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Experiential Learning Module

The Experiential Learning Module (ELM) is a core component of the YIF curriculum where the Fellows work in groups of five on real-world projects from diverse sectors in collaboration with organisations and institutions (Clients). The ELM compliments academic learning at the YIF by equipping Fellows with structured problem-solving techniques, while also training them in designing and implementing sustainable solutions.

Vision and Objectives

The vision of the ELM is to help create mindful problem solvers who are prepared to venture out of their comfort zones and work collaboratively to add value to their domain knowledge in a pre-defined time frame.

Keeping this vision in mind, ELM follows certain learning objectives for the Fellows, as below:

Diversity of Projects: 2020-21

Nature of work
In the last academic year (2020-21), the ELM had thirty-eight unique projects exposing the Fellows to the following kinds of work:

Domains of the ELM projects
Over the academic year (2020-21), Fellows were engaging with organisations and projects under the following domains:

The Fellows can also create their own ELM projects, which are known as Self-Designed (SD) ELM projects. In the past, several SD ELM projects have evolved into successful startups and centres at Ashoka. A few examples include:

Barefoot Edu started in the YIF 2016-17 to explore teaching and learning in schools. It now works on building educational leadership and improving school systems across Mumbai, Jaipur and Karnal.

CSGS was established as an outcome of an ELM project in the YIF 2014-15. The project was on establishing a space for conversations around gender and sexuality at Ashoka University.

Quidich evolved from an ELM involving a drone that covered the 2014 Indian elections, to a full-fledged aerial solutions company. Their most recent work includes aerial coverage of the IPL 2020.

To know more on the projects, check out some of the impact stories from YIF batch 2019-20 here.

ELM Stakeholders

ELM projects are sourced from organisations and institutions from diverse sectors, who are referred to as ‘Clients’. These may include for-profit/not-for-profit organisations, government institutions, established businesses, start-ups, policy-makers, think tanks, educational/research institutions, etc.

The Client designs and offers the ELM project to the team. The Client is represented by a Project Head (PH), and a Project Lead (PL), both of whom lead the project, guide, mentor, and supervise the work of the team, and evaluate and assess their progress.

Over the last ten years of the YIF, our projects have spanned various domains and sectors, including government and policy, entrepreneurship, social development, education, art and heritage, media and communications, research etc. Some of our past Clients include Government of Delhi, INTACH, IIM Bangalore, PwC, the UNFPA, the University of Chicago, People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI), Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), Renew Power, STIR Education, Carnegie India, Centre for Policy Research, Centre for Civil Society, Samagra Development, Generation India Foundation, eGovernments Foundation, PadCare Foundation, and WWF India, among others.

YIF Internal Team
From the University’s end, the Fellows’ learning and progress in the ELM is overseen by an ELM supervising faculty member, and members of the YIF Programme team, who together form the ‘YIF Internal Team’. Mr. Srikant Sastri will be the ELM supervising faculty for the YIF class of 2022.

The Fellows receive training on problem solving, team-building, basics of research and data analytical skills from the ELM supervising faculty and relevant domain experts. Each team is given focused attention and their progress is enabled through periodic reviews, reports, and requisite meetings.

ELM Team
The ELM team consists of a diverse mix of five Young India Fellows, who work on a project offered by the Client. Fellows form their own teams based on their individual skills, interests, and project preferences, and pitch for the projects that they wish to work on.

Structure and Timelines

  • ELM days: Fridays and Saturdays are designated as ELM days every week, with a total of ~60 days.
  • ELM Weeks: One week each of intensive ELM work is provided in the two Phases of ELM.
  • Grading and Assessment: The Fellows are assessed at the end of each Phase to gauge their progress in the project, and are given grades accordingly.
  • Trainings: Trainings are provided on problem solving, data analysis, research methods, etc.
  • YIF Internal Team Support: The YIF Internal Team also has regular touch-points with the ELM teams and clients for general check-ins and any administrative support that may be required.
  • Dates: Specific dates for Phase 1 and Phase 2 are given below:


Full duration
Total no. of days
Dates of ELM Week
Phase 1
1st Oct – 18th Dec 2021
29th Oct -6th Nov 2021
Phase 2
28th Jan – 14th May 2022
28th Jan – 5th Feb 2022
*Please note that the timelines and Fellows’ ability to work on-ground is subject to the University’s response and decision to COVID-19

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Palki Bhattacharyya

Manager, Experiential Learning and Development

Naina Lahoti

Assistant Manager, Experiential Learning and Development

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