UWC Mahindra College serves as the base for all our programmes – providing catering facilities, accommodation, transport, infrastructure and programme facilitation and coordination. Our aim is to provide a safe, supportive and structured environment within which participants can make the most of these exceptional experiences.
Programme Facilitators for 2016
Natasha Zarine: Natasha is an experienced YES: Youth, Environment & Sustainability facilitator. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & a Post Graduate Degree in Law from Mumbai University. She is also a Young India Fellow 2013 (UPenn & Ashoka University). After working at Clinton Health Access Initiative, New Delhi, Natasha co-founded Civic Response Team, a think tank and consultancy firm that combines research and capacity building to implement solutions to civic and environmental challenges. She is the on-field strategy and systems specialist and is adept at problem solving and constructing structures within available resources. Her focus is on developing equitable, practicable and sustainable area-specific solutions. Natasha has also graduated from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling and loves hiking.
Gauri Mirashi: Gauri has been facilitating YES: Youth, Environment & Sustainability since 2014. An under graduate in Political Studies and Environment from Whitman College, Washington & a graduate in Urban Policy and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Gauri Mirashi co-founded CRT and is the over-all systems, out-reach and communication in-charge. Her grasp of public policy and extensive research skills combined with a practical vision provides the team with a studied approach and ensures the building of unshakable solutions. Gauri is also a UWC Mahindra College alumna, and brings with her great ideas for implementing the UWC educational model in these programmes.
Rukmani Kapoor: Rukmani is a former Teach for India Fellow, having spent two years training as a teacher and working in a government school in Mumbai. She believes that where you come from shouldn’t define where you go and that is what she has strived to inculcate in her students. Since Teach For India she’s been actively involved in the education landscape and has worked with School Leaders and teachers both in the government and private school setting, who she believes are the key to change-making in our education systems. She has been instrumental in designing the 2016's new programme, TGIF: Theater, Gender, Identity and Film.
Shawn Lewis: A passionate theatre artist, Shawn has been working in both the theater and film scenes in Mumbai since 2007. A seasoned filmmaker, he is the founder and creative director of Bombay Film Factory, which has executed several thought-provoking documentaries, conveying the subtlest of causes with great finesse. As practicing faculty with the French Institute of Design and Communication, Mumbai, Shawn also follows his endeavour to foster authentic understanding and appreciation of art and design. His proficiency in arts and education has been acknowledged at various occasions including, the Young Achiever award by Grind Master, in association with CNN-IBN and nomination for the 2014 Excellence in Theatre Awards. Shawn has facilited YES in 2015, and returns to serve as lead facilitator and programme designer for TGIF: Theater, Gender, Identity and Film.
Prashant Gautam: Prashant is an Ashoka University Young India Fellow (YIF), a post-graduate leadership development program, run in collaboration with UPenn-USA and Science Po-Paris. His interest in heritage got him involved with the Indian Traditions and Heritage Society, or ITIHAAS, a Delhi-based educational trust working in the area of heritage education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and UNESCO India. Over six years, he worked with thousands of school students from all over India, anchoring modules that focused on Delhi, Agra and Gwalior's tangible and intangible heritage. Since 2015, Prashant has been participating in Erasmus Mundus’ Tourism Management program, offered jointly by the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) at campuses in Slovenia and Spain. He will be leading the Encounter India travel programme in 2016.
Food: Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The meal plan includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, with the exception of a Meatless Monday menu. Special menus can be made for vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free diets. The college catering is run by Sodexo, which provides detailed information about ingredients and preparation processes to accommodate most dietary restrictions.
Housing: Housing is on a shared based, while on or off campus. While on campus, in student ‘wadas’ or guest-house accommodation, students typically share a room with 3 other participants. During travel components of programmes, students share hotel rooms or dormitories, depending on the type of programme and location.
Transport: The College will provide for all transportation from the time the participants arrive at the Pune Airport/Train Station to their departure. All vehicles are contracted by the college's transport office, with college-verified drivers, and are checked for safety, licensing and insurance compliance.
Campus Infrastructure: Includes access to the bio-diversity reserve, sports fields and courts, IT and media labs, campus-wide wifi connectivity, performance arts spaces, AV-equipped classrooms, auditoriums, classrooms and meeting facilities.
Medical: The campus is equipped with a 16-bed medical center with 24-hour nursing facilities and a resident doctor on call. An on-campus ambulance service and referral agreements with major Pune-based hospitals, ensure all medical emergencies are treated swiftly and competently as per established processes. Student are mandatorily required to submit their medical information before their arrival to ensure we are best prepared to address all medical contingencies.
Safety & Security
We are committed to safeguarding our students and have dedicated leadership to ensure safety and security during our programmes:
On Campus Safety
The campus has 24-hour security protection and supervision. Students are given an overview of Safety & Security guidelines on arrival, which cover a variety of situations on and off-campus. In additional to overall pastoral supervision from the Programme Facilitators, all student facilitators are also trained to ensure their peers remain compliant with the UWC Code of Conduct. Please read more about our on-campus Safety and Security processes here.
Off Campus Security
The travel components of our programmes are all evaluated for potential risks on an ongoing basis. Programme Facilitators are trained in Contingency Response and Critical Incident Protocols to guide their responses in emergency situations. In addition to developing a network of local support partners for every travel destination, we are also able to avail of the Mahindra & Mahindra Group’s Emergency Response Services.