For Students-Bajaj Rural Development Lab - Carnegie Mellon University

For Students

Carnegie Mellon students have several unique opportunities to contribute to the work of the Bajaj Foundation, and to learn from and with the people of Wardha. You can visit Wardha or can contribute from Pittsburgh by completing research projects in collaboration with Bajaj staff and their local partners.

Visit Wardha

Interested in a service-learning trip to India? The Social Change Semester offers the opportunity to work with the Bajaj Foundation in Wardha, to help local villagers realize their dreams, and to learn best-practices in sustainable development.

You can also participate on a shorter trip over winter break or spring break. Please contact Nico Slate if you are interested in visiting Wardha.

CMU students at a women's collaborative

Research Opportunities

The Bajaj Lab offers many opportunities for students to get involved from Pittsburgh. Consider writing a senior thesis on water management, alternative energy, women's empowerment, sustainable agriculture, or village industries. You might also study the Bajaj Foundation's participatory approach to development. Your research can directly benefit the Bajaj Foundation and can also help inspire others to learn from the development successes of Wardha. 

Measuring Development

Richie Stuver

How should we measure development?

Rather than approaching this question purely from the perspective of theory, one CMU senior decided to use the work of the Bajaj Foundation to explore how to quantify development on the ground.

Richie Stuver is writing his senior honors thesis on how the Bajaj Foundation's initiatives can contribute to ongoing debates concerning how to measure improvements in quality of life.

There are many opportunities for students to complete research projects that explore the work of the Bajaj Foundation. Your research could directly contribute to the work of the Bajaj Foundation and to helping others learn from all that is being done in Wardha.

Richie plans to present his thesis as an executive report to the Bajaj Foundation. His ideas--and yours--can help the people of Wardha to improve their lives. There are many ways that students can get involved in the work of the Bajaj Foundation.