Upcoming Events

DraftCraft International's Goa Programme
(15 July 2019 - 14 August 2019)

DraftCraft International is pleased to announce its annual, month-long programme in Goa. During this period, DraftCraft International, in association with DraftCraft Institutes will conduct and host a range of Certificate Courses, Workshops, Residential Retreats, Film Screenings and Talks.

Useful For:
The programme is open for students and practitioners of the following disciplines, but not limited to:
- Law / Media / Film-Making / Tourism
- Liberal Arts / Sociology / History / Heritage Management / Anthropology
- International Studies / International Relations / Human Rights
- Public Policy / Political Science / Social Work
- Gender / Women Studies

Venues For The Programme In Goa:
Distinct from the run-of-the-mill and mundane classroom exercises, DraftCraft International offers these events on exotic venues, including those of its 'live projects' across Goa. So, sessions are held:
- In the by-lanes of Fontainhas (Latin Quarters) in Panjim
- On the steps of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church during dawns and at dusk
- While walking down Patto Bridge in the night
- While strolling along the Ribandar stretch
- On Arambol Beach
- Near Sweet Water Lake
- Along Mandovi River
- At Keri Beach
- In Baga and Calangute, or
- Along the beautiful Maharashtra-Goa border


Project Internship Programme in Goa

Most of DraftCraft International's Internship and Volunteering Programmes are chargeable for both Indian and International students and practitioners. However, for certain live projects and campaigns, DraftCraft throws open limited free internship and volunteering opportunities.

Presently, DraftCraft International is accepting applications for its Project Internship Programme (one-week, two-week and four-week programmes) from 15 Jul - 14 Aug 2019 in Goa.

The selected interns will be working in small groups of 2-4 persons in specific project areas for personalised attention and training.

DraftCraft International's projects in Goa focus on Mining, Environment, Sustainable Development, Women, Human Rights, IPR, Community Laws, Tribal Affairs, Indigenous Rights, CRZ, Migration, Tourism, Culture, History and Heritage, Anthropological Studies, Immigration, Property Rights, Law and Order, Conflict and Excess, Rule of Law, International Law, etc.

During this period, a Fundamentals In Practice Certificate Course (Duration: One Week) will be conducted for interns to apprise them of DraftCraft International's key projects in Goa, relevant laws and policies, socio-cultural aspects, legal issues, conflicts, violations, international perspective, etc. For the uninitiated, with little or no background/professional exposure, this course may be suggested as a mandatory prerequisite that could run parallel to the internship programme.

Additionally, interns may sign up for one or more Specialised Certificate Courses (Duration: One Week) during the internship programme. Charges for courses are discounted for DraftCraft interns. For applicants with no professional exposure, the specialised course may be suggested as a mandatory prerequisite for the Project Internship Programme.

Following is the list of specialised courses offered in Goa along with an opportunity to work on DraftCraft International's key live projects:

* Certificate Course in International Human Rights - The Terror Trail Project, The Beyond Borders Project, The Freedom Project, The Lives Matter Project, The Migration Project, The Natives Trail Project

* Certificate Course in Media Laws - The Censorship Project, The Privacy Project, The Fake News Project, The Bias Project, The Shades Project

* Certificate Course in Women: Law, Policy and Practice - #MeTooBeyondBorders, The Natives Trail Project, The Migration Project, The Bias Project

* Certificate Course in Gender: Beyond Borders - The Shades Project, The Privacy Project, The Censorship Project, The Bias Project

* Certificate Course in Intellectual Property Rights and the Law - The Feni Project, The Latin Quarters Project

* Certificate Course in Films and Freedom - The Censorship Project, The Privacy Project, The Natives Trail Project, The Terror Trail Project, The Bias Project

* Certificate Course in International Criminal Law - The Terror Trail Project, The Beyond Borders Project, #MeTooBeyondBorders, The Freedom Project, The Lives Matter Project, The Migration Project

* Certificate Course in Censorship and Privacy - The Censorship Project, The Privacy Project, The Migration Project

* Certificate Course in Article 19 and Reasonable Restrictions - The Freedom Project, The Censorship Project

* Certificate Course in Indigenous People, Culture and Development - The Usgalimal Project, The Feni Project, The Natives Trail Project, The Latin Quarters Project, The Hinduism Project, The Migration Project

* Certificate Course in Inclusive Tourism and Policy The Migration Project, The Usgalimal Project, The Feni Project, The Natives Trail Project, The Latin Quarters Project, The Hinduism Project

* Certificate Course in History, Heritage and Perception - The Usgalimal Project, The Feni Project, The Natives Trail Project, The Latin Quarters Project, The Hinduism Project, The Migration Project

* Certificate Course in Social Anthropology - The Usgalimal Project, The Natives Trail Project, The Latin Quarters Project, The Hinduism Project

* Certificate Course in Linguistic Anthropology (Konkani - A multicultural reach/tryst with independence)- The Usgalimal Project, The Feni Project, The Natives Trail Project

* Certificate Course in Environment and Development - The Mining Project, The CRZ Project, The Islander Project, The Sustainable Development Project

For more details, visit DraftCraft Institutes. To apply for an internship programme with DraftCraft International, send your application to join@draftcraft.in complete with contact and academic details or call on +91 8080441593.


Residential Short Courses and Workshops

DraftCraft International is conducting Residential Short Certificate Courses and Workshops for participants from across disciplines in Goa from 15 July 2019 - 14 August 2019:
- The Short Courses and Workshops are customised for smaller groups of two to five persons only.
- The duration of each Short Course and Workshop is two days.

What Is Included:
- Basic, shared accommodation for the duration of the course or workshop.
- Unlimited tea or coffee during the course or workshop.
- Local travel within Goa for the duration of the course or workshop and for the purpose of the course or workshop.

What Is Not Included:
- Travel to and from Goa.
- Food and alcohol.
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions list.

DraftCraft Interns in Goa may register for a course or workshop at a discounted fee. For details, fees and/or to register, contact on institutes@draftcraft.in or +91 8080441593.

Certificate Course: Article 15 and its Reach
DraftCraft International Institute of Law provides this certificate course on 'Article 15 and Its Reach' to apprise participants of the law on equality and equal opportunities. The course will examine how the Constitutional provision is actually reached out to the most marginalised and weakest section of society and changes needed.
Duration: Two days | To Register: Call 8080441593

Certificate Course: Article 19 and Reasonable Restrictions
DraftCraft International Institute of Law offers this certificate course on 'Article 19 and Reasonable Restrictions' to brief participants on the freedoms guaranteed by the Indian Constitution under Article 19 1a) and examine 'reasonable restrictions' as laid down and interpreted rather widely by the judiciary and legislature.
Duration: Two days | To Register: Call 8080441593

Certificate Course: Article 21 and the State
DraftCraft International Institute of Law offers this certificate course on Life and Article 21 to discuss and examine the extent of legal liability of the state towards assuring private individuals the Right to Life and Personal Liberty. Attempts to broaden the definition of the 'State' will be analysed here too.
Duration: Two days | To Register: Call 8080441593

Certificate Course: Gender - Section 377 and Beyond
DraftCraft International Institute of Law in association with Institute of Gender Studies and Institute of Social Justice offers this two-day certificate course on 'Gender: Sec 377 and Beyond' to examine the pre-Independence evils of Section 377 and its application by the British followed by its hugely progressive application following Independence, till date and the need for LGBTQi laws, apart from Section 377, for the future.
Duration: Two days | To Register: Call 8080441593

Certificate Course: Women Laws and Policy
DraftCraft International Institute of Law in association with Institute of Gender Studies offers this course. The course will apprise you of: Concepts of feminism, gender, patriarchy, discrimination and empowerment in India; Constitutional provisions for gender equality in India; Traditional crimes against women; Indian Laws protecting women's rights; Indian Personal Laws and status of women; Role of constitutional and administrative authorities; Legal and Judicial provisions; International perspective and role of International organisations such as the UN.
Duration: Two days | To Register: Call 8080441593

Certificate Course: Media Laws
DraftCraft International Institute of Law and Institute of Media offer this course which is an intensive training programme that covers legal aspects of the Media industry. Media is hailed as the 'Fourth Estate' i.e a watchdog for the other pillars of democracy. Media informs the society, raises issues of public interest and advocates to those responsible for public welfare. This course will apprise participants of the legalese involving Copyright, Agreements, Fake News, Indian and Foreign Media Regulations, Censorship, Civil and Criminal Defamation, Freedom of Speech, Bias, Public Good and Sedition.
Duration: Two days | To Register: Call 8080441593

Certificate Course: International Human Rights
DraftCraft International Institute of International Affairs offers this course that throws light on the human rights issues are no longer restricted to the domestic confines of a nation. The world has become a small place where an event or a violation, particularly in the wake of terror activities, even in the farthest corner causes political and diplomatic ripples globally. Internationally, human rights are morphed from the international rules and treaties between nations arbitrated by entities like the United Nations, International Court of Justice, etc. This course is an interlude of the two sets of human rights that will offer participants an insight into how human rights all over are formulated and violated and ways and means to protect the same.
Participants can choose one of the following focus areas: Displacement / Refugees / Migration
Duration: Two days | To Register: Call 8080441593

Certificate Course: International Law and Diplomacy
DraftCraft International Institute of International Affairs offers this two-day certificate course. International Law or the Law of Nations deals with the legal interactions and relations between countries and governments. The course on International Law examines international treaties, European conventions, binding force of conventions and the procedures of International Court of Justice. The myriad aspects of international law such as diplomacy, human rights, trade, intellectual property rights, environment, etc. are also covered.
Duration: Two days | To Register: Call 8080441593

Certificate Course: International Migration and Refugee Law
DraftCraft International Institute of International Affairs offers this two-day certificate course that tackles international migration, presently the most pressing social issue globally. Efforts undertaken by international agencies to facilitate migration across countries in an orderly manner often face stumbling blocks owing to stringent migration and refugee laws of a region. Refugees, such as those escaping from the Syrian Civil War, Rohingyas, Mexican Refugees, etc. are forced to face legal issues and policies that are a complex mix of international and domestic legal systems and humanitarian and human rights law. These laws need to be analysed with varied perspectives to help identify and tackle legal lacunae that affect migratory patterns. The course is designed to enhance knowledge and understanding of the interplay of laws that come into effect from the perspective of international and domestic laws of regions in conflict.
Duration: Two days | To Register: Call 8080441593

Certificate Course: International Criminal Law
DraftCraft International Institute of International Affairs offers this two-day certificate course. In this course you will learn about the basics of international criminal law, the policies governing it and how international crimes such as terrorism, genocide, war crimes, etc., are tackled by authorised agencies and courts. The current global scenario is a grim picture of crimes perpetrated by well-organised syndicates that often use loopholes in international law, treaties and agreements for their benefit. The legal and diplomatic procedures involving international crimes are lengthy, complicated, involve multiple agencies from different countries and often involve a deep understanding of foreign law and processes.
Duration: Two days | To Register: Call 8080441593

Certificate Course: Fake News
DraftCraft International Institute Of Media in association with Institute of Law provides a two-day certificate course on Fake News - a flagship initiative of DraftCraft providing participants pertinent updated information on the scourge, the most recent laws to tackle it and the way for industry players - journalists, writers, researchers, to detect fake news.
Duration: Two days | To Register: Call 8080441593

Workshop: Films and Freedom
DraftCraft International Institute of Film Studies in association with Institute of Media and Institute of Law provides a two-day certificate course on Films and Freedom providing participants insights into how the media industry is affected directly by Article 19 and the 'reasonable restrictions' on the guarantees provided by the Constitution.
Duration: Two days | To Register: Call 8080441593

Workshop: Censorship
DraftCraft International Institute of Film Studies provides a two-day certificate course that examines the definition of Censorship, its relevance and prevalence in India and around the world. Censorship is the act of altering and/or banning content that is objectionable, harmful, immoral, illegal, sensitive and illicit as per the law and common perception. The course explains censorship laws and guidelines and applicability to films and documentaries as a visual medium of communication and broadcasting media such as public screenings, television and the internet.
Duration: Two days | To Register: Call 8080441593

Workshop: Gender - Perception and Reality
In recent history, gender issues have come to the forefront of academic, social and political debates in India and around the world. Age-old mindsets about men, women and the LGBT community have been shaken and shattered with growing acceptance of biological and behavioural anomalies existing in the society. Generalisations and pre-conceived notions, however, continue to persist often to the detriment of the interest of these groups. This workshop will provide participants a historical overview and present-day insights into the realities of various genders and the perceptions that stick.

Workshop: Copyright Laws Affecting the Media
Any industry that deals with creative properties faces the risk of copyright violation, plagiarism and intellectual property rights issues. It isn't rare to find someone stealing your creative works or concurrently find yourself faced with legal action should you tend to infringe upon someone's creative works. With the World becoming smaller and smaller as access to others' works is as easy as clicking on a hyperlink, the threats of Copyright violations are real. This workshop will explain the legalities and the pitfalls of copyright law that directly affects the media/entertainment industry.

Workshop: Legal Risks of Social Media
With the evolution of social media platforms in the last decade and the invasion of multiple social media apps in our personal and professional lives, the risks involving the same have increased multifold and so have the laws regulating the cyber space. One innocuous even unintentional Facebook post or Tweet could today land you in trouble, even jail. The stakes become higher when you work for an organisation as the liability for your actions isn't restricted to you but spreads to your workplace too. This workshop helps identify and safeguard from risks of social media for professionals, those working in public domain, students, media professionals, government employees, PSU employees and Human Resources Personnel.

Workshop: Protect Privacy for Families/Parents
With the evolution of social media platforms in the last decade and the invasion of multiple social media apps in our personal and professional lives, the risks involving the same have increased multi-fold and so have the laws regulating the cyber space. One innocuous even unintentional Facebook post or Tweet could pose immense risk for your child or teenager. Social media is swiftly turning into a huge web of information that can be accessed by potential criminals, stalkers constantly watching your account for key information that can be used to fake identity, mislead your clientele,  hack into your child's accounts, kidnap even use facial images on others' bodies in a porn-peppered industry. This workshop helps identify and safeguard from risks of social media for families and parents.

Workshop: Right to Dissent
Closely associated with consent and freedom is the right to dissent. Very often, most of us are oblivious to the fact that we can register our dissent and concurrently refuse to provide information that may be risky to reveal or pose us with some sort of threat. This workshop will detail times and zones where the right to dissent must be exercised to enhance prudence. There will be precedents analysed where consent was misused or dissent wasn't taken with the seriousness it was initially delivered leading to damage or injury. This workshop helps identify and safeguard from the risks of consent being misused or dissent not being recorded or taken seriously.

Workshop: Rewriting History
Napolean Bonaparte said 'History is a set of lies agreed upon' and rightly so. There is no one correct version of history because, like Dan Brown says 'By its very nature, history is always a one-sided account'. Amid growing allegations of attempts to rewrite history by renaming cities, tampering textbooks, etc. there is also a counter-narrative that justifies these moves because the history that we have been reading till now was mostly written by the colonists who ruled the country. Is there really a need to 'correct' history? Whose version is more correct? What will be the ramifications of this change? These and more pertinent questions will be addressed in the workshop.

Workshop: Identifying Fake News
Fake News is the new buzz word in media and in socio-political debates. The new phenomenon, its origin and extent are still being studied and researched upon. The legal ramifications and social repercussions are still unknown to most stakeholders. This DraftCraft Signature Workshop, conducted across India even beyond borders since 2001, will equip you with the tools and skills to identify fake news, its source and analyse impact in the nation and internationally. DraftCraft has been working in the area of identifying fake news globally. The workshop will analyse case studies from all over the world and how fake news has changed the narrative  and topics of debate.

Workshop: Media and Bias
Today, the Media has been charged with bias as never before. While the fourth estate struggles with credibility issues being charged with fake news and being called names like 'presstitute' even worse, it's time to look within. This Workshop will take you back to the drawing board and examine the concept of bias that lies deep-rooted within society and, particularly so, among the Media; how to safeguard against Bias; Instances and Outcomes.

Workshop: Secularism in India
India is not just a country. It is a multi-hued palette of religions, faiths, tribes, cults, customs and more. For centuries, before India was even called by that name, the people of this land embraced travellers, refugees and migrating communities. In present-day scenario, the country has faced several allegations of being 'non-inclusive' and 'intolerant' by entities within and beyond borders, especially in the polarised political environment. The workshop will explore the timeline of 'Secular India' and how perception is diametrically different from reality.

Workshop: Affirmative Action vs Social Reaction
Affirmative Action, or Reservation as its known in India, has been the centre of political debates since the inception of the Constitution of India. What was originally adopted to bring the weak and marginalised on par with the rest of the society has been marred with controversy and misuse especially by political entities that often use it for political gains and not the upliftment of weaker sections. More so, increasing reservation also causes unrest among the rest or the so-called 'privileged' sections who feel dejected and discrimnated against and are of the opinion that affirmative action is an outdated concept: equal opportunities must be given to one and all. The workshop will analyse the need and misuse of affirmative action in India since independence and put things in perspective through factual data.


Residential Retreats in Goa

Week-long Residential Retreats will be organised for Writers, Photographers, Film-Makers and those looking to escape the stresses of life to re-connect with the 'self'. To register for a retreat, contact on events@draftcraft.in or +91 8080441593.


1) Writers' Retreat
This week-long DraftCraft Publications Writers' Retreat at Goa provides first-hand training sessions and hand-held mentoring by a senior editor and a team of editorial associates to provide guidance at the sessions held in the open in Goa. They could be held at the beach like say Arambol's or at a world heritage site like the steps of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, through the seven day course wherein you will be able to get your creative juices flowing, conceptualise your works, break free of blocks and pen down your first draft for publication.

DATES: 1st Retreat: 24 Jul - 30 Jul 2019 / 2nd Retreat: 7 Aug - 13 Aug 2019

USEFUL FOR: Students, Book Writers, Travel Writers, Journalists, Fiction Writers, First-timers and those stuck with the proverbial writer's block.
(For more details on the retreat, click here)

2) Photographers' Retreat
This week-long DraftCraft Photographers' Retreat at Goa provides first-hand training sessions and hand-held mentoring by a professional photographer to provide guidance at the sessions held in the open in Goa. They could be held at the beach like say Arambol's or at a world heritage site like the steps of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, through the seven day course wherein you will be able to get your creative juices flowing, conceptualise your works, break free of blocks and click your first works for publication.

DATES: 1st Retreat: 24 Jul - 30 Jul 2019 / 2nd Retreat: 7 Aug - 13 Aug 2019

USEFUL FOR: Students, Photographers, Journalists, Photo-Bloggers, Photo-Journalists, Travel Photographers, First-timers.
(For more details on the retreat, click here)

3) Detox Retreat: For Single Women
This week-long Detox Retreat For Single Women is conducted by DraftCraft's The Woman Survivor team to help you get away from being judged; take a break from the bustle of life; grab an opportunity to get recharged to be able to perform better and have a blast while doing it. The Retreat will include Yoga Sessions, Challenge Programmes, Personal Consultation Sessions, Talks / discussions on life lessons, positivity, balance, bias and the law. You will get an opportunity to partake in DraftCraft's TWS Sense-I-Tive Programme to help boost you personality and help recover the 'real' you.

DATES: 1st Retreat: 24 Jul - 30 Jul 2019 / 2nd Retreat: 7 Aug - 13 Aug 2019

USEFUL FOR: Single Women, Girls, Female Students and the Working Women
(For more details on the retreat, click here)