The first regional orientation workshop of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan participating institutions of Karnataka is organized by CHRIST (Deemed to be University) in collaboration with IIT Delhi at Bengaluru on 4 January 2020.
A total of 107 representatives from the UBA participating institutions across the state were in attendance at the event with a goal to initiate work in the adopted village clusters. Unnat Bharat Abhiyan seeks to link higher educational institutes with rural communities to address the social and economic issues and to work towards their betterment.
Inaugurating the event Prof. Vivek Kumar, National Coordinator, IIT Delhi said, “UBA enables corporate social responsibility, and allows the identification of problems and design solutions, beginning with villages, to promote sustainable.” Prof. Kumar kickstarted the event by clarifying queries from the participants such as the UBA funding, enrolment of new institutions, proposal submission and demonstrated the web portal, along with Prof. Priyanka Kaushal, regional coordinator, IIT Delhi, who discussed the framework of the action plan.
Dr. Anil Joseph Pinto, Registrar, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) in his felicitation address emphasised the role of Higher Education institutions in nation building especially rural community development.
Dr.Victor Paul, UBA coordinator & Head, Dept of Sociology and Social Work, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) described the day-long event as “A platform to train the coordinators of the participating institutes in Karnataka on the process of UBA.” CHRIST University has been an active participant of UBA since June 2017 and has contributed to the growth of the 6 adopted villages in Bengaluru Rural District of Karnataka.
Swachhata Hi Seva (SHS) 2019, a Jan Andolan for Swachhata, is proposed to be organized from 11th September to 2nd October 2019. This year the campaign was focused on Plastic Waste Management, given the detrimental effect of uncollected plastic waste on human beings, animals and the environment at large.
As part of campaign, to make ‘plastic-free village’, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) involved its students and faculties and organized campaigns, street plays, house visits and distributed the cloth bags in University adopted “Unnat Bharat Abhiyan” villages (Yelachammanahalli, Appasandra, Doddathaggali, Thaggali Hosahalli, Gonakanahalli, and Govindapura) in Bengaluru Rural District.
106 students, 11 faculties/staffs spent 50 hours in 6 UBA villages and sensitized 694 families and distributed bio degradable and reusable Eco-friendly cloth bags to 600 households and collected 50 KG of plastic waste from the villages/households.
To motivate the government school towards protected our Environment with Support of Department of Sociology and Social Work, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) celebrated World Environment Day on 5th June 2019 in Govindapura Government Primary School and planted 25 saplings, SDMC member and Panchayath representatives were presented during the celebration
Parivartana a waste management unit of CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Parivarthana (Transformation) – from Trash to Treasure aims to create sustainable waste management models. This intervention creates socio-economic and environmental impacts. 15 women working in the unit and decided start the SHG under the guidance of Sr. Rosaline, Admin of Centre for Social Action, CHRIST (Deemed to be University)
As part the initiation 15 women visited the CHETANA Cooperative society in two batches to understand the importance of the Self help groups and to learn the functioning of SHG and discussed with Mrs. Shakunthala, Secretary of CHETANA Cooperative society, Yelachammanahalli ( UBA village) and started the a self help group in the parivarthana unit on 18th May 2019
The Women’s Cooperative Bank was set up by Chetana Women and Community Development Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited, a community-based organization, which was initiated, established and strengthened by CHRIST (Deemed to be University) in Yelachammanahalli. The bank began its operation from 7th February 2019. CU is providing technical support to the bank.
Centre for Social Action (CSA), CHRIST (Deemed to be University) organized Sashakta Mahila Sangama (SHG Mela) on 9th December 2018 in the university’s campus. 250 self-help group members from the rural and urban projects of CSA from Hoskote Taluk (UBA project and other villages), Kolar, Bagalkote and Bengaluru slums participated in the event. The event consisted of educative sessions and sports and cultural activities.
CHETANA Cooperative Society (CWMS) with the support of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) constructed a Community Managed Resource Centre in Yelachammanahalli. The resource centre is used for involving the community people in developmental activities and conducting capacity-building trainings, awareness programmes and SHG/Federation meetings. The resource centre is also creating an interest among the CU students to get involved in the village development initiatives by showcasing sustainable developmental models. 50 students can get accommodated in the resource centre. The total cost of the construction is INR 500,000 and the land for constructing the resource centre was granted by Doddanallala Grama Panchayat.
13 USAC (University Studies Abroad Consortium) students from CHRIST (Deemed to be University) visited the UBA project villages, smokeless chullah production unit and a silk farmhouse (to learn about silk production processes). They visited the Government Primary School at Yelachammanahalli and taught basic self-defense skills to the school children. They also interacted with the women self-help group members and understood the development approaches adopted by them.
To understand the community needs, discuss the socio-economic issues and seek solutions from the community people, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) conducted Grama Sabhas in Yelachammanahalli, Doddathaggali and Thaggali Hosahalli villages. The Grama Sabhas coupled with the village and household level surveys helped in formulating the Gram Panchayat Development Plans (GPDPs) for each of the six UBA project villages.