In a major distinction to its credit, the College of Engineering Pune (CoEP) here has been selected, along with the IITs, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan-Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.
As part of the initiative, the college has selected 10 villages around Pune, and a team of faculties and student volunteers will strive to develop “viable, practical and novel technological solutions” for making life easier in these places.
Inspired by the vision of transformational change in rural development processes by leveraging knowledge institutions to help build the architecture of an inclusive India, the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan has been 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 for accelerating sustainable growth.
“Becoming part of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan-Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana will not only be a technological experience but it will be a good social awareness to both COEP and villagers. We have collected the initial data from the 10 villages located near Pune and identified key problems that mainly includes scarcity of water and power,” M A Joshi, professor with Electronics department of CoEP told Newsline on Friday.
Alhe, Godre and Narayangaon villages in Junnar taluka; Shiravali, Chandivalil and Shmabhave near Paud; Ranje and Khapi villages near Khed-Shivapur and Khalad near Saswad are among 10 villages that have been selected by CoEP, she said.
To take the initiative forward, a joint meeting has been arranged at CoEP on Monday, where detailed discussion on these problems with the villagers and other authorities is expected to take place.
The Ministry for Human Resource Development, in October, had asked each of the eight older IITs to adopt 10 villages and the eight new IITs to adopt five each.
All the IITs are expected to hold joint consultation to categorise the identified problems in the adopted villages and would develop the technological solutions accordingly. The Modi government at the Centre had recently launched the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, under which each MP has to adopt a village and carry out efforts for its development.