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