When in Chennai, I had quite a lot of time to learn by way of the day by day newspapers and discover out what the native folks of Tamil Nadu had been doing to contribute in direction of Mother Nature. One article that caught in my thoughts was “Reap, Sow and Barter for your classes!”

Well, this isn’t something near Lagaan! Read to know exactly what it was.

Want to attend teaching courses for aggressive exams, however can’t afford it? Worry not! A Gunasekaran lets you pay them with farm produce or tutoring children. Yes. It is about this man – A Gunasekaran.

The article by Damini Goel unfolds like this –

As we drive amidst the inexperienced farmlands of Vellianalore village in Cheyyar Taluk, we witness the unparalleled richness of nature – lush timber, assorted wildlife, and every thing bathed in inexperienced.  As we drive previous the Cheyyar Bus Depot to the place Sabarmathi Gurukulam is positioned, I observe two giant hoardings proudly displaying an image of G Nammalvar, a Tamil surroundings activist and natural farming skilled. The Gurukulam is constructed with mud constructions and thatched roofs and is unfold throughout one acre of land. But with the variety of colleges in rural areas on the rise, what makes this one so particular?

Sabarmathi follows the traditional gurukul system of educating. One can select to pay with both cash or with something they possess, in trade for schooling – very similar to the barter system. The gurukulam gives teaching for numerous aggressive exams – UPSC, Banking, TNPSC, and NEET. Started in April 2017 by A Gunasekaran, with an intention to make sure that schooling doesn’t develop into a burden on the poor, Sabarmathi doesn’t train college students at no cost, neither does it comply with a set norm for charge fee. “There is always a high demand for government jobs and due to increased unemployment, there is a massive competition for these jobs. This demand has made preparing for competitive exams very costly for aspirants from poorer families, it has become a burden to afford coaching as they have to pay somewhere around Rs.1-1.25 lacs. That’s when the idea of Sabarmathi Gurukulam developed, ” says  A Gunasekaran, who can be a visitor school at Shankar IAS Academy, Anna Nagar.

G Nammalvar - A social worker at heart

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A social employee at coronary heart:

It all began again in 2002 when Gunasekaran was finding out on the authorities engineering school in Erode. He and his associates had raised funds to help an old-age residence and so they did so by accumulating Rs.10 from every pupil within the hostel, elevating a complete of Rs.15000. They additionally reached out to the alumni, requesting them to donate. By the top, they had been capable of increase Rs.50000, which was past their expectations. With the cash they raised, the previous age properties founder was capable of purchase some land on the outskirts of Erode.

In 2003, Gunasekaran and the crew shaped a Students Welfare Foundation with tha tagline ‘For the students, to the students and by the students’. After graduating, Gunasekaran and a gaggle of about 100 alumni established the Smile Welfare Foundation in 2004, with an intention to assist extra college students. The group is now working 5 tasks beneath the muse.

The want for Sabarmathi:

Moved by the thought that there aren’t any teaching middle in villages, Gunasekaran wished to begin one thing within the distant areas the place folks can get entry to schooling. Through Sabarmathi Gurukulam, Gunasekaran and his crew of three, assist college students of their topics, conduct mock checks, and supply tricks to rating higher. While the scholars can select to pay in keeping with their monetary background (which they confer with as Gurudakshina – no matter they’ll afford) the hostel inmates are required to pay Rs.2000/month in direction of accomodation and meals bills. However, this quantity may be paid in one among 3 methods –

  1. In money
  2. By doing natural farming for two hours day by day
  3. Or by educating college students in close by villages

The total energy of scholars in Sabramathi is 80, out of which 50 are hostel inmates and 30, day students. The cash fee system is the least most well-liked possibility among the many college students. “Students can visit nearby villages and conduct tuitions for government school students. As the school curriculum forms a majority of the competitive exams syllabus, this will not only help these children, but also the Gurukulam students. In return, the Smile Foundation covers their hostel accomodation, which accounts for Rs.1500 / month. The motive here is to educate as many rural children as possible and improve the quality of education in government schools,” he says, including “Sabarmathi Gurukulam addresses brain drain, agricultural decline and unemployment.”

organic farming scientist G. Nammalvar

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But why natural farming:

Gunasekaran feels that merely teaching college students in exams is not going to make them employable, because the success fee in these exams is kind of much less as a result of background of the scholars, who’ve research in authorities colleges and faculties. It was then that he received the thought of introducing college students to natural farming and likewise make them employable. The income generated by their farming actions goes in direction of their meals and lodging bills. Currently, 25 college students are availing the choice of doing natural farming to pay for his or her bills. “Students find farming more interesting and relish it. This also promises an alternate career for those who do not land a job. The basic intention is to make them employable,” he says.

Apart from this, college students are additionally concerned in actions like making natural soaps and leaf-plates, and extracting groundnut oil, which is later offered within the cities. The income generated from these can be used within the Gurukulam. Currently, Gunasekaran is dependant on his family and friends to run the Gurukulam, however inside the subsequent 1 yr, he hopes to make it self-sustainable. And what’s subsequent on the playing cards? Gunasekaran plans to begin a Sabarmathi Gurukulam in each district masking practically 50 villages and reachout to as many college students as doable.

Read about what’s pure farming? How is it completely different from natural farming?

Highlights of Sabarmathi Gurukulam:

  • At Sabarmathi Gurukulam, college students will not be solely imparted with schooling, but additionally taught the values and significance of their Gurus.
  • The college students work within the farms each morning for two hours to pay for his or her meals and lodging bills.
  • As an avid follower of G Nammalvar, Gunasekaran was at all times desirous about natural farming and wished to take it ahead by way of his college students.
  • On March, Sabarmathi Gurukulam performed a silent rally in Bengaluru to increase their help to sentence the mass killing of individuals in Syria, particularly youngsters.
  • Gunasekaran spent Rs.1.25 lac to construct the library the place college students can entry examine materials for numerous aggressive exams.
  • In their free time, the Gurukulam college students play the Parai – one of many oldest drums in Tamil tradition.
  • Smile Welfare Foundation is a non-profit group that works for the upliftment of underprivileged youngsters from all backgrounds.
  • 15 L the price of constructing the Gurukulam.
  • The natural farming space is unfold throughout 5 acres.
Tree plantation function by smile foundation people

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I couldn’t conclude if I ought to name him a superhero who works for the betterment of disadvantaged society or name him a Messiah of the scholars who want to excel in life.

Read extra about Sabarmathi Gurukulam right here.

Reference: The New Indian Express, Monday, March 19, 2018

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