VK-NARDEP is an integral project of Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari.
It was started in 1986 inspired by Indic vision of the seers:
Isavasyam idam Sarvam - All Existence is permeated by Divine
Swami Vivekananda's clarion call to uplift the downtrodden masses.
Inner sustainability is one of the core activities of VK-nardep that has received high accolades and recognition from various quarters. We regularly conduct motivation workshops,personality development workshops for various sections of the society including government agencies, Panchayat presidents, social workers, NGOs, self-help groups, students etc. With VK-nardep these workshops have their own uniqueness and effectiveness.
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The field experience in technology dissemination in the field of sustainable technology along with successful innovation of green-technologies for more than a quarter of a century has made VK-nardep an important institution for green technologies. The following modules are the best VK-nardep has to offer in the field of green construction technology, Water management, Sustainable Agriculture, Indigenous Health and Renewable Energy.
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Sir Albert Howard was the founder of the Organic farming movement. Incidentally, he worked for 25 years in India as an agricultural investigator. His 20 page booklet ‘An Agriculture Testament’ covers everything you need to know about organic agriculture. In this issue, we have given a few of his quotable quotes on the subject.
Shri.N.Krishnamurthi covers the related topic of ‘Food, Diet, Nutrition and Food security’ by way of dialogue between the Ostrich, Parrot and Swan.
In happenings section, we have covered training programmes in Bio-pesticides preparation, Terrace garden, Community water management, Bio-methanation plants and Varma Chiktsa etc.
In the wisdom section, Mexican planner Jose Maria Sbert writes that “Man is just one among many forms of life” while Environmental activist Dr.Vandana Shiva beautifully defines “Re-source as Reciprocity along with Regeneration” and finally Claude Alvares an Environmentalist tells us that millions of ordinary people reject the idea of living by the distorting (and distorted) values associated with modern science. For reading the newsletter, please click here.
With best wishes,
“I want to know God’s thoughts. The rest is details”. This quotation by Albert Einstein puzzled many. However, Einstein was pantheist – worshiper of all Gods. He may not have believed in any conventional notion of God. But believed that “a spirit is manifested in the laws of the Universe – a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble”.
Shri.N.Krishnamurthi while writing on the Philosophy of Sustainable Development, echoes the same views in a very innovative way by having a dialogue between the Ostrich, Parrot and Swan. Ancient wisdom as a representative of the Swan tells the wise man to behave like a strand in the web of life, a star in the firmament of all existence.
In happenings section, we have covered training programmes on Azolla, NPK rich Bio-manure, Bio-pesticides preparation, Ferrocement technology, Bio-methanation plants and Varma Chiktsa etc.
In the wisdom section, Dr.Madhusudan Reddy tells us to transcend so that we can integrate ourselves with Nature and Nature with God. Rachel Carson, author of the famous book ‘Silent Spring’ reminds us that Nature exists for the convenience of man. And finally, Prof.Satyanarayana Shastri exhorts the mankind to lead a simple life to achieve happiness. For reading the newsletter, please click here.