Migration Program (Part III)

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A Fellow’s Perspective on AIF’s Learning and Migration Program (Part II)

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Fellow’s Perspective on AIF’s Digital Equalizer Program (Part I)

During the virtual orientation, the AIF Fellowship Class of 2020-21 was given an overview of […]

AIF Clinton Fellowship Class of 2020-21 coming together on zoom to brainstorm ideas for presenting the cohort's values to the CFP team.
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Adapting to the New Normal during COVID-19 as a Fellow

On the 10th of November, the first-ever virtual Orientation of the prestigious AIF Clinton Fellowship […]

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