We, at Sri Aurobindo Society, have the pleasure of collaborating with many Indian and foreign organizations, institutions and individuals who have helped us to touch and improve thousands of lives, to create a beautiful future for all. We are proud that our relationships with some of these esteemed organizations and eminent personalities span over many years, even decades. The names of some of our Partners and Honorary Advisors are given below:
Some of Our Partner Organizations and Institutes
Aravind Eye Care Hospital is an ophthalmological hospital with several locations in India, founded in 1976. Aravind Eye Hospital is believed to be the largest provider of eye surgeries in the world, conducting nearly 7 percent of all eye surgeries, the majority of them being very cheap or free. To reach out to the rural Tamil Nadu, Aravind has established numerous primary eye-care facilities called ‘vision centres’. The ‘community eye clinics’ take care of the ophthalmic needs of semi-urban population. The model of Aravind Eye Care hospitals has been applauded all over the world and has become a subject for numerous case studies.
Bajaj Auto Limited is an Indian two-wheeler and three-wheeler manufacturing company. It is the world's third-largest manufacturer of motorcycles, the second-largest in India, and has operations in 50 countries. The company is committed for innovation, perfection, and continual improvement of safety features; safest-possible occupational health and environment performances; and value-based delivery of each vehicle that rolls out of its factories.
BCF is a non-profit organization, established for advocating responsible practices, accountability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) work with communities in India. The current activities of the organization include education for business Schools, public discourses on developmental priorities and work on disability, CSR training/workshops, fellowship studies, assessment, etc.
HelpAge India is a non-profit, nongovernmental, registered national-level voluntary organization. Since its foundation, it is working for the cause and care of disadvantaged older persons, in order to improve the quality of their lives. One of the founding members of HelpAge International, HelpAge India works in 23 states providing medical services, poverty alleviation and income generation schemes in urban and rural India.
IDA INDIA is a non-profit grassroots-level animal protection organization, which works for the rescue of abused animals, providing infrastructural facilities for alleviating the suffering of animals, lobbying for amendments to existing animal protection laws and secure legal recognition for animal rights nationally and internationally, promoting vegetarianism, promoting Animal Birth Control programmes and discouraging brutal extermination of stray animals.
IIPM is an education, training and research centre for palliative care. The institute trains health-care professionals in palliative care and related medical disciplines. Through its connection with Calicut Medical College and other clinics, the institute supports thousands of patients per week. The evolving palliative care system of IIPM tries to address the problems of the incurably ill, bedridden and dying patients irrespective of the diagnosis, age or social class.
JIPMER is an educational institute that imparts undergraduate and postgraduate medical training, a tertiary-care referral hospital, and an Institution of National Importance (an autonomous body), based at Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry), under the direct administration of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Undergraduate and postgraduate students from all over India as well as from countries and areas like Bhutan, West Indies, the Middle East, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, South Africa, North Africa and Sri Lanka study at JIPMER.
Litchi Knowledge Center is working to transform education through innovation and action. Litchi works with educators, thought leaders and institutions to help them improve the quality of education through innovative and yet practical solutions, focused on enhancing professionalism and capabilities of the educational set-up, ensuring better learning experiences, using technology to improve effectiveness and replicating world-wide best practices locally.
Mondelez India Foods Private Limited is a part of the Mondelēz International group of companies and is in the business of creating delicious moments of joy—by producing delectable chocolate confectionaries, gum and candy products, and popular beverages and foods that include many of India's most popular and trusted food brands. Mondelez work ethic, values systems and quality standards make them an employer of choice, ranked third among India’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune India in 2013.
Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust, formed in 1974, works together with Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) to bestow grants. The trusts seek to be a catalyst in development through giving grants to organizations in various areas, to undertake innovative and sustained initiatives with the potential to make a visible difference. The trusteeship principle governing the way the group functions casts the Tatas in a rather unique light: capitalistic by definition but socialistic by character.
PP is the law enforcement agency for the Union Territory of Puducherry in India. The PP comes under the direct control of the Department of Home Affairs, Government of Puducherry. The force is headed by the Director General of Police (DGP). The force has prisons in Kalapet, Yanam and Karaikal.
SATYA serves as an integrated centre for disability rehabilitation in Puducherry. Apart from providing free and quality education and rehabilitation services to the socioeconomically weak and the underprivileged, SATYA is working tirelessly towards making children with special needs (CWSNs) as independent as possible and alleviating the social stigma that affects these individuals and their families.
S-VYASA is a Centre of Advanced Research (CAR) in Yoga and Neurophysiology, accredited by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). S-VYASA is supported by one-of-its-kind Yoga Therapy Research Centre with a 250-bed inpatient treatment facility called ‘Arogyadhama’ run by VYASA. Over the years, S-VYASA has been substantiating scientific validation through Research into Yoga Research and Yoga Therapy.
TISS is a social sciences institute with its main campus based in Mumbai, India, recognized as a Deemed University by the University Grants Commission of India. TISS has earned recognition from the Government of India and various state governments, as well as international agencies such as the United Nations, and the nongovernment sector, both national and international. Over the years, the Institute has, among other thrust areas, made a significant contribution to policy, planning, action strategies and human resource development. It has done so in several areas, ranging from sustainable rural and urban development to education, health, communal harmony, human rights and industrial relations.
GRI, founded in 1956 and conferred deemed university status in 1976, to carry on Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Nai Talim’ system of education has developed academic, research and extension programmes in Rural Development, Rural Economics and Extension Education, Rural-Oriented Sciences, Cooperation, Development Administration, Rural Sociology, English and Communicative Studies, and, Tamil and Indian Languages. The Gandhigram Rural Institute is re-accredited with A Grade by NAAC.
ICSI is constituted under an Act of Parliament (the Company Secretaries Act, 1980) as the only recognized professional body for the regulation and development of the profession of company secretary in India. It awards the certificate of Company Secretary (CS) to a candidate qualifying for the membership of the Institute. The affairs of the ICSI are managed by a Council of the Central Government.
L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (L&T Infra Finance) is a subsidiary of the engineering and construction conglomerate Larsen & Toubro Limited. Incorporated in 2006, L&T Infra Finance is registered as a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) under the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Act 1934. It is classified as an Infrastructure Finance Company (IFC), and since 2011, as a Public Finance Institution (PFI) by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. L&T Infra Finance is managed by a team of experienced banking professionals, under the guidance of an eminent Board drawn from both L&T and the banking industry.
CARTHA (doer in Sanskrit) cultivates Collaborative Doers for Humanity (‘Carthans’) who bridge technological and social innovations to advance global good. Carthans are scientists, physicians, filmmakers, artists, writers, and public citizens in growing cross-sector networks of Collaborative Doers spanning 6 continents and 3 generations. CARTHA specializes in the design and launch of humanity-centered, intergenerational partnership models, curricular programs, and community dialogues.
With over 31,000 students, the UI is one of the top public research universities of US, a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899, an Association of American Universities member since 1909, and is considered a Public Ivy (Ivy League University). The University of Iowa is organized into 11 colleges offering more than 200 areas of study and seven professional degrees, with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, named one of ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ for the 25th year in a row. The university was the original developer of the Master of Fine Arts degree.
The UO is a public flagship research university, founded in 1876 and classified as having very high research activity, having 19 research centres and institutes. The UO offers 272 undergraduate and graduate degree programmes in a wide range of disciplines, organized into eight colleges (one of which is the oldest honours college in the US). The University faculty, researchers, and alumni include two Nobel Prize laureates, 13 Pulitzer Prize winners, 19 Rhodes scholars, 4 Marshall scholars, 58 Guggenheim fellows, and 129 Fulbright scholars.
The US Embassy in New Delhi is one of the largest US diplomatic missions in the world, a reflection of the importance the United States places on its relationship with India. The Embassy represents 17 US federal government agencies, from the US Department of State to the Federal Aviation Administration. The Embassy coordinates the activities of four consulates in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad.
Some of Our Honorary Advisors
Mr Amit Mukherjee has rich and varied experience in Investment Banking, having been a part of boards of several large Indian corporate houses and multinationals. He held the Managing Director position at Lazard India Limited and Ambit Corporate Finance. He serves as a Director of Godrej Properties Limited and has been an Independent & Non-Executive Director of Saksoft Limited since 2003. In addition, he is a Member of the Business Advisory Council at Dempo Group; Member of the Board of Directors of the Dystar Group; Director at Dasra; and Founder of Aquatar Securities Private Limited. Through Aquatar, he has been advising organizations in the social sector and mentoring young leaders and entrepreneurs.
Shri R. Bandyopadhyay former Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Government of India, has had an illustrious career in Indian Administrative Services (IAS). Before joining as Secretary, MCA, he served as Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises in the Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises, Government of India. He has also functioned in the Ministry of Telecommunications, Planning Commission, Ministry of Steel, and Ministry of Industry in Government of India at different levels.
Shri T. N. Chaturvedi is former Governor of the states of Karnataka & Kerala, retired Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer, and the Comptroller and Auditor General of India from 1984 to 1990. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1990. He was elected to the Executive Board of UNESCO in 2000. He is currently Chairman, Indian Institute of Public Administration; Chairman, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development; and Chairman, Society for Indian Ocean Studies. He has authored two books and edited many more.
Shri T. S. Krishnamurthy, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, started his career as an Indian Revenue Service officer. He served the government at various levels including as Secretary, Department of Company Affairs. He was the first Indian Revenue Service officer to become a Secretary to the Government of India, Election Commissioner, as well as the Chief Election Commissioner of India. He also served as an International Monetary Fund (IMF) advisor and was an observer to the elections in Zimbabwe and the US Presidential Elections in 2004.
Justice Ramesh Chandra Lahoti was the 35th Chief Justice of India, appointed to the Supreme Court from June 1, 2004 to November 1, 2005. In 1994, Justice Lahoti was transferred to the Delhi High Court, and was elevated to be Judge at Supreme Court in February 1998. As a Supreme Court judge, Justice Lahoti has rendered several landmark judgments, having had a profound effect on the country. He is considered an authority of Indian law, and has participated in several international conferences and seminars on law and justice representing Indian legal viewpoint.
Former Secretary Finance and Revenue, Government of India, joined the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) in 1975 and has public service experience in diverse fields such as Industrial Development, Public Enterprise, Energy, Defence and Finance. As Principal Secretary, Public Sector Enterprises and Principal Secretary, Power, Government of West Bengal, Shri Mitra was responsible for major restructuring and reforms in the state. He also pioneered the Exit Policy for public sector units (PSUs) in West Bengal in collaboration with DFID.
Shri P. Vijayan is the current Deputy Inspector General of Police (Intelligence), Government of Kerala. He also holds simultaneous charge of the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Battalions) overseeing all Police Battalions in Kerala, as well as official-in-charge of the Kerala Railway Police. He is best known as Initiator and Chief Architect of the nationally acclaimed ‘Student Police Cadet Project’, a youth development initiative that has caught the imagination of authorities all over the country. ‘NANMA’ and ‘Our Responsibility to Children’ (ORC) projects are other youth-focused and educationally oriented programmes that IPS Vijayan is actively involved with to mentor and develop youth from poorer sections of society into capable and successful citizens. He has been able to promote the cause of environmental protection and nature conservation through his ‘My Tree’ project and ‘Punyam Poonkavanam’ is another unique project he has initiated, aimed at cleaning up at the vicinity of holy temple shrine of Sabarimala.
Dr Shailendra Raj Mehta is the Provost/Vice-Chancellor at Ahmedabad University. He is also a professor of Business Policy at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He returned to India in 2006 to head the collaboration between Duke CE (Duke University's Corporate Education Arm) and IIM-A as regional managing director for India, West Asia and the Middle East. Subsequently, he was academic director of Duke CE and prior to that he was at Purdue University for 16 years, where he taught Economics and Strategic Management.
Professor G. Palanithurai, Dean, Students Welfare, at Gandhigram Rural Institute—Deemed University, Gandhigram, Dindigul district Tamil Nadu, India, is also an academic activist who additionally coordinates the activities of Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies in the Department of Political Science and Development Administration. He specializes in all the three aspects of higher education—namely teaching, research and outreach.
Professor Krishna Kumar has been the former Director of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), a professor at the Central Institute of Education in Delhi University, and an author and editor of numerous books in English, Hindi and Marathi in academic, non-fiction and fiction genres. He took over as director of the NCERT in September 2004 at a time when a lot of concern was being voiced about certain curricular trends. He not only brought in a fresh, child-centered perspective to the Council, but also initiated a series of reforms that sought to make learning more meaningful to children. National Curricular Framework (2005), one of the significant documents pertaining of elementary education in the past decade, was prepared under his leadership along with position papers on key issues on Indian Education.