Fellow Since 1990
TARU ( The Leading Edge-Pvt. Ltd.)
This profile was prepared when Aromar Revi was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1990.
The New Idea
Aromar's engineering background and his leadership of Development Alternative's "Shelter Group" (which created and demonstrated alternative building technologies) was topped by his participation in the National Campaign for Housing Rights (NCHR) to make clear to him the need for a status report on housing. While a large number of documents have been published dealing with various accounts of the problems of human settlement in India, there is no single document that presents a holistic picture and a possible package of solutions based on programs and experiments that have actually worked.Aromar's report would not only meet this need but would also test and refine a methodology to undertake "state of housing and living conditions" studies at district, regional, and state levels so that local groups could monitor progress. The network of groups that would be involved in the preparation of the study would then continue as an effective forum to extend the effort. A series of multilingual films would complement the report and focus on case studies and the human issues involved.