UGC calls upon higher institutes to join UBA

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Sep 2018 12:30:58


Staff Reporter,

University Grants Commission (UGC) called all higher educational institutions to be a part of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) which connects higher education to villages for transfer of knowledge to enrich rural India.

The Commission said till now there are 262 non-technical institutions is part of UGB. Any recognised higher educational institution either Centre or State willing to be involved in development activities are invited to be a part of this Abhiyan. The institute should have at least 500 students excluding first and final year students and willing to identify at least 5 villages in their vicinity. They should also have at least two faculty members willing to involve with development activities in rural areas.

The Commission said selected educational institutions to engage at Panchayat level in chosen villages, assess need, formulate, identity, customise, solution technological or otherwise.  MHRD will be assisting in training and gap funding for technical solutions. This is MHRD’s flagship programme coordinated by IIT, Delhi. The Commission has extended timeline for applying under UBA up to September 28.  Earlier, UGC asked applications from universities and affiliated colleges by September 11.

The Commission has already informed that second phase of selection of institutions under UBA has commenced with effect from September 1. In order to facilitate maximum participation under UBA it has been decided to extend timeline for applying up to September 28 to make use of this opportunity.

The Commission asked institutes to actively participate and register on UBA website and make the programme successful. As informed by IIT, Delhi, nodal institution for UGC, participation is compulsory for all Institutions under the AICTE and UGC. The Commission had earlier written on March 2018 to the universities and colleges for the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan aiming to connect higher educational institutions to villages around for transfer of knowledge to enrich rural India. The Commission said the Abhiyan has been launched by MHRD and its primary objectives are to engage faculty and students of higher educational institutions in understanding rural realities and select existing innovative technologies, customise and implement as per local needs, to allow institutions to contribute to devise systems for smooth implementation of various government schemes.

UGC said both Central and State Higher Educational Institutions (Technical & Non-technical) will be selected through challenge method, based on certain parameters. Selected institutions will work closely with State Government District Administration/ Panchayati Raj Institutions/other institutions/ NGOs to provide customised technological solutions, undertake field studies, study implementation of Government schemes and facilitate their implementation according to the local needs. Selected institutions are expected to meet some expenses from their own resources as MHRD would be funding them partially.
The Commission said universities are suggested to be part of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan in contributing to enrich rural India and also encourage affiliated colleges to participate the Abhiyan.

Discussing about strategy of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, Commission said higher educational institutes will be selected through a challenge method, from both technical and on-technical streams, based on parameters such as history of engagement with rural communities, adequate faculty, and commitment to the programme objectives. The selected institutions will work with State Government, district authorities/ PRIs/ other institutions and nongovernmental bodies, for arriving at suitable and solutions for improving the social and economic well-being of the rural communities.

Selected institutes shall meet from their own resources all expenses for the field visits, and any other expense that is not specifically funded under the scheme.