The Governing Board consists of seven members to be nominated by the Central Government from amongst persons who have,
rendered valuable service to Auroville;
dedicated themselves to the ideals of life-long education synthesis of material and spiritual researches or human unity;
contributed significantly in activities that are being pursued or are envisaged to be promoted in Auroville, including activities relating to the environment, afforestation, arts and crafts, industry, agriculture, humanities, sciences and integral yoga;
and of two representatives of the Central Government itself.
The members, who do not live in Auroville, hold office for a period of 4 years. The Governing Board meets at least twice a year in Auroville.
The general management of the affairs of the Foundation is vested in the Governing Board. Its task is to promote the ideals of Auroville, to review and approve basic policies and programmes, to secure the proper management of all properties, to prepare the master plan and co-ordinate fundraising. Most of these functions are executed in consultation with the Residents' Assembly.
The present members
The Central Government, vide Ministry of Human Resource Development’s dated 29 June 2017, nominated new members of the Governing Board including its Chairman for a fourth term of four years with the following members:
Dr. Karan Singh
Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) & former President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations
Dr. Prema Nandkumar
, a famous independent researcher, translator, critic and authoress who writes in Tamil and English
Prof. Sachidanand Mohanty
, Vice Chancellor, Central University, Orissa. He is the recipient of several national and international awards, and has to his credit 28 books in English and in Odia.
Dr. Anirban Ganguly
, Director Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, New Delhi
Co-Convener, Library Department, BJP
Member, Policy Research Department, BJP
Member, Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), MHRD
Member, Visva Bharati Samsad (Court), Santiniketan
Dr. Nirima Oza, Professor, Mahatma Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Dental Sciences, Pondicherry.
The ex-officio members are
Mr. Rakesh Ranjan IAS (Joint Secretary, HRD Ministry) and
Ms. Darshana Dabral IAS (Financial Advisor, HRD Ministry).
Dr. K. Parameswaran, Associate Professor of Law & Former Dean of Academic Affairs, Gujarat National Law University has been appointed as member of the Governing Board of the Auroville Foundation.
Dr. Parameswaran's web profile can be seen at: https://www.gnlu.ac.in/GNLU/
Sri. M. Madan Gopal, IAS (Retd.), former Additional Chief Secretary Department of Forests, Environment and Ecology, Government of Karnataka. He also served as Executive Director for World Bank-funded Jala Samvardhane Yojana, (Integrated Tank Development Project), Commissioner for Public Instruction, Bangalore, Registrar, Central University of Hyderabad.
More information at http://www.bmsce.ac.in/faculty/sri-m-madan-gopal-ias-retd
Former members include:
Dr Aster Mira Patel, Member, The Residents’ Assembly, Auroville Foundation, Auroville
Shri Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, Director, Vastu Shilpa Foundation, Ahmedabad
Dr Mallika Sarabhai, Director, Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, Ahmedabad
Ms Ameeta Mehra, Director, The Gnostic Centre, Gurgaon
Shri Y.S.V.S Murthy, Secretary, Sri Aurobindo Centre, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
Shri Yogendra Tripathi, Ex-officio, Ministry of Human Resource Development
Shri Amit Khare, Representative of Central Government
Dr. Malini Parthasarathy
Director, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy
- Mr. Sudeep Bannerjee;
- Mr. S.R. Tayal;
- Mr. Sudhir Nath.