37th Shodh Yatra – Ayee (Maharashtra) to Colamb (Goa)


37thShodhYatra–Ayee(Maharashtra) to Colamb(Goa) from 11thto 17th May, 2016

The 37thShodhYatra will be organised from Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra to South Goa District of Goa from 11thto 17th May, 2016.

The walk will begin from Ayee, located in the Dodamarg Taluka of Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra and will end in Colamb located in Town Quepem in South Goa district of Goa. The entire walk is expected to cover 120kms approximately.

Those who wish to participate in the ShodhYatra, are requested to register with SRISTI (email: shodhyatra@sristi.org) as soon as possible, and no later than 15th April 2016.

All those people who are willing to join the ShodhYatra are requested to reach Ayee on 11th May 2016 latest by evening. This ShodhYatra will be ending on 17th May 2016 afternoon.

How to reach:

Nearest Railway Station from Ayee(Starting point):Thivim(Rajdhani does not stop here)

Nearest Railway Station from Colamb (Ending point):Madgaon

Nearest Airport: Vasco da Gama

As several arrangements will be made for this ShodhYatra during the next month, it is very important that you keep yourself updated by regularly monitoring our website: www.sristi.org

Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), a voluntary organisation located in Ahmedabad, India, organises ShodhYatra, a journey for the 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 the 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.

ShodhYatras are held in rural areas of different geographical locations in India twice a year, with support from the Honey Bee Network. The aim of this ShodhYatra is to felicitate local grassroots innovators, traditional knowledge holders, students with innovative ideas and people with a significant contribution to society in conserving bio‐diversity, etc. at their door steps and 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 walk about 120 kms over a period of six to eight days, to convey the message of the network. Biodiversity and idea competitions are organised among children, while recipe contests are organised among women in some of the villages (particularly with a focus on food formulations in which at least one less known or forgotten plant produce has been used).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 food formulation competitions, biodiversity competitions to promote local biodiversity conservation and generating 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
  • Preparing 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



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