The counselling department took a road trip on Nov 23rd to visit FLAME University in Pune. The drive was delightful and the weather made it even better. Tucked right off the Mumbai-Pune expressway, it is easily accessible and has a Golf resort right next door, making it a very green campus with ample nature around.
Flame officially began in 2015 and houses about 800 students and 95 faculty and boasts of a 1:10 student to faculty ratio - giving scope for personalised attention - similar to what students at OIS are used to in the classroom.
The 4 year undergraduate program is compressed into three years for students to get their undergrad degree at the same amount of time as traditional Indian universities.
The curriculum is structured around Experiential and Interdisciplinary learning, which encourages Critical Thinking, Curiosity and Life long learning.
One unique part of the curriculum is the - Discover India Program- who's approach is to develop critical approach and field immersion together by going on an expedition somewhere in India.
Students form group of 14-16 members and are given a few skill sets - Writing, Arts, Videography, Logistics, Financial planning etc. Each member takes responsibility for one aspect.
Students select a topic and location of study and teams visit the sites for 8-10 days. They then plan their journey to the destination - only train journeys are allowed, since the budget is tight so planning has to be modest and practical. Each group has a Professor as an academic mentor.
At the end of this, the Best report gets a Book Publication (which are showcased in the library on campus), the Best documentary gets to send a 30 minute documentary to film festivals world over and the Best exhibition gets funding to go for a conference! So students get to have the experience, great exposure and recognition for all the hard work they put in.
I highly suggest taking a road trip to this wonderful hidden gem so close to Mumbai for those of you who want to look at Liberal Arts closer to home!
P.S - that is our Alumni Devi Dang with us in the picture :)