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Programme in Development Management

An Interview with Dr G Paran Gowda


Dr G Paran Gowda visited the Tata-Dhan Academy to inaugurate the Programme in Development Management course for PDM 11. We had a chance to follow-up with him and ask him a few questions.


Tell us something about your present development and projects.

My present endeavor is to realize the Self through service to humanity. This requires a blend of spiritual and professional characteristics.

I have done research and development in the field of renewable energy, in particular on biogas, which enabled Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, to receive the Ashden Award. While there, I also explored appropriate technology in the field of housing and restoration of traditional water bodies. Now, I am working in the field of livelihood activities, promoting rural development projects through CAPART, DST, MNES and others, and above all invoking spiritual goodness among the people, organizations, and institutions to serve man in the spirit of Karma Yoga.

What are the basic qualities for budding development professionals?

The basic qualities of development professionals are the 3 Ps: purity, patience, and perseverance. Above all, however, is love. I have seen these qualities among the great people who have contributed for the well-being of humanity irrespective of different fields of work. Sri Vasimalai believes that 12 lakh villagers should one day stand on their own with the guidance and support from DHAN Foundation; in this direction he has already achieved his goal to a large extent. Now the question before you is, as a trainee development professional can you replicate him?

What is your message for the new generation?

Who am I to give anyone a message? So much has already been said by our great saints. I quote of Swami Vivekananda: “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life—think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”

You may be tempted by many offers in the field of development but you should not forget that your purpose is poverty alleviation. It requires great sense of determination and commitment to stand the test of temptation of money, family, and assets. You should use your intellect and knowledge for the well-being of humanity and not to justify your materialistic pursuits.

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