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Unlock Your Year: Gap Year Summit 2020

Swaraj University, Shikshantar, Khoj, Project Anveshan, Creativity Adda, Pitaara, the Indian Multiversities Alliance, the Swapathgami Network have all teamed up to support learners of all ages to Unlock Your Year! In the face of Covid-ruption, we are inviting students in class 5, class 8, class 10, class 12, college, post-grad, and friends in jobs they don't like or believe in to take a Year On -- by taking a gap year from school and pursuing their own learning interests and taking their own learning journeys! Register today for the Gap Year Summit, September 5-10, 2020:


As the education system in India is highly based on theories, this has deprived us of the important practical lessons of life.

The Unlock Your Year: Gap Year Summit 2020 is a week-long deep dive event initiated by the Indian Multiversities Alliance. It is designed to encourage youth of all ages to take on their self discovery. Through this, the people can take a one year gap, travelling and searching the practical realms of life and understanding themselves more deeply.

According to Manish Jain, founder of Shikshantar, a common misconception is that if a student is taking a year off, he/she will be loitering around and the year would be wasted. But that’s how Shikshantar is adding a difference by offering free counseling and guidance to the person considering a gap year.

“It is seen that Indian schools and colleges do not provide any practical education to the students and hence they have a great difficulty when they come out of their cocoon. The theoretical knowledge they cram all the years is of no use”, say Manish.

So, the ‘Unlock Your Year’ campaign will be useful for students to take a break from the covid-world of digital online courses and enter into the world of practical living.

Even Harvard University thinks the same, It has started encouraging students to take a gap year before they join so that they can get more mature and experienced students in the university.

In India, many principals, career guidance counselors from various educational institutes including Mirambika, the Valley School, Riverside School are of the view that it is very useful for students to take a gap year to develop socially and pedagogically. They have also affirmed that they will readmit the students who are doing so.

The biggest obstacle in this new concept of learning is from the parents’ side. According to their fear, if the students are not in the regular study mode and are given an opportunity to take a break off their routine, they will not utilize it optimally.

A change in this archaic belief is necessary.

As Claude Alvares says, "After being tied to hard wooden benches and ruled by equally wooden teachers for ten or twelve long years, hemmed in by bells and stinky toilets, restricted from satisfying hunger pangs discharging pee, permissions for everything, don't do this and don't do that, frequent charges of being stupid and being an idiot, no one to talk to, compelled to forgo childhood by crazy parents and brainless board exams, at last, a GAP YEAR of freedom from all those senseless restraints. Be there, if you have a son or daughter you are fond of, but are slowly killing because you know what's good for them."

Register today for the Gap Year Summit, September 5-10, 2020: