SAIIER 2016:Aranya

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Aranya is service unit aiming to spread awareness for teenagers, school kids, teachers, local bodies and NGOs about natural and cultural perspectives, ecology and environment.

Aranya started as a soil reclamation project on 100 acres of land, funded by the International Development Research Centre. After this initial work the Aranya community came into existence. Aranya Forest has been taking up various activities to explore nature and forests with school students.

Visitors to Aranya

The following groups visited Aranya this year:

Date Name of the school / college Programme No. of Students
03.04.15 Mohanam Cultural Centre, Sanjeevi Nagar, Puduvai Awareness 55
10.04.15 Udavi School, Auroville Awareness 55
26.04.15 AV Green Center "Sunday Walk - Farms & Forests" Awareness 38
27.04.15 TLC, Auroville Awareness 22
01.05.15 Govt. Publicity Officer Awareness 15
02-05.15 - 04.05.15 Nature Camp Awareness & Camp 30
08.05.15 College students 10
21.05.15 Summer Camp Workshop & Camp 100
22.05.15 Ilaignarkal Education Center Awareness & Camp 35
18.06.15 Venkateshwara Engineering College Awareness 18
25.07.15 South India Tree Planters Meet Workshop 180
25.07.15 C Kandaswami Naidu College for Women, Cuddalor Awareness 78
06.08.15 Govt. Girls Middle School, Thilaspet, Pondicherry Awareness 61
08.08.15 Thattanchavadi, Puducherry NEC Camp Awareness 148
12.08.15 Indira Gandhi Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Indira Nagar Awareness 51
13.08.15 Govt. Hr. Sec School, Pillaiyarkuppam Awareness 66
22.08.15 Arsha Vidya Mandir School, Chennai Awareness 48
23.08.15 Venkateshwara Engineering College Awareness 18
25.08.15 Nalavar Nedunchezhian Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Lawspet, Puduchery Awareness 55
27.08.15 Jeevanadam Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Mudaliarpet Awareness 72
29.08.15 Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Thirupovanai Awareness 850
30.08.15 Siddha Medicinal Workshop cum Training for Woman One-day training 270
31.08.15 Tamil Nadu Forest Dept. officers Training 48
01.09.15 Sri Aravindar Hr. Sec. School, Muthialpet, Pondicherry Awareness 56
09.09.15 Marudam Farm School, Tirvannamalai Awareness 40
12.09.15 Rotary Club, Chennai Awareness 28
12.09.15 - 13.09.15 Udavi School, Auroville Awareness 25
13.09.15 - 17.09.15 The KFI School, Chennai Awareness & Camp 18
19.09.15 Auroville school students one day camp Awareness & Camp 35
20.09.15 College students from Achariya Awareness 15
23.09.15 Indira Gandhi Collage of Arts & Sciences, Kathirkammam Awareness 54
26.09.15 Amma Sevai Maiyam Lawspet Awareness & Camp 48
27.09.15 College students Awareness 19
09.10.15 C Kandaswami Naidu Womens' College Botany Dept., Cuddalore Awareness 71
18.10.15 Rotary Club, Puduvai Awareness 18
22.10.15 College students, Madhakadipet Awareness 20
24.10.15 College students Awareness 18
27.10.15 Pondicherry University Dept. of CPEE Awareness 46
05.12.15 Govt. Sec. School, Gadhinagar, Puduvai Awareness 76
07.11.15 School of Life Sciences, Dept. of Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Pondicherry University Awareness 56
17.11.15 Tagore Arts College students, Pondicherry Awareness 49
29.11.15 Primary school students, Puthurai and Manaveli villages Awareness 19
06.12.15 Thanthai Periyar Govt. Higher Sec. School, Ariyankuppam Awareness 48
19.12.15 Pondicherry Engineering College, Civil Dept. Awareness 47
10.12.15 Govt. Higher Sec. School, Dharmapuri, Pondicherry Awareness 23
24.12.15 Mother Theresa Post Graduate & Research Institute of Health Science, Gorimedu Awareness 89
01.01.15 Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Kandamagalam Awareness 106
06.01.16 Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Kandamagalam Awareness 250
09.01.16 Ariyur Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Puducherry Awareness 75
21.01.16 Inqua-HaBCom Workshop on Plant Communities in South Asia Awareness 53
24.01.15 Govt. Higher Sec. School, Ulavarkarai, Pondicherry Awareness 42
31.01.16 District Annette Rotary Council, Chennai Awareness 52
03.02.16 Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Thavalakuppam, Puducherry Awareness 68
14.02.16 Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Poornakuppam Awareness 35
23.02.16 Nalavar Nedunchezhian Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Lawspet, Puduchery Awareness 110
28.02.15 Vallalar G G H S School, Lawspet, Puducherry Awareness 40
03.03.16 Cluny Girls Hr. Sec. School, Lawspet Awareness 72
05.03.16 Blessed Mother Theresa Hr. Sec. School, Nainarmandapam, Puduvai Awareness 53
07.03.16 Christ College of Engineering and Technology, Pitchaiveerampet, Puduvai Awareness 76
08.03.16 Indira Gandhi College of Arts & Sciences, Kathirkaramam, Puducherry Awareness 51
12.03.16 College students Awareness 14
25.03.16 - 26.03.16 Deepanam School, Auroville Awareness & Camp 18
26.03.16 Manimegalai Govt. Girls Hr. Sec. School, Puduvai Awareness 62
29.03.16 NSS students, Achariya College Awareness 50


This year we took part in the following events:

  • June 3-6: Tree Planters Meet & World Environment Day meeting at Palakkad, Kerala
  • September 5-6: Visit to Gangavaram Forest
  • October 3: World Nature Day Camp at Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala
  • October 11: Low Carbon Development & Climate Change gathering
  • October 15: Dr. A P G Abdhulkalam Brithday Meet at Pondicherry University Dep of CPEE
  • January 1: Tree Planters Meet at Thirsur, Kerala
  • January 28-30: Tarumitra (Friends of Trees) Eco-Fest, Aadi, Attapady, Kerala

Camping/adventure zone

This year we continued working to establish a camping/adventure zone for the children from Auroville and surrounding villages, to promote the method of gaining knowledge and skills through experience. Its varied landscapes of forest, canyons and nearby lake provides a scenic atmosphere filled with birds, butterflies, snakes (venomous and non venomous) and animals ideal for the experiential learning activities proposed.


Our aim in this work is for visitors to gain knowledge in environmental conservation and apply it in daily life, so that this earth is protected by present and future generations. Each year more and more students participate in our camps.