Dr.Balasubramaniam addressed the students of Prof. Fernando Reimers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on 19-Feb, Friday. Prof. Reimers teaches a course on Educational Innovations. Balu spoke on the different innovations that SVYM has attempted in the Education sector in the last 22 years. Apart from making a presentation and showing a short video clip on the education activities of SVYM, he spoke about how the mission of the organization evolved, the need for out-of-the-box thinking at the tribal school, the attempts to make education a community movement and the education vision of Swami Vivekananda. This 40-minute talk was followed by an engaging interaction with the students from all over Harvard University.
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I will be writing a column in the Civil Society magazine for the next few months titled ‘Village Voices’. I wanted to begin the series with an article on Mahatma Gandhi, whose message I believe is still relevant and valid. Read the first article that appeared in the March 2019 issue here: https://civilsocietyonline.com/column/village-voices/why-gandhi-still-inspires/
One of the greatest benefits that I have received from founding and being in SVYM is the opportunity to meet some extraordinary people. People who have been doing so much for society, but go on to live their lives quietly and without any fuss. While there are several people who clamour to be in the limelight and keep talking about the little that they may have done, there are also several others who prefer to be in the background and allow their work to speak for itself. One such person that I had the opportunity of meeting and interacting with
Living amidst nature is something that many of us desire today. While most of us love to enjoy and experience the greenery, we seldom realise that it takes a lot of mindful effort not to lose what we already have. The rate at which we are destroying our own eco-systems, pretty soon we will reach a state wherein our younger generation will have to have such experiences ‘virtually’. Last week, I had the privilege of visiting ‘Ecovillage’ in Dharwad. The experience was something that I will cherish for a long time. Sri Hiremath, a professional landscapist was pursuing his career