Development Education Programmes

This largely residential educational community supports the academic and practical training needs of Socio-economically backward groups. All programs involve integrated education aimed at the total development of each participant.

Nursery and Kindergarten
Called Sisu Bhavan, for 30-50 neighbourhood children from 2½ to 5 years old. They are provided with a midday meal and transportation at a reasonable cost, and their programme is based on the concept that “play is children’s work”.

Primary and Secondary Schools
Called Vikas Bhavan (standards 1 through 10, similar to Canadian or American Grades 1 through 10) for 250 to 300 children mostly tribals from 5 to 15 years old. Headmistress Sethu Viswanathan leads a staff of 20 teachers and 5 craft instructors. Our school is recognized by the government ensuring that students can undertake further education in the mainstream programmes. We practice an integrated education which makes this school different from ordinary schools. Mitraniketan school  depends mostly on contributions from well-wishers.

Mitraniketan People’s College (MPC)
It aims to provide opportunities for continuing education and impart the spirit of Life Long Learning for empowering rural youth. The MPC was started in the year 1996. So far about one thousand youth imbibed the essence of this institution. The MPC is modelled on the gurukula system of education and the Danish Folk High Schools.
Principal Dr. Reghu Rama Das and the MPC staff (8 instructors, 4 course guides, 1 music teacher and 2 sports teacher) primarily offer a one year Vocational and Personality Development course for up to 90 participants. The Danish government aid programme funded the buildings and initial programmes of MPC, as well as several conferences on different aspects of non-formal education.

See courses at MPC

Open University (Ignou) Study Center
Two courses (Motorcycle Service & Repair and Fruits & Vegetable-based products) were inaugurated in 2007 through the Indira Gandhi National Open University. Open University Official Homepage

Study Center For NIOS Certification
These programs with the National Institute Of Open Schooling Certification  bridge 9th Standard, Secondary and Senior Secondary exams. Vocational classes for Secondary students include: computer studies, plumbing, electrical, carpentry and agricultural skills.

Women’s Empowerment / Extension Programmes
Mitraniketan has supported different women’s groups over the years, from micro-credit to soap-making; from civic matters to health and nutrition training.
Mitraniketan Nodal Continuing Education Centre of the Kerala State Literacy Mission (or KSLM) promotes equallency education among women. Although Kerala has a very high literacy rate, many rural women still need basic reading and writing skills. They can be KSLM-certified through Mitraniketan, which promotes functional literacy.

One day Awareness programs for village women
Every month we organize one such program for women on social issues connected to violence against women, Counseling, savings and credit, livelihood opportunities etc.
MPC is also coordinating 20 Women groups in the villages for their self help activities. This is also called Neighborhood groups. The Secretaries and other office bearers of this Groups will meet at MPC on the 4th Saturday of every month.

Legal Aid Clinic at Mitraniketan
A centre for providing legal aid to the poor people has started up at Miraniketan on the 19th of November 2016. The clinic will give legal guidance, counselling, support of consul and impart awareness on legal rights of women, children and weaker sections of the society. Poor and uneducated people will not get justice due to lack of legal awareness and money to access court. The Legal aid clinic aims to support such people including women and children.

Education Extension Center
The extension center located in the tribal dominated district of Wayanad focuses on the empowerment of tribal youth, especially women.

Center for Education, Research, Innovation and Development (CERID)
CERID aims at coordinating the education programmes, conducting action research studies, developing teaching materials and engaging in documentation & publication.