Experiential Opportunities Program

This program organizes activities such as workshops that give students hands on experience with journalism, videography, fine arts, environment and conservation, and other areas of their interest. The focus is on topics that the students may otherwise not have ready access to.

KEI Media workshop was conducted in collaboration with 1947 Partition Archives on July 9, 10 and 11, 2013. KEI scholars were introduced to basics of journalism and documentary making.  Besides interview skills they were taught technical aspects of documentary making. The workshop was concluded by conducting mock interviews and a real interview with the trainer. After participating in the workshop the scholars made documentaries of their own, which were uploaded on 1947 Partition Archives website. One of the KEI scholars also became a Citizen Historian. 


INCEPTION WORKSHOP ON ‘strategy and action plan for strengthening the ecological integrity of Dal lake’

An inception workshop ‘strategy and action plan for strengthening the ecological integrity of Dal lake’ was organized by the Asoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE), a Bangalore based environmental think tank in collaboration with the University of Kashmir and United Nation Dal Project (UNDP), where in various reputed personspresented their views and apprehensions about the present situation for Dal. The workshop also sought suggestions from the stake holders including the young students. Among the 5 shortlisted young people 4 were KEI scholars Faraaz Mushtaq Wani, Aiman Nazir Banday, Sheikh Urooj and Minza.
Each student was provided with a limited time to speak and take part in the interaction and also present the tangible solutions for creating awareness about the conservation of the lake at ground level. Ideas including the use of social networking sites, organization of street plays and rallies and moreover self-reformation for the awareness of people around Dal, presented by the students were highlighted as well as appreciated.
The workshop was a good exercise and opportunity for the scholars to get exposure to the loop holes in the ideology of the government as well as measures taken by the government to improve the condition of Dal.



A two day workshop was conducted with Wildlife SOS on July 18th and 21st, 2014.30 KEI scholars participated in the workshop. It consisted of introduction to taxonomy and different wildlife of Kashmir. KEI scholars were taken to the taxonomy and Zoology Museum of Kashmir University. On the second day the participants went to Dachigam, National Park. They saw different animals and learnt about flora and fauna of Jammu and Kashmir. Scholars also learnt about the different wildlife Acts and their classification. The scholars were also taken to the trout fish farm run by the J&K Fishery department, where they learnt about hatchery.



A workshop with the National Institute of Fashion and Technology was held at Rangreth, on July 23 and 24th, 2014. The workshop familiarized our scholars with different mediums and different techniques of drawing. They were taught basics about line drawing and object drawing. On the second day a documentary was shown to the students and a themed competition was held. The first five winners were awarded T shirts. Everyone else was given a sketchbook, colors and paint brushes. A certificate of participation was also distributed.