Recently a review meeting related to the progress of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan Scheme (UBA) was organized through video conferencing.
Highlights of the meeting: The Union Education Minister emphasized on the following points:
Identify and work on three to five common issues across all villages, some of which are based on local issues.
Efforts should be made to increase the number of higher educational institutions under this scheme with the aim of benefiting more and more villages.
UBA should be used to sensitize school teachers regarding the National Policy on Education, 2020.
The need for a portal was highlighted which would act as an interactive platform for various institutions.
Study the state wise and set targets regarding the parameters prescribed under UBA such as improving literacy, healthcare etc.
Unnat Bharat Abhiyan:
This campaign was formally launched in the year 2014 by the Ministry of Education.
It aims to link Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with a set of five villages, so that these institutions can contribute to the economic and social betterment of these rural communities based on their knowledge.
It includes two major domains for the overall development of villages - human development and material (economic) development.
The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT, Delhi) has been designated as the National Coordinating Institute (NCI) for the UBA scheme.
the main purpose:
To engage HEI faculty and students to identify development issues in rural areas and find sustainable solutions to those issues.
Identifying and selecting existing innovative technologies, enabling adaptation of technologies or developing implementation methods for innovative solutions as per the needs of the people.
To allow HEI to contribute in developing systems for the smooth implementation of various government programmes.
Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0:
Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 is an upgraded version of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 1.0. It was started in the year 2018.
UBA 1.0 was a sort of invitation mode in which participating institutions were invited to be part of UBA.
Whereas UBA 2.0 is the challenge mode of the Unnao Bharat Abhiyan programme, where all HEIs are required to adopt at least 5 villages. Currently running UBA 2.0 mode.