Sri Aurobindo Society (SAS) is registered under the Societies Registration Act with its main administrative office at Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry). The Society has been recognized by the Government of India as
SAS is doing innovative work in bringing change, empowerment, deeper values and excellence in various fields, including • education • village development • sustainable development and renewable energy • health • management • youth • women • Indian culture • travel • tourism • hospitality • media, films and television • animal welfare.
Sri Aurobindo Rural & Village Action & Movement (SARVAM) started its work as a catalyst and facilitator, motivating and helping the community to contribute and take responsibility for bringing about change in their own lives. The programme covers a wide range of activities, integrating all aspects of life such as physical and economic development which uses local material and technology; education in a holistic sense for all ages and groups; empowerment of women and harmonious relationships within the family; cultural and aesthetic development; a new approach to housing, technology, water and waste management, renewable energy, sanitation and hygiene, suited to local conditions, and a new model of local governance.
The two primary schools and one secondary school in the project area have shown marked improved academic performance during the last few years. The total number of students attending school in the project area is about 500 in each school. About 95% of the school-age children are at present attending school, and SARVAM coordinators are trying different methods to ensure that a 100% attendance is achieved for all levels, and no child drops out of schooling for financial or any other reason. Also it is the fourth consecutive year when the children under SARVAM programme appearing for Class X Boards scored a 100% pass result. Rupees 130,000 worth of scholarships were given away last year for those who scored above 80% and wished to pursue higher studies. These scholarships were very well received by the poor parents and children, and will go a long way in motivating children to study better in the coming years.
Rupees 130,000 worth of scholarships were given away last year for those who scored above 80% and wished to pursue higher studies.
Sanjeevan, an initiative by Sri Aurobindo Society in collaboration with Institute of Palliative Medicine (IPM), Kozhikode, Kerala, and HelpAge India, New Delhi, aims to practice an integral approach to end-of-life care in Puducherry, based on a spiritual foundation. This initiative aims to develop a comprehensive system of community-based care for the incurably ill, chronically bedridden, elderly and dying people in Puducherry, by taking care of their physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual needs.
SANJEEVAN has recently started the FOOD SUPPORT PROGRAMME for elderly patients and their spouses. The focus of the programme is to ensure regular food in addition to health care for the patients by supplying a monthly food kit, contains of rice, basic groceries and requisite medicines. The total number of patients directly benefiting from this programme started at 20 and the number is increasing each day, as new patients are being identified from more villages.
The focus of the Food Support Programme is to ensure regular food for the patients by supplying a monthly food kit, contains of rice, basic groceries and requisite medicines.
SAFIC has established a Samskrita Baalasahitya Parishad to evaluate, create and propagate children’s literature in Sanskrit. The members of this Parishad are dedicatedly working to bring out quality children’s literature in Sanskrit for different age groups. As there is a great dearth of children’s literature in Sanskrit currently, the Parishad has decided to take up various activities for encouraging poets, artists, story-tellers, creative writers to create quality children’s literature in Sanskrit. With this aim, SAFIC regularly organizes workshops and seminars for Sanskrit writers and educators, and also working to publish books and other reading material shortly.
As there is a great dearth of children’s literature in Sanskrit currently, the Samskrita Baalasahitya Parishad has decided to take up various activities for encouraging poets, artists, story-tellers, creative writers to create quality children’s literature in Sanskrit.
The Society’s youth wing AuroYouth has the dynamic ideal of preparing the youth to become the builders of a better tomorrow. It has, therefore, set the following objectives for itself:
Community Life Research Programme
Under COMMUNITY LIFE RESEARCH PROGRAMME, youths from all over the world are invited to stay at SAS for short periods of time, wherein they are encouraged to be part of a holistic and balanced lifestyle and prepare themselves for their chosen mode of life. They are helped to experiment, monitor and re-evaluate their outlook on issues that are relevant to themselves and the society.
Under Community Life Research Programme, youths from all over the world are encouraged to develop their logical and intuitive faculties, synthesizing the scientific and spiritual outlook on life.