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Why UCD

IDSP’s University of Community Development:

IDSP’S University of Community Development is the natural evolution of Institute for Development Studies and Practices (IDSP) fourteen years’ practices, experiences, lessons, evaluations, research and studies. Since its inception in 1998 IDSP is an open learning space for the excluded and marginalized youth of the country where theory and practice/research based courses are conducted to create a rich human resource of social and intellectual entrepreneurs.

IDSP’s foundations were laid with the idea of creating a critical knowledge and practice centric University of Community Development. The knowledge is aimed for critical thinking and its practice and hence, the courses cover both the theory and practice/research. The Theory and practice based course are knitted into a conceptual framework that starts from self, family, community and the world. IDSP’s more than a decade experience in conducting these courses has organically evolved into the establishment of University of Community Development (UCD).

The University is based and established on the belief that it is a space of learning; practice/research where knowledge is acquired, exchanged and disseminated and hence by every definition of the word it is a University. UCD neither awards formal certificates or credentials nor it recognizes one, especially in enrolling the learners (students). The university however, maintains a very strong and standardized eligibility criterion for its faculty and learners of different levels of courses. The faculty members and top management is assessed and recruited on the basis of their harmony with and understanding and commitment to practice UCD’s core philosophy and approach. Similarly, the potential learners for different levels of university courses are selected on the basis of their ingenuity, creative and critical thinking skills and having a strong idea and commitment to social change of her/his area.

The government of Balochistan leased 4 acres of land in 2005 to IDSP-Pakistan for establishing IDSP’s University of Community Development (UCD) in Hana, Baluchistan. The physical building is constructed with mud while the people from within the community has provided technical support; thus local and indigenous resources have been used in constructing the building of University. Recycled doors and windows have been used and the building is almost completed and it will be formally launched in July 2014.

UCD will focus to enable the excluded and marginalized youth for a greater social, political and economic change in the society. The energy needs of campus are fulfilled by installing bio gas plants, solar panels and wind energy for electricity generation.

Background to Evolution of University of Community Development:

To begin, with university of community Development is the natural evolution of Institute for Development studies and practices (IDSP) thirteen years practices, experiences, lessons, evaluations, research and studies. Since its inception in 1998 IDSP’ is an open learning space for the excluded and marginalized youth of the country where theory and practice/research based courses are conducted to create a rich human resource of social and intellectual entrepreneurs.

IDSP’s foundations were laid with the idea of creating a people, knowledge and practice/research centric university of community Development. The knowledge is aimed for practice and hence, the course covers both the theory and practice/research. The Theory and practice based course are knitted into a conceptual framework that starts from self, family, community and expands to the world at large. IDSP’s more than a decade experience with conducting these courses has organically evolved into the establishment of University of community Development (UCD).

The University is based and established on the belief that it is a space of learning; practice/research where knowledge is acquired, exchanged and disseminated and hence qualifies to claim itself as a University. UCD doesn’t award formalcertificates or credentials nor does it recognize one, especially as eligibility standards for enrolling the learners (students) for different levels of UCD courses. The university however, maintains a very strong and standardized eligibility criterion for its faculty and learners. The faculty members and top management is assessed and recruited on the basis of their harmony with and understanding of and commitment to practice UCD’s core philosophyand approach. Similarly, the potential learners for different levels of university courses are selected on the basis of their ingenuity, creative and critical thinking skills and having a strong idea and commitment to social change of her/his community/area.

UCD’S Model of Learning:

UCD model of learning viz. Creating Systems of Learning (CSL) is the outcome of 14 years experiences of IDSP Development Studies and Mainstreaming Gender in Development Courses, academic researches, innovative projects and a score of internal and third party evaluation studies and its validations. CSL was developed in 2011 to help steer and re-structure IDSP, and help define and spell in unequivocal words its future identity that is rooted in its philosophy, experiences and lessons.