Unnat Bharat Abhiyan a flagship programme of the government of India and inspired by the vision of transformational change in rural development processes by leveraging knowledge institutions to help build the architecture of an Inclusive India. This was the dream of the father of nation Mahatma Gandhi that real India is residing in rural areas and their development must be our top priority. This mission is conceptualised as a movement to enable processes that connect institutes of higher education with local communities to address the development challenges of rural India through participatory processes and appropriate technologies interventions for accelerating sustainable growth with available human and natural resource in the adopted villages. It also aims to create a virtuous cycle between the society and an inclusive university system by providing knowledge and practices for emerging professions and to upgrade the capabilities of both the public and the private sectors.
Basic objective of UBA are:
- To engage the students and faculty of higher educational institutions in understanding rural realities
- To identify and select existing technologies, enable customization of technologies or devise implementation methods for innovative solutions, as per the local needs.
- To leverage the knowledge base of the institutions, to devise processes for effective implementation of various government programs.
Major areas of intervention can be - health, education, skills, values; organic agriculture, water management, renewable energy, artisan and rural industries, harnessing natural resources, e-support (IT enablement); basic amenities. (Attachment: UBA brochure)
List of Adopted Villages Under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan Scheme :
About Unnat Bharat Abhiyan
The Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) is a flagship programme that falls under the ambit of the Ministry of Education and aims to link the country’s Higher Education Institutions with a set minimum of five villages so that these higher institutions can help in contributing to the social and economic betterment of the communities of these villages by using their knowledge base. The National Coordinating Institute of the UBA programme is the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi).
Domains for holistic development
Under UBA, two major domains for the holistic development of villages are covered which are:
- human development
- material (economic) development in an integrated manner.
The objective of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan
UBA’s objective is to engage the students and the faculties of the Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) to understand the country’s rural realities. Under this scheme, the students and the faculties help in identifying the developmental issues that are being faced in the rural areas and coming up with sustainable solutions. Under UBA, existing innovative technologies are identified, selected, and customized for innovative solutions, as required by the people. The HEIs also contribute to devising systems that can help in the implementation of the various Government programmes.
At present, under this scheme 748 Institutions are participating. 605 institutions have been selected for Phase-2. Out of the selected 292 are Non-Technical Institutions and 313 are Technical Institutions.
About UBA 2.0
UBA 2.0 is the upgraded version of UBA 1.0 and was launched in the year 2018. In UBA 1.0 the participating Institutions were invited to be a part of this scheme whereas in UBA 2.0 the HEIs are required to adopt a minimum of 5 villages willingly.