International Relations Programme

Focus is to provide international students

  • Exposure to rural India
  • An understanding of national development schemes
  • Overview of India’s social and economic development
  • Networking with administrators and people’s representatives
  • Opportunities to undertake volunteer work in villages

The programme ensures valuable experience for students whose academic focus is in:

  • Economics and Development studies
  • Agricultural development and research
  • Democracy and Politics
  • Rural Health and Life Sciences
  • Rural Sanitation and Environment
  • Sociology and Community Development
  • South Asian studies


We can design and develop your study tour content as per your specific requirements.

Illustrative content:

  • Visit primary health centre to interact with doctors and study measures being taken on various health schemes for reducing maternal and infant mortality; malaria eradication; family planning; vaccination; etc
  • Meetings with Village Councils to study participatory democracy at the grassroots level
  • Village visits to see primary schools, rural sanitation, crop cultivation, infrastructure development, energy usage, environment conservation, etc - and spend time with members of various communities.
  • Visit National Dairy Research Institute or village dairies to study the milk cooperative movement.
  • Visit Animal Genetics Research Bureau.
  • Visit Central Poultry Research Institute.
  • Visit River Yamuna to study the impact of communities on water pollution.
  • Social opportunities during working luncheons to interact with
  • - District-level government official responsible for planning and implementation of development programs; bank managers, etc
  • - Peoples' representatives - village heads, members of state legislative assembly and members of parliament.
  • - Educationists in schools and colleges
  • - Doctors in primary health centres and district hospitals.
  • - Farmers, labourers, etc
  • - Visit Village Self-Help groups to study the flow of micro-credit.

  • Visit district courts
  • Village placement – to volunteer at a school, health centre, workshop etc. – or even work as a farm hand.
  • Visiting students could conduct a skill development course of their choice at the KVK – which will promote the course beforehand to ensure participation.
  • Guest lectures – on issues of interest to the visiting group.

We will also provide logistical support – from booking hotels to organising transport, sight-seeing, yoga and Hindi lessons.

Spear-heading and personally conducting the International Relations Programme will be Mr. Akhil Bakshi – who has 38 years of experience in the management of rural development programmes. An MBA from University of Washington, Seattle; BBA from University of San Francisco; and with diploma in Industrial Management from Dusseldorf, Germany, he has worked both at the grassroots and the highest policy-making levels – serving two Prime Ministers. His professional details can be seen here.

Cost: Depending on the tour content, the final expenditure will be determined. Approximate cost while at KVK Ambala would be US$ 80 per day per student. This includes lodging, three meals a day with packed lunch, local transport, morning yoga, stipends for guest lectures and interactions, and other organizational expenses. Transfer from and to Delhi Airport and hotel stay in Delhi, if required, would be an additional cost.

Contact: Akhil Bakshi at