UPSC: UNNAT BHARAT ABHIYAAN 2.0
UNNAT BHARAT ABHIYAAN 2.0:
The second stage of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan aimed at making higher education institutions provide solutions for problems of villages.
The idea is to have a coordinated approach where the government and institutions work together to facilitate rural development.
This was expected to be a two-way learning process, where institutions share their knowledge with villages and also learn from the wisdom and commonsense of rural folk.
The key points include helping villages achieve 100% school results, creating 25 jobs each in four sectors in each village where work would take place, increasing rural incomes, providing drinking water and sanitation to villages, disposing village garbage, among other things.
- Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, with the intention to enrich Rural India.
- This unique initiative of HRD ministry will serve as real Bharat Darshan for studentsand 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 students with involvement from local village people would identify various problems and would solve them.Such issues that are related to health, cleanliness, waste management, plantation, financial inclusion, women and child development etc.
- 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 Modeand the scheme has been extended to 750 reputed Higher Educational Institutes (both public and private) of the country.
- IIT Delhi has been designated to function as the National Coordinating Institute for this programmeand 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.
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