2010 Gyan Shodh 3
2009, Honeybee AP was contacted by BITS, Pilani
Management for conducting “Gyan Shodh” as part of
“Practice School I” curriculum. Something the
participants of Gyan shodh I felt genuinely was shared
with BITS faculty and to their generosity, maturity and
progressiveness made them include Gyan Shodh in the
curriculum. Brig Ganesham visited Pilani and having
discussed the details, consented. Thus, an initiative of
few students and honeybee network has turned into a
regular activity for students.
26 students from three campuses of BITS, Pilani,
Hyderabad and Goa opted for Gyan shodh and reached the
venue at Warangal on May 24, 2010. Three days
“Unlearning session” was conducted to prepare the
students for collection of knowledge from villages.
The activity was organized in three districts of Andhra
Pradesh. One group consisting of 10 participants was
earmarked to Warangal dist and the other group of 16 were
assigned to Visakhapatnam and srikakulam districts.
Cordinator Honeybee AP visited 200 villages in these
districts before short listing the villages for Gyan shodh
3. Local NGOs assistance was sought to identify villages and
coordinate logistics for the visit of students. Lot of
planning and effort had gone into selection of villages and
also ensuring the safety and security of the participants.
Visit to villages by participants was planned in three
phases. Each phase consisted of 7-9 days. During this period
participants will stay in a base village and cover 3-4
villages surrounding it. 4-5 days period between the phases
was spent on preparing the report and complete the
documentation on their own. Feedback between the phases was
conducted to identify the strengths and weaknesses of
various approaches and tried improve upon them. Students
traveled a lot and reached the next location on their own.
Finally, three days were spent at Rajam, dist
Srikakulam, listening to the presentations of three phases
by eight groups. This was the most significant event in the
entire activity. Three days were spent very fruitfully by
all of us learning about over hundred villages visited by
the students. A feedback was obtained in writing and orally.
During the period of Gyan shodh 3, participants also
interacted with local NGOs and met eminent persons such as
Sh Dr Parameshwar Rao and DR PDK Rao.
Salient achievements by the participants during the Gyan
• 117 villages visited
• Over 200 Traditional knowledge documented. Samples
• Almost 1000 pictures taken
• 2000 Hand outs for 7th Campaign distributed.
• 1000 Palle srujana magazines distributed
• 200 Honeybee magazines distributed
• Interacted with almost 100 persons over 70 years
• Lived in the villages for 21 days at a stretch 7-8
• Prepared a detailed report on the Gyan shodh village
wise and group wise.
• Each participant walked at an average of 10 kms a day.
Total walking of each participant at an average is over 200
kms. As a group, it would be 7200 kms.
• The coordinator visited almost 200 villages, traveled
more than 5000 kms and spent 60 days in coordinating the
Gyan Shodh 3.
• The cost to the students is approx Rs 7000 per head
and the expenditure for coordination is Rs 75000 for the
• Final presentation went for three days.
Such an event spread over three districts and involving
over 100 villages could have not been possible without the
generous assistance from the volunteers, local
organizations, and social workers. To name a few:
• Bhagavatula Charitable Trust, Dist Visakahpatnam: Dr
Parameshwar Rao, Sriram Murthy
• TERDS, Araku, Dist Visakhapatnam: Sh Venkat Rao,
• GMRV Foundation, Rajam, Dist Srikakulam: Sh Balaji, Sh
Prasad, Sai Kishore
• Masterji College , Hanamkonda, Warangal Dist: Sh
Sundar Raj Yadav,
• Sh Gopala Reddy, Hanamkonda
• Kartik and Rajesh – Student Volunteers from Warangal
• Harish – an IITM student Internee
• Suresh – driver
• Many others who worked for the success of this event
HoneybeeAP coordinators- Mr P Chandra Kanth Sharma, J
Durga Prasad, Mrs Aruna Ganesham supported Gyan shodh
immensely. Without their constant physical and moral
support, this event would have not seen the light of the
The objectives of the Gyan Shodh 3 as set prior to the
event have been achieved to a great extent.
A detailed report will be placed on the website shortly.
-Brig (Retd) Pogula Ganesham, VSM