Can science and religion work together in communities? That's an issue Pankaj Jain, associate professor of philosophy and religion, explores in the book Science and Socio-Religious Revolution in India (Routledge).
Jain specifically looks at the Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization, founded in the 1970s to provide economic and developmental solutions to rural villages in the Indian Himalayas.
The organization promoted the use of dharma, the religious concept that provides order in the universe, as well as local resources for self-reliance. Jain concludes that the group's work is an example of science and religion coming together.