Thirty seven students of the graduate program of studies (B.Th) of Vidyajyoti Institute of Religious studies, Delhi attended a week long exercise on eco-theology 18-22 Feb 2013.
Theology in India means an investigation into one’s faith, mimansa broadly, to seek answers to many contemporary questions of our times. Robert Athikal S.J, from Tarumitra animated the workshop.
The broad context of the workshop has been the basic idea that Asians generally are religious in their upbringing and life. Tarumitra’s attempt has been to connect effectively the conservation of the planet to one’s Faith.
Both World Wide Fund (WWF) and United Nations have been attempting to high light the connections between Faith and Conservation in the past. Many have commented positively on their attempt.
Vidyajyoti College is situated in the proximity of the University of Delhi
Patna. 14 Jan: Over a hundred students, their parents and teachers assembled at Tarumitra Bio-reserve in Digha to celebrate the vanishing rice-varieties on the rice festival of Makar Sankranti.
Educationist, Fr. Tom Karthanam lit the traditional lamp to initiate the celebrations along with the Director of May Flower, Dr. Jairam Sharma and Ms Karishma Das from Don Bosco Academy. Speaking on the occasion Karishma of class 9 said that most of the traditional rice churas “flattened rice” has disappeared from the market entirely. “Hardly can we collect more than three to four varieties of flattened rice” said she.
Patna. 22 Dec: Hundreds of students from St. Joseph’s, May Flower, Don Bosco, J.N Public and A.N College gathered together at the Tarumitra Farm to watch the Secretary of the Deptt. Urban Development Dr. S. Sidharth showering flowers of blessing on their Organic ranch.
Tarumitra students have been busy with the Organic Farming right from the Monsoon earlier this year.
All the three varieties of rice they planted were reported to be on the verge of extinction. Students from KR High School, Bettiah under the leadership of Sadrey Alam collected the seeds of Mirchaiya and brought them as a gift to Tarumitra at the end of the last summer camp. Four Interns from A.N College helped out to plant the rice-seedlings following the SRI (System of Rice Intensification) way. An average of 250 grains per ear is considered a very good yield in the first year of the organic cultivation.
The Mirchaiya rice has become the talk of the visitors here since the yield has been very good.
The students from different schools took turns to harvest the rice. The last batch of harvesting would be done by 27 November Mount Carmel girls.
Hartman Girls engaged in Mirchaiya Rice Harvesting
Patna. 30 April: Four students from the Honduran University of Zamorano just completed a four month long Internship at Tarumitra today. Hazel Guadalupe Valasco Palacios (El Salvador), Paulina Leticia Camacho Ruiz (Mexico), Andrea Lucrecia Gongora Fión (Guatemala) and Samuel Oblitas Vega (Bolivia) spent a fruitful time working with the Tarumitra teams across the whole country.
Paulina, Samuel, Hazel and Andrea in front of the Tajmahal
XIM (Jabalpur) plans to Save Electricity in the campus
Jabalpur 1-2 Dec: 150 Postgraduate Management students of Xavier Institute of Management Jabalpur (XIMJ) spent two days on the Ecological Dimensions of Management. Led by the Director Fr. Ranjit Tigga S.J, along with the head of the Ecological department, Fr. Sebastian Lakra SJ, and a core-group of students they organized the Seminar on Ecology in the newly added Loyola Hall in the roomy campus.