SSMI School of Social Enterprise

(Formerly center for Skill development, Research and Training)

School of Social Enterprises

Recent years have witnessed an unprecedented growth of economy on GDP terms and simultaneously a growth of social and economic disparities and consequent unrest. At another level, is the growth of the Third Sector that is neither the “for profit” private sector nor the public sector but a “not for profit”

Increasingly, the third sector is getting involved in the allocation of resources through production of quasi-public goods and services. Several services like for example, the delivery of supplementary nutrition or sarva sikha abiyan to water shed management are being handed over to NGOs.

With the introduction of legislation making it mandatory for companies to spend 2% on corporate social responsibility, this sector has got a boost. Today NGOs and Corporate CSR departments have become major employers.

In order to become social entrepreneurs or be employable in the social sector, young people need to understand social reality, as well as programmes that seek to address the problems of the under-privileged. The School’s aim would be to enhance employability particularly for those looking for career opportunities in Corporate Social Responsibility and Non–Governmental Organisations.

In 2015, SSMI set up SSMI School for Social Enterprise, out of the existing Center for Research, Training and Skill Development, in order to bridge the gap between theory and practice in dealing with the problems of the under-privileged.

Who would benefit from the school?

The objectives of the School are:

  • Enhance capacity and employability of human resources for the social sector.
  • Enable field based learning as an Action Laboratory for innovation.
  • Improve service delivery systems in the social sector through innovation.
  • Enrich the capacities of institutions partnering in Corporate Social Responsibility projects to innovate through social enterprise.
  • Contribute to policy development through field based research, innovation and advocacy

SSMI School of Social Enterprise would provide students, researchers, Government and Corporate officials, practitioners and anyone with a concern for the social sector, an understanding of social reality and coping strategies, with specific focus on the delivery of services.

On the other end, the school would provide artisans and women’s self-help groups, basic entrepreneurial skills to participate in the delivery of Governments social sector scheme as well as set up micro- enterprises.

A third group the school would target would be government servants and casual employees implementing and monitoring various social sector schemes.


The school would provide students and researchers, activists and field workers, an opportunity to understand handling real-life problem. Beside increasing employability internship is vital for self-development.

Structure of Internship

  • Orientation : A comprehensive orientation is conducted for interns to better understand the nature and scope of their internship.
  • Assignments : Interns choose their area of work from amongst the areas offered.
  • Field study : Interns would work in the field in the area of their choice under the guidance of the mentor.
  • Documentation : Interns would be required to maintain a daily diary and document their work.
  • Workshops : Wherever feasible interns would conduct a workshop to explain their work and get a feedback.

Types of Internships


Course related internship

This is based on SSMI signing an MOU with the institution where the student is studying. This would involve theory classes as well as field work. The programme would be tailor made to suit a batch of students or a particular student (researcher)


Field Internship

Field Internship is open to students and youth who have either as part of their pedagogy or due to their personal interest to intern/ volunteer in working in the field. Field work is exclusively limited to Delhi (a metropolitan aggregate) and with women, youth and children living in slums and /or belonging to the under-privileged deprived section of society.

Duration of field internship would be from 15 days to three months. There would be an orientation at the beginning to expose the intern to India, SSMI and the areas of work

Interns could work on any of these three areas and sub areas:

1. Education
  • Teaching English, Science, Maths,Arts to primary and secondary school children
  • Early Child Care and Education (ECCE)
    • Teaching in/ working with Balwadis (per-school)
    • Teaching in Teachers’ training course specially designed for school graduates (non-collegiate) girls living in slums
  • Extra- curricular activities like sports, theatre etc.
  • Life skills
2. Health
  • Dealing with Mal-nutrition
    • Public nutrition – delivery of School Meals (Mid-Day Meals Scheme) and Supplementary nutrition (Integrated Child Development Programme)
    • Designing menus with higher nutrition content for the same money using millets and coarse grain
    • Field surveys
  • Children with Special Needs
    • Study of Children with behavioural problems and/or under-performance.
    • Remedial teaching
  • Delivery of ambulatory health with community participation
3. Womens Empowerment
  • Field studies and surveys on issues relating to women and adolescents
  • Gender Resource Center providing awareness and counselling on legal, nutrition, health, environment, livelihood issues
  • Production center for women in textiles and food items
    • Production training
    • Branding and marketing of products

Internship Fees

Fees and terms would be based on the agreement with the sponsoring institution.

Field Internship (One to Three months)

Institutional fees of Euro 100 payable to SSMI in advance.

Boarding & Lodging

Residential accommodation would be arranged on request. Interns would have to pay for their boarding and lodging. SSMI has limited dormitory accommodation on its campus.

Infrastructure and work experience of the School

(Includes work done by the School’s predecessor Center for Training, Research and Skill Development)


  • Operates schools that provide free education from the Pre-primary to Secondary (Class X)
  • From 1976 till 2007 SSMI operated Industrial Training Institute (ITI) with the following NCVT ITI Certificate Coursein the following areas:Secretarial Practise; Fashion Designing; Stenography English; Cutting and Tailoring; Embroidery; Dress Designing
  • One-year pre-school teachers training course, for non-collegiate) school graduates living in the slums. The purpose of the course is to fill the empathy gap between the teacher and the taught in the Balwadis located in the slums in the midst of dirt and sqaluor. On completion of the course the trained teachers find employment in pre-schools (Balwadis) as teachers; self-employed by giving tuitions.
  • Training to teachers employed by NGOs for schools located in slums
  • An on-going inter-disciplinary research consisting of a Pediatrician, Clinical Psychologist and an Educational Counselor to study problems of under-performance and behavioural problems and to examine the correlation between deprivation and under-performance.
  • Growth and Development of Children 3-6 years in two schools of West Delhi.

Women’s Empowerment and Livelihood

  • Created a brand “SUBHA – a new dawn for women” to market textile and food products produced by women from the under-privileged community
  • Operate a Gender Resource Center that provides women:
    • Vocational training
    • Legal literacy
    • Non-formal education
    • Nutrition awareness
    • Health Camps
  • Training women in basic and production skills.
  • Retraining women with traditional skills to produce according to contemporary designs.
  • Six months vocational training leading Govt, certificate (Jan Siksha Sansthan) to 200 women living in slums.
  • Survey relating to socio-economic status of total population of 150,000 people living in slum clusters in West Delhi – study sponsored by the Govt. of NCT of Delhi.
  • Entrepreneurial Development Programme training for women from under-privileged families – sponsored by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Govt. of India .
  • Ujwal Jeevan – Empowering Adolescent girls and boys for improving reproductive and social health and nutritional status – one-year study funded by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt. of India
  • Study of social and reproductive health of adolescents
  • Health and Nutritional status of women residing in urban slums of West Delhi - study in 14 slum clusters
  • Nutrition and health status of high risk group women (Female Sex workers)

Seminar-cum- interactive workshop "Entrepreneurship: The key to empowerment of women" with University Women's Association of Delhi (UWAD)

Health and Nutrition

  • Operated supplementary nutrition and school lunch kitchens as women empowerment projects – Jahangirpuri Model – based on the principle of locating kitchens in the midst of the beneficiaries; employing women from the beneficiary community; choosing technologies that reduce drudgery but generate employment; applying industrial practices to ensure food and employee safety.
  • In association with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, funded by Vision for All Switzerland, providing comprehensive ophthalmological care in the slums of West Delhi.
  • Operated a field research station for one year in Dist. Faizabad U.P. to study Mid-Day Meals Scheme.
  • Training middle level officials working in the Mid-Day meals programmes (School Lunch)
  • EDP programme for women from Under-privileged communities for setting up micro-enterrpises.
  • Training of cooks working in supplementary nutrition and school lunch kitchens.
  • Training in bakery products for Zaika Group from the Agha Khan Foundation, Nizamuddin Basti
  • Comprehensive review of the implementation of the Mid-Day Meals Scheme (School Lunch) – one-year study funded by Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India
  • Study of Mid-Day Meals Scheme in eight districts of Andhra Pradesh (undivided)
  • Evaluation of NDCC kitchens – SERP, Govt,. of A.P.
  • Development of multi-grain flour products
  • Impact of supplementary nutrition and awareness amongst beneficiaries of ICDS
  • Understanding requirement of small bakery units.
  • Consultation workshop on way forward for MDMS with MHRD Govt. of India
  • Workshop on “Professionalizing MDM scheme through Multi-layer training and capacity building programs” with Govt. of A.P.

SSMI has received interns from

  • Foreign: Spain, USA, Belgium, France, Canada, Mexico
  • Indian: Indira Gandhi Open University; BITS Pillani; Keshav Maha Vidyalaya; Aditi Maha Vidyalaya

The SSMI School of Social Enterprise is in its infancy and needs your support.

Application Form

Application form for internship