2nd edition of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan

The minister 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 mission involves students from colleges and universities will go to nearby villages to get acquainted with the life of village people and the problems faced by them in day-to-day life.

About Unnat Bharat Abhiyan:

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, with the intention to enrich Rural India.

It aims to leverage the knowledge base and resources of the Premier Institutions of the country to bring in transformational change in the rural developmental process.

It also 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.

Under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0, the institutions have been selected in a Challenge Mode and the scheme has been extended to 750 reputed Higher Educational Institutes (both public and private) of the country.

Also, the scope for providing Subject Expert Groups and Regional Coordinating Institutes to handhold and guide the participating institutions have been strengthened.

IIT Delhi has been designated to function as the National Coordinating Institute for this 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. In this process, faculty and students of such institutes would be re-oriented and connected to the rural realities so that their learning and research work also becomes more relevant to the society.

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