Aurangabad: The Central government’s Unnat Bharat Abhiyan aimed at bringing rural transformation through knowledge of technical institutes would soon be implemented in Aurangabad district. Waluj’s Hi Tech Engineering College has selected 10 villages in the area where development programmes will be implemented.
The Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) under the ministry of human resource development (HRD) of the Government of India aims to enable higher educational institutions to work with the people in rural areas to identify development challenges and provide solutions for them so to as to steer sustainable growth. The programme also aims to develop connect of the college students with the society and the rural challenges.
“Hi-Tech Institute of Technology has been selected as the participating institution (PI) under the scheme through a challenge mode application. A cluster of 10 villages have been selected in consultation with the district collector,” said college principal Siddarth Undirwade.
UBA project coordinator Geetanjali Kaushik said that the next step would be to carry out the baseline survey of all the villages adopted under the programme. “Following the survey, a village development plan will be prepared. For this, a gram sabha will be organised with the coordination of village development officer and public representatives for identifying three major issues of the villages,” said Kaushik. The issues could be related to drinking water, sanitation, agriculture, renewable energy and skill development.
Once prepared, the plan will be submitted for approval to UBA and will be implemented following approval. Raghunathpurwadi, Narala, Nagina Pimpalgaon, Babtara, Ghaigaon, Nimgaon, Ghodegaon, Shivrai, Palkhed and Anchalgaon have been selected for the programme.
Under the programme, the institute will get Rs 10,000 per village. The work on baseline survey in the villages has alaready been initiated by the college students.