UMRAN Green Perspective Foundation is a registered non-profit organization founded by Rajeev Kumar to encourage a communicative society & inspire humanity towards peace and prosperity via a unique education process that re-imagines the material world, empowers women, gives value & respect to environment.
The first initiative of UMRAN is the establishment of SLY Library, which will be an exhaustive reference library for content viz., stories, arts, and crafts for the kids. This sort of vast intellectual space to explore, coupled with the innovative curriculum of The Green School, aims to provide the next level of global exposure to young minds to expand their intellectual horizons and evolve into able citizens of a global society.
Founder & Managing Director
My journey begins on April 13th, 1988, in the small village of Akaunha, near a small town of Bihar called Jaynagar. It is situated on the border of India and Nepal. I love my village and the people there- my agricultural fields, animals, rain, and the smell of soil after rain, festivals and gathering in festivals and ceremonies, and those are my identities. When I was at the age of 10, I found a dramatic change in the attitude of our community. Criminal and illegal activities had increased, and there was a time we were living in an environment of fear. It was not the people I used to love, and it was not the village where I used to play and wanted to live. I just wanted to be away from that place. But that was not possible for my parents and especially for my mother. She will die but never leave those fields and homes that she has built with her labor.
My village’s location is like this: we have a ball from Nepal and a bat from India. We used to play cricket, as cricket is a very popular game in India. It was not just a popular game for us used to be a culture. My village consists of various societies; rich-poor, Muslim-Hindus, touchable-untouchable except Brahmins and Kashtriya (according to caste practice). For me, they are always the same- my villagers, not more and less, maybe because of my education. We were happy and satisfied, even with scarcity. We had delighted surroundings, minor clashes, and unbounded love. In festival time we all used to celebrate together. My family is a farmer by profession. But my father became a government teacher, and because of that, we moved to a nearby town, which was not wholly town and much far from my village. Since we have agricultural lands and my mother is a farmer, we often visit our relatives and farming fields.
My grandfather was a great storyteller. He was working in cinema along with his family’s profession farming. I believe he has learned a lot from cinema that he used to mention. No night can truly be called a “night” without the inclusion of a story from him. For him, education was very important, and that is why he provided a good education to his sons with good living conditions. I am very much inspired by my grandfather’s vision and his aura. He was always available to solve people’s problems through stories, which is why he was a significant judge in the Panchayat. I could see people’s love and respect for him from the crowd in his death ceremony. They were from different castes, religions, women and men, and children. I got my grandfather’s vision in legacy, which always inspired me to do something for our community.
My father is currently a retired government teacher and a veterinarian. My primary education was given by my father & mother, and thus they were my first teacher, who gave me both religious and modern education. I want to mention another teacher, Pramod Singh, for my primary education. However, along with time, that social and communication gap was increasing. Our parents were much more engaged with earning money. I grew up, and for education, I moved to Delhi. I graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru University in German Language and Literature. I got a scholarship to visit Germany and Turkey. After completing my education, I worked with a few BPOs in Delhi, but for a long time, I worked with book publication companies like Springer and Westermann in Pondicherry as a Project Manager. Perhaps, it was my destiny, and I got a scholarship to continue my academics, which I had decided to drop. In 2017, I moved to Istanbul, Turkey, for a new venture. I am doing a Master’s Program along with a teaching fellowship at Ibn Haldun University.
The very down to earth and humble nature of the Founder, Managing Director & CEO of that company, Sriram Subramanya (as well as the environment of the company and especially my senior & like my elder sister Indumadhi Srinivasan and Manu Puthur from Kerala my roommate, like my elder brother and my ‘second teacher’ at Jawaharlal Nehru University, who is now Assistant Professor at University College, Thiruvananthapuram ) fertilized my dream organically.
On the one hand, I struggled a lot, distancing myself from my village. However, I focused on myself, but I started feeling guilty and irresponsible after a certain point. My whole education was fading. I found the city life was no less distressed than a village; a happy and satisfying life in the city was just a perspective. The truth was something else.
In the Turkish language course, I was assigned to do a presentation with my classmates. “Umran” came to my mind as a topic to present as an assignment. Umran, as a concept, is a projection of a Tunisian Sociologist İbn Haldun. Umran is an Arabic word that means prosperity, but there is a deep meaning of Umran for Ibn Haldun, as I conceived it as a society, civilization, building, or making society. I was not aware that this Umran, the concept of İbn Haldun – would be something that I will bring into practice one day. I reflected on my research work on Bauhaus. This was my research work in my Master’s studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. “Bauhaus is an art and architecture school in Germany founded by Walter Gropius in 1919, conceived as a form of unity of all arts. I brought my whole professional and personal experience in communication to do a project and named it Umran.
In 2018-19, I gave a visit to my family. Many people came to visit me, and they made me feel more guilty, saying, “You were born here,” and “Do you remember I used to bring for you this and that now the time has come to give those things back?”. I was not happy to see them telling me the bitter truth but, I had my reason for distancing myself from the village. I returned to Istanbul, but I was empty, and their sentences were echoing in my mind. I decided to do something. I started thinking and came up with my old utopic ideas about building a school. It is big but not impossible. At least I will give my best effort and will not feel guilty anymore. I planned a step and further steps to move up. The first step was opening a library, which I could do with my own money.
This idea of establishing a school in my region was not new. I had this vision somewhere in my heart and mind. But every time, I hesitated because it was a big challenge, and I had not yet encouraged myself enough to take that challenge.
I returned to Istanbul, but I was empty, and their sentences were echoing in my mind. I decided to do something. I started thinking and came up with my old utopic ideas about building a school. It is big but not impossible. At least I will give my effort for a noble cause and will not feel guilty anymore. I planned a step and further steps to move up. That first step was opening a library, which I could do with my own money.
I talked to my father and explained to him my first small project. I was happy that he gave me consent for it. Then onward, I sincerely started working on my project. I communicated with my brother Sachin, who has recently finished his Bachelor in Computer Engineering and he is a web developer now. I talked for hours and hours with my British, Bangladeshi and Palestinian friends Hossein Turner, Muhammad Hossain, Shameer Alavudeen, Amra Mlloja, and Muntasir on my project, who are studying Ph.D. and Master at Ibn Haldun University and Neuro Marketing at Üsküdar University, respectively.
In this process, the vibrant, supportive, and multiplex approach of Ibn Haldun University has been crucial. I thank Professor Heba Raouf, Professor Ercüment Asil, Professor Önder Küçükural, Professor Vahdettin Işık, Professor Bruce B Lawrence and Professor Alparslan Açıkgenç and the charismatic, scholarly, and leadership personality of Professor Recep Şentürk, who have been very helpful in my journey. I would also like to thank my Indian Professors at Jawaharlal Nehru University who believed in me and recommended me for further study. I learned a lot- Prof. Babu Thaliath, Prof. Rajendar Dengle & my favorite Prof. Rekha Rajan & Prof. Sadhana Naithani.
Finally, at the beginning of 2021, I successfully established a good library dedicating my grandfather Sone Lal Yadav. The library consists of four sections as a set of culture: a study section, a music section, an art gallery, and a café. It will also serve as a model of UMRAN Green Residential School. UMRAN Green School currently operates online by providing free language courses for fifteen languages as it brings people from all walks of life together on one platform. This language program has been designed with a weekly “UMRAN Cultural Program.”” It offers Hindi, English, Turkish, Arabic, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Persian, Italian, Korean, Russian, and Urdu, from A1 to B2 level. It brings people from all walks of life together on one platform. A weekly “Umran Cultural Program” is also organized online. It brings together the language learners from several countries to discuss ideas and share their culture with the broader Umran followers and subscribers. Today more than 1000 international students and more than 40 international teachers are engaged with this language program from rural and urban areas.
I firmly believe that the zeal and potential of this project that I have designed, which is a very long journey of mine, will benefit people across the border and nations.
We work for good causes & try to develop a communicative society all over the world.
What We Do
UMRAN is a concept. It is wisdom that is being developed into a set of cultures that will encourage a communicative society & inspire humanity towards peace and prosperity via a unique education process that re-imagines the material world, empowers women, gives value & respect to the environment.
UMRAN, A Green Perspective has an objective to make education accessible to the deprived parts of villages in India where education is lacking.
UMRAN wants to improve the literacy level of the village. Its aim is to build a library for the children.
Umran tries to make best use of technology to provide quality education to the children of remote areas.
UMRAN will encourage to re-imagine the material world & gives value & respect to the environment.
Our members are highly qualified and skilled in their respective fields. Academics, managers, IT experts, social workers, and entrepreneurs are among them.