UWC Mahindra College
Located in a beautiful conservation reserve, UWC Mahindra College offers students the opportunity to explore and serve the communities of India.
Student profile: 250 students aged 16 to 19
Campus and Facilities
The campus is located on a 175-acre conservation park overlooking the Mulshi and Kolvan valleys, 150 km from Mumbai.
Architect Christopher Benninger has won international awards for the campus design, based on local architecture and which uses regional materials.
Classrooms are based around a quadrangle and each has its own courtyard. The hall, library, arts centre, science laboratories, catering and administrative centres are in this central area.
Since 2000, staff, students and faculty have planted over 100,000 trees on campus, making it a shady and green space to live and learn.
Specialisms: Because of its location, UWC Mahindra College has a unique focus on conservation and sustainability. In 2006, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched the Van Vihar Biodiversity Reserve and Conservation Park – officially protecting the ecosystems on campus.
Beyond the classroom: Students can contribute to Akshara, the college’s own initiative which provides educational support, vocational training and work opportunities to the wider community. The project supports over 500 students in seven villages across rural Maharashtra.
Fostering an enduring sense of commitment to social justice, the college helps students to lead change in the world through powerful, life-defining experiences.
UWC Mahindra College helped me place the idea of how life should be lived at the centre of my vision. The idea is that social justice is achievable. The imprint of that UWC experience is soul-deep.
Arvinn E. Gadgil, UWC Mahindra College, class of 1999 and now director of partnerships and policy at the Norwegian Refugee Council