To involve professional and other higher educational institutions of the country in the process of indigenous development of self-sufficient and sustainable village clusters in tune with the notion of 'GramSwaraj' propounded by Mahatma Gandhi
In accordance with the above mentioned vision, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan will strive to pursue the following: Develop the necessary mechanism and proper networking among educational institutions, implementation agencies (PanchaytiRaj Institutions) and the grass root voluntary organizations to enable effective intervention at the field level. Select suitable rural clusters and effectively participate in the holistic development of these clusters using eco-friendly sustainable technologies and local resources creating sufficient employment opportunities in the process, harnessing multifarious Govt. schemes as well as the efforts of voluntary organizations. Simultaneously, reorient the ethos, the academic curricula and research programs in professional institutions to make these more compatible with the national needs including those of rural areas, thus contributing to capacity building towards indigenous development.
What makes us think about a model village? 68.9% of our population lives in rural areas (Census 2011). Though this number is expected to fall in the coming years, it is still estimated that more than half of our population would be rural even in 2050. Despite there being several past initiatives by governments at all levels – Central, State and Local – in the past, the level of improvement has not kept pace with the rising aspirations among Indians. On most development parameters, there is still a significant gap between rural and urban India