Centurion Challenges in India – an internship that makes a difference to communities.
5 Jan to 29 Jan 2018
20 X $3000 New Colombo Plan travel grants available*
It won’t surprise you that India, with the second largest population in the world has many challenges. Centurion University is located in Odisha, India’s second poorest state with 25% of the population being tribal or indigenous. As you might guess there are plenty of challenges looking for solutions and that is where you come in.
You can select to be a part of a small team (max. 4), overseen by Centurion University or it’s social outreach arm, Gram Tarang, working on the following challenges:
1. Create a business plan to scale-up the electric rickshaw enterprise
With the recent achievement of road registration for these vehicles, there is a need to map out strategies for marketing the product and creating service outlets that offer an enviable sales position. Local young people in Odisha are keen to develop a start-up business marketing and selling the e-rickshaws across India. Drawn from a rural school dropout community, they have limited skills and require guidance in developing their business. Multiple projects can contribute to making this enterprise succeed.
2. Improve exposure of village artists and musicians to create livelihood outcomes
There is tremendous talent among village artist and musicians which often gets little opportunity to reach a wider audience. Student may devise ways to use media and IT to reach out to audiences more widely. They may also explore expanding the minds of villagers to consider adapting their skills to more marketable or simply alternative products; e.g. adapting the skills of wood or stone carvers to create woodcuts (or stone) which can then be printed from.
3. Map socio-economic demography of Kargil slum and create improvement strategies
Centurion University has established the Urban Micro Business Centre on the edge of the Kargil slum. It is just one response to the chronic needs of the slum dwellers. This can involve many dimensions including improvements in the recording of births and deaths, migration patterns, employment patterns, housing, community management, family relations and lifestyle including domestic violence, recreation options, housing and sanitation etc. There is a need to better understand the population of the slum dwellers, identify sources of tension and create community improvements.
4. Improve packaging and branding of UMBC and Gram Tarang products to scale up
Small entrepreneurial businesses have been started by the Urban Micro Business Centre (UMBC) and Gram Tarang. These include a bakery, coffee roasting, garment production, flavour essences, banking services and employability training. There is room for the creation of new enterprises and the existing businesses require scaling up. Business plans, marketing strategies and product design applied to current skills or forecasting skill requirements can all help to improve UMBC and Gram Tarang operations.
5. Improve nutrition practices to address malnourishment in India
Indigenous peoples had a traditional diet based on millets and seasonal fruits and roots. This dietary practice has systematically been eroded with the advent of rice, which is now the major diet (this trend is also encouraged by government subsidies on rice). While these millets are still grown in small quantities, they have become the health foods of upwardly mobile urban population. It would be a challenge to go back to the communities with the benefits of these traditional foods as the best source of nutrition to combat the high levels of malnourishment in remote communities. Students will work on strategies and promotional materials to change attitudes towards better nutrition practices.
6. Shift traditional practices or beliefs where these are preventing health solutions
Declining sex ratio is a major problem in rural Odisha and this is primarily because of son preference and sex selection testing centres and abortion clinics. Early marriage of girls leads to a vicious cycle of early pregnancies and multiple pregnancies at short intervals, with high rates of maternal deaths. Practices such as branding of young children with hot irons to scare away evil spirits to combat illnesses have to be countered in order for women and children to benefit from health solutions. Centurion University works in association with the Public Health Foundation of India
Whichever challenge you choose to help solve, you will be located in the fascinating state of Odisha in eastern India. Its key towns of Bhubaneswar and Puri are important pilgrimage centres for Hindus. It is a region with a very large tribal or indigenous population and Centurion University’s Paralakhemundi campus is situated deep in a tribal area making your visit very different to many Indian experiences.
As a past student noted, “…Centurion has so many connections with the community…we got to really engage with areas of the community that you wouldn’t be able to access if you were just a backpacker or by yourself…”.
In addition to your studies and project work, you will explore the Khandagiri caves, the UNESCO Heritage-listed Konark Sun-Temple, a Tibetan refugee community and monastery. Bhubaneswar is also home to one of India’s pre-eminent zoos and botanical gardens where you can view exotic animals including the famous white tiger. You can enjoy nearby Puri beach and the fascinating Balasore region, home to some of India’s leading artisans.
Working hours: approx. 120 hrs
Location: Odisha, India (nearest airport Bhubaneswar)
Project Duration: 24 days
Support: 24/7 in country support provided by Centurion University. On-site security officer available for after-hours support, dedicated hosts to assist at all other times
Program fee: $3500
Applications Close: 12 October, 2017
Deposit due: $500 deposit due within 7 days of acceptance onto the program. The deposit is non-refundable and must be paid to commit your place.
Final Payment Due: Friday 10th November, 2017
Payment Instructions: Centurion University will collect all program fees and payments a link will be provided to you on acceptance.
Pre-departure information session hosted by Centurion University (Melbourne – date TBC)
Accommodation on campus
Three meals per day
All transfers and other transport in modern vehicles
All extracurricular tours on weekends including entrance fees to venues
Extracurricular activities while on campus such as yoga or Bollywood dance classes, swimming and sports
Special meals when on excursion and at welcome and farewell events
Full in-country support
Deakin travel insurance for the duration of the program & 10 additional travel days
Visa and passport fees
Personal spending money
Deakin unit fees
The Centurion Challenges are open for applications from undergraduate students from any discipline. Preference will be given to students able to undertake the program for credit. The following Units have been pre-approved;
Challenges 1 to 6 have been approved for students wishing to undertake
APE201 - Team Professional Project
Challenges 1 to 4 have been approved for students wishing to undertake:
MWL301 - Team Internship (mode 1)
Challenges 5 & 6 have been approved for relevant Faculty of Health students wishing to undertake the program as part of their practicum hours.
- Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion students undertaking HSH303 - PHHP Practicum
- Bachelor of Health Sciences students enrolled in HSH322 - Health Sciences Practicum. This is an elective unit; participation in the unit is subject to application and a selection process. Students would need to apply for the unit through the required process, and meet the relevant pre-requisites for entry to the unit (see University Handbook). Please contact unit chairs for further information
Domestic students undertaking the program for credit may be eligible to apply for an interest free OS-Help Loan of up to $7880 to help fund their participation in the program. The purpose of OS-Help is to assist students with a range of expenses such as airfares and program costs. For more information click here
. Please note OS-Help Loans can take up to four weeks to process and payment deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.
We have a limited amount of Mobility grants available for International students, who may need funding assistance.
*Deakin Abroad has been successful securing a limited number of $3000 grants thanks to the Australian Government and the New Colombo Plan (NCP) in support of students undertaking an internship with Centurion University T3, 2017. To be eligible, participating students must be Australian citizens undertaking the internship for academic credit towards an undergraduate degree, be under the age of 28 and hold a Commonwealth supported place at Deakin University. Please visit this website
or contact the Deakin Abroad office for more information.
IMPORTANT TRAVEL GRANT INFORMATION FOR DEAKIN BUSINESS SCHOOL STUDENTS - $1000
- You must apply to Study Abroad after Feb 2017 and be participating in T1, T2 or T3 (2017).
- You must be enrolled in a Deakin unit and studying a Deakin Business School (DBS) degree (or a double degree with Business) in order to receive these funds.
- If you withdraw from your Study Abroad program you will be required to return these funds to Deakin University.
- If you have received any other funding from Deakin for your Study Abroad (not including OS-Help) you may not be eligible – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm.
- Grants are limited and are on a first-in, first-served basis.
International Internship Programs will earn you 30 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.