Inaugaration of our new campus at Palmyra

Inaugaration of our new campus at Palmyra for training in metalwork

The long-standing vision of our principal, Mr. Lavkamad Chandra, became finally a


A modern workshop, new classrooms, a dining hall, bathrooms, a water tank, watchman

room, and a biological wastewater treatment plant – everything has been completed and is

now up and running.  What is left for us to do is some landscaping against flooding, and

completing some pathes and access roads as this work was delayed due to the heavy

monsoon last year.

Throughout the construction, we tried to involve our knowledgeable teachers, staff and

students as much as possible. Shiva Kumar, an alumnus of AIAT and now a highly

motivated and engaged teacher, was in charge for the whole electrification. He guided the

students of the Home Appliance course to install the time recording system and

surveillance cameras, tube lights, fans etc. and thus helped us to keep construction costs

at a minimum. Similarly, the set up of the computers, the software and the networking,was

done with students from our Computer Hardware trade together with their teachers Ravi

and Suba.

Over the last year, we have not only focused on completing the construction but also on

preparing our newly hired teachers. As such, in January and February of this year our

teachers for this new branch received additional training from Mr. Schrodt and Mr.

Rybarczyk from the Senior Expert Service (SES) in Germany. With his support, our

teachers had an opportunity to greatly improve their teaching skills, thus adding another

layer of quality to our training program.

We should also note that since August 2015, 28 students are already being trained as

welder and fitter within the MES (Modular Employable Skills) scheme.  This training lasts

one year which means that these students will already complete their course this summer.

During their training, they also worked on various projects where they already produced

simple products like steel frames for chairs, but also new tables for the welding section. or

mobile hardware training kits using steel leftovers from the construction. Some of this work

was done in collaboration with the Auroville Upcycling Studio led by Ok and Marc and

enabled our students to explore their creativity and design skills while turning waste into

valuable products.

We all felt very grateful, when finally, on this year's February 6th, in the presence of the

Consul General of Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Achim Fabig, the official inaugaration

took place.

The Thasildar of Vanur Taluk Mr. Kama Singh, the former Auroville Secretary IAS Mr. Bala

Baskar, Mr. Ashoke Chatterjee from Sri Aurobindo International Institute of Educational

Research (SAIIER) and many more resided beside him and we were able to personally

extend our sincere gratitude to all those who have so generously contributed to this


Our special thanks went to Dipl.-Ing. Helmut Ernst from VFAVR Germany without whose

driving force and commitment we would not have been able to complete this work. We like

to mention and thank Mr. Georg Stollenwerk who was not able to join us on this day for his

continuous and valuable assistance and advice.

We were also glad to express our special thanks to the architect Poonam, the constructor

Segar and his workers, who all have done a wonderful job to make this long held dream a


During the inauguration, Mr. Sentil Kumar the Regional (Director of Employment)

highlighted  “The importance of skill training today“ while Dr. Mohan Rao, principal of Dr.

Pauls Engeneering College, complimented Auroville for this outstanding vocational training

center in South India.

Mr. Senthil Kumar from GT-Electronic and Mr. Veeramani (Managing Employment

Director) particularly addressed our students in the audience, emphasizing the

extraordinary opportuniy they have with this institute and the education it provides.

Overall, around 200 visitors (students and teachers from surrounding High Schools and

members of AV working groups as well as other guests and well wishers) joined the

inaugaration which was highlighted by Gordon Korstange's (AVI USA) wonderfull Raga

flute recital, Hartmut van Lieres' piano recital as well as the music performance by Svaram

(done with work tools) and last but not lease a wonderful dance routine by our students

which very much expressed the joy we all felt on this day.

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