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
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
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
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.