Published Date - 01 May 2018 04:19:21 Updated Date - 01 May 2018 04:20:43

HRD Ministry of Central Govt. Launches Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 for Villages

Human Resource Development Ministry launches Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 in New Delhi. Addressing the launching ceremony at AICTE headquarters through video message, Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar said that the students are the real agents of change who can develop, empower and brighten the future of the country.

Shri Javadekar said that Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 is in line with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's vision to transform India, in which students from colleges and universities will go to nearby villages to get acquainted with the life of the village people and the problems faced by them in day to day life. He added that this unique initiative of HRD ministry will serve as real Bharat Darshan for students and it is also an opportunity for them to learn about the basic challenges faced by rural people and to bring out practical solutions for their betterment. The Minister advised 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 etc. Shri Javadekar informed that the Ministry will bring out a practical handbook relating to Unnat Bharat Abhiyan. The Minister also congratulated the delegation from across India present on this occasion and gave his best wishes for the success of this endeavour.

 Addressing the launching ceremony of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0, the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Satya Pal Singh said that India had witnessed the migration of rural population in the past, but now the process of sustainable development through the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 will help to reverse this migration. He congratulated the Human Resource Development Ministry for launching the higher version of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan and expressed the confidence that commitment of the HRD Ministry will make this campaign a success. He appealed to the professors and students of the Higher Education Institutions to motivate the rural public, particularly the young generations for social economic development of the villages through various schemes and initiatives of rural development. Dr. Satya Pal Singh also congratulated the Indian Institute of Technology – IIT Delhi for developing excellent technology to take the development process to the rural areas.

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, with the intention to enrich Rural India. The knowledge base and resources of the Premier Institutions of the country are to be leveraged to bring in transformational change in 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 on a Challenge Mode and the scheme has been extended to 750 reputed Higher Educational Institutes (both public and private) of the country. Also, scope for providing Subject Expert Groups and Regional Coordinating Institutes to handhold and guide the participating institutions has 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, workout the possibilities of leveraging the technological interventions and the need to improve the processes in 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

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0

More than half of the population of India lives in villages. Every villages possess some specialty along with some challenges. Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 will make students learn about the problems faced by rural people and to find practical solution for its betterment. Under this scheme, students and professors of Higher Educational Institutions will motivate the rural public for socio economic development of villages through several schemes and initiatives meant for rural development.

In the past few years, people from villages migrated towards urban areas for better lifestyle. This Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 will ensure sustainable development of villages and reverse this migration process. Initially, 750 institutions are participating for the development of rural people and thousand others are willing to join thi national movement. This programme aims to enrich Rural India through establishment of relationship b/w society and higher educational institutions.

Central govt. wants to cover around 45000 villages for which the participation of 8252 Higher Education Institutions is required to make it a Jan Andolan (people’s movement). Higher Education Institutions take funds from the government and utilizes people’s money, so their participation will be a payback time. Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 is a two way process – Higher Education Institutions will learn from the widom of rural people and people will learn from the knowledge, technology support of these institutions.

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 Implementation

Under this unnat bharat yojana, govt. will select institutions in a challenge mode and will be extended to 750 reputed higher education institutions (both public and private). Subject Expert Groups (SEGs) and Regional Coordinating Institutes (RCIs) will guide the participating institutions. IIT Delhi will be the National Coordinating Institute for this unnat bharat abhiyan. All the reputed institutions will get covered in a phased manner.

Every institution will have to adopt a cluster of villages / panchayats to gradually expand the outreach over a particular duration. Faculty and Students will study the living conditions, local problems and needs in these adopted villages. Afterwards with the use of technology, these institutions needs to improve the process of implementation of govt. schemes and prepare working action plan for the villages.

All the institutions are expected to work in coordination with district administration, elected public representatives of panchayat / villages and other stakeholders. Faculty and students will be re-oriented and connected to ground reality of villages in order to properly implement their learning and research for the welfare of society. For more details, visit the official website – unnat.iitd.ac.in


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