Saintgits College of Engineering and Saintgits Institute of Management are working with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA, which is acclaimed as the top technical university in the world, have been working together on a three-year collaborative program on 'Product Design for Developing World'. This academic partnership launched in 2011 has facilitated the SAINTGITS students to team up with Caltech students in identifying the needs of the rural consumer in order to design products that are affordable to the consumer. The joint team has identified problem areas including products and processes, where economic, mechanical solutions can improve productivity, reduce hazards and create better earning potential for the bottom of the pyramid. Seven student teams are working on seven distinct projects under the course that is conducted by video conferencing. The student teams are also involved in market research to develop new products for the rural consumer. The collaborative program is a great experience for Saintgits students, exposing them to global technical learning, as well as for students and faculty from Caltech who are exposed to local engineering and processes during their visits.