Mr. Perumal Vivekanandan

  • 2015
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development

Born: June 1, 1956

Mr. P. Vivekanandan, a post graduate in agriculture, quit his job to join the NGO movement in 1987. He focuses on promoting simple technologies developed by grassroots innovators and bringing them to the forefront, while preventing erosion of traditional knowledge and resources; as he believes that practices and solutions are locally appropriate and feasible when they are based on indigenous knowledge.

Mr. Vivekanandan set us Sustainable-agriculture and Environmental Voluntary Action (SEVA) in 1992, to institutionalize his work. He has reached to the rural, tribal, marginal, nomadic pastoral communities. While emphasizing on the preservation of indigenous agricultural practices, Mr. Vivekanandan and SEVA broadly focus and classify the work into two areas viz.

  • Development activities towards conservation of local livestock breeds and natural resource management
  • Documentation and dissemination of indigenous knowledge and grassroots innovations