33rd Shodhyatra at Haryana 24th May to 31st May, 2014

33rd Shodhyatra at Haryana 24th May to 31st May, 2014 Shodhyatra Report

Dear All

The Shodhyatra was organised in Mahendragarh District, Haryana, from 24th May to 31st May, 2014. Whoever is likely to participate in the coming Shodhyatra, are requested to register themselves and be present on 24th May 2014 at Central University of Haryana (Jant-Pali Villages, Mahendergarh Haryana Pin: 123029) at 4:00 PM. Departure will be possible on 31st May 2014 02:00 PM onwards.

The temperature during the yatra is expected to be 40-45 degree max during day time and 08-15 degree lesser at night.

In order to reach the grassroots people and connect with them, a learning walk is organized by SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions, a voluntary organisation located in Ahmedabad, India). Twice a year, Shodhyatra takes place in rural areas in different geographical locations of the country, with support from the Honey Bee Network. The aim of this yatra is to felicitate local grassroots innovators, traditional knowledge holders, students with innovative ideas and people with significant contribution to society in conserving bio‐diversity, etc. at their door steps, in front of their community so that inspiration may be drawn by others. The marching group of Shodhyatris consists of scientists, innovators, villagers, students and professors who would walk about 100 km over a period of six days, to convey the message of the network. Biodiversity and idea competitions are organized among children, while recipe contests are organized among women in some of the villages (particularly with focus on food recipes in which at least one less known or forgotten plant produce has been used).

Shodhyatra is a journey in search of knowledge, creativity and innovations at the grassroots. It is an attempt to reach out to the remotest part of the country with a firm belief that hardship and challenges of natural surroundings are the prime motivators of creativity and innovation. Shodhyatra aims at unearthing such traditional knowledge and grassroots innovations that have not only simplified the lives of men, women and farm labourers but have also significantly contributed towards the conservation of bio‐diversity. It is a journey of mutual exchange and sharing of knowledge.

The following activities are undertaken during the Shodhyatra:

  • Felicitation of local innovators and traditional knowledge holders.
  • Organising traditional recipe competitions, biodiversity competitions to promote local biodiversity conservation and generate awareness about the same.
  • Knowing and understanding local issues and problems of villagers by conducting village meetings.
  • Sharing open source information available with SRISTI which may be of use to the local people.
  • Identification of centenarians, enterprising women and children, artisans, rural researchers and people contributing to the preservation of natural resources.
  • Preparations of a register of local knowledge and local plant diversities.
  • Generating awareness about preservation of local species and local biodiversity
  • Promoting low cost, less expensive and organic farming technologies.

How To Reach

Mahendragarh is nearer to Delhi, you can reach the place from Delhi by Local buses (Haryana Roadways) or private taxi or train via Rewari.

For further information please contact Mr. Ramesh B Patel (Mobile: 9825061139) or send an email to shodhyatra@sristi.org

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