Meeting of Participating Institutions for the Subject Expert Group
Making impactful intervention in the adopted villages through technology development & customization projects
Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, a flagship program of MHRD, Govt. of India, organized a Meeting of Participating Institutions (PIs) with the Subject Expert Groups (SEGs) at IIT Delhi on 9th and 10th December 2019. The meeting’s objective was to enable all Participating Institutions to make an impactful intervention in the adopted villages through technology development and customization projects. The meeting was attended by 47 Participating Institutions and 11 Subject Expert Groups. The expert panel included Prof. VK Vijay (National Coordinator, UBA), Prof. Vivek Kumar (SEG Coordinator, UBA), Prof Priyanka Kaushal (RCI Coordinator, UBA). Prof. Das Gupta (IIT Kharagpur), Prof. Dutta, Prof Saha (IIT Delhi), Dr. JP Sharma (IARI, New Delhi), Prof. MP Gupta (IIT Delhi), Prof. Ramchandra (IIT Delhi), Dr. Neelam Patel (IARI), Prof. Ramesh (IIT Madras), Prof. Lakhan Singh (NIRD&PR).
Prof. Vivek explained the roles & responsibilities of the Subject Expert Groups (SEGs). He emphasized on situation analysis and methodology of submitting the projects to UBA, as well as the periodic assessment of the completed projects. He requested all PIs to utilize the expertise of think tanks the UBA, i.e, SEG panel to improve their technologies and project proposals. He provided insight on the UBA website and ERP portal as well.
Prof. Vijay discussed the achievements and role of UBA in rural development and how UBA has evolved to become the most sought-after project by MHRD. He added that there’s a need to develop an entrepreneurship system that can double the income of the farmers.
To encourage PIs, Prof. JP Sharma highlighted the importance of documentation, reporting, and collecting feedback from the villagers after the intervention. As far as facts are concerned, he said that 187 proposals have been received and assessed by an expert team of 25 scientists, out of which 100 proposals have been approved and implemented. He requested PIs for coming up with ideas to manage surplus crop production, reduction of wastage of crops, and promotion of renewable resources. He added that all 95 schemes run by the government should be documented in one and awareness about these schemes should be conducted through UBA.
Prof. Saha (RuTag) threw limelight in various ways RuTag can help in attaining the objectives of the various proposals. He stressed on multiplying the effect of RuTag in rural areas. Seeking the water crisis going within the country, Prof. Dutta called for coming up with projects for water cleaning, water conservation, and water storage. He also appreciated the UBA team for managing this big task of including all 45000 institutions across the nation for not just developing new technologies but the application of knowledge as well.
Prof. Ramchandra provided his expertise in biogas plants and how the inclusion of such plants can be useful for rural areas. He said that sustainable farming and renewable energy usage is the need of the hour and hence PIs should encourage farmers for the same. Various presentations on completed projects were given by the PIs on the completed as well as proposed projects. The projects were analysed for challenges and then advised by the expert panel on the spot.