Centre for Community Knowledge


Ambedkar University Delhi


Students from the batch of 2013-2014 in the Digital Storytelling class shooting a video story.

Delhi in History class at Chandni Chowk, 2016.

A sample storyboard made by one of the students in the Digital Storytelling class.

First batch of Delhi in History at the Yamuna Bazaar in Nigambodh ghats, batch of 2012-2013.

2. Delhi in History

​A  5th semester course on oral history for undergraduate students. It is a compulsory discipline course for BA History students, and an elective for other BA students. The course introduces students to a history of Delhi with a strong fieldwork component, where CCK faculty and staff introduce them to the basics of oral history, and undertake oral history exercises about sites and memories of the city.

This course is particularly popular among students, as it also borrows and contributes to the ongoing project in CCK on Delhi Citizens Memory Project. The students of this course have often interned at CCK, or their research material collected during the course of the classes has been submitted to the Delhi oral histories and visual histories collection. The course has accomodated many enthusiasts from the student community who have then gone on to develop an interest in local histories, lived heritage, city stories with an interdisciplinary approach. 

Class at the Yamuna Bazar ghats, batch of 2014-15

A sample storyboard made by one of the students in the Digital Storytelling class.

Page from a comic created for the Digital Storytelling Class ​2015

Students from the batch of 2014-2015 in the Digital Storytelling classes attending an editing presentation.

Academic Programmes

In addition to research and documentation activities, CCK undertakes certain teaching courses and workshops that focus on the area of oral and non-codified knowledge. Besides fieldwork, these academic interventions also engage with elements of community engagement and ethics of sharing personal information obtained by subjects. Other skills developed include team-working and presentation of oral narratives, the interpersonal skills required to carry out ethnographic fieldwork, and an awareness of the human and ethical issues raised by such research activity.

The faculty and staff at CCK have so far offered credit courses for the Undergraduate and Masters level students at Ambedkar University, Delhi. The two courses that have been offered every alternate semester are:

1.  DS- Digital Storytelling.

2. H11 - Delhi in History.


1. Digital Storytelling

A 6th semester elective course of the use of digital media in social science research. The objective is to develop story telling skills, specifically the generic skill of telling a story in conjunction with developing an engaging narrative that underlies ethnographic film-making. Besides, the course develop effective filtering, indexing, and repackaging tools in their  minds can manage to successfully and consistently articulate meaning that reconstructs a coherent story.In addition, the course prepare students with the technical skills to carry out digital AV recording, editing and dissemination. The field work component of this course draws upon students interactions within AUD, their family and friends and the places in the city they occupy.

The course introduced students to ways of working with digital video as a research tool. The open - ended, content - led approach to documentation, where filming forms part of the research process instead of taking place at the end of the research period, made it different from standard documentary practice. Increasing use of digital methods of research and availability of pre-existing digital AV information available to researchers – from images and text to video and audio recordings. The course explored the use of observational/ethnographic camera images, and associated editing techniques to facilitate another way of knowing. The course helps students recognise the importance of recording, translating and transcribing audio, besides using film making process as an ethnographic research tool, and be aware of subtexts and power-play in the visual image.