39th Shodhyatra in Odisha from 11th to 17th May, 2017

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, 2017. Participants should reach Bhubaneswar on 11th May 2017. More details of the exact starting and ending point will be intimated later.

Nearest Railway Station : Bhubaneswar

Nearest Airport: -Bhubaneswar

As several arrangements will be made for this Shodhyatra during this 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 developmental voluntary organization 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 who have made a significant contribution to society in conserving bio‐diversity, etc. at their door steps and in front of their community. The marching group of shodhyatris consists of scientists, innovators, villagers, students and professors who walk over a period of six to eight days, to convey the message of the Honey Bee Network. Biodiversity and idea competitions are organised among children, while Food Formulation 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:

1. Felicitation of local innovators and traditional knowledge holders

2. Organising traditional food formulation competitions, biodiversity competitions to promote local biodiversity conservation and generating awareness about the same

3. Knowing and understanding local issues and problems of villagers by conducting village meetings

4. Sharing open source information available with SRISTI which may be of use to the local people

5. Identification of centenarians, enterprising women and children, artisans, rural researchers and people contributing to the preservation of natural resources

6. Preparing of a register of local knowledge and local plant diversities

7. Generating awareness about preservation of local species and local biodiversity

8. Promoting low cost and sustainable agricultural technologies

Contact:

SRISTI

AES Boy's Hostel Campus,

Nr. Gujarat University Library and SBI Bank,

Navrangpura,

Ahmedabad-380 009

India

Tel: 079-27912792, 27913293, 7043461139

Email : shodhyatra@sristi.org