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Category Archives: Educational Centers

Education at Auroville

An idea on how education works at Auroville. A talk with Shankar the principal of Akiyam new creation school, he shared his views about how education develops the minds of the children. how tradition and culture emerges together. and what all developments could be made further in the processes of education at Auroville. Shankar also shared his thought about bringing up college into Auroville. In one word he explained education as exploration at Auroville.

Comments: 2 Date: 29 Apr 2016

Possibility for AV Youth

Yesterday's presentation at Futures school on apprenticeship and internship for Auroville Youth brought up quite some of interesting options. Presentation was made in a joint effort by Auroville Youth, Units and Schools of Auroville, and the Auroville Campus Initiative.
Aurevan, Michael, Suryamayi as an Apprenticeship Program Team introduced efforts to design a core program. Lilith Fashion School, Saddhana Forest, Coffee ideas, Unlimited Tamil Nadu, AIAT shortly presented their apprenticeship programs.
Auroville as a hub of many skillful and professorial individuals does offers many options which could be harvested for the benefit of young generation.

Auroville Budokan

This morning House Warming of Auroville Budokan at Dehashakti Sports ground in Dana was a joyful event for all Aikido practitioners, and we share a short interview with Cristo and Surya, leading forces behind Auroville Aikido. Cristo practices for the past 35 years, Surya 20, and hundreds of students have passed through their classes.
Auroville Budokan - which literary means school of Martial arts, is an Aikido Dojo, and will be mainly consecrated to Aikido, was made entirely by grants of Indian Goverment through SAIIER by architects Mona, and Vinayagam as a building constructor. A beautiful, peaceful Budakan was costly - 85 lakhs, and is still in need of 8 lakhs for landscape and design of the garden to practice with weapons - katanas, but the dojo will last century and more.
Aikido itself means unity, harmony, where two aim to become one; it is an art of living, where one thorough the sense of beauty and hierarchy defines his posture and presence.

Comments: 0 Date: 30 Aug 2015

Sustainable Livelihood Institute

The Sustainable Livelihood Institute was Inaugurated on 25th March 2015 at Village Irumbai at Naicker House near Auroville. The SLI is a joint venture between the Tamilnadu State Rural Livelihood Mission and the Auroville Foundation set-up to bring in sustainable values and ideas into the thought and actions of the rural livelihood department functionaries. The State government has committed to provide support for construction of a SLI campus in the neighborhoods of the current location and the Auroville Foundation is making available the land for the purpose. In interview with Chief Ramasubramanian or shortly Ram we hear what has caused this action, and what is their aspiration and the path that they would like to walk upon. Since January, although it was officially inaugurated in March quite some women from different districts were inspired by the programs offered to them at SLI.


Samanvaya has been involved in the creation of the Sustainable Livelihood Institute from the stage of conceptualizing. Providing consulting services in defining the functions of the Institute, creating the curriculum, facilitating the collaboration and in imagining and implementing new processes befitting such a venture.

Comments: 0 Date: 21 Jun 2015

One year of SLI

Tranquil sunny ambient of the courtyard of Sustainable Livleihood Institute facilitated the graceful occasion of celebration for one year of existence. And indeed in one year SLI came to life with full force, fresh energy which truly empowered over 1000 participants through numerous programs. Further a strong bridge between rural Tamil Nadu and Auroville is being built with all of that.
Young team of 14 young members energeticaly managing all the programs while they grow as well.

NKN Begins with Sanskrit workshop

Chandresh shares with us the first upcoming event (connected with the National Knowledge Network) organized in Auroville using the newly laid fiber optic cables on Sanskrit Grammar with the University of Hawaii Professor Rama N Sharma and here at the SAIIER conference room. For Resgistration and details see below.

*A workshop on P??ini

“it is one of the greatest monuments of human intelligence.” - George Cardona

Professor Rama Nath Sharma (University of Hawaii) will present a workshop that will allow students already familiar with Sanskrit to dive deep into it's most beautiful and ancient grammatical traditions. P?nini has influenced not just contemporary linguistics but many other fields and is one of the greatest scholars in India's history.

Date: 12-15 November 2015
Venue: SAIIER Conference Room
Pre-requisites: Some knowledge of Sanskrit grammar is required (this is not a beginners workshop)


Registration can be done online at

Auroville Botanical Gardens 15th Birthday

15 years since Paul, Walter and Auronevi has started Botanical Garden in green belt next to Adventure community are around, and this Saturday 29th they will celebrate its birthday with an interesting program. In short phone interview (because Paul is extremely busy not only with Botanical Gardens but also with preparation for musical; Miladacious coming up in Septmeber) Paul shares with us some memories and invites us to be part of this great day with them on Saturday afternoon.

Comments: 0 Date: 26 Aug 2015

AIAT – New Campus

At the joyful occasion at AIAT New Campus yesterday at Aurobrindavan many dignitary guest were present along with Mr. Achim Fabig General Consul of Federal Republic of Germany. Germany does support AIAT from the beginning, and this new campus has been initiated two years back with over 2,5 crores donated to spent on it.
Those new facilities will offer youth of the region training in fitter and welder trades as well as in mechanical draughtsmanship, following the dual system of German's education.
The campus itself is the first one which use biological waste water treatment along with other sustainable components of the buildings, place carefully in the mango orchard.

Chandra and studying abroad

Chandra shares her dreams, experience the efforts and help she received to embark to Cambridge University in this short interview and we give you a flavor of her album titled "Raga Offerings" at the end, proceeds from its purchase will go towards her student loans- Tomorrow her she will play a concert in gratitude for all that Auroville has given to her.

Comments: 0 Date: 11 Sep 2015

Mentors Talk About Service Week

For the past 3 weeks students who will go to Future School have been working at different services and units in Auroville. In the previous week the students recorded interviews with classmates, now this is what the mentors perceive regarding the service week.

Comments: 0 Date: 23 Jul 2015