Gandhigram Rural Institute (GRI), founded by two dedicated disciples and contemporaries of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr.G.Ramachandran and Dr.T.S.Soundaram Ramachandran, has as its foundation Mahatma Gandhi’s revolutionary philosophy of Nai Talim, which effectively bridges the cognitive and practical dimensions, and focuses on the holistic development of learners, with an emphasis on skill development through value-based education, rooted in indigenous cultures and traditions. Since its establishment in 1956, GRI has been unstintingly contributing to higher education and has successfully pioneered rural higher education.
Along with Gandhiji’s Nai Talim, the ideals envisioned by Dr. Radhakrishnan Education Commission (1948-49), and in in National Council for Rural Higher Education headed by Dr. K. Shrimali, the then Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, and three other proven world models listed below contributed to the establishment of GRI in 1956, namely
• Folks Hoschkole system of Denmark by N.F. S. Gruntvig (1844) • Land-grant University system of USA (1862); and • Sriniketan Experiment of Shantiniketan by Tagore (1922) The Institute which is administered by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and fully funded through UGC, New Delhi has developed academic programs in rural development, rural economics and extension education, rural oriented sciences, co-operation, development administration, rural sociology, English, Tamil and Indian languages. The institute runs B.Tech. in civil engineering with focus on habitat development and M.Tech. in renewable energy.
The institute also offers B.Sc Agriculture program. Gandhigram Rural Institute is quite active on both campus and rural areas in the vicinity, benefitting and enriching one another. Besides, its contribution to teaching, from diploma, degree and all the way to post-doctorate levels, the Institute applies the learnings from both scientific and social research to solve contemporary rural problems. The curriculum is a combination of theoretical, practical and extension experiments.
The Institute has become home to many pioneering models of rural development programmes. The students and scholars who emerge from its portals tend to meet the personnel needs of rural development programmes under various governmental and non-governmental organizations. Main vision is to provide knowledge suppourtto rural sector to usher in a self reliant, self sufficient and self governied society. Fortified with these values, the Institute aspires to groom and prepare the student community for harnessing the promising opportunities of and for facing newer challenges of the 21st century. The activities detailed in this section exemplify the spirit mentioned above. These activities are unique to GRI and have the potential to be regarded as “Best Practices” of GRI.
The following is the list of scholars from Gandhigram Rural University who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences