The State of Kerala, which is situated at the southern part of India has many successful stories and become a model state in many important aspects. We would like to share with you such an important experiment – the Swadeshi Movement, which has got wider acceptance and public attention among the people of Kerala.
Swadeshi is the concept coined by Mahatma Gandhi for the economic regeneration of the common people. The Swadeshi Movement in Kerala tries to regenerate the Swadeshi Spirit among the people of Kerala, especially among the school students and it has become a very successful experiment, which gives employment to more than 1,25,000 common people. The movement visualizes the production and distribution of all commodities of daily use by each and everybody. The movement is initiated by the Centre for Gandhian Studies of the University of Kerala when Dr.Jacob Pulickan was its Director and is coordinated by the Gandhi Centre for Rural Development (GCRD Swadeshi Trust).
The Swadeshi Movement is the direct outcome of the extension activities initiated by the Centre for Gandhian Studies of the University of Kerala under the dirctorship of Dr.Jacob Pulickan as an income generating programme. The first activity selected by the Centre was the Soap Making. It became very successful and this led to the starting of the training courses in Soap Products Making. Slowly these training courses became the best training programme in Kerala which necessitated the formation of a separate organisation for coordinating the Swadeshi training programmes, supply of raw materials and allied support items, starting of small production centres and door to door village level marketing network.
GCRD Swadeshi Centre
Bund Road, Marappalam, Pattom,
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala-695004, India
Mobile : 9447154338, 94959 54338. Ph: 0471-6582672