Inclusive Rural Development: Preserving built environment and culture through participatory research

Britto Ponraj, A; Purushothaman, P (2017) Inclusive Rural Development: Preserving built environment and culture through participatory research. Working Paper. (Author's Version).

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Based on experience, we have developed a model for inclusive rural development. We have in addition taken cues from Peace Corps model and Auroville model in Tamilnadu-Pondicherry. We have identified major problems in Thanjavur as Kaveri river water and rain water have become very scanty and people have been migrating to other places leaving agriculture. Thanjavur district is famous for many ancient temples and was once major producer of rice and supplier of mason and crafts persons to construction industry. Now, they struggle for their very livelihood. Bamboo cultivation and bamboo houses were seen as a feasible solution through Periyar PURA, yet another model. There are so many successful models, but no one model stands out on top which can be replicated or scaled up or as suitable for all over the country. This requires more research; participatory research, drawing more resource persons, mobilizing and equipping local persons with knowledge, technology and management skills so that they can take care of their own and unique situations. This is possible only through education whether formal or informal, both Mahatma Gandhiji and Thanthai Periyar of Tamilnadu did work through educating the people at the bottom of the pyramid. We have also attempted with little success through Amithanallur Community College, trying to catering to every section of a community. Our experiments have shown epitomizing, simplified methods and spiraling showing good results. Now, through our model, we are approaching a section of rural population in preserving their own built environment and culture, further pivoting on sustainable over all development of rural infrastructure and natural environment. There is a possibility to simultaneously have a comparative study of our model through collaboration and cooperation as between Indian youth and youth from ASEAN.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Subjects: Rural Development > Rural Development (General)
Depositing User: Admin User
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2020 10:33
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2020 10:33

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