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Activities of Mitraniketan

The guiding model for the activities at Mitraniketan is, ‘Community Centered Education in an Education Centered Community and education centered community in a community centered education.’ Mitraniketan has been engaged in rural development activities since its inception in the year 1956. It strives to integrate formal and non formal education in its activities and follows a need based and life oriented concept.


Through its activities the organization works to achieve total development of individual, family and community through a well integrated education system. The institution started its activities with supplementary education programs for the school going children of the neighboring villages. Today it resembles a rural university which still caters to the education and training needs of rural/ tribal children but has expanded to the rural youth, house wives, small and marginal farmers , rural artisans, and NGO functionaries belonging to different parts of Kerala.

“In today’s world of transition we must examine how we approach the concept of development and re-orient our approach and methods in such a way as to put humaneness back into the equation.

Our primary task in this re-orientation is the enablement of people; development will come about only when individuals as a part of family and community are reminded of their own power in determining the circumstances of their own lives.”

K. Viswanathan

Mitraniketan functions as a community in a 50 acre campus where all its activities are housed. Around 500 members are studying and working in the community. They are mostly living in the campus.

The major development activities of Mitraniketan are:

  1. School for disadvantaged children
  2. Peoples College for youth (MPC)
  3. Farm Science Centre (Krishi Vigyan Kendra)
  4. Rural Technology Centre (RTC)
  5. Women Empowerment programs
  6. Nursery & Kindergarten
  7. Study Centre of NIOS for certification
  8. Legal aid clinic
  9. Community Mediation Centre
  10. Education Extension Centre (wayanad)
  11. Research and Development in appropriate technology (Under DST CORE SUPPORT)