The University of Iowa

UI India Winterim program receives $10,000 toward student scholarships

November 1st, 2011
Photo: UI Prof. Meena Khandelwal and UI students in India

Photo: UI Prof. Meena Khandelwal and UI students in India

The Sehgal Family Foundation has made a gift of $10,000 to the University of Iowa for its India Winterim program. The gift will be used toward scholarships for students studying at the Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD) in Gurgaon, India, during the upcoming three-week winter session.

IRRAD, an initiative of the Sehgal Family Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa, enables the empowerment of rural communities in India. The institute carries out grassroots research and develops sustainable and replicable models for improving water management, small-scale agriculture, rural governance, sanitation and health, and other related areas of rural development.

Now in its sixth year, the India Winterim program utilizes the best of cultural immersion and local knowledge so that UI students are able to interact with and learn directly from leading social entrepreneurs and research professionals, such as those at IRRAD. To date, about 400 UI students and faculty members have participated in this unique program.

Study abroad programs are coordinated through the Office of Study Abroad in UI International Programs.

For more information on the India Winterim program, visit or contact Raj Rajagopal at 319-335-0160 or

For more information on IRRAD, visit, call 515-321-1709, or email