‘Auroville’ was founded by the ‘Mother', the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo on the 28th of February, 1968 as an international cultural township on the outskirts of Puducherry, in the Villupuram District of Tamil Nadu where 3300 people from 58 nations including India, live together as one community and engage themselves in cultural, educational, scientific and other pursuits aimed at Human Unity. UNESCO had endorsed the project of Auroville through four resolutions, in 1966, 1968, 1970, and 1983. The Township is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Education since 1980 and is administered as per the provisions of the Auroville Foundation Act, 1988 passed by the Parliament of India.
According to the provisions of the Auroville Foundation Act, Government of India provides partial funding in the form of grants to the Foundation for meeting its expenditure on the establishment, maintenance and development of Auroville, the provision for the year 2021-22 being Rs.18.20 crore.
Dr. Jayanti S. Ravi, IAS (GJ:1991), Principal Secretary, Government of Gujarat was appointed to the post of Secretary, Auroville Foundation for a period of 3 years with effect from 5th July, 2021, the date of assumption of charge to the post. Further, the Governing Board of Auroville Foundation was re-constituted with seven nominated members on 6th October, 2021 for a period of four years. Sh. R.N. Ravi, Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu is the Chairman and Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Puducherry is one of the Members of the newly constituted Governing Board. Moreover, Auroville International Advisory Council was also re-constituted on 11th October, 2021 for a period of four years with five nominated members on it.
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