Agrasar Foundation is an autonomous organisation which promotes social travel and tourism, community engagement, sustainable development and social entrepreneurship in India.
We aim to facilitate better understanding of Indian art, culture, cuisine, cinema, traditions and languages through crowd-sourced and collaborative learning mechanisms by creating a community of passionate travel enthusiasts, bloggers and photographers to showcase various aspects discussed above in a novel and innovative way.
Our motto ‘यो वै भूमा तत्सुखम्।’ means true happiness is synonymous with God and that is eternal, unlimited, infinite, permanent and immeasurable. Our tagline ‘Always Moving Forward!’ is fueled by our motto.
The organisation is headquartered in Lucknow and the pan-Indian team comprises of most promising college students and young professionals who bring their vibrant perspectives to the organisation and are unified by the common vision of promoting the ideas, programs and mechanisms pursued by the organisation.
Agrasar Spring School is a 3-day fully residential programme by the Agrasar Foundation to embed a sense of social awareness, community engagement and entrepreneurship in travelers and youth.
The programme will include formal visits to social organizations and informal visits to places of tourist attraction in Dharamshala, Palampur, Bir-Billing and McLeodGanj. Furthermore, it will present an opportunity to get involved in adventure sports such as paragliding and trekking.
15 candidates will be selected for the 2017 Himalayan Edition of Agrasar Spring School on the basis of their achievements, social work and travel experience. These 15 candidates will be also provided with an internship opportunity at Agrasar Foundation and their experiences will be published on the Agrasar Blog.
Candidates will be required to report at Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh) at 8 AM on 17th March, 2017 and the programme will come to an end at 6 PM on 19th March, 2017.
Topics of Discussion
Role of Youth in Local Governance
Media and (Mis)Representation of Minority Groups
Women in Hilly Areas: Equal to Men?
Can Free Speech and Restriction Co-Exist?
Public Accountability and Laws of Spending
Self Management: Journey from Head to Heart
Women Leaders: Inspiring Stories from Himalayas
Environment and Climate (Development vs. Environment)
Tse Chokling Monastery
Bir-Billing Paragliding Centre
Dalai Lama Temple
Bhagsu Nag Waterfall
Sobha Singh Art Gallery and House of Norah Richards