The Union Human Resource Development Ministry on April 25, 2018 launched the second edition of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan in New Delhi.
Under the program, students from 750 higher educational institutions from across the country will adopt nearby villages and visit them to get acquainted with the regular lifestyle of village people and the problems faced by them in their day to day life.
Speaking at the launch ceremony of the program, Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar said that the students are the real agents of change who can develop, empower and brighten the future of the country.
Javadekar added that the unique initiative will provide an opportunity to the students to learn about the basic challenges faced by rural people and to bring out practical solutions for their betterment.
He advised the students to involve local village people at every stage of problem identification and solving issues relating to health, cleanliness, waste management, plantation, financial inclusion, women and child development.
The main objective of the program is to enable higher education institutions to work with the people of rural India in identifying development challenges and evolving appropriate solutions for accelerating sustainable development in rural areas.
About Unnat Bharat Abhiyan
• It is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, with the intention to enrich Rural India.
• Under the program, the knowledge base and resources of the premier institutions of the country will be leveraged to bring in a transformational change in the rural developmental process.
• The project aims to create a vibrant relationship between the society and the higher educational institutes, with the latter providing the knowledge and technology support to improve the livelihoods in rural areas and to upgrade the capabilities of both the public and private organisations in the society.
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Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0
• The second edition of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is the higher version of the program’s previous edition.
• Under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0, the institutions have been selected on a Challenge Mode and the scheme has been extended to 750 reputed Higher Educational Institutes (both public and private) of the country.
• The scope for providing Subject Expert Groups and Regional Coordinating Institutes to handhold and guide the participating institutions has also been strengthened in this edition.
• IIT Delhi has been designated to function as the National Coordinating Institute for the programme and the Ministry intends to extend the coverage to all the reputed Higher Educational Institutes, in a phased manner.
• Each selected institute would adopt a cluster of villages/panchayats and gradually expand the outreach over a period of time.
• Institutes through their faculty and students, will carry out studies of living conditions in the adopted villages, assess the local problems and needs, work out the possibilities of leveraging the technological interventions and the need to improve the processes in the implementation of various government schemes, prepare workable action plans for the selected villages.
• Such knowledge inputs would make their way into the development programmes in rural areas.
• The Institutes would be expected to closely coordinate with the district administration, elected public representatives of panchayat/villages and other stakeholders and will become very much a part of the process of development planning and implementation.
Who: HRD Ministry