Punarchith (‘Re-Think’) is a collective that focuses on evolving alternative perspectives and activities related to education, environment, democracy, and society. It seeks pathways and perspectives that would lead to ideas and learning for an equitable and just society. Its foundational premise is to evolve and engage with ideas that are suitable for everyday life in rural India.

IMPACT OF THE C-19 LOCKDOWN

In many ways, the onset of the C-19 pandemic or the lockdown related unravelling of the worlds of the working class were not unexpected (a black swan) events or trends for us.

SEED CONSERVATION AND OUT-REACH

Recognizing the importance of seeds in general, especially local, land-race seeds, we have cultivated, gathered and conserved several varieties of vegetable, pulses, and oil seeds.

RESTORATIVE AGRICULTURE

This is to emphasise the importance of restoring soil health, moisture content, and seed conservation instead of merely practicing either chemical and commercial agriculture or attempting to engage in formula-based organic agriculture.

ANIKETANA (Children's Program)

The children’s programme consists of creative art and crafts, games, and learning activities conducted every Saturday morning for children (ages 5 to 12) from Nagavalli village.

INTEGRATED LEARNING PROGRAMME

Programme consists of a seven-month course (with contact periods of upto 10 days per month) and focuses on enabling youth to lead meaningful lives in rural areas.

LEARNING AND RESOURCE CENTRE

The centre has a small library and some learning and creative arts resources for children, youth and those interested in sustainable agriculture and resource management.

GRAAM SETHU or Village Bridge

The domains that they will engage in are: ecology and sustainable agriculture; active citizenship, social awareness on a range of issues, water conservation, home gardening, and waste management.

HONNERU (Rural producers’ collective)

HONNERU RURAL PRODUCERS’ COLLECTIVE is a revamped collective that now draws on the availability of local agricultural and horticultural produce and combines this with the knowledge and skills of local rural women and youth

ANGARIKE MAALA (Land Restoration)

The land is used for demonstrating both land restoration and agricultural practices to learners in the ILP course, farmers and interested persons. Plans are to further develop the land into an ‘agro-biodiversity conservation cum demonstration‘ site and to have out-reach programmes for both local and non-local persons.

RESEARCH AND OUT-REACH

Continuous research on themes and issues that are pertinent to rural India. To date the following research studies have been completed:

RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY ON CLIMATE EMERGENCY

Based on our observations on the state of natural resources and on the manifestations and impact of climate change in the region, we decided to undertake collation and analyses of data pertinent to the Chamarajanagar region

Punarchith

B.R.Hills Road,
Nagavalli Village
Chamarajanagar District-571342
Email: punarchith@gmail.com
Phones: 948360215; 8762842253