Special Initiatives
a new consciousness, a new society, a new world

Our special initiative: Sanjeevan
Our special initiative: Rupantar (some of our team members)
Our special initiative: Arohan
Our special initiative: Puthiya Nambikkai

BLOGS & E-ZINES

Special Initiatives

‘Special Initiatives’ are our focused efforts which can help to create a new world where peace and unity will be the foundation, diversity and dynamism its way of action, and harmony and happiness the constant results.

INSTITUTE(s)

Sanjeevan
transcending pain, transforming lives
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; and to expand and support SACH (an initiative under our Health wing SAIIIHR) initiatives all over India and abroad. It is patient-centred, and not disease-focused.

Rupantar
transforming education, inspiring action

Rupantar aims to establish an education system that is based on deeper human values and empower children to be life-long learners and fulfilled, happy beings. Its approach is to harness the potential of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship to develop scalable, sustainable solutions focussing on refining the existing processes rather than creating altogether new systems.
For more details about this project, click here.

AROHAN
every child is special

In India there are about 2.90 million Children with Special Needs (CWSNs). But most of these differently abled children do not have equal access to health care, education and employment opportunities. We need to create an inclusive world in which we are able to live a life of health, comfort and dignity.

AROHAN is our collaborative initiative with SATYA Special School (Puducherry) and College of Education, University of Oregon (Eugene, USA), to provide care, cure, rehabilitation and specialized services to children who are differently abled and guarantee holistic development. It is working to create a model of excellence of education for children with special needs, including a rural outreach programme.

Puthiya Nambikkai  
a step towards new future

Puthiya Nambikkai (meaning ‘New Hope’ in Tamizh language) is a collaborative effort between Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry Police Department, and Satya Special School, towards a) Prisoners Reformation and Rehabilitation and b) Awareness of Police Personnel in Puducherry (Central Prison, Kalapet, Puducherry), based on a deeper spiritual approach. 
This initiative aims to be sustainable, scalable and replicable, and aspires to be a model of excellence and training centre for other prisons in India, and would bring together the best practices from India and the world. The programme also includes the prison staff and the spouses and children of the prisoners.

Pondicherry Institute (PI)
action tank for developing integral solutions

Pondicherry Institute is a not-for profit independent action tank which solicits and develops integral solutions to problems faced by humanity. The vision of the Institute is to push the boundaries of everyday problem solving and inculcate a mindset of creating high impact yet simple solutions based on non-linear thinking.

AuroJeeva
action in compassion

AuroJeeva, an initiative of Sri Aurobindo Society, tries to bring about a change in people's attitude towards animals in general and street dogs in particular. As of now, this initiative has been dissolved.

Activities

SPECIAL INITIATIVES
Our special initiatives strive to bring together people from various backgrounds and are willing to work together for the greater cause of building a better, more beautiful future for all. Besides promoting awareness of the work undertaken, there are various levels at which volunteers can participate in these initiatives. Do get in touch with us if you wish to be part of our special initiatives.

 

PAST EVENTS What's New

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Special Initiatives - Sri Aurobindo Society

Month-long Children’s Theatre Workshop in Rudrapur, Uttrakhand

From June 30 to July 4, 2017, Sri Aurobindo Society, Rudrapur, organized a month-long theatre education workshop for children. The workshop culminated in a play ‘The Biggest Gift’ performed by 35 children which was watched by around 600 people. The 90-minute play was held at the Jaycees Public School auditorium in Rudrapur.

View Info | Jun 3–Jul 4, 2017

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Special Initiatives - Palliative Care—SANJEEVAN

Workshops for Anganwadi Teachers

SANJEEVAN organizes workshops for the sensitization of the community and providing training in Palliative Care to many sections of the society including policymakers, community leaders, civil society organizations, general public. As a part of this programme, workshops for Anganwadi Teachers from different parts of Puducherry in the months of April and May 2017.

View Info | April 19 & 20; April 24 & 25; April 28; May 11, 2017

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Special Initiatives - Palliative Care—SANJEEVAN

SANJEEVAN Painting Workshop at Government School

SANJEEVAN (an initiative of Sri Aurobindo Society) offers palliative care to thousands of patients in and around Puducherry. On May 5, 8, 10 & 11, 2017, a painting workshop was conducted at a government school by the volunteers and coordinators of SANJEEVAN to raise awareness for this noble cause.

View Info | May 5, 8, 10 & 11, 2017

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Special Initiatives - Palliative Care—SANJEEVAN

Painting Workshops by SANJEEVAN

Various painting workshops was conducted for the volunteers and relatives of patients under the care of SANJEEVAN, on May 6 & 7; May 18 & 29, 2017; and May 20, 22 & 23, 2017, at villages Community Halls of Villages Vanakulam, Arachikuppam, and Athigapattu, Puducherry, as a part of the palliative care for terminally ill and chronically bed-ridden.

View Info | May 6 &7; May18 & 29, 2017; and May 20, 22 & 23, 2017

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Special Initiatives - Palliative Care—SANJEEVAN

Foundation Course for Nurses at Government Hospital, Puducherry

SANJEEVAN organized a 3-day Foundation Course for Nurses at Government Hospital, Puducherry, aimed to improve patient care through improved palliative nursing knowledge, skills and performance. From May 25 to 27, a group of 30 nurses participated in this course.

View Info | May 25–27, 2017

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Special Initiatives - Palliative Care—SANJEEVAN

SANJEEVAN Foundation Course for Doctors

SANJEEVAN (an initiative of Sri Aurobindo Society) offers training in palliative care to doctors, nurses and other medical staff. On April 20–22, 2017, a Foundation Course for the doctors, trainee doctors and faculty of Indira Gandhi Government General Hospital and Post Graduate Institute, Puducherry, was conducted.

View Info | April 20–22, 2017

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International Yoga Day at Central Prison, Kalapet, Puducherry

On June 21, 2017, International Yoga Day was celebrated at Central Prison, Kalapet in Puducherry. Yoga master, Mr. Neelakandan, conducted the yoga sessions, while the prison inmates demonstrated yoga asanas. Sri Aurobindo Society via its Prison Reformation Project – Puthiya Nambikkai – has been conducting regular yoga classes in the prison, which promotes healthy values in the inmates.

View Info | Jun 21, 2017

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Third International Yoga Day (June 21) Celebrations

On the occasion of International Yoga Day on 21 June, 2017, Sri Aurobindo Society organized a two-hour long session on yoga asanas in Pudhucherry, while the SAS Sultanpur branch hosted two programmes on June 20 and 21. More than 15 yoga enthusiasts participated in the Society House event in Puducherry, while more than 200 people attended the programme in Sultanpur.

View Info | Jun 21, 2017

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News from Various Events at Centres and Branches

Sri Aurobindo Society organizes a number of activities and events in its various branches and affiliated centres spread across India and abroad. In April 2017, our Sultanpur Branch in Uttar Pradesh commemorated the 9th Anniversary of the Enshrinement of Divine Relics at the branch.

View Info | April 2017

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Sourcing Our Oneness Event at Auroville

‘Sourcing Our Oneness’ is a series of programmes envisioned for those working for the realization and fulfilment of the aims and ideals of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother through various organizations. The fourth in this series was held at Unity Pavilion, Auroville, on February 19, 2017.

View Info | Feb 19, 2017

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NEWS FROM CENTRES AND BRANCHES

Sri Aurobindo Society has a large number of branches and affiliated centres in India and abroad engaged in a variety of activities. Talks, Youth Workshop, Drawing Competition, Workshop for Senior Citizens and Musical Invocation and Guided Meditation were some of the activities carried out by the Society’s Delhi and Gwalior branches in February 2017.

View Info | February 2017

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Special Initiatives - SANJEEVAN

SANJEEVAN Workshop ‘Students Initiative in Palliative Care’

SANJEEVAN (an initiative of Sri Aurobindo Society) offers palliative care training to school and college students. On January 28–29 and February 11, 2017, Parts I and II of Workshop ‘Students Initiative in Palliative Care’ (SIPC) for students of Saradha Gangadharan College, Puducherry, were conducted.

View Info | Jan 28–29, and Feb 11, 2017

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Special Initiatives - SANJEEVAN

Sessions for Basic Certification Course in Palliative Auxiliary Nursing (BCCPAN)

SANJEEVAN offers certified training courses for medical and paramedical professionals related to palliative care. One such specialized training initiated by SANJEEVAN is Basic Certification Course in Palliative Auxiliary Nursing (BCCPAN). On February 12, 2017, a session for nursing students pursuing BCCPAN on ‘Management of Bereavement’ was conducted.

View Info | Feb 12, 2017

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News from Various Events at Centres and Branches

Sri Aurobindo Society has several branches and affiliated centres in India and abroad engaged in a vast array of activities. Some of the programmes carried out through November–December 2016 include a Youth programme, workshop and Swadhaya Camp.

View Info | November – December 2016

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Generosity, Kindness and the Path to Social Transformation’ – Nipun Mehta

Nipun Mehta delivered an inspirational talk titled ‘Generosity, Kindness and the Path to Social Transformation’ at the Society House in Puducherry on December 22, 2016, which was organized by Sri Aurobindo Society. Nipun has lectured around the world to diverse audiences, from boardrooms to living rooms, from small elementary school classrooms to the halls of the United Nations.

View Info | Dec 22, 2016

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Sourcing Our Oneness Camp at Nainital

Under the title ‘Sourcing Our Oneness’, a series of programmes were conceived for those working for the realisation and fulfilment of the aims and ideals of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother through various organisations. The third in this series was held at Sri Aurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch at Nainital during October 2-8, 2016.

View Info | Oct 2–8, 2016

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News from Various Events at Centres and Branches

There are several branches and affiliated centres of Sri Aurobindo Society in India and abroad, which are engaged in a variety of activities. On November 27 & 28 November, 2016, Sri Aurobindo Society’s 22nd Annual State Conference of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states was held in Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh.

View Info | Nov 27–28, 2016

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News from Various Events at Centres and Branches

Sri Aurobindo Society has a large number of branches and affiliated centres in India and abroad engaged in a variety of activities. Talks and Readings were some of the activities carried out by the Society’s Noida branch in October, 2016.

View Info | October 2016

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Sessions for Trainees of Police Training School, Police Department

Sri Aurobindo Society conducted sessions for the trainees of the Police Training School, , Police Department, Government of Pondicherry, at their premises, on September 9 and 23, 2016. About 175 trainee students participated in the programme.

View Info | Sep 9 & 23, 2016

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News from Various Events at Centres and Branches

Sri Aurobindo Society has several branches and affiliated centres in India and abroad, engaged in a vast array of activities. Some of the activities carried out through August–September 2016 include flag-hoisting ceremony, talks and readings.

View Info | August–September 2016

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Eye Camp for Prison Police and Inmates at Central Prison, Puducherry

Puthiya Nambikkai—our Prison Reformation initiative in Puducherry—and Aravind Eye Hospital organized an eye camp on September 27, 2016, benefitting 56 Inmates and the Prison Police at Central Prison in Kalapet, Puducherry.

View Info | Sep 27, 2016

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Capacity Building Workshop and Panel Discussion on Corporate Social Responsibility

On September 21, 2016, Hand in Hand, a reputed not-for-profit social organization, invited Sri Aurobindo Society for a Capacity-Building Workshop and Panel Discussion on Corporate Social Responsibility. This workshop was held to celebrate the inauguration of the HIH Academy of Social Entrepreneurship.

View Info | Sep 21, 2016

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Yoga Demonstration on Independence Day at Central Prison, Puducherry

Yoga asanas were part of this year’s Independence Day celebrations demonstrated by the prisoners at Central Prison in Puducherry. Yoga Classes were started in July 2016 as a part of our rehabilitation efforts for the convicted inmates of this prison.

View Info | August 15, 2016

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News from Various Events at Centres and Branches

Sri Aurobindo Society has several branches and affiliated centres in India and abroad carrying out a variety of activities. Marking Sri Aurobindo’s birthday and Independence Day celebrations were some of the activities hosted by the Society through August, 2016.

View Info | August 2016

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News from Various Events at Centres and Branches

Sri Aurobindo Society has several branches and affiliated centres in India and abroad, engaged in a variety of activities. Children’s Theatre Workshop, Teacher’s Training Programme and Youth Enlightenment Programme were some of the events and activities carried out by the Society from May through July, 2016.

View Info | May–July 2016

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NEWS FROM CENTRES AND BRANCHES

There are several branches and affiliated centres of Sri Aurobindo Society in India and abroad, which are engaged in a variety of activities. Some of the events and activities carried out in June 2016 include activities to commemorate the International Yoga Day and various workshops in the light of the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

View Info | June 2016

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News from Various Events at Centres and Branches

There are several branches and affiliated centres of Sri Aurobindo Society in India and abroad, which are engaged in a variety of activities. Some of the events and activities carried out in May 2016 include Enshrinement of Holy Relics, music programmes, workshops and so on.

View Info | April-May 2016

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News from Various Events at Centres and Branches – February–March 2016

Sri Aurobindo Society has several branches and affiliated centres in India and abroad, engaged in a variety of activities. Some of the events and activities carried out in February–March 2016 include talks, conferences, camps, and so on.

View Info | February–March 2016

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News from Various Events at Centres and Branches

Sri Aurobindo Society has several branches and affiliated centres in India and abroad, engaged in a variety of activities. Some of the events and activities carried out in the months of December 2015 and January 2016 include talks, conferences, camps, and so on.

View Info | December2015–January 2016

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Internship Programme for students from The University of IOWA, USA

Sri Aurobindo Society collaborated with SATYA School, Puducherry, in conducting the India WINTERIM 2016 programme for the students of the University of Iowa, US. A group 35 students were in Puducherry for a period of 3 weeks from December 30 2015.

View Info | Dec 30, 2015

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Special Initiatives

News from Branches and Centres – October 2015

On October 24 and 25, 2015, Sri Aurobindo Society’s Annual Hindi Region conference which was attended by 454 representatives from Hindi-speaking states across India was conducted in Mathura.

View Info | Oct 24–25, 2015

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Special Initiatives - AROHAN

Music Workshop with students of Satya Special School, Puducherry

On 15 October, 2015, Dr Nigel Osborne and his compatriots—Ms Christine Bain, Ms Emmeline McCraken—held insightful discussions on various topics at Sri Aurobindo Society in Puducherry. This was followed with an intensive workshop on Music Therapy over the next few days (16 to 20 October) at Satya Special School, Puducherry.

View Info | Oct 16–20, 2015

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Dr Nigel Osborne’s interaction with Palliative Care patients

On 19 and 21 October, 2015, Dr Nigel Osborne, Ms Christine Bain, Ms Emmeline McCraken and Jonathan from Auroville conducted special music sessions for the elderly, chronically bed-ridden and terminally ill patients in Kuruvinatham and Pillayarkuppam villages in Puducherry. There were 17 and 23 participants from Kuruvinatham and Pillayarkuppam villages, respectively.

View Info | Oct 19 and 21, 2015

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Special Initiatives - SANJEEVAN

SANJEEVAN—Physiotherapy Training Workshop

A training workshop was conducted on physiotherapy and exercises for 22 caregivers and volunteers of SANJEEVAN. This special initiative aims to practice an integral approach to end-of-life care in Puducherry.

View Info | Sep 12, 2015

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Special Initiatives - Puthiya Nambikkai

International Yoga Day Celebration at Central Prison

A Yoga Training Session was organized (as a part of Prison Reformation Project—PUHTHIYA NAMBIKKAI) at Central Prison, Kalapet, Puducherry, to mark the International Yoga Day observed on June 21, 2015. Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, joined hands with Pondicherry Police to conduct this session for the convicted inmates in the Central Prison.

View Info | Jun 21, 2015

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Special Initiatives

Workshop to Streamline the Palliative Care Community Volunteer’s Training Program

A workshop was conducted to streamline the community volunteer training program in palliative care, on May 31, 2015, by SANJEEVAN, an initiative of Sri Aurobindo Society at its Society House in Puducherry.

View Info | May 31, 2015

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Special Initiatives

Painting Workshop by SANJEEVAN

A painting workshop was conducted by SANJEEVAN, an initiative of Sri Aurobindo Society, on February 10–12, 2015 at village Kuruvinatham, near Puducherry, as a part of the palliative care for terminally ill and chronically bed-ridden.

View Info | Feb 10–12, 2015

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Special Initiatives - Sri Aurobindo Society

SAS – Knowledge Partner of the International Conference organised by TISS

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India, organized a 4-day International Conference, titled Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development, from February 4 to 7, 2015, at their Mumbai campus. As knowledge partners, Sri Aurobindo Society (SAS) participated and made presentations at the conference.

View Info | Feb 4–7, 2015

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Special Initiatives - AuroJeeva

Ten Paws Project—An ABC Project of AuroJeeva

In January, Ibiza (Spain) came a bit closer to Pondicherry (India). As a first part of a two-phase project, animal birth control surgeries for ten dogs were sponsored by a Spanish NGO.

View Info | January 2014

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Special Initiatives

Animal Birth Control Drive (ABCD) of AuroJeeva

In the month of October, in a bid to control the ever-expanding population of stray dogs on the roads, making them victims of hit and run, cruelty and rampant diseases the AuroJeeva–IDA Project conducted its first Animal Birth Control Drive (ABCD).

View Info | October 2013


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