Integral Rural Development: A Rural Transformation Experiment by Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry

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  • Author :G. Palanithurai, R. Ramesh
  • Year of Publication :2015
  • ISBN: :9789351251101
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: X, 134
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Developmental Studies, Economics, Geography, NGOs, Participatory Development, Political Science, Public Administration, Rural Development, Social Work, Sociology, Sustainable Development

About the Book :

SARVAM (Sri Aurobindo Rural & Village Action & Movement), the rural development unit of Sri Aurobindo Society in Pondicherry has put into practice an innovative concept in rural development which we call 'Integral Rural Development'. It fascinates development professionals for two reasons. One, it provides a spiritual perspective to rural development practice. In other words, the approach aims at bringing about rural development that is human-spirit centric, rather than narrowing it down to the conventional economic senses. The second reason is SARVAM has actually implemented the concept of integral rural development on the ground in Tamil Nadu. It is not just a concept on paper or in mind. What rural transformation has taken place through this innovative approach to rural development is what this book is about. It also explains for the benefit of those who want to emulate this model, the process adopted and the principles that emerge. In fact, it might be considered as a new frontier in rural development practice, pushing the edges of development literature to newer horizons.

About Author :

Ganapathy Palanithurai, Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj studies, Department of Political Science and Development Administration, Gandhigram Rural Institute—Deemed University, Gandhigram is an academic activist working with academic community, civil society, policy community and political community to impress upon them the importance and need of democratic local governance in India to enable the poor to lead a decent dignified human life. All his academic, research and outreach activities are being supported by an array of funding agencies namely the World Bank, the UNDP, the UNICEF, the Hunger Project, SDC, DANIDA, Action Aid International, the Ford Foundation, Population Foundation of India, the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Toolkit Foundation—Netherland, Ministry of Panchayati Raj and State Planning Commission. He was a visiting Professor in Cologne University, Germany. He has to his credit seventy three books, 126 research articles, 112 popular articles in popular newspapers, 83 monographs published in a span of three decades. He is the coordinator of UGC-SAP and UGC innovative programme. He held several administrative positions like Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Dean, Student's Welfare, Member, Syndicate, Member Senate, Member, and Academic Council in Gandhigram Rural Institute. He was and is member of many advisory committees of the Government of India and Government of Tamil Nadu pertinent to local government and rural development.

R. Ramesh (1968) did his Ph.D. in Rural Development from the Gandhigram Rural University. He served as a Training Expert for the DANIDA on water and sanitation. He also served as a Project Officer for the Terre des Hommesa Netherlands based NGO. A proposal he wrote on "Establishing Community-managed Domestic Water Supply System" won for Gandhigram Trust the World Banks India country Level Development Marketplace Award-2004. He has co-authored with Prof. G. Palanithurai a book titled : Globalization Issues at the Grassroots and Analysing Community Problems Tentacles of PRA Methodology and Standpoints on Globalization. He has published around 20 articles, five of them in international journals. He is currently working as Assistant Professor of Rural Development at Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia.