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2019

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Visiting Faculty

Our Visiting Faculty group has generously supported us, gifted us their articles for the Bhoomi magazine and donated their time and energy to Bhoomi Students by offering sessions and anchoring discussions at Bhoomi College.

As leading thinkers and pioneers in their work, they have inspired and encouraged us and helped us create a vibrant learning space. We give below, brief outlines of the faculty members and their work:

Dr. Satish Kumar who, in 1962, walked 8,000 km from India to Europe and the US to campaign against nuclear weapons. A disciple of Vinobha Bhave, Dr Kumar is the driving force behind the famous Schumacher College, the guiding spirit behind many ecological, spiritual and educational ventures and the editor of Resurgence and Ecologist magazine. www.resurgence.org

Dr. Vandana Shiva, is one of India’s leading scientist-activists, a prolific thinker and writer on Sustainability and the founder-director of Navadanya and the Foundation for Research in Science, Technology and Ecology. Dr Shiva is a farsighted visionary who continues to champion the cause of organic agriculture and farmers in conferences and international forums. www.navdanya.org

Dr Madhu Suri Prakash, a professor of Education at the Pennsylvania State University and a recipient of the Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching. In addition to numerous articles in professional journals, Dr. Prakash has co-authored Escaping Education: Living as Learning within Grassroots Cultures. www.yesmagazine.org

Devinder Sharma, an award-winning journalist, writer and researcher on food and trade policy. He is the author of GATT and India: The Politics of Agriculture and other books.  Mr Sharma chairs the New Delhi-based Forum for Biotechnology and Food Security and has passionately fought the entry of genetically modified foods into India. www.devinder-sharma.blogspot.in

G. Gautama, Director, Pathashaala, an education centre of the Krishnamurthi Foundation of India (KFI). Under his guidance, several innovative programmes have been developed at KFI's The School. Gautama has over two decades' experience as an educationist and is known for his radical and humanistic views on education. www.pathashaala.tcec-kfi.org

Dr. Ashish Kothari, who is a founder-member of Kalpavriksh, a 30-year-old environmental research and action group and founder & core group member of Vikalp Sangam. A member of the Expert Group on the Biodiversity Act, the Environmental Appraisal Committee for River Valley Projects and other strategic bodies. He is also the co-author of Churning the Earth: The Making of Global India. www.kalpavriksh.org

Helena Norberg-Hodge, the founder-director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture ( ISEC), author of the best selling Ancient Futures: Learning  from Ladakh and a recipient of the Right Livelihood award  and the 2012 Goi Peace  award. She is a pioneer of the worldwide localization movement. www.localfutures.org

Aseem Shrivastava is an environmental economist, activist, and a writer. He is also the co-author of Churning the Earth: The Making of Global India. He has taught economics for many years in India and the US and writes extensively on issues associated with globalization.

Philip Frances is a Schumacher College faculty member and teaches complexity for the MSc in Holistic Science course. Philip edits the Holistic Science Journal and is the convener of a successful inquiry forum called Process and Pilgrimage.  He is also the author of Time, Light and the Dice of Creation: Through Paradox in Physics to a New Order.

Minni Jain is the operations, director of the ‘FLOW’ Partnership which has revived 7 rivers through community action in arid areas of Rajasthan, India. Minni is an editor of the Holistic Science Journal an also helps co-ordinate a series of workshops called Process and Pilgrimage which explore the relation between Science and Spirit through dialogues on knowing, knowledge and experience. 

Narsanna Koppula is a permaculture pioneer whose environmental-humanitarian work has been empowering rural communities for the past two and a half decades. He is also the founder of Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, an environmental and developmental organization aiming to provide alternative solutions to the present conventional and chemical agricultural practices.  

Madhu Reddy is a Hyderabad based organic farmer and a Bhoomi College graduate working full time at her family farm, Aiyor Bai. At the farm she wishes to co-create a community that cares for not just food, but also the Earth and organic living through farmers markets and workshops. She also manages to integrate her love for photography in her activities and organize permaculture workshops for farmers and others.

Sonam Wangchuk founded the Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL) in 1988 together with a group of Ladakhi youth to re-engage Ladakhi students and help them complete their education. By introducing educational reforms in government-run schools, Sonam Wangchuk has been encouraging communities to reinforce the cultural identity of minority ethnic groups that live along the northern border of India.

R Sridhar is the Programme Director at Thanal and focuses on Campaigns, Policy and Advocacy. His experience is in working on issues related to industrialization, industrial pollution, waste, pesticides and impacts. He is also Convener of a movement in India called the Coalition for GM-Free India, which is striving towards keeping India free of GM crops and food, as well as advocating towards sustainable agriculture.

S. Vishwanath studied Urban Environmental management at the Institute for Housing Studies, Rotterdam. Having worked for the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd. for 14 years, he now runs an NGO called the Biome Environmental Trust, which seeks to provide better water and sanitation facilities to government schools.

Shubha Ramachandran is a Water Sustainability Consultant at BIOME Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd. She explores the balance between storing harvested rainwater and using it to recharge groundwater.

Bhargavi Rao leads Research and Educational projects at Environmental Support Group (ESG) with a focus on enhancing awareness and critical engagement in social and environmental justice issues. Her interests include Environmental Education, Biodiversity, Governance, Gender Issues, Law, Public Policy and Urban and Community studies. 

Sheeba Sen is founder and CEO at Alaap, an organization working in Kumaon to bring back the native forests of the Himalayas through innovative community driven models. She’s studied Law at Oxford University and International Relations at LSE before working for Aarohi as an Executive Head.

Abhishek Thakore co-founded The Blue Ribbon Movement, an organization in Mumbai that is harnessing the power of collective action through an evolving ecosystem of projects aimed at personal growth and social transformation. He is the author of 3 books and has been involved with organizations like India Against Corruption, Center for Civil Society, and Rotaract Movement in different capacities. 

P. Srinivas Vasu Populary called Soil Vasu, he has dedicated his life to campaign for and promote the idea of Living Soils. He has worked for over a decade with ICRA (Institute for Cultural Research and Action) and has conducted many studies for them and for Green Peace, ASHA and OFAI. In collaboration with Bhoomi he has taken up a project to support about 100 women in Chintamani district to convert to organic farming.

Nitin Das is an alumunus of IIM Lucknow (2000). He worked in the corporate sector for 5 years and his last assignment was with India Today as a Brand Manager. He has done a filmmaking course from New York and has an interesting repertoire of films to his credit. Nitin is an Asia Society Fellow, being one amongst 21 people chosen across Asia each year. He has also won a special award by the British Council for creative entrepreneurship in the social sector. He is one of the leading voices in India for promoting the Japanese concept of Shinrin-yoku / Nature Meditations.

For Mahesh Anna, as he is fondly called, his farm is a sacred space – the source of all his inspiration and learning. Living in harmony with nature has become a way of life. He is an example and inspiration of how every life situation is in fact an opportunity to learn and evolve. His learning and knowledge are experiences that he likes to freely share with others. Mahesh is also a prominent member of the Zero Budget Natural Farmers (ZBFN) group. He conducts regular workshops for school students, IT professionals, farmers and just about anyone interested in adopting a more holistic approach of growing and consuming food.