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PD. Dr. habil. Narahari Rao is a theoriser for cultural and social development and founder of the Vagdevi Educational Trust, an educational institution in India.

B. Narahari Rao is born in 1946 in Mangalore, India. He had his Graduation in Chemistry and Masters degree in Philosophy (with honours) in Dharwar and Mysore respectively. At the University of Mysore, subsequently he acted there as a Research Fellow. He taught philosophy at the University of Bangalore and engaged in rural development. He contributed to the establishment of the “Centre for Informal Education and Development Studies (CIEDS)” known to date as “Society for Informal Education and Development Studies (SIEDS)”.

As student and teacher he went to Europe in the late 70ties and acted at a number of European universities. In 1991 he obtained his doctorate in Philosophy (summa cum laude) at the Universität des Saarlandes, Germany, and habilitated there in 1997 with a thesis on Cultural Learning. He is Privatdozent (Adj. Professor) at the Universität des Saarlandes, collaborates in a research project of the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG) on „Lexicalisation in Discourse“ and was Visiting Professor at two universities, Kanpur (Indian Institute of Technology) and Lille (Belgium).

Mr. Rao is the founder of the Vagdevi Educational Trust, an educational institution in Mangalore (India). The organisation focusses on educational processes (higher education) in rural regions in India under the auspices of sustainable development. The goal is defined as knowledge transfer and knowledge exchange on a grass-roots level as a base of development processes. Besides the humanities and Indian oral tradition, the institute researches traditional knowledge in rural India, particularly focussing on skills and knowings connected to the natural environment. The Vagdevi Educational Trust is based on a general approach of renewing the Humboldtean educational model as an instrument for development, which was developed by Mr. Rao in 1999.

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