Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is inspired by the vision of transformational change in rural development processes by leveraging knowledge institutions to help build the architecture of an Inclusive India. Their 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 for accelerating sustainable growth. 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.
Vision:Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is inspired by the vision of transformational change in rural development processes by leveraging knowledge institutions to help build the architecture of an Inclusive India.
Mission: The Mission of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is to enable higher educational institutions to work with the people of rural India in identifying development challenges and evolving appropriate solutions for accelerating sustainable growth. It also aims to create a virtuous cycle between society and an inclusive academic system by providing knowledge and practices for emerging professions and to upgrade the capabilities of both the public and the private sectors in responding to the development needs of rural India.
India in the twenty first century is an interesting mosaic of new and old challenges and opportunities. Huge development disconnects such as inequity in health, education, incomes, co-exist with a society getting connected through communication technologies prompting an increasingly vocal democracy to demand greater public services and assets, opportunities for growth and access to resources.
70 % of the population in India lives in rural areas, engaged in agrarian economy with agriculture and allied sectors employing 51% of the total workforce but accounting for only 17% of the GDP. Without rural development, India cannot optimally realise its growth potential and claim its place in the world.
In today’s Knowledge Economy, it is not enough to mobilise financial resources. Professional and technical know-how, evolved through innovative experimentation and adapted to the social context is equally important. The implication is that rural development needs to be informed by a formal professional knowledge framework encompassing engineering, planning, management and applied social sciences as a holistic design approach. At the same time such professional inputs need to be sensitive to the local context and community. The critical design parameters for rural development can be seen as a triadic unity of people’s participation, inter-disciplinary professionalism and convergence of resources. Moreover, the outcomes need to be measured not just in terms of quantitative gains, but by social equity, technical soundness, economic efficiency, and sustainability.