CHRIST (Deemed to be University) is involved with Unnat Bharat Abhiyan program since June 01, 2017. CHRIST University having been involved in rural as well as urban community development programmes through Centre for Social Action since 1999 had harnessed UBA program and the opportunity for the university to involve its students and faculty in the India’s sustainable development.
About the workshop
The Unnat Bharat Abhiyan regional workshop on the orientation of the Participating Institutes was the first regional workshop of UBA that happened in Karnataka. This workshop sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India and organised by the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru was held on January 04, 2020, in the CHRIST campus. The purpose of the workshop was to orient the participating institutes to initiate work in the adopted village clusters and throw light into the various aspects regarding the initiative. The workshop was attended by 107 Participating Institutes (PIs), 4 faculty coordinators of National Coordinating Institute IIT Delhi namely Prof. Vivek Kumar, Prof. Priyanka Kaushal; Prof. Chandrakant Sarkar and Dr. Vandit Vijay along with the faculties from the Department of Sociology and Social Work (CHRIST) and faculties from the Center for Social Action (CHRIST).
The Inaugural Session
The inaugural session was oriented by Dr. Victor Paul (UBA coordinator, CHRIST), Prof. Vivek Kumar (NCI, IIT Delhi), Dr. Anil Joseph Pinto (Registrar, CHRIST), Prof. Priyanka Kaushal (NCI, IIT Delhi), Prof. Chandrakant Sarkar (NCI, IIT Delhi) and Dr. Suparna Majumdar Kar (CHRIST).
Dr. Victor Paul gave the welcome address. He talked about the role of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) in fulfilling the goals of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan and explained the role of the Center for Social Action (CSA) which is contributing a lot to society.
The inaugural address was delivered by Prof. Vivek Kumar. He discussed the role of Karnataka as a part of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan and also briefed about UBA’s mission and vision. He also discussed NSS and how it is different from UBA. He also threw light on the participatory approach used in UBA.
The felicitation address was given by Dr. Anil Joseph Pinto. He delivered a brief orientation on evolution of modern universities and their role in various social sectors. The inaugural session was concluded by Dr. Suparna Majumdar Kar, who delivered the vote of thanks.
Session 1: About Unnat Bharat Abhiyan
The session began with an introductory session by the participating institutes and what they have accomplished so far as a part of UBA. Followed by the introductory session, Prof. Vivek Kumar formally started the session on basic skills for village development by giving orientation about the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan. He discussed in detail about what is UBA, what are its mission and visions, what are its goals etc. He also explained the organizational structure of UBA. Apart from all these, he gave an orientation on UBA 2.0 launched on 25th April 2018. He discussed how it is different from UBA 1.0 and what its new initiatives and action plans are. The UBA 2.0 includes all kinds of institutes i.e. public, private, technical and non-technical institutes. He also covered topics such as the role of Subject Expert Groups (SEGs), convergence, etc. In this session, the various participating institutes shared their problems and experiences associated with project implementation also. The problems included legal support issues mostly to which Prof. Kumar explained about various dos and don’ts.
Session 2: Framework for preparation of “Plan of Action”
The second session was delivered by Prof. Priyanka Kaushal. She explained objective and strategy for the action plan of UBA. She further explained in detail on the process of surveys and data collection. She reinstated the planning perspective, the situation analysis and need identification to be carried out with the active participation of the community. Prof. Kaushal shared an intervention taken by IIT, Kanpur in an adopted village where they used the kids as a way to build rapport with the villagers and gain their trust. She explained the importance of rapport building for project implementation through the examples of IIT, Kanpur. Apart from all these, she also explained the funds available for the participating institutes for project implementation.
Session 3: Funding and Convergence possibilities and Submission of SEG proposal on Web portal
Prof. Vivek Kumar explained funding and convergence possibilities and submission of SEG proposal on web portal. He explained how the participating institutes can apply and implement the projects.
Session 4: Demonstration of Web Portal and Entrepreneurship Resource Planning (ERP) System
Prof. Priyanka Kaushal took another session on demonstration of web portal and Entrepreneurship Resource Planning (ERP) system. Here, she gave a detailed demonstration on the web portal of UBA ERP.
Session 5: Orientation on SEGs
The afternoon session was formally started by Prof. Vivek Kumar as a continuation of the morning session. In his session, he elaborated on the funding provided by the IITs, Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) etc. He also discussed about CSR support and special projects etc. After this, he gave an orientation on SEGs and their role which included technology intervention projects, to provide guidance and clarity on the visions, strategies etc. He also presented some samples of selected and approved proposals by SEGs. He ended the session with a discussion on this projects.
Session 6: Field Experience- Initiatives of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) in UBA villages
Dr. Arul Roncalli (CHRIST) made a presentation on the activities carried out by CHRIST (Deemed to be University) and Center for Social Action (CSA) as a part of UBA. He presented a short video on various activities carried out by the University and CSA in the 6 adopted villages. He then gave an orientation on participatory activities, visions and various programmes implemented in these villages. These included organization of Gram Sabhas and Gram Panchayats, household surveys, addressing various issues, discussion with the District Collectors, etc. The various issues found in the villages included AADHAAR and bank facilities, village development plans, women empowerment, awareness programmes, energy conservation, agriculture and livestock, health and hygiene and models of sustainable development etc. To meet the needs and solve these issues, the actions taken were such as follows- CHETANA women federation cooperative bank, water bore well recharge pit construction in Yalachammanahali, energy conservation by smokeless chulhas using solar cum electric chullas, rain water harvesting, sheep/goat/cow dung compost unit, production of organic farming by Green Chilli and Garlic, organic pesticide by Neem Oil, interventions programmes and Swachat Hi Seva- Plastic Free village initiative.
Session 7-Field Experience
Four of the participating institutes gave presentations on various interventions and projects implemented by them in the UBA villages adopted by them which included addressing menstruation issues, fuel conservation by developing fuel from waste oil, surveys, Anemia free villages etc. Followed by this, a question and answer session was organised. Lastly, some of the participating institutes gave their feedback on the workshop.
The workshop officially ended with participants’ feedback about the sessions. Dr. Victor Paul, UBA Coordinator, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) thanked faculty members from IIT Delhi all the participants. Overall, it was a successful workshop and the results were fruitful.