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MR. Ramasubramanian

Director Samanvaya, Chennai

Recognized as a leading authority on sustainable livelihoods and equitable enterprise eco-system building. Has been a knowledge Consultant building new forms of institutions, projects, initiatives, and ideas in the social sector for over 25 years.  As a teacher, he facilitated and trained over 10000 enterprise leaders through innovative management course for cross section of society, viz., farmers, rural women, youth, professionals, and officials. Has designed policies, programmes, processes and systems for government departments and institutions.  Has been invited to deliver lectures, keynote, orations, seminars, and workshops in several prestigious institutions in India and abroad, including talks in IITM, IITD, IITG, XIM, TWN Malaysia, Yale University, NEXUS Ecuador, PoWR Toronto, Chicago, College of Atlantic, Maine, among others.  As Policy Consultant for the Government, he has designed policies, programmes, processes and systems for central and state government departments and institutions in India.

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Programme Offered

Designed as a Certificate Course for 10 lectures followed by a bootcamp. Offered as part of the Post-Graduate Degree.

The course provides an orientation and introduction to the Green Economy in the Indian context.  It borrows a lot from the works and existing models of traditional institutional knowledge and practices, the Gandhian Economist JC Kumarappa and also from currently prevalent diverse Indian organizational practices. Designed and offered as a stand-alone hybrid programme consisting of 8 online interactive sessions and an optional weeklong bootcamp.

This course was initially designed and offered  in the international township of Auroville The course was offered at the Bhoomi College between Sept - Nov 2023 and a year-end retreat for the participants happened during Dec 2023-Jan2024. 

Currently the course is being offered as an online programme Feb - Mar 2024 followed by an in-person bootcamp.  



Designed for Post-Graduate students and individual entrepreneurs. The course spread over 4 weeks is offered as a hybrid programme with weekend online classes and completing with a bootcamp of 4 days. Currently the programme is being offered in Madras School of Social Work (MSSW), Chennai. This course at MSSW is being offered to the students pursuing their Masters programme on Social Entrepreneurship. The focus is on nurturing their own green enterprise idea. 

A 10-day intensive in-person camp with one prior online class. The immersive bootcamp is meant to facilitate the transition of existing entrepreneurs into a green entrepreneurship. It brings together a cohort similar ‘’in transit’’ entrepreneurs and facilitates through exercises and interactive sessions.

Sustainability Transformation Challenge with Meenakshi - 45 Days to Transform into Sustainable Living

We all know the crisis of Climate Emergency and have daily update on the worsening scenario. Most of us wanting to make a change in our own lives first, are stuck at what is known as the ''beginners block'' with the first few steps being the hardest. This course aims to provide you with a step-by-step process to transform yourself from within, under the guidance of Smt. Meenakshi, and, with the support of a cohort of co-travellers / co-learners.

Critical Perspective on Green Economy:  This course is designed to explore Green Economy (GE) from a critical perspective. The course is structured as short classes thoughtfully put together drawing insights from a wide-ranging field, as well as synthesizing some of the complicated information for easy grasp without being a technical expert.  

This course is being offered to the students of under graduate programme at the Collage of Atlantic in Bar Harbour in the Fall 2023. 

In critically examining existing global economic models, we will use case studies from India that draw on the lens of Gandhian Economics and ways to remake society through green entrepreneurship. We will focus on ideas that bring ethics to the forefront of the enterprise creation process, drawing, especially, on ideas of J. C. Kumarappa. We will look closely at ways in past societies, cultural ethos guided enterprise and how there is a need to re-create / revive these to ensure sustainability. Extensive examples will be provided from my own research work on the rural local institutions that manage large enterprises in India. These will be compared as well with the successes and challenges, in Gandhi’s time, of the village industries movement for which Kumarappa was the chief architect. We will explore the successes as well as challenges in examples of how green entrepreneurship is manifesting within the market paradigm of today in contemporary India.