Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research (PUKAR) is an independent research collective and a knowledge production centre that provides a platform for cross disciplinary, multi-sectoral, community-based participatory action research on issues of urbanisation that connect the local and the global. PUKAR’s work draws upon the everyday realities of the city including the politics of space and identity through the lens of youth. It promotes research as a right for everyone and uses it as a tool for pedagogy, advocacy, intervention and transformation of the youth, the communities and the city at large.

Youth and Urban Knowledge Production

The Youth and Urban Knowledge Production theme encourages community based youth to create new urban knowledge. This process leads to democratizing the knowledge producer, knowledge ownership and helps creates a level playing field for the marginalized youth who become leaders of their communities. A group of marginalized youth is provided with research and communication skills, through workshops, debates and dialogues conducted by facilitators, alumentors, innovators and resources persons. They partake in the research design based upon the needs assessment of the community and they collect the data. Armed with their research data, together they design, advocate, disseminate and implement change in their communities

About the Diploma Course

Recognized by the Centre of Lifelong Learning and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), it fosters PUKAR’s core principles of empowering communities by involving youth in the change-making process and bears semblance to the principles that TISS as an institution is also anchored on. This collaboration gives youth the opportunity to be validated by two significant research institutions. Through this proposed model, we wish to continue involving youth cutting across socio-economic-cultural hierarchies and enable them to use research as a means to stand between policy and practice. The course uses experiential learning and participatory pedagogies to make learning more effective and transforming. Thus, the course has a flexible design which aims at the inclusion of adult learners who come from diverse backgrounds and offers multiple exits at different stages. In short, the course will be offered in a ladder manner, starts from Certificate level to a Diploma, the learner will have the option to exit after earning a ‘Certificate degree’ in one semester (Theory) or a ‘Diploma degree’ after successful completion of a 2 semesters (Theory and Research Submission).