Issue No. 319, February 2016
Tamil Nadu and Auroville: An Enlarged Cooperation
Women self-help group (SHG) members from across Tamil Nadu learning to prepare herbs based primary health care products as part of the SLI programme. Alain Bernard, a trustee of Auroville Village Action, introduces the Sustainable Livelihood Institute (SLI) project, a joint project of Auroville and the Government of Tamil Nadu. A new adventure has started in Auroville: a large scale cooperation between the state of Tamil Nadu and Auroville for promoting rural development based on the principles of sustainable development. This is an area in which Auroville can contribute a lot as much research and experimentation has already taken place. Pitchandikulam Forest, for instance, has already completed several sustainable development projects in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere. And it is Joss, founder and manager of Pitchandikulam Forest, who is the inspiration behind the Sustainable Livelihood Institute project. Tamil Nadu’s advanced development of technology in urban are...