Historic and serene Chitrakoot, once the tapobhoomi of Lord Ram, was selected by Nanaji as his karmabhoomi in 1991. It was the challenging summation of the experiments conducted, and the experiences gained through DRI’s earlier yagyas in Gonda and Beed.
Deendayal Research Institute has established a host of institutions and centres to give inputs to the villagers for their success in the self-reliance campaign. These include:
1. Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Majhgawan (M.P.) – a 63 acre model farm that reaches out to farmers in the villages of the self-reliance campaign situated in Madhya Pradesh helping them to increase both farm and non-farm income through watershed management, improved sustainable agricultural inputs both on-farm and farmer’s fields and training in various disciplines.
2. Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Ganivan (U.P.) – a 50 acre model farm set within a 150 acres DRI campus that reaches out to farmers in the villages of the self-reliance campaign situated in Uttar Pradesh helping them to increase both farm and non-farm income through improved sustainable agricultural inputs both on-farm and farmer’s fields and training in various disciplines.
3. Arogyadham – The Ayurveda & Naturopathy Campus at Chitrakoot is the key centre for maintaining good health among the villagers. Within the 53 acre campus is:
a). Out-patient Department with a modern diagnostic equipment.
b). In-patient Department for 40 patients.
c). A Maternity & Pediatric Centre with operating theatres and a neo-natal pediatric wing.
d). A Yoga & Meditation Centre.
e). A fully equipped Naturopathy Centre.
f). An Ayurvedic Research Centre for Ayurvedic Herbs and Preparations.
g). A modern Dental Unit.
h). An Ayurvedic Research Library.
i). A Herbal Garden.
j). A Ayurvedic Doctor Outreach programme.
k). A Herbal Remedies Kit (Dadi Ma Ka Batua) for treating common ailments.
4. Udaymita Vidyapeeth – A production-cum-training Centre that consists of a complex of over 19 industrial sheds, 4 hostels and an administrative block to impart training to villagers in various skills to earn. The Centre is actively involved in the self-reliance programmes and has innovated vertically integrated Self-Help Groups and the concept of one village-one product.
5. Surrendra Paul Gramodaya Vidyalaya – A comprehensive primary, secondary and high school situated in Chitrakoot that serves 1,000 students from in and around Chitrakoot.
5. Ramnath Ashramshala – A residential co-educational school for 200 tribal children located in Chitrakoot.
7. Parmanad Ashram Paddhati Vidyalaya – A residential co-educational school for 125 scheduled caste children located in Ganivan.
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8. Krishna Devi Banwasi Balika Awasiya Vidyalaya – A residential girls school for 50 girls from tribal families.
9. Gurukul – A unique experiment that houses 80 children with retired couples in groups of 10 children that inculcates values in the children and helps them to study and grow in an inspiring atmosphere.
10. Chitrakoot Ras Shala – The in-house Ayurvedic pharmacy that caters to the medicinal needs of Arogyadham as also markets 35 Ayurvedic preparations.
11. Govansh Vikas Avam Anusadhan Kendra – The Gaushala in Chitrakoot in engaged in maintaining pure Indian breeds; research in cross breeding of Indian cows; as also an A.I. programme for improving the livestock yield and bullock performance in the villages in the self-reliance programme.
12. Resource Centre – Controls the inputs of the Samaj Shilpi Dampati – the ‘graduate’ couples that live in the village and serve as the catalyst of change in the self-reliance campaign. They are the nodal point through which all interventions of DRI flow to the villagers in the self-reliance campaign.
13. Educational Resource Centre – Innovates new educational aids for schools and adult literacy. Is currently starting a TCS developed Computer Based Functional Literacy (CBFL) programme in the 80 villages.
14. Ramnath Goenka Smarak – A public bathing ghat for the people of Chitrakoot on the banks of the holy Mandakini river with separate enclosures for men and women.
15. Ram Darshan – A unique museum to inculcate the social values and ethics embodied in the concept of Ram Rajya, using paintings, bas-reliefs and dioramas to depict socially relevant scenes from Lord Rama’s life.