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All India University Student’s Camp 2017

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 October, 2017

Dear friend,

                Over the last several years the Institute of Gandhian Studies has been organizing a residential Winter Camp for University Students from different parts of India to give them a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the thought and work of Mahatma Gandhi.

                 The main objectives of the Institute are to conduct short and long term courses of study in Gandhian Thought; offer facilities for training in Gandhian constructive and social work; undertake and promote research in various aspects of Gandhian philosophy and action; conduct national and international seminars; provide counselling and evaluation services for those engaged in constructive field work and undertake publications.

                 This year, the Annual Camp for University Students from all over India will be held from Saturday the 23rd December 2017 to Saturday the 30th of December 2017 (both days inclusive) at Wardha. The Camp will provide students with an opportunity to undertake an intensive study of Gandhian Thought, and the struggles and movements inspired by Gandhiji in India and abroad.

                 The discussions and interactions in the Camp will be in English/Hindi.

                We will be very happy if you can put up the enclosed leaflet on the notice board, and select and depute one or two students (in case of two students preferably one male and one female) to attend the Camp.  Since we do not admit more than 45 students, we can not be sure that all will be selected.

                 We have no provision for giving Railway/Bus fare to the campers.  Their board and lodging here will be our responsibility. We will be very grateful to you if you can let us have the filled in applications of those whom you would like to recommend so as to reach us at the earliest. Those who are selected will receive intimation soon. This will help the candidates to get the railway reservation well in advance. We will be closing the admission of participants to the camp by November 30, 2017. 

                 We look forward to your kind co-operation.

               Thanking you,

                                                                                                              With kind regards,

                                                                                                               Yours sincerely,



                                                                                                             (Bharat Mahodaya)

Click here to open the leaflet…..

P. G. Diploma

P.G. Diploma Course in Gandhian Thought 2017-18

Since the last twenty nine years, our Institute has been running Long term Residential Course /Post Graduate Diploma Course in Gandhian Thought at Wardha. The Institute is happy to announce one year Post Graduate Diploma Course in Gandhian thought for the academic year 2017-18. The object of the Course is to provide an opportunity for a fairly intensive study of the life, philosophy and methodology of Mahatma Gandhi.  It also provides experience in community living, manual work, sanitation, agriculture, spinning, devotional music and field work. The faculty consists of eminent leaders of Gandhian Movement as well as well-known academicians. The classes and discussions are conducted in English and Hindi.

  The Course is a demanding one, and requires sustained physical and mental work. Apart from regular class lectures, the Institute tries to develop a new vision of harmonious life based on self-discipline, respect for labour and self-reliance. Students will be expected to observe the discipline of the Institute, develop the spirit of wearing Khadi and take full part in the work of the campus community. Several special short-term courses are also held during the year, and the students will have the benefit of attending at least some of them. In addition, it provides real experience in field work by visits/stay in Gandhian institutions/ashrams, universities and villages and constructive organisations.

Applicants must have a Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Commerce, Science, Peace Studies, Gandhian Thought, Social Work, etc. of any recognized University or Deemed University, or a degree equivalent thereto. The upper age limit for admission is 30. It will be at the discretion of the Institute to relax the upper age limit in the case of deserving candidates. The total number of seats in the course is 15.

The syllabus of the one year Post Graduate Diploma Course consists of different courses synthesizing both theoretical and practical elements along with dissertation. The Course would follow the grade system in evaluation and it includes both external and internal assessment. The Post Graduate Diploma will be awarded to those who successfully completed the course. Others will be given a Certificate of Attendance of the Course.

No fees will be charged for the Course by the Institute. Hostel facilities will be provided free of cost by the Institute. The Institute offers stipend to a limited number of economically disadvantaged persons, and a few who are not sponsored by organizations and find it difficult to meet the boarding expenses themselves. The stipend will be Rs. 1500/- per month. A mess charge of Rs. 1100/- will be deducted from the stipend which will leave a sum of around Rs. 400/- for other expenses. All travel expenses to and from Wardha are to be met by the students or sponsoring organizations.  Students will have to bear the medical expenses in cases where prolonged treatment becomes necessary. The Institute reserves the right to change and alter any of these conditions, if necessary.

Applications of those who seek admission must reach the Dean, Institute of Gandhian Studies, Gopuri, Wardha – 442 001, Maharashtra, on or before the 30th of May, 2017

  Those who have been shortlisted for admission will be informed of their selection on or before first week of June. All such candidates will have to appear for an interview at the Institute with original documents and their admission will be finalised. The Course will commence in the first week of July and the academic activities usually end in the first half of April.

               (C. S. Dharmadhikari)


Encl: Application form, Syllabus and Circular ( Please Click on Documents)…

125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. J. C. Kumarappa

125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. J. C. Kumarappa
[4th, 5th and 6th January 2017]

Maganwadi, Wardha was the place from where Mahatma Gandhi initiated the work of All India Village Industries Association (AIVIA) in 1934. It was from here Dr. J. C. Kumarappa, Secretary AIVIA, gave a definite shape to the Gandhian concept of rural industrialization and village economy. As a mark of respect to him Centre of Science for Villages, Dattapur, Wardha, Institute of Gandhian Studies, Gopuri, Wardha and Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi has planned yearlong programmes to mark 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Kumarappa. The first programme was celebrated in the form of 3 day long workshop.
The workshop was attended by more than 200 participants including 175 registered participants, CSV Staff and others representing 35 institutions.

Following major points were discussed during the three day long participatory workshop
Participants understood the possibilities of using local resources, local traditional but scientific knowledge and skills for fulfilling local needs by practicing economy of enterprise. It included agriculture, processing of forest product (NTFP), animal husbandry and village industries.
Team members of participant Organizations explored possibilities of technology intervention for enhancing skill and capabilities of traditional artisans, entrepreneurs and farmers.
Team members also worked out through discussion the scope of innovation and research in the field of developmental economics.
It was proposed by some of the participants that a village can be put off the main power grid and energy demand of small and cottage industries can be fulfilled using alternate sources of energy such as solar, wind, biogas and bio-fuels by modifying traditional instruments and machines.
Organizers of Workshop initiated the formation of a network of Research & Development Institutions, Developmental Organizations, Neo Entrepreneurs, Artisans and Farmers meant for strengthening and enhancing their skills and potentials. The concept of Networking was accepted by youths, participating organization and neo entrepreneurs.
CSV coined a set of policy interventions meant for circulating amongst policy makers of state and central government.
An open discussion went on the existing policies of the Government and it has been concluded that it should be made more people friendly through incorporation of some of the recommendations being put forwarded by the fellow participants of the Dr. J C Kumarappa 125th Anniversary Workshop.

Dr Soham Pandya
Executive Director
Centre of Science for Villages, Dattapur WardhaBharat Mahodaya,
Institute of Gandhian Studies, Gopuri, WardhaDipanker Shri Gyan, JAS
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi

N.B. Activity Report of the 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. J. C. Kumarappa is available at the CSV Web Portal

Jamnalal Bajaj-125th Birth Anniversary Seminar on Trusteeship


Current Issues, Corporate Social Responsibility and Creation of Non-violent Society






In pursuance of the objectives of the Institute, it organized a series of courses of different durations oriented towards the academic community including the Department of Gandhian Studies in Universities, workers among unorganized labour, workers of voluntary/grass root organizations, women, youth, students and other similar groups. The following are some of the important courses/activities.

  1. A Post Graduate Diploma in Gandhian Thought recognized by Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik.
    Download the Notification and Application Form
  2. A short-term course for university students from all over India on Gandhi,s philosophy and method, and their relevance to humanity.
    See Notification
    Download Application Form
  3. Similar short- term courses in regional languages for students and youth.
  4. Short-term courses of two month,s duration for field workers engaged in dealing with rural problems and carrying on constructive work, as well as Satyagraha.
  5. Short-term courses on the spiritual practices and beliefs of different religions. Download Notification
  6. Short-term orientation courses on Gandhian thought for students of medical college.
  7. Short-term courses for Gandhian practices and philosophy, for workers of trade unions and rural workers/organisations.
  8. Consultative meets for Panchayat workers and special courses for women members of the Panchayat.
  9. National and International Conferences/Study Courses on Gandhian Thought, Peace Studies, Non-violent Action, Conflict Resolution and Culture of Peace and Non-violence.
  10. Special Study course on Social Service for NGOs and Social Activists.
  11. Anual Memorial Lecture on Gandhian themes.
  12. Awareness programmes for masses on Renewable Energy, Water conservation and Environment.
  13. Institutional support to social movements and people,s organizations who are concerned with questions relating to justice, peace, environment and dignity of human beings.

These are some of the courses that the Institute organises periodically. There are many more in similar vein for people from different walks of life. More are being added to meet the needs and aspirations of diverse groups.

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