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Principal

Lavkamad Chandra

Correspondent and Principal

I’m doing Karma Yoga.

In 1963, he completed Master’s Degree in Engineering from the RWTH University in Aachen, Germany 

1963-2003 worked for ThyssenKrupp as group leader in the mathematical department; Lufthansa as OR-Analyst; Head of System Development for logistics and IT application strategy and Project Manager Information Warehouse for Airbus in Hamburg and in Toulouse. 

2004 until present: volunteering as Correspondent and Principal of Auroville Institute of Applied Technology; instrumental for the growth of the Institute and implementation of the Dual System of Training at AIAT.

Residing in Auroville; mission is Karma Yoga to empower youth with knowledge and skills for a livelihood with dignity.

Karin

Karin Latzke

Founder

Dignity and social equality is for me a way to peace.

Therefore I started this vocational training centre to enable also the not-so well-off youth of this rural bioregion around Auroville to receive a proper education. Help to self-help is for me the way to change things in sustainable steps.

After studying management in Germany, my home country, I ran my own business for 23 years and joined Auroville in January 1998. Since the beginning I am involved with the work of Auroville Village Action Trust and started to fundraise and build up AIAT.

Angelika Kolb

Angelika Kolb

Head of Pedagogy and Counsellor

The ability to learn with joy and curiosity sometimes seems to be lost in us humans and yet it is a hidden wealth. However, experience shows with certainty that education and lifelong, curious and joyful learning is the key to a better, happier and more meaningful life. It leads to self-confidence and respect by others. In this sense I want to empower our teachers and students to be conscious of such a fulfilled future.

I’m trained as a graduate psychologist, psychotherapist and body therapist and can look back on 30 years of professional experience with a large number of patients who sought my help in various crises. I’m also trained as a German teacher for secondary level 2 and specialized in pedagogy.

I have been accompanying AIAT in its growth since 2005.

 Lakshay

Lakshay

Executive

I believe in the idea of Human Unity, and, as an Aurovilian it is my full-time pursuit.

As a professional, I work as an Executive Director of Integral World - a nonprofit enterprise - committed to the cause of social impact through organizational strategies, transformational communication, and effective actions. Within Auroville, I'm currently a member of the Auroville Town Development Council. ATDC’s mandate is to plan, develop and build the Township, implementing and monitoring development programmes and projects. I also teach at Last School, an Auroville institution based on the ideals of integral education, propounded by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. 

I am honoured to be associated with and serve the vision and mission of the Auroville Institute of Applied Technology. As executive of AIAT I'll work towards assisting AIAT scale new heights and benefit humanity at large. 

Jürgen PützJürgen Pütz

Co-Executive

The new direction in AIAT which the Institute is being able to explore in conjunction with PTU - Pondicherry Technical University offers exiting range of educational opportunities which are a new experience for youth in this area.

I have been involved in organic farming, horticulture, silviculture, afforestation and soil and water conservation, Watershed Management, Tank Rehabilitation and Rural Development projects since I joined the Auroville Project in its initial stages. I have successfully completed and continue to coordinate a number of projects supported by both Indian and foreigns funding agencies. Palmyra Centre has received National Groundwater Augmentation Award for year 2008 from The Ministry of Water Resources, New Delhi on.

The new direction in AIAT which the Institute is being able to explore in conjunction with PTU - Pondicherry Technical University offers exiting range of educational opportunities which are a new experience for youth in this area. We hope to meet the expectations which will be attached to this development.