Welcome to Mitraniketan


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    is a non-profit school


        in Kerala, India  

December 2015: 



Mitraniketan is initiating a new program called “Certificate in Motor Cycle Service & Repair” 

(CMSR) in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Hero 

Motocorps Ltd. 


The 2 months course will begin in January 2016. Applications invited. SSLC (failed or pass) 

is the qualification. Application can be down loaded here:   Application     Guidelines

Christmas 2015: 


New Christmas Newsletter for download



July – August 2015: 


Edinburgh University students build 100 poultry cages  to 100 poor families of Vellanad at Mitraniketan.


Geriatric Care

New Diploma Program in Geriatric Care 

In collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mitraniketan launches a Diploma Program in Geriatric Care.


See Program


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The founder of Mitraniketan, Sri Viswanathan 

Viswanathan (picture) was born in 1928 and was educated at Viswabharati University in Kolkata (former Calcutta).


He studied in the USA and Scandinavia and on his return to India he founded Mitraniketan, “The Home of Friends” (1956).


Viswanathan was inspired by Tagore and Gandhi, but also by westerners like Pestalozzi and Grundtvig (the founder of the Danish “folk high school”).

Viswanathan passed away on Monday, 28 April 2014. To the last still active as the leader of the Mitraniketan project…
Read some of the obituary notices… 

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Schoolchild at Mitraniketan
The schoolchildren at Mitraniketan come from the northern areas of Kerala

The schoolchildren at Mitraniketan come from the northern areas of Kerala. Mitraniketan is a boarding school and the children live on the school and get their meals there.


All this is free of charge as their parents are very poor.

The Schoolchildren 

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Viswanathan with the Dalai Lama. To the left of the Dalai Lama is Viswanathan´s wife Sethu. The three young women are the daughters of the family.

The Mitraniketan project, “The Home of Friends”.

 In Sanskrit the word ‘Mitra’ means Friends,

 ‘Niketan’ means Home.

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