VALUES EDUCATION MEET AT MANAVODAYA
A meeting of faculty of multiple institutions : Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Lucknow, Ramakrishna Mission, Chinmaya Mission and Manavodaya was held at Manavodaya to discuss alternative approaches to education that foster better understanding and connection with community.
YOGA CAMPS AT VILLAGE LEVEL
Yoga camps are now being held occasionally in different villages to foster improved health and to encourage self reflection in habits and work practices. An interesting feature of the camps is the voluntary taking of oath by several local inhabitants to abstain from alcohol, smoking and gutka.
Shakir Ali, Manavodaya facilitator conducting reflection exercise during Yoga camp village Bakhuri
Discussions during oath taking in Rikkipurwa
Meditation during camp on International Yoga day
Oath taking during Yoga camp at village Kursi
Gathering at Sitapur
A get together of all self help groups in a region for information sharing on improved agriculture practices was held in different districts of Uttar Pradesh as a follow up of training on group formation and management at Manavodaya. The programmes were co-hosted by local NGOs, a local bank and local government officials. The programmes served to promote solidarity among groups to tackle problems faced by them.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
An awareness cum training programme on Rural Entrepreneurship development based on techniques developed at Bio Processing and Herbal Division, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Industrialisation (MGIRI), a government of India enterprise based in Wardha, Maharashtra, held in Kursi region of district Sitapur from 19th to 21st October 2016. The workshop was attended by a large number of Self Help group leaders and members of the region. The workshop was also attended by the students of the Participatory Rural Development.
The programme included practical demonstration of manufacturing techniques for quality hair oil, facepack, soya milk as well as several products from cow urine.
VALUES FOR SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION
A fourteen hour course on the subject drew a huge response from the students of final year at IIT Delhi. About 60 students from various departments registered for the course that was held during late evening hours.The overall response can be gauged from the following observation by some students:
"The course is really amazing and two hours in the class pass like two minutes and I think the reason for this is interactive class with total experience sharing. Also, learning first time in IIT, during my three years journey, a course like this, based on real life rural problems, is really nice."
By this type of course we get a direction that how we can use our inner strength to move a society in which we have equality, consciousness.
UNNAT BHARAT ABHIYAN
Manavodaya represented by its director has been an active institutional partner in the development of the concept and implementation strategy of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA), a scheme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, for involvement of institutions of higher learning especially the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and other elite institutions like Indian Institute of Science, Tata Institute of Social Sciences in the transformation of rural India.
Manavodaya received a request for training and guidance to the faculty of IIT Delhi as a start, a programme that met with a very positive response. Not only did the faculty members took the time off to come for training at Manavodaya, they were instrumental in helping organise a full credit course for the students of IIT Delhi on a similar subject.
CORE VALUES AND VALUES BASED MANAGEMENT
An intensive discussion on the above subject by the top management and engineers of Lucknow Development Authority was extremely rewarding.
The programme was organised jointly by Lucknow Management Association and Lucknow Development Authority. Keynote presentations were made by Prof. Himanshu Rai of the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow and Varun Vidyarthi of Manavodaya.
Manavodaya has started organising camps in different educational
institutions with the objective of sensitizing the younger generation
about successful methods of transformation of the lives of the poor in rural India.
We find that the young mind is keen to understand the process in the
context of the challenges faced by them in their own lives. A discussion on methods of development based on the principles of Yoga produced an excellent response. There seems to be a huge scope for nurturing the young minds with the approach ALL LIFE IS YOGA.