Vidya Ashram at Sarnath, Varanasi is
looking for interns, young men and women, who want to situate
themselves in a social intervention and critical thinking niche for a
short period of time. To know more about Vidya Ashram please visit
our website www.vidyaashram.org and/or the blogs-
lokavidyajanandolan.blogspot.com and lokavidyapanchayat.blogspot.com
In brief we are both a place and a
network for social intervention through an intervention in the world
We work among peasants to organize
them, not for development, but against the oppressive and
dispossessing policies of the government, be it displacement, low
prices of agricultural produce or the very uneven distribution of
We work among artisans and with
their organizations to spread and explain the idea that not only
their labor is underpaid but their knowledge remains unpaid too.
Our thinking revolves around the
idea that peasants, artisans, women, adivasis and small retailers
are knowledgeable people. Their knowledge is called lokavidya
and that lokavidya must emerge as the greatest source of
strength of the people to bring about a radical transformation of
We believe that in this
Information Age the paths of social change traverse through the
world of knowledge, in particular the world of people’s knowledge,
lokavidya. Lokavidya is the basis of a world outlook which is
totally different from what is cultivated by modern education.
We carry out local, national and
international dialogue, both online and through actual conferences
and meetings. In November 2011 we are planning an international
conference on Lokavidya Jan Andolan to be held at Vidya
Ashram in Sarnath, Varanasi.
We are engaged in production and
publication of literature relating to lokavidya. This
includes mainly booklets and a periodical.
We are a network of social
activists and professionals spread through out India, some being
At Varanasi we are about 15
persons, some of us live in the Ashram.
The Ashram is financed by
individual friendly contributions.
22 June, 2011