Conceptualizing, Re-orienting, Building, Operationalizing, Systemizing, Trouble Shooting and Reviving Organizations to equip them towards a sustainable vision and socially responsible, ecologically sensitive and peaceful organizational work. 

SLI – A Joint venture between Tamilnadu Government & Auroville

Most Recent Institution Building Consulting (on going): Conceptualizing, Creating, Designing and Operationalizing the Sustainable Livelihood Institute as a joint venture between Tamilnadu Government and Auroville Foundation.


Development Consulting / Review / Assessment

The second largest number of our projects are under this category. We are often under contractual obligations to not reveal the client identity or project output, however, wherever possible we have tried to share the processes and learnings in the knowledge section of this website.

  • Conservation work in tsunami hit regions
  • Performance Appraisal for the Community Information Centre, Kuppam
  • Sustainable Access in Rural India
  • Panchayat Initiative to Build a Sustainable Local Economy
  • Management Reorganising and Process Design
  • Creation of Organic Food Consumers Network
  • Facilitating building a Network for Rural Supply Chain
  • Building Organisational Vision & Mission and Re-alignment of Organisational Processes
  • Knowledge Systems Consulting for a Technology Innovation Project

Organisation Development Consulting

The ecological predictions, economic uncertainties and social unrest all around often freezes activity if one were to factor them into organizations’ objectives as a whole. However, to ignore these phenomena is no longer an option and is akin to living with the ‘emperor’s new clothes’.

A balance in organizational development is necessary for organitaions to create and sustain self-worth that also carries a market need an ensures a peaceful and conscience life for the promoters and share holders. Crumbling ideas of economics and business management beg newer forms of institutional and organiation evolution that stems from a deeper dialogue,a  dialogue on values and ethos,a dialogue that can create new institutional designs and structures that can in turn build a better world.

The organizational development consulting work with Samanvaya team is a co-learning experience whereby every business / institution / organiation is encouraged to evolve its own business theory and practice, its own unique place in the world and through that to define a purpose that is not destroying the world, but, creating a newer better one.

Most Recent Organizational Developent Consulting: Coming up


Purpose of research is to further knowledge that shapes action. However, the starting block of research often is set based on a pre-determined action that needs to be achieved for betterment of commercial, power centered and / or identity retention objectives. Research may start without a purpose of final end and only as a quest to know and become aware. And when the awareness can in turn inform knowledge and the knowledge with awareness shapes action, the action is whole in its ability to align with and support the global necessity.

Recent Research Work: Status Report on the Implementation of the Forest Rights Act in Tamilnadu State, June 2017 FRA Report Final-vrinda-edite

Past Work

A majority of our projects come under the category of research and study and the output of the same are the publications. Wherever the studies are not under copyright or contractual obligations, we have shared them. In other cases we have tried to share our insights and experience through articles, which are presented in the learning section. The following are a broad list, we will be updating each of these with the latest inputs and insights and whatever we are doing in that space today slowly.

  • LenDev – Learning Experiences in Endogenous Development Study
  • Impact of Rural ICT on women, A Survey
  • Textbook Content Analysis
  • Dharampal Archival Compilations
  • Gita of Waste – A study book on waste management for children
  • Livelihood Initiatives in post- tsunami efforts, a study
  • Research studies on Rural health scenario and Support system for rural aged in Tamil Nadu
  • Compiling over a decade’s work of a Development Organisation
  • ‘Chennai Cares’ – Study on Social Initiatives in Chennai city; Study on Status of Charitable Old Age Homes
  • A Study of the Coastal Conservation Linked Enterprises by CELL Network members
  • Challenge Mapping of Rural Households
  • Social Initiatives by Native Communities
  • Enhanced documentation of the Knowledge Building Workshop on Mutual Insurance
  • Documentation of post tsunami agricultural land reclamation using organic farming practices


Contemporary Gandhi:  Singular focus of education is often projected as that to gain employment, obsession with this has created a value-bereft system, where the students are trained to compete, develop greed, propel themselves at the cost of others, individualize successes and become a celebrity, eventually to be enslaved and become part of a greedy few.

This course looks at the world of  ‘career’ (or what is presented as the singular career to youth) and makes them face some fundamental questions about their needs, happiness and if there was a way one could escape such an enslavement. It helps students to imagine and acknowledge and eventually work towards applying and enjoying multiple ways of learning and living. It places values and contentment, peace and individual choice to be free over that of a collective prosperity of a structured and enslaving market place, it aims to provide a bearing of justice and peace over that of greed and aggression to the students. 

Recent Programmes: An Elective Course on Contemporary Gandhi for Students of B.Tech at IIIT, Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, Jan – Apr, 2017

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Select Client List

The following is a chronological (well, not always, some of them we continue to work with even today, some we have long since lost track of as well) list of clients that Samanvaya has worked with in the past 22 years.

  • Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems, Chennai
  • CIOSA Network, Chennai
  • COMPAS Network Asia, Chennai
  • Covenant Centre for Development, Madurai
  • CR Biz, New Delhi
  • DHAN Foundation, Madurai
  • Gandhigram Trust, Gandhigram
  • LEAD India, New Delhi
  • MIT, Boston, U.S.A.
  • Multiversity, Goa
  • Organic Farming Association of India, Goa
  • FAO, New Delhi
  • Practical Action, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • SIDH, Mussoorie
  • Sri Sarada Ashram, Ulundurpet
  • Tamilnadu Organic Farmer’s Movement, Nagapattinam
  • TeNet Group, IIT-M, Chennai
  • Third World Network, Penang, Malaysia
  • ICRISAT, Hyderabad
  • Auroville Village Action Group
  • INAFI, Madurai
  • Pitchandikulam Forest, Auroville
  • Auroville IRD
  • Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), Bengaluru
  • Sangamam Trust, Auroville
  • Ekam Foundation, Chennai
  • Upasana Design Studio, Auroville
  • ASSEFA, Madurai
  • Sustainable Livelihood Institute, Auroville

Ramasubramanian, Chief Samanvaya has also been invited to be in the panel for several Government agencies as a Consultant. These include

  • State Planning Commission, Government of Tamil Nadu
  • State Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Government of Tamil Nadu
  • National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Government of India
  • National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), Government of India
  • Tamil Nadu State Rural Livelihood Mission (TNSRLM), Government of Tamil Nadu
  • World Bank, New Delhi