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Initiatives, Projects, Courses, and Activities for Education, Advocacy, Research on Sustainability, STEAM, SDGs, 21st Century Skills

HRDEF created three initiatives in alignment with its objectives, goals, strategies and taking small steps towards greener (Haritima), smarter beautiful (Alankrit) planet (Prithvi) -    Protect PRITHVI. HARITIMA IT. ALANKRIT IT


Designing and Promoting Interactive Learning Systems, Skill Development, STEAM, Information Communication Technology (ICT) for 21st Century Learning and Sustainability promotion based on United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Education is central in our work through which we aspire to build SMART Sustainable Living. Our GOAL program provide the foundation (Education), we further bridge gaps through linking our SPACE (Research) and LEAP (Advocacy) program. 

Protect PRITHVI-Smart Cities and Villages with Centre for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship Promotion (SPACE) for:

  • Design, development of educational games, science kits for learning with fun and inspired from research on cognition, artificial intelligence (AI), human computer interaction (HCI), neuroscience, consciousness for skills up-gradation of students, emphasis on lifelong skills as new paradigm of education.  

  • Develop strategies to encourage people to reduce carbon footprints through eco-friendly lifestyle, management of energy, water, soil,  air, waste, and transportation with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), CSR, LCA. 

  • To create a sustainable development framework for Natural Resources Management with active participation of the local community using automation of services through use of ICT

  •           Knowledge Base for Sustainability in Business, Medicinal Plants, Sustainable Lifestyle, Dry Leaf Management and Composting  

HARITIMA IT -Technology Learning Paradigm with GyanDhara Opportunities for All with Learning (GOAL) for:

  • Capacity building of teachers, youth, children on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts+Design, Mathematics (STEAM), 21st Century Skills through Maker, Hand-on approach for Certificate, Diploma programs

  •          Providing facilities for low-income group for better livelihood through vocational training, skill development in the area of                             computing, counselling, soft skill, renewable energy, and handmade paper

  •          Imparting ICT skills, sustainable livelihood promotion to under-privileged rural, tribal and urban women, girls

ALANKRIT IT Educating for Sustainability with Leadership for Environment Accountability Partnership (LEAP) for:     

  • Implementation of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), climate change among schools

  • Disseminating information through various modes such as publication of journals, manuals, technical reports, magazine, guidelines; organising seminars, workshops; and  books 

  • Promoting environment improvement activities like agro-forestry, agro-horticulture, soil and water conservation, climate smart agriculture, waste, energy audit, rainwater harvesting, watershed management for developing Sustainable Campus, Learn, Connect, Live with Nature            

  • Building consortium, awareness among schools, universities, organization, and communities for promoting local values, culture, Clean Green Smart Cities and Village Campaign,


Centre for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship Promotion (SPACE) conducts projects such as Action SDGs and ReConnect Nature for youth, professionals, and community members

GyanDhara Opportunities for All with Learning (GOAL) providing skill development through Digital Learning Skill, and Fun with STEAM projects

Leadership for Environment Accountability Partnership (LEAP) organizing various activities, talks, training sessions under Sustainable Smart Earth through Harita Week-Month, and Sustainable Campus projects

Learning Workspace and Science Centre

Established GyanTree Centre for library, reading room, digital resources, and NavUrja Sanchar an open space for interaction with Nature and Exhibits as Science Centre for activities to develop intellectual, mental capacities of people to empower the community and develop STEAM capability in youth and community. We provide a platform for communicating new ideas, and interactive knowledge sharing with learners through NavUrja Sanchar.

Through library and digital modules interactive learning provided to GyanDhara (GOAL) students as after school skill development. 

NavUrja Sanchar an open space, exhibits, innovation, and idea lab. that’s facilitates hands-on learning, live demonstration sessions, space for self-expression, communicating new ideas, and interactive knowledge sharing with fellow learners to develop scholarly and balanced capacities

GyanTree Centre houses books, magazines, and reference material from following areas: Children’s Stories, Children’s Activities, Knowledge & Skills, Water Resources Management, Environment, Forestry, Climate Change, Biodiversity, Finance, Business, Industry, Health, Competitive English, Career Development, Science, Mathematics, Science Communication, Education, Technology Paradigms, Management, Self Help, Rural Development, Renewable Energy, Waste & Urban Planning, Philosophy, Spirituality, Human Computer Interaction, Data Structures C, C++, Artificial Intelligence, Systems, Soft Computing. There are around 4000 books, magazines, reports and digital resources with internet facility.

This is home to Reading, Learning, computing facilities for TED-Ed Club, NBT's Readers Club for 21st Century Skills Development such as critical thinking, problem, project based learning based on current neuroscience and learning paradigm - growth mindset. 

Member of Viygan Prasar Science Clubs for hands-on practical, activity and game oriented learning


Painting, essay, e-poster, paper, quiz, film show, creative writing, storytelling, game and hands-on learning, tree plantation, workshops, talks, training, and consultancy

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