India Schools : The Mahindra United World College, Pune
The Mahindra United World College of India, is a part of the United World Colleges, that consists of ten colleges in U.K., Singapore, Canada, Swaziland, Italy, USA, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Norway and India. The first UWC was founded at the height of the cold war in 1967.
The college design is conceived to integrate the external gardens and courtyards with the living, dining, learning and recreation areas. The students residences are small ‘wadas’ or traditional Indian houses, each having its own courtyard and veranda. While the buildings, layouts and colours reflect an ancient building tradition, sanitary areas, kitchens and laboratories are to the most modern specifications.
Two hundred students form 74 different countries are a part of the Mahindra College.
The Mahindra United World College of India is a part of the United World Colleges (UWC) spread all over the world. The UWC colleges follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum in the senior secondary year. The association of Indian universities has “resolved that the International Baccalaureate Diploma examination awarded by the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva, Switzerland be recognized as equivalent to a pass in the +2 stage of the new pattern of education (10+2)”.
Admission is granted to students in the age group of 16 and 18 years, and the candidates should be academically qualified to undertake the demanding two year programme leading to the IB Diploma. Entry is based on merit. The competition is open to all students regardless of their financial status.
Financial support is available on the basis of need, to the extent of providing full scholarships covering boarding and tuition costs and travel when necessary. However, students parents may be asked and expected to make contributions to the costs of their attendance and travel according to their ability to do so. Assessment of families ability to make such contributions will be made as impartially as possible and by agreement between the UWC Indian National Committee for the college and the families concerned.
Extra Curricular Activities
The Mahindra College offers tremendous opportunity for students to focus on various aspects of environmental protection such as soil conservation, deforestation reversal and water and waste management. Also, the college is providing tuition for village children in English.