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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Greetings from Vivekananda Kendra.
The coral reefs of Rameshwaram are an important part of the sacred geography. They also have a great evolutionary history. They provide a great support for the Gulf of Mannar biodiversity. However today they are facing many threats mainly due to the pollution and global warming. We provide a glimpse into some interesting aspects of the Rameshwaram coral reefs. The coral reefs have been there for millions of years. There are many marine organisms which are dependent on these coral reefs. Home to many organisms the marine biodiversity is heavily dependent on the coral reefs and they had also protected the population from the 2004 Tsunami. Hence we need to protect them. This is an effort to make people aware of their importance and the need to conserve them.
We also have the message from the project chairman on Green Rameshwaram Mr. Ravi Sam in the third brain storming session that was held on Oct-11 at Rameshwaram. The district collector, the municipal chairman, forest officer, wildlife warden and many eminent citizens graced the event. Many suggestions were made and important decisions as well as new pathways have been designed to be followed for achieving Green Rameshwaram. Solar installation to removal of Prosopis juliflora have been discussed. Mr.Ravi Sam in his address also stated that he would speak to the authorities in the government about the project and the importance of recognizing Rameshwaram as as green heritage island. The issue of signages and beautification of the places were also discussed. You can find about all those discussions in the newsletter.
It is our misunderstanding and partial understanding of the nature of the world –fragmentation that has led the world to the brink. Our eco-toons bring this out. Also see the various happenings, training programmes that took place in our campus during this month. For example 200 Farmers visited Gramodaya Park and learnt different cost effective technologies including live model Rain water harvesting structure this month. In our wisdom section we have the physicist Menas Kafatos elaborates the importance of dialogue as essential for accepting positive change and uniting humanity beyond variations. Ecologist Madav Gadgil speaks about how traditional socities are characterized by a number of conditions conducive to the evolution of a "community of beings" world-view; Historian of science Robert Nadeau explains how the primary objective of the ecological economists is to enlarge the framework of the neoclassical economic paradigm to include scientifically valid measures of the environmental costs of economic activities.
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This month we have exciting report on Dharmar Teertham. After identifying the Teertham area which was a plain sand dune and after the initial ceremonies, we started digging. And we discovered a huge beautiful traditional water body emerging as the sand dune got cleared. The centuries old structure made with lime mixture has a wonderful finishing touch and is mostly intact even after centuries of being buried under the sand dune. In the Green Rameshwaram project we have a host of works done by our team of workers at Rameshwaram. The Tamil month Aadi that overlaps the English months of July and August is filled with local festivals and pilgrimages. So people flock the island in thousands and we have been using this occasion to conduct mass outreach programmes. We have distributed literature on Green Rameshwaram and have also had scores of them visit the Green Rameshwaram exhibition that we have organized. We have also conducted the Green Rameshwaram awareness programmes in many schools, panchayat commons as well as university study centers. Green Health Camps have been conducted at the villages in the island through which people are sensitized to the green herbal traditions and resources available locally.
Use of local traditions for creating awareness about Green Rameshwaram and novel ways of social engineering have been discussed in the previous brain storming session about which also you can learn here. In our publication section we have brought out the definition of Ozone depletion. You can see how the Ozone hole is still a problem. We also have an eco-toon on how the natural processes are cyclical while the industrial processes are linear. In our 'happenings' section we have Dr.Kamalasaanan Pillai explaining some new agricultural technologies to the farmers along with Azolla technology. We also have some good press reports on 'Green construction' as well as 'Green Rameshwaram'.
In our wisdom section we have David Suzuki the famous ecologist explaining how sensitivity to hidden costs can make us reduce our consumption. Sri Aurobindo's passage explains how the awareness of the hidden Spirit will make us shed the mechanical view of nature and see it as an organic phenomenon imbibed with sacredness. We have a passage from Fritjof Capra that speaks about the hidden connection between the biological systems and social systems.
You can find it all here and Happy reading! A very happy independence day!
With best wishes
This is a bio-methanation plant that can convert kitchen organic bio-waste into energy and nutrient rich slurry.
Shakthi Surabhi Bio-Methanation plant has been innovated by Vivekananda Kendra - nardep, Kanyakumari.