Professor Shripad A. Dabholkar — May was an Indian intellectual and activist. He was the founder of a non-structured methodology of grassroot networking for nature-friendly and human-friendly neighbourhood development called the Prayog Pariwar methodology Experimenting Communities.
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He was a recipient of the Jamnalal Bajaj Award. Shripad A. Dabholkar was an educationist.
He aimed to shape education as a tool for total change in the life situation of an average worker in rural areas. Dabholkar realized the limitation of conventional academic system in which he played a part as a teacher for 25 years.
He left it to undertake the task of educating farmers through demystification of science, adopting non-formal methods of knowledge communication. Dabholkar was a lone campaigner but succeeded in creating mass awareness and interest in farmers,  who the formed their own groups even in his absence.
His network building resulted in a new sociology of science and education. He started his work in Tasgaon , a village in Sangli district in Maharashtra , among the grape cultivators.
Soon the productivity in the district rose to world standards and grape production became a highly productive activity, inducing small farmers to turn to it.
Prayog Pariwar methodology is about networking of self-experiment ventures for nature friendly and human friendly prosperity.
The central thesis is that without depending on foreign aid or imported technology, economic development can be achieved by experimenting farmers and by common individuals in their own neighborhoods. It evolved out from an initiative by S.
Dabholkar in Maharashtra, India, in the mids. By then the network was called Swashraya Vikas Mandal, meaning self-help and self-reliance for building new possibilities by working in one's own real-life situation.
These groups also pioneered collaborative networking practices and an Internet -type information exchange using postcards.
Dabholkar described the Prayog Pariwar methodology in the book Plenty for all Mehta Publishing House, where he defines and establishes a non structured approach for development in the neighborhood through:. It has proven successful.
A network involving 1,s of small farmers.
The system is also being called "Natu-eco farming". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Johannes Quack.
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