Thanks to Sir Ratan Tata Trust
The Youth Fellowship Programme has completed 8 years. We are greatly indebted to the Sir Ratan Tata Trust who have provided both intellectual and financial support for the unique idea of democratizing research in Mumbai. When the programme was started, the Trust took a leap of faith to support an idea that had not yet been tested. We have, in consequence, been able to develop a new tool for youth development, intervention and advocacy . Our beneficiaries are numerous and varied, from Adivasi youth of Khopoli’s Jambulpada to the students of St. Xavier’s College and from Mumbra’s muslim girls to the the children of sex workers in Kamathipura. In the last 8 years, 2200 youth from varied Mumbai locales and different socio-economic backgrounds have explored more than 200 different research topics. More importantly, engaging with these young researchers has contributed towards both individual and team growth among PUKAR’s team members. Through the process, many different issues that concern the city have surfaced and these Barefoot Researchers have appealed to the city’s sensitive side. At this juncture, as we would like to thank SRTT for its unconditional support and we hope to continue to associate with the Trust in different capacities in future.