One Team One Goal

The Centre for Research on New International Economic Order (CReNIEO) is committed to the total development of the socially and economically weaker sections of the Indian Society -with focus on women and children of the Fisherfolk, Dalit and Tribal communities. CReNIEO’s development plans include promoting better health, formal education, skills for natural resource management and entrepreneurial skills for economic self-reliance and at the same time ensuring permanence of social change by capacity building and motivating the poor for upholding their rights in the society. Community action for social change is the key tool in the armory of development methodology. Gender equity and Environmental care is the umbrella for sustained development of people around the lakes as well as in the forests who are the target groups of CReNIEO’s schemes of development.

Seminars & Workshops

CrëNIEO - Seminars & Workshops

From time to time Seminars, Workshops/ Meetings, lectures were organised by CReNIEO, in which eminent people, activists, research scholars, students and community members participated.   A chronological listing of selected events in this regard is furnished here.

August 6th 2010

Social Justice In Economic Development - a lecture By Prof. M. Naganathan, Dy. Chairman Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission, and Chairperson CReNIEO. On the occasion of commemorating Dr. K. Rajaratnam’s birth anniversary at Hotel Breeze. CReNIEO completes 30 years.

July 26 th 2010

 Mangrove Action Day - Conducted at Pulicat National Matriculation school and at CReNIEO IFDP for school children and people in the Pulicat villages.

July 18th 2009

Training Teachers on Environment Education: Mr. Murali Programme director of WWF India conducted a one day training programme for CReNIEO Pulicat School teachers on Teaching children on climate and Environmental issues.

June 26th 2009

Mangrove Consultation:  Mr. Murali of WWF Chennai along with Mr. Elango a mangroves expert visited Pulicat and the site for planting and also visited the  CReNIEO’s Mangrove nursery

April 21st 2009

Lecture on Wetlands: Beth Middleton , eminent ecologist from US lecture at CReNIEO –IFDP Pulicat on importance of wetlands. Held at PNM School. Programme sponsored by USIS.

10th February 2009

Planning Workshop at CReNIEO for animal husbandry programme. Representatives of Nottingham University UK and ALFA college.

August 31st 2008

Floriculture workshop at Yercaud for indigenous hills people- Consultants – Ms. Surya Narmada and Dr. G. Jeyaraj conducted the workshop for 30 local farmers.

August 12th 2008

Certificate distribution for Nature Summer Camp participants from Germany, Sweden, UK, Serbia. Dr. K. Rajaratnam distributed the certificates to the 10 participants. Camp sponsored by Global Nature Fund- Living Lakes

March 29th 2008

Climate change and carbon credits - Workshop at Yercaud Hills for project staff. Consultants Dr. G. Jeyaraj and ms, Surya Narmada conducted the workshop.

February 11th 2008

Inauguration of the New school Building at Pulicat. Opened by Dr. Robert Granke, Director, CLWR. Dr. K. Rajartanm Director, presided, Ms. Premanjali Rao, Correspondent conveyed the Thanks. School children put up an exhibition on climate changes and its effects

January 28th 2008

Workshop on Climate Change - Conducted by Dr. Jaypaul Azariah dean and Ms. Surya Narmada, Horticulturist for Pulicat Staff and teachers.

December 20th 2007

Workshop on Mangroves in Pulicat, Conducted by Sri Balaji –OMCAR with Pulicat, project staff and School staff. And, educating school children on the life cycle of the shark.

August 4th 2007

Book Release: “My Biography – Paliacatta the Pulicat 1400-2007 by Prof. Jayapaul Azariah Ph. D Released by Dr. S. Muthaiah of INTACH, first copy received by Ms. Akhial Srinivasan –Hon. Consul of the Kingdom of Netherlands. Dr. K. Rajaratnam Director CReNIEO welcomed, Prof. M. Naganathan Ph.d Vice Chairman State Planning Commission Presided, Dr. Jagadeesan former VC Bharathidasan University revived the Book. Ms. Premanjali Rao gave the vote of thanks. 

January 12th 2007

Workshop on Global warming and climate change, changing agriculture , carbon emissions and carbon trading in future. For Pulicat staff and teachers. Dr. Jayapaul Azariah, Environmental scientists Dr. Jayaraj soil scientist and Ms. Suryan Narmada- Horticulturist conducted the workshop.

August 8th 2006

Consultation on Right to Information Act - Issues in its implementation” Held at Hotel Breeze Chennai. Welcome was by Dr. K. Rajaratanm, Director Key note  address by Dr. Nagabooshanam former VC. Dr. Ambedkar Law University, presided by Dr. M. Naganathan Vice Chairman TN State Planning commission, Presenters Dr. V. Nagarajan, Former HOD Adult and continuing education University of Madras Dr. William Stanley Director IRDWSI Dr. Bennet Benjamin Director CRHSE, Mr. Pradip K. Baisak, Advocacy ODAF . Valedictory was by Dr. Jagadeesan former VC Barathidasan University and Member TN state planning Commission. Dr. D. Sundram former HOD Dept. Of Sociology University of Madras proposed the vote of thanks. News published in -The Hindu & Dinakaran    

November 13th  2005

Consultation of bio fuels and the opportunities available for rural folk through the cultivation at Jatropha plant in wastelands – Dr. Victor consultant made a presentation. The programme was held at Gurukul. Dr. K. Rajaratnam gave the welcome address.

August 4th  2005

CRENIEO 25th Year celebrations. A Public function was held in at Savera Hotel,  Dr. S. P. Thyagarajan, Vice - Chancellor, University of Madras – Chennai, inaugurated the celebration   & Dr. K.C.Reddy, Chairman, Higher Education Council  - Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, gave the jubilee address. Dr. Rama Mohana  Rao, Sec. T.N. Highways also addressed the gathering . 

August 2nd 3rd  2005

Seminar on “Need based techno – sciences for sustainable rural development through community action” - CReNIEO Silver Jubilee Celebrations. Held at Muttukadu. Various subjects were discussed and a statement on future areas of intervention was made. Dr. Vinita Sharma , Director Department of Science and Technology  gave the key note address

June 17th 2005

Memorial meeting for late Dr. K.P. Krishnan Shetty, Chairman CReNIEO who had passed away.  Dr. K. Rajaratnam director CReNIEO, Sri. Maslimani formerly Solicitor General, Justice A.K Raja and Prof Nagarajan paid tributes. Ms. Premanjali Rao, Director, Finance and Administration, CReNIEO gave the vote of thanks.

April 18th 2005.

Meeting between the Living Lakes Director – Dr. Udo , Global Nature Fund Germany and Dr. K. Rajaratnam Director, CReNIEO.  CReNIEO is now an associated member of Living Lakes. Pulicat has been included in the Global Lakes network.

April 15th 2005

Field evaluation – Tamil Nadu  Road Sector Project-(TNRSP)  first mile stone – Tirukovillur to Ullunderpet and  Arni – Polur – World Bank representative Dr. I.U.B.Reddy, District Revenue Officer, Resettlement Officer –TNRSP were in the team. The NGO team leader Ms. Premanjali Rao participated along with Mr. Premchandran,  Mr. Babu and Mr. Vinoth

March 15th 2005

Group Monitoring Workshop – for Department of Science and Technology Core support programmes. Maj. S. Chatterjee, Director, DST and Brig. Koul expert committee member visited Pulciat to evaluate the pilot studies conducted by the core scientist of CReNIEO. 

February 17th 2005

Workshop on Response to Tsunami – Sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Dr. Vinita Sharma, director DST presided. Dr. K. Rajaratnam Director, CReNIEO welcomed, Dr. Basak, Prof. Jagadessan scientists made a presentation, Technical personnel and NGOs made their presentations and held discussions. Dr. Karunakaran VC Gandhigram Rural University presided. A reverse membrane water filter plant  was exhibited.

28th August, 2004

Memorial Meeting for Dr. S. Kadirvel who passed away on 9th August. Tributes were made by Dr. K. Rajaratnam, Director CReNIEO,  Dr. K.P. Krishna Shetty, Chairman CReNIEO  Dr. Jagadeesan Former VC Bharathidasan University , Dr. K. A. Manikumar Prof. Of History MS University, Dr. K.C. Malhotra, fromer Chairman of the DST Expert committee, Prof . D. Sundram , Prof. Of Sociology, Dr.Mani Chacko, Principal , GLTC, Dr. W. Stanley, Director of IRDWSI, Shri. Premchandran , Project Coordinator , CReNIEO . Ms. Premanjali Rao, Director, Finance and Administration CReNIEO, proposed the vote of thanks.   

11th June 2004

A brief history of Pulicat – Seminar conducted at Pulicat. Resource person Dr. Jayapaul Azariah Senior scientist CReNIEO. Ms. Premanjali Rao Director Finance and Administration inaugurated.

2nd June 2003

a Seminar on “Challenges in Peoples Development,” the seminar was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Centre for the Rural Health and Social Education. (CRHSE)Dr. K. Rajaratnam Director CReNIEO gave the key note address. Mr.J.M.K.Sekar Commissioner of customs was the chairman of the meeting.  Dr. Sheila Benjamin executive secretary - SCINDeA welcomed the members.

3rd February 2003

The first core monitoring team of the Department of Science and Technology was held at Muttukadu. Brig. Koul, Planning Commission , Maj. S. Chatterjee , Director DST and Prof. Karmegam, Head Centre Water resource, Anna University were the team members. The team met the centers core scientists and reviewed their work.

28th June 2002

The 6th Convocation of the Rural development Management course was held. Dr.K. Rajaratnam inaugurated the function. Dr. P. Jagadesan former Vice Chancllor, Barathidasan University, delivered the convocation address and distributed the diplomas to thirteen students.  Dr. W. Stanley chairman RDM presented a report and the future challenges. Mr. K. M. Thomas, Course Director, presented the candidates and gave a report.

26th February 2002

Inter-face workshop between NGOs and corporate sector for the development of Entrepreneurship in Tirunelveli  district. This workshop was held at St.Xaviers College , Palayamkottai .Dr.K. Chokkalingam Vice Chancellor ,Manonmaniam Sundaranar University inaugurated the workshop. Dr.K.Rajaratnam Director CReNIEO presided. Ms. Premanjali Rao, Director Finance and administration welcomed the gathering. Mr.Sujit Banerjee ,Director DST New Delhi delivered a speech.  Dr.S.Kadirvel member of CReNIEO board and project consultant and Dr. M.Manikumar project coordinator led the discussions. The corporate sector  was represented by the  TVS group and Amalgamation group . The workshop was organised by the Centre as part of the Science and Technology for Entrepreneurship development sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology , Government of India.

28th October 2001

Inspection for the accreditation of Vocational courses with   National Open School , HRD Ministry New Delhi . Dr.S.Sangal , Director NOS , Dr. M.Naidu, Director RASS  inspected the infrastructure at Mutukadu and Pulicat. 

17-19th  October 2001

Training Programme for the Trainers on Watershed Development, Sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology , Government of India . The Workshop was organised for the Southern NGOs, from Tamilnadu, Kerala , Andhra, Karnataka and Pondicherry. The workshop was conducted at Muttukadu .The resource persons were Dr .P.Basak ,Technical Advisor  IFSED and Executive Director, Centre for Water resources Development and Management, Calicut, Kerala,  Major S .Chatterjee, Director, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi and Mrs. Komalavalli Amma, Chief engineer, Department of Irrigation, Government of Kerala. The training programme consisted of identifying watershed regions and planning and executing micro watershed development projects.  Dr.K. Rajaratnam gave the valedictory address.

5-6th - October 2001

Seminar On The role of Community Colleges.  Dr. Annama Philip, Principal Stella Maris College and Chairman Minorities Commission gave the presidential Address. Dr.K.Rajaratnam gave the keynote address .Dr. Xavier Alphonse, Director, Madras Centre for Research and Development of Community Colleges  addressed the gathering on Community Colleges. Prof. Nagarjan of the University of Madras and Dr.Simon Sukumar, ex-UN official made presentations. The seminar was held at the  multi media centre-Gurukul

Ist October 2001

The new batch for th Rural development and management course was inaugurated by the director, Dr. K. Rajaratnam at Muttukadu. 13 students from different States were selected for the course. Two German students will undergo four month short term modular course

25th June 2001

Seminar on " Racism and Castism" . The seminar was organised at the Multi media centre at Gurukul  by the Director  Dr. K.Rajaratnam . The moderator was Dr. A. Padbanaban, former Governor of Mizoram . University professors, social activists and experts attended the workshop. A document drafting team was constituted to prepare a paper on the need for the inclusion of Caste in the UN meet on racism to be held in Durban, S.A.   The members of the seminar decided to form a forum called Intellectuals Forum on Issues and Initiatives.

12th June 2001

Department of Science and Technology, National Entrepreneurship Development Board, New Delhi   Monitoring workshop for Science and Technology for Entrepreneurship development (STEDS) projects. The workshop was organised on behalf of the DST by CReNIEO at Tirunelveli. Seven project directors and the STEDS Advisory Committee members participated.

20th April 2001

5th Convocation of the Rural Development Management Course (RDM). Chief guests, Dr. Venkatasubramanian, Member Union Planning Commission delivered the convocation address and Ms. Ruth Jensen Executive Director, CLWR Canada,  delivered  the presidential address. Dr. K. Rajaratnam, Director CRENIEO introduced the guests and  the work of the Centre and Mr. W.Stanley, Chairman, RDM explained about the course. 12 Students received their certificates. 9 students from the AISECT centre also received their computer operators certificates from Ms. Ruth Jensen.

25th and 26th March 2001

Workshop on the Strategies for the Promotion of Indian and Homeopathic Systems of Medicine This workshop was held at Muttukadu to draw up an action plan for the surrounding areas in Muttukadu region. The resource persons were, Dr. Leelamma Nielsen, Homeopathic physician , Canada, Dr.T. Narayanan, Centre for Traditional Medicines, Vaidyar Usman Ali of Aurvaidyas.Com, Dr. N. Loganathan ,Coordinator-training , Medicinal Plants Conservation Park, Auroville and Dr.Erling Nielsen programme director of Canadian Lutheran World Relief . The meeting was inaugurated by Ms. Premanjali Rao, Director Finance and Admn. CReNIEO and was conducted by Dr. Joseph Williams and Rev. Kurien Thomas of CRENIEO. Three traditional vaidyars participated in the deliberations.

11th December 2000

Felicitation for Dr.K.Rajaratnam on being awarded D.Litt by Sri. Venkateswara University, Tirupati. The D.Litt award was presented earlier by the Governor at Tirupathi on 2nd December 2000. The main speakers of the felicitation function were, Dr. M.Santappa former Vice Chancellor Madras university and S.V.University , Dr.P. Nagabooshnam former V.C Dr. Ambekar law University, Dr. P. Jagadeesan former V.C. Bharathidasan University, Dr.J. Ramanathan IAS , Former education Secretary government of Tamil Nadu, Dr.M. Naganathan Head of Department of Economics university of Madras, Dr.Krishna Shetty Chairman CRENIEO governing board, Shri. Bennet Benjamin, Director CRHSE and Prof. Luther Babu member CReNIEO Governing board.

2nd. November 2000.

Visit of the Inspection Team of the Department of Science and Technology : The team consisted of Brig. Kaul ,member  Planning commission , Dr. S.Chatterjee Director Dept. of Science and technology and Dr. V. Damodaran Scientist ,member expert Committee DST. The team visited CReNIEO Muttukadu and Pulicat to appraise the capabilities of the Centre to carry out a core support programme for a period of five years.

5th August 2000

Two decades celebrations of CReNIEO and 80th birthday celebrations of the founder director Dr. K. Rajaratnam. The CRENIEO governing board honored the director with a citation entitled “Development Economist of the second Millennium " . The Chief guests of the function were Dr. K. Enoch, Vice Chancellor S.V.University  Tirupathi, Dr. Jagadeesan,  Vice Chancellor Bharthidasan University, Dr. Nagaboshnam Vice Chancellor  Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Dr. M. Naganathan Head of the Department of Economics University of  Madras. Two books were released one a commemorative volume and the other the impact study of CRENIEO projects.

1st August 2000.

Inauguration of the One month Rural Development and Management Course for Japanese students. The sponsors of the course were SOMNEED of Japan. Dr. K. Rajaratnam delivered the key note address “Globalisation and its Impact on the Third world". Fourteen students from Japan underwent the programme. Dr. Noubaki Wada from SOMNEED and Mr. W. Stanley, chairman RDM initiated the training course.

30th September, 1999.

Round Table Discussion on “Socio- Cultural Challenges in the next Millennium " . Keynote address by Dr. K. Rajaratnam, Director .Theme papers  submitted : " Population and Environment" presented by  Dr. P.J. Sanjeevaraj , Dean , Crenieo," Population and Women" presented Dr. Prasana Kumari, Head Women's Studies , Gurukul and " Population  and Networking NGOs" presented by Dr. D. Sundaram  Sociologist.

30th August , 1999

Lecture and Discussion on “Issue of Poverty and Income Distribution" Professor M.R.Saluja, Senior Consultant, National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi delivered the Lecture.

3rd July,  1999.

Workshop on "Reaching the Information Technology to the Unreached Rural Communities at Pulicat - A  Socio -Technical Approach '"  Dr. Anandakrishnan, Chairman Tamil Nadu Board for Higher education delivered the keynote address. Officials from TANITECH, ELCOT, Fisheries department, DANIDA, TNWD Corporation   and members of the Madras University, DST and Pulicat, fisherfolk community participated. The Director ,Dr. K. Rajaratnam explained the activities of CRENIEO in Pulicat and the future plan of action especially in spreading  of Information Technology for rural development

6th April , 1999

Release of the Book “Myths and Realities of East Asian Model of Development - Lessons for India" authored by Dr. V. Jebamalai was released by Thiru.Murasoli Maran, M.P.   Dr.M.Naganathan, HOD, Department of Economics, University of Madras reviewed the book and the first copy was received by Thiru.P.N.G.Subramanian, I.F.S.

20th  May, 1998

This workshop was on the Nuclear Test conducted by India and Pakistan. Eminent research scholars, media personnel and social scientists participated in this workshop. Dr. K. Rajaratnam, Director  CReNIEO, gave the keynote address

2-9 January, 1997

The International Conference on Ethics and Development was held in Chennai.  It was attended by Social Scientists and activists, philosophers and professional from different parts of the world.  The theme of the conference was "Globalisation Self-Determination  & Justice in Development".

18th March, 1993

A CReNIEO and Gurukul faculty meet was organised at CReNIEO Dr. K. John Mammen of CReNIEO presented a paper on `Environmental Atonement'.  Dr.Mani Chacko and Rev.Dr.Andreas Nehring of Gurukul were among those who actively participated in the post-presentation discussion.  Dr. K. Rajaratnam,  was the chairman of the meet.

11th and 12th March, 1993

A two day National Seminar on `Non-violent New International Economic Order - Implications of  the Sevagram Declaration' was  organised. Dr. C. Subramaniam presided.

3rd April, 1992

A consultative meeting on `People's Participation on Environmental Projects' was held jointly by the Centre for Continuing Education and Extension, University of Madras, and CReNIEO.

8th January, 1992

Prof. T.Shivaji Rao, and Dr.Purushothama Reddy delivered lectures on `Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development' at CReNIEO.

5th August, 1991

The two year Diploma Course in Rural Development and Management was formally inaugurated by Dr. L. C. Jain.

4th August, 1991

Dr.M.M.Thomas, the then-Governor of Nagaland participated in the 10th Anniversary celebrations of CReNIEO.  The Report `A Decade of Research and Action' was released by Mr.J.R.Ramanathan, I.A.S. the Secretary and Commissioner, Department of Education, Tamil Nadu.

27th-29th April, 1990

A National Consultation was held on `Prasar Bharathi Bill on Autonomy for Electronic Media'.  Eminent media persons like Mr. Chanchal Sarkar, Mr.A. G.Noorani, and Mr. N. Ram, participated

19th April, 1990

Dr.P.R.Brahmananda delivered a lecture on `Fiscal and Monetary Crisis' with the 1990 budget as the backdrop

8th March, 1990

A workshop on `Perma Culture' was held at the Centre with Ms. Francis from Australia was the resource person

11th December, 1989

A National Conference on `International Debt Crisis - Implications for the LDCs and the Future World Economy’ was organised by CReNIEO.  Forty outstanding economists participated.

16th November, 1987

A Seminar on Development Finance was organised and 35 scholars from the Madras University and Colleges participated
A National Workshop on Environmental Economics and  Curriculum Development was also organised

27th August, 1987

Prof.Dr.Hans George Bhok, delivered a lecture on `Natural Resource Management'.

18th July, 1987

A lecture on Technology Transfer - Economic Development and the Law, was delivered by Prof.Jay A. Ersting, University of Colombo.

28th September, 1986

A Seminar on Liberalisation and its impact on India's Economy was organised.  The then Hon.Minister for Education Thiru.C. Ponnaiyan inaugurated the seminar Mr.J.R.Ramanathan, I.A.S. presided.