A Center for Sustainable Living, Long Life & Experiential Learning
Innovating education - Euronews "Learning world" in association with WISE (World innovation summit for education) an initiative of Qatar Foundation
Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi (remake of To night's the night) - Documentary made by BBC production on "University of Life" aired on Star plus, 13th December,2015 on Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi hosted Mr. Amitabh Bachchan.Watch the Full show on Hotstar
Ed Talks (38 min) : Mind Mingle Ed Talks on "Transforming Education Mind Mingle Ed Talks on "Transforming Education from the ground up" held on 30th April & 1st May, 2016 at Scope Complex New Delhi.Ed Talks are meant to expose school leaders to the ideas of pioneer in education/extra-ordinary
TEDxPanaji (16 min: 36 sec) : Combining simple science and technology with ancestral wisdom of rural life one can create a robust education system. This is demonstrated by University of Life which offers a real life education system to create sustainable living opportunities. This can stop the export of natural resources and human talent from rural areas to cities. Barely 25, Mohammad believes that his poverty is his strength and not his weakness. In 2003 he was the youngest fellow selected at Dr. Abhay Bang Nirmaan camp for youth. In the year 2007 after passing his class10th he joined “University of Life” in Dhamapur near Sawantwadi. He was invited by Prof A.G.Rao for a workshop at Industrial Design Center at I.I.T, Mumbai. Many newspapers published article on him. All these success made Mohammad look towards Mumbai city. He left his village in Konkan and migrated to Mumbai to work for a computer institute. In a little while he started his own institute. After working for 3-4 years he realized that city life was not his take. Mohammad decided to return back to his roots in Konkan. He is now a Managing Trustee of University of Life. He will soon become the President. He is also leading Swayam a for-profit Joint-liability-Group of young intern students at University of life.
A Day in the life of Syamantak (30 min) : This film was done on live on the progress of “school without walls”. All filming was done in a non-invasive style with no scripts and rehearsals. Prof. Rahat Yusuft has been an independent film maker since 1987. He was appointed Professor and Head of Department of Film Direction and Screen writing at the film and TV institute at Pune. He has awards for cinematic excellence from Toronto, Karlovi Veri and Cascrow. He also has two National Awards in 1991 for best film on environment. His films have been screened in the prestigious “Spectrum India” during the International Film Festival of India at New Delhi and at the Beirut International Film Festival in 1997.You can watch the film online on the Culture unplugged foundation website:-www.cultureunplugged.com/play/1604/A-Day-In-The-Life-of-Syamantak
Real life education : Learning through observation is much more important than learning from books. One has to learn certain things from books but learning through what you see, hear and feel do brings great sense of sensitivity. Learning must be experienced. If 90% of our population lives by the hand alone, then it is better for us to reach the head through the hand. We must adopt the "learning by doing" approach. It is also our experience that working with hands stimulates thinking.
Memories 2007_08 : Memories of our first batch (2007-08) of University of Life formerly known as School Without Walls.
Memories 2009_10 : Retreat 2009 .
SLIDE SHOW PRESENTATION
ABSTRACT : Syamantak
Presented at a National Level workshop on "Network and Linkages among The Indian Universities" held at ICSSR, J.P.Naik Bhavan, University of Mumbai.