The Foundation is the initiator and promoter of ‘Gandhi Teerth’, an international centre for Gandhian study, research and dialogue. Its core objective is to preserve and promote for posterity the Gandhian ideology and legacy.
Gandhi Teerth (a holy abode) is a magnificent 65,000 sq. ft. sustainable structure located at Jain Hills, Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India. The structure made entirely in pink Jodhpuri stone is beautifully landscaped with sprawling lawns and is adjoined by mango orchards with mounded sit-outs and serene walk-ways. The entire green complex nestles between 300 acres of lush, afforested hilly terrain, and is noise-free and pollution-free. Residential facilities for researchers and guests are housed within the complex.
The edifice is built under green norms to last for many centuries. It has won the GRIHA-ADaRSH Award for low energy material application. It’s architectural brilliance has won it the Artists in Concrete Award in 2013-14.
The initiative is sponsored by Jain Irrigation Systems Limited and Bhavarlal and Kantabai Jain Multipurpose Foundation, an in-house charity. GRF’s Chairman is Padma Bhushan Justice Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari, who was Gandhiji’s protege at the Wardha Ashram. Padma Shri Dr. Bhavarlal Jain, Founder Chairman of Jain irrigation Systems Limited and a leading social entrepreneur, is the Founder Trustee of GRF. Shri Ashok B. Jain, Vice President, Jain Irrigation Systems Limited, is a Trustee. Padma Bhushan Shri D. R. Mehta (IAS), former Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India and the proponent of the Jaipur Foot, the world’s largest producer and provider of artificial limbs, is a Trustee of GRF.
Gandhi Teerth, promoted by Gandhi Research Foundation, comprises the following facilities:
‘Khoj Gandhiji Ki’ museum: A thematic, state-of-art, interactive multimedia museum conceived and commissioned to disseminate Gandhiji’s life-lessons and ideology, as also the saga of Indian independence movement.
GIRI (Gandhi International Research Institute) : The academic arm of GRF which will award diplomas, degrees and facilitate research in Gandhian studies.
GRF (Gandhi Research Foundation) Think Tank: A consortium of scholars who will deliberate on contemporary issues. It can independently study and opine on public policy matters such as peace, ahimsa etc.
Gandhiana : Collection, classification, indexing and synopsizing of publications by and on Gandhiji.
Gandhi Archives : Preservation of archival publications related to Gandhiji and the Indian Freedom Struggle.
Gandhinomics : Rural Development/Outreach Programmes based on Gandhian ideology.
GRF has so far collected from authentic sources 7350 books, 4090 periodicals (Harijan, Navjeevan, Young India etc.), 4019 photographs, 75 films, 148 audio recordings of Gandhiji’s speeches, and philately items from 114 countries.