Since 2011, the ILR School has partnered with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) in Karnataka state, India to develop the India SVYM GSL Program. SVYM is a community development, non-religious, non-political organization working for the benefit of indigenous and rural people in southern India through effective education, accessible healthcare and sustainable empowerment initiatives, including a Master's degree in Developmental Studies offered through a local university as well as housing a grassroots policy research institute (GRAAM) in collaboration with the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs.
In 2015, SVYM was named the #1 NGO in India.
Together with Cornell Global Health students, ILR students will participate in 2 weeks of courses at the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies to prepare for work in their service-learning placements. For more information about the courses of study, visit the Courses page. Students will then participate in a 6-week service learning projects in SVYM project sites that are both interesting to the students and beneficial for the organization. For more information about the service-learning component of the program, visit the Service-Learning page.
Global Health students can APPLY HERE. ILR students should work with their college.