[4th, 5th and 6th January 2017]
Maganwadi, Wardha was the place from where Mahatma Gandhi initiated the work of All India Village Industries Association (AIVIA) in 1934. Dr. J. C. Kumarappa, Secretary AIVIA, gave a definite shape to the Gandhian concept of rural industrialization and village economy. For paying respect to him Centre of Science for Villages, Dattapur, Wardha, Institute of Gandhian Studies, Gopuri, Wardha and Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi has planned yearlong programs to mark 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Kumarappa. The first program was celebrated in the form of 3 day long workshop.
The workshop was attended by more than 200 participants including 177 registered participants, CSV staff members and representatives of 33 institutions.
Following major points were discussed during the three day long participatory workshop
Participants understood the possibilities of using local resources, local traditional but scientific knowledge and skills for fulfilling local needs by practicing economy of enterprise. It included agriculture, processing of forest product (NTFP), animal husbandry and village industries.
Team of participant Organizations explored possibilities of technology intervention for enhancing skill and capabilities of traditional artisans, entrepreneurs and farmers.
Team members also worked out through discussion the scope of innovation and research in the field of developmental economics.
It was proposed by some of the participants that a village can be put off the main grid and energy demand of small and cottage industries can be fulfilled using alternate sources of energy such as solar, wind, biogas and bio-fuels by modifying traditional instruments and machines.
Organizers of Workshop initiated the formation of a network of Research & Development institutions, Developmental Organizations, Neo Entrepreneurs, Artisans and Farmers meant for strengthening and enhancing their skills and potentials. The concept of Networking was accepted by youths, participating organization and neo entrepreneurs.
CSV coined a set of policy interventions meant for circulating amongst policy makers of state and central government.
An open discussion continued on the existing policies of the Government and there was an agreement that it should be made more people friendly through incorporation of some of the recommendations being put forwarded by the fellow participants of the Dr. J C Kumarappa 125th Anniversary Workshop.
Dr Soham Pandya
Executive Director, Centre of Science for Villages, Wardha
Institute of Gandhian Studies, Wardha
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi
N.B. Activity Report of the 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. J. C. Kumarappa is available at the
CSV Web Portal (http://www. csvportal.csvtech.in )
IGS Web Site ( http://gvpwardha.in)
Please Click here to go through the Activity Report of the 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. J. C. Kumarappa Workshop.
Supporting Documents of the Workshop…
- List of Papers received.
- List of Organization whose representative participated in workshop
- Photo Gallery
- Media Coverage.
- List of Participants.
- External Links