Tata-Dhan Academy: PDM


Programme in Development Management

Heritage 2012: In the Press

Here are a few articles from the Hindu and Times of India about the Heritage 2012 event. Pretty good coverage, even if they don’t all directly credit Tata-Dhan Academy:

If anyone comes across any others, please share the links!


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Heritage 2012: Video Overview

DHAN Foundation’s Centre for Development Communication was with us for both days of Heritage 2012, and were kind enough to quickly compile and share this seven-minute video overview of the events with us.


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A “Field Day” with Villagers

As part of the “Communication With Community” course, the PDM 12 batch had a “field day” with the Kezhamatayan villagers on Sunday evening, 31 July 2012. Prior to that, there was a rigorous two-day training in which activities ranged from tuning our vocal chords, to making puppets and staging a puppet play, to writing a script for a street play, to actually performing a street play!

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PDM 13 Inauguration: The Blooming of the White Flowers…

It is in the month of August that we celebrate, year after year, the “birth” of a new country called India. For Tata-Dhan Academy too, August is particularly important, as it is in its first week, a new batch takes “birth” every year. On the first of August, 2012, the new batch, PDM 13 was formally inaugurated.

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Marketing of Rural Products

The “Marketing of Rural Products” event at Heritage is a unique action-oriented event. The participants of this event were students from management, engineering, agriculture, and arts colleges in Madurai.

In the first phase of this event, the participnats went to Keelamattayan village and interacted with the villagers. They asked about their traditional products and the indigenous practices alive in their community. They also observed the village condition and tried to understand the problems the community faced.

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Sanskriti: Traditional Dress

Sanskriti is about how Indian culture is evolving according to who we are today. It is not just keeping traditions as they are, but changing ways of doing things while upholding strong eminence. India state costumes are unique to the religion and the culture of the particular state and vary to a great extent. Each state of India has their own traditional costumes and attires that are deeply rooted in the state’s history, religion, tradition, customs, and culture.

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Chitralekha: Drawing

The Chitralekha event started with a formal invitation by the villagers of Keelamattaiyan. The 14 participants observed the village closely, and took the opportunity to experience the tradition, culture, traditional games, folk dances, and traditional foods.

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Manthan: Debate

The Manthan team event was conducted at Yamuna hall at Tata-Dhan Academy on 11 August 2012. The event was conducted in three stages (preliminary, semi-final, and final). From the preliminary round, four teams were selected; for the semi-final round, the teams from TSM and TCE qualified. The panel of judges comprised Mr. Madhan Kumar, Mr. Rajan, and Mr. Poonu Swami (NIC).

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Medha: The Development Quiz

The development quiz was the first competition to be completed at Heritage 2012. The quiz focused on social and economic development issues. There were 10 participants from four colleges: Agriculture College and Research Institute, Madurai; Thiagarajar College of Engineering; Thiagarajar School of Management; and V. V. College.

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Heritage 2012: Inauguration

The inauguration function of Heritage started sharply at 10 AM and was anchored by TDA Faculty Mrs. Vijayabharati. On the stage were the chief guests Mr. Vasimalai, Dr. Venkataraman, Mr. Vedacharan, Mr. K. P. Bharthi, Mr. Ponnu Swami, and TDA Director, Mrs. A. Umarani. The function was started with a prayer from Somya, Smriti, and Shilpa, and readings by Vinay and Garima.

After the prayer Vinit delivered the welcome speech. Mrs. Vijyabharthi then invited the chief guests, participants and Anurag for lighting the lamp of knowledge.

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