Management

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 Latzke
Founder/Executive
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
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.

Administration

Arumugam Subburayan
Vice Principal
I try to deliver social service in helping students in technical skills.

Did Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Worked for the Department of Employment and Training Government of Tamil Nadu for 38 years, beginning as instructor until retirement in 2017 from the post of principal of Government ITI, Ulundurpet, district Villupuram. He was instrumental for the development of Ulundurpet ITI. Ulundurpet ITI was selected to be among the top ten ITI’s at an all India level during the year 2017-18 (10th rank in grading). Awarded as best principal by the department of Employment and Training in 2014-2015.

Anbazhagan
Head of Accounting & General Administration
After my experience at AIAT - I stand for the rural youth getting the right skill training education. My work is the learning of opportunities for everyone aspiring for a better life. I work towards cultural development and communal harmony.

Joined AIAT in 2006 as accountant after completing BBA. He is responsible for finances, accounting, building maintenance, admission and examination related activities with Government institutions. He is also involved in extra curriculum activities and in marketing. He is very much engaged for the student’s cause and growth. Completed his MBA in Banking and Finance. He is a link between AIAT and the villages of the Auroville region. 

Muthuvel
Admin. Assistant
I work at AIAT to support the management, helping to achieve their goals to better the livelihood of the youth of this area.

He is responsible for the maintenance of the student records, Government related administration work such as student records verification, preparation of the examination documents, daily maintenance of student attendance records, inventory and maintenance of the buildings.

J. Ramachandiran
Driver
Auroville is doing good work for the people. That’s why I selected Auroville ITI. I believe that it’s the right place for me

Educational Qualification: 10th passed. Work experience: 14 years as diesel mechanic. Skills: Driving, Diesel Mechanic, Volleyball

Faculty for Employability Skills, English, Communication and Extra Curriculum Activities

Krishnapriya I
Faculty
I like to be a teacher, and I like to be known for inspiring my students to realize they can be more than they thought they could be.

M. Tech in Electronics, Engineering started my career as Assistant Professor in RGCET, Puducherry. Then, worked as Assistant Professor in CIT for two years. I believe that education is all about being excited about something. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style. My passion and enthusiasm towards teaching helps me to carry on my educational message.

Department of Electronics, Communication & Electrical Engineering

Manikandan Sekar
Head of the department
I like to enable students to be ready for entrepreneurship, to work independently and gain lots of knowledge and skills for their work.

I did my B. Tech in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. After completing my UG I worked as site engineer in a contract company. In 2013 I came to AIAT as an instructor of the EM department. This was a turning point in my career and I started loving my role as a teacher. I really enjoy this role and I’m grateful to AIAT for giving me this wonderful opportunity to bring many young people to a right path.

Mohammed Mohamed A
Electronic Mechanic faculty
I like to be part of AIAT because the principal, administration, and other faculty members work together to enhance our student’s life and support their growth.

I did my M. Tech in Electronics Engineering and started my career as Assistant Professor at Mailam Engineering College, Villupuram. Then I started my own project center for the students to help them to make innovative projects. Thus I got good experience in teaching and doing real time projects. Then I joined AIAT in 2017 as an Electronic Mechanic faculty member, and I am doing innovative projects like Smart Dustbin, mobile signal detector, solar charger, DC motor in series and parallel module, etc. Poor students get extra counseling and we help them to get good jobs.

D. Kalaichelvi
Electronic Mechanic faculty
I have joined AIAT to utilize my academic knowledge and experience for the betterment of the students, our institution and myself.

I’m a trainer in the Electronic Mechanic Department. I teach Electronic Mechanic Theory, Workshop Calculation and Science and engineering drawing for various sections.

I have rich experience in engineering and a technology background already; in spite of that I have decided to join AIAT because of the work environment, culture and project-based learning. 

I did my Bachelor’s in Electric and Electronic (EEE) and Master’s in Power Systems.

Sasi Kumar
Faculty of Electric
Working in AIAT is to develop my practical knowledge and to experience my real potential.

Started my stepping-stone as an apprentice at the Pondicherry Electricity Department. Worked as staff at a higher secondary school and proofed my achievements through my students (2 students got a school first and 3 centum). I changed then to the Mahalakshmi ITI where I gained still more practical knowledge. 

Here in AIAT we specialize in teaching practical skills and capture the theory more deeply by understanding the matter thoroughly because we draw the line between practice and theory.

Department of Information Technology

Ravi Shankar.D
Head of Information department
My mission at AIAT is to empower the trainees with knowledge in computer science and the implementation of interesting projects.

MCA, M. Phil. in Computer Science; around 15+ years of experience in the area of ‘Lecturing about Computer Hardware, Networks and System Administration’.

I have done a dissertation on Analysis of BGP Vulnerability and Practical Security Implication. I’m a CCNA certification holder and can handle CISCO networking devices.

From 2006-2010 I worked for Achariya Group of World Class Education, Pondicherry as Sr. Lecturer in Cambrian College – Achariya Campus-Canada for Software Engineering Technology (SOTY) and Computer Engineering Technology (CETY) courses.

2010 until present I’m working as a facilitator for Information Communication Technology at AIAT.

Vasuki. T
Faculty in Information technology for Computer operation and programming
My aim at AIAT is to provide students with good training and improve their quality of education.

I have worked in Computer Software Technology ITI – course as Tutor in Marine Industrial School past 8 years (2008-2016).

I’ve also worked in the Swami Vivekananda Rural Community College as Facilitator in Diploma in Computer Hardware Networking course (2016-2018).

From 2016-2018 PMKVY and NSDC – ICRDC Training of Trainer (TOT) in field Technician & Computing and Peripheral course at New Delhi.

Hope (NGO), Child Rights Associated officer 5 years (part time).

PMSSS – 2 years Hardware networking course Trainer (part time).

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Vimal B
Stem land
I like to contribute my energy and time towards the growth of the students by facilitating 21st Century Skills like Critical Thinking, Creative Problem solving, communication and collaboration

I am a Mechanical Engineering graduate possessing 11 years of professional experience in the industry and 3 years in the educational domain. I held various roles viz. QC Engineer, Engineer-Management Systems, Deputy Manager – Maintenance. I provided 300+ man-hours of training on Quality, Maintenance and Systems titles to the shop floor personnel. As an Educator for the past 3 years I started and managed a educational start up M/s. Redshade Robotics, providing training and support on electronics and robotics for the engineering and diploma students. Through the organization, I designed and developed a low cost Educational AI Robot for kids of all ages. Further I consulted organizations like M/s. FERAL for product prototyping related to environmental monitoring. 

Sivanesan
Faculty for Fitter
I like to work as a teacher and to improve the educational standard of my students and raise interest in the students by doing high level projects.

Did my Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at Venkatachalapathy Polytechnic, Villupuram and got my CTI certificate from Central Technical Institute, Chennai; worked as a Fitter instructor in Mahalakshmi ITI, Cuddalore and had worked for six years at Grace Infrastructure Private Ltd. Since 2018 I’m a teacher at AIAT and focus on developing the educational level of the students by concentrating more on project-based learning.

Ravi K
Practical Welding instructor
I like to teach innovative projects for the students and to motivate them to develop their technical skills

I completed eighth standard and have 25 years of experience in the welding field. For many years I worked in companies like Aureka and Steel Tech. Since 2017 I’m part of AIAT and have done many wonderful recycling projects with scrap materials together with students.

M. Krishnadevan
Faculty for Fitter
To empower and enrich the lives of the students by innovative teaching methodology for accomplishing their goals.

I’m a Mechanical Engineering graduate from TSM Jain college of Engineering and Technology possessing 3 years of professional experience in the industry, NICHOLAS TECH, Chennai. I had worked on a project “Semi permanent four-wheel steering”. I have a good experience on quality checking of Gauges. During my working period I had secured employer of the year award for my commitment towards the work. Currently, I’m in AIAT to empower student’s skills and to develop myself.

Albert Lucian. L
Faculty for Welder
To nurture students to be discipline and enable them to ignite their minds to improve their skills so as they will be better employable.

I completed ITI, welder in St. Joseph ITI, Cuddalore. After completion I got apprenticeship training in L and T Technology services. I went to abroad and worked in Alfanar Refrigeration Company which is in UAE for 11 years. Presently, I have joined AIAT for the well-being of myself and students.

Sanitation and Hygienic staff

G. Irusammal
Sanitation in-charge
I like our atmosphere and love to help to uplift the career of the students. I admired our principal’s activities to improve the life of our students.

8th STD, has been working in AIAT since the beginning of 2004.

I. Nirmala
Sanitation in-charge
I’m interested to work here because everybody behaves in a good manner. I like this atmosphere and environment.

5th STD; has been working in AIAT for three years.