SIIRD : A Rural Development Intiative by students of IIT Roorkee


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Students' Initiative for Integrated Rural Development (SIIRD), is a rural development initiative taken by students of IIT Roorkee.
It aims at development of targeted village by developing a collaborative model by synergizing the efforts of government, academia, industry & society.

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SIIRD : A Rural Development Intiative by students of IIT Roorkee

  1. 1. STUDENTS’ INITIATIVE FOR INTEGRATED RURAL DEVELOPMENT A rural development initiative taken by the students of Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. Gaurav Nemade Students’ Initiative for Integrated Rural Development, B.Tech. III Year, Computer Science & Engineering., IIT Roorkee.
  2. 2. AIM o Develop the targeted village by evolving a demand driven initiative based model by synergizing the efforts of multiple stakeholders, specifically, villagers, NGOs, Government, Industry and Academia in the field of rural development. o Sensitize students of IIT Roorkee with rural ethos and develop a sense of social responsibility amongst them. ABOUT SIIRD SIIRD stands for “Students’ Initiative for Integrated Rural Development”. This project was started in January 2006 when a group of B.Tech students of IIT Roorkee approached Prof. Vinay K Nangia (Chair Professor, Government of India’ Knowledge Economy Project, Head, Department of Management Studies, and Coordinator, Uttarakhand Development Cell, IIT Roorkee) to work in the field of Rural Development. The project then evolved into “Students’ Initiative for Integrated Rural Development”. SIIRD’s first step towards Rural Development was to identify a model village. Factors such as physical connectivity, terrain and availability of basic infrastructure, diversity in social make up of population representative of the culture of Uttarakhand, were borne in mind while exploring the villages for a location ideally suited for a functional model on the ground to show-case the best practices of public-private-partnership collaboration. The SIIRD team carried out baseline surveys of more than 15 villages in 3 districts of Uttarakhand and identified “Charba”, a village in Sahaspur District of Dehradun as the model village. Till date more than 120 students have been a part of this project and over 2000 man-days have been spent for this project. Various demand driven initiatives have been taken up by the students for the betterment of the villagers and development of the Charba, a brief report of which is appended.
  3. 3. DEMAND DRIVEN INTIATIVES 1. Information & Communication Technology (ICT) awareness Initiative Objective To create awareness about the use and benefits of Information & Communication Technology and develop a healthy relation with the villagers. Methodology  Meetings of villagers were convened and the uses and benefits of Information & Communication Technology were Large scale demonstration of ICT benefits demonstrated. Door to Door demonstrations were also done.  Practical hands-on exposure of computer and Internet was given to villagers The villagers were also provided an opportunity to experience the use of computer and Internet.  These demonstrations helped SIIRD team to identify ‘champions’ (villagers who were supportive and willing to help carry our initiatives forward). Team members address ing large gathering Achievements  A total of about 350 man days spent for this initiative (of which about 150 man days spent in the village) from June, 2008 to February 2009.  The team identified 15-20 champions in the village who help the team during visits.  About three-fourth of the village has been covered by door to door demonstrations and the team has Training sess ion by SIIRD team member spread its presence in the village.  Training of Trainers program: All the Computer Centre trainers of Charba have undergone training imparted by IIT Roorkee students in 3 training programs.  Softwares like Microsoft office, basic flash, basic photoshop, elementary C, Tally, etc. were taught to them. SIIRD Team members with champions
  4. 4. 2. Entrepreneurship initiative Objective: To find the suitable entrepreneurs in Charba village for running the Soochna Kutir (JANADHAR) to ensure awareness and usage of Information & Communication Technology in Charba. e-Governance: Janadhar is the e-Governance initiative of the government of Uttarakhand. It was started in Janadhar March 2005. The initiative was taken up with funding from the UNDP and technical guidance by the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT). The main objective of the e-Governance initiative is to deliver information of public interest and services related to various government departments at the doorsteps of the citizens of Uttarakhand by setting up citizen-centric information kiosks (Soochna Kutirs) for e-Governance in the state. Achievements  A total of about 200 man days spent for this initiative from September, 2008 to March, 2009.  Suitable entrepreneurs were identified for running the Information Kiosks (Soochna Kutir) to ensure the awareness and usage of benefits of Information & Communication in Charba.  8 Suchna Kutirs (Information Kiosks) were studied in Naintal by 5 students.  3 Soochna Kutir (Information Kiosks) were set up and inaugurated in Charba under the UNDP funded e-Governance project by Prof. H.K. Verma, Deputy Director, IIT Roorkee.  Training of the personnel manning the Soochna Kutirs (Information Kiosk) was done in UNDP office, IIT Roorkee.
  5. 5. 3. Primary School ICT Education Initiative Objective: To provide basic computer education to the students of primary schools of village Charba and make this education system sustainable. Methodology:  Identifying Primary stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, team members) and obtaining their views on computer education  Preparing course materials in Hindi for SIIRD team member interacting with students teaching in primary schools in consultation with the teachers in conformity to the private school course structure.  Integration of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) with SIIRD thereby ensuring sustained government support to the primary school ICT education initiative. Team member discuss ing course materia l with primary school teacher Achievements  About 150 man days spent for this initiative from January, 2009 to November, 2009.  Course structure (in Hindi) prepared.  Details & database of all 4 Primary schools.  ICT education imparted to students of primary schools by SIIRD team.  Met Mrs. Geeta Nautiyal, District Education Team member helping a s tudent Officer, Dehradun District and obtained approval for integration of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) with the primary school ICT education initiative  SSA officials agreed to extend support to SIIRD for its future initiatives.  About 10 Videos made which to serve as self- learning tool kit illustrating the usage of simple software like notepad, calculator, etc. Team member with primary school students
  6. 6. 4. Girls’ Education Initiative Objective: To train the girls of Charba in ICT and make them champions so that they may in turn impart training to other villagers and thus make this education system sustainable. Methodology:  To train the girls from the village so that they could further train the students in the village.  The focus is on training the girls of age group 12-15 years. SIIRD team & Charba girl teaching s tudents  Our target is to train about 30 girls in Charba. Achievements:  About 50 man days spent for this initiative from March, 2009 to November, 2009.  Training given by IIT R girls - 7 Charba girls were trained in ICT at IIT  Training given by combined efforts of IIT R girls and Charba: - 20 students were trained at house of Mr. Baljeet Singh (Champion) 15 th May 2009. - 36 students were trained in Primary School no. 3 on 16 th May 2009.  5 new girls were trained from Charba by IITR girls SIIRD team member teaching g irls of Charba from 8 th to 10 th August, 2009. 5. Health Initiative Objective: To improve the health status of village with the assistance of health institutes in nearby areas, mainly by organizing health camps and to connect them with doctors in village by teleconferencing. Achievements:  Contacted Himalayan Institute Health Trust (HIHT) in Dehradun District and discussed about health initiative.  SIIRD team is in process to organize a health camp in the village with HIHT assistance soon.  Villagers were made aware about e-Health and SIIRD team member in a clinic in Charba their interest was created in it and team got good feedback from them.
  7. 7. 6. Employability Initiative Objective: To improve the employability of the unemployed or under-employed people of the Charba village by skill development or getting their existing skills tested and certified. Methodology:  Creating a platform for villagers & industry to reduce the gap between them.  Designing of training module & training the villagers to impart necessary employment skills. Training sess ion for villagers in Haridwar  Recruitment of the trained villagers. Achievements:  About 80 man days spent for this initiative from January, 2009 to November, 2009.  Met CII officials and other local industrialist of Selaqui, Dehradun district & integrated them with this initiative.  In consideration of the industrial demands, motivational training of 5 villagers was done in Haridwar.  Another meeting with CII and other local industrialist of Haridwar to discuss recruitment of IIT Roorkee faculty member in training sess ion trained villagers. 7. Agriculture Initiative Objective: To give improve the agriculture status by increasing the rate of production in agriculture using scientific tools and research. Methodology:  Integrate multiple stakeholders (like Krishi Vigyan Kendra, IFFCO etc.) in this initiative  To focus on a specific group of about 12-15 farmers who would be champions in agricultural initiative.  Expertise of Professors and students of Biotechnology department will play crucial role in this initiative. Achievements:  About 30 man days spent for this initiative from March, 2009 to November, 2009.  Basic survey of agricultural practices in the village Charba.  Identified 5 potential farmers for the target group of this initiative.
  8. 8. SIIRD ON REDIFF NEWS:  Gurdeep Singh & Gaurav Nemade represented SIIRD in the “Rural Transformation track” at PanIIT Global India Conference, 2008 held at IIT Madras. CURRENT ASSOCIATIONS OF SIIRD 1. United Nations Development Project’s (UNDP) e-Governance initiative o Integrated the Uttarakhand government’s UNDP funded e-Governance project by setting up 3 soochna kutirs (Information Kiosks) at Charba. o Principal Investigator: Prof H.K. Verma, Deputy Director, IIT Roorkee. 2. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan for primary school ICT Education o Integrated SSA for the primary school ICT education initiative. o Officials-in-charge: Mrs. Geeta Nautiyal, District Education Officer, Dehradun District, and Mr. S. P. Semwal, District Head of Computer Aided Learning Program (CALP), Dehradun district. 3. Confederation of Indian industries (CII) o Integrated CII for the employment initiative and arranged for the training of the unemployed youth of Charba. o Officials-in-charge: CII, Uttarakhand unit at Dehradun. SIIRD is on the lookout for integrating the private sector in this social cause to create a model synergising the efforts of government, academia, industry (public and private sectors) for rural development.
  9. 9. Strategy for Primary school ICT Education initiative This is one of our major initiatives being implemented in Charba. The purpose of this initiative is to provide basic computer education to the students of the primary schools of Charba village and make this education system sustainable. Under this initiative, the student team interacted with teachers of primary schools, students and their parents as regards ICT education in the primary schools of Charba. Course material was prepared (in Hindi) for the students and was used for teaching. Interaction with teachers and students took place and the database of students was compiled for all the four primary schools of Charba. Ten simple, self learning video lessons have been prepared for illustrating the usage of paint, notepad and other basic softwares. Proposed methodology of SIIRD to ensure sustainability: 1. Acquiring Computers for Primary Schools:  Obtaining computers from private/public sector units for installation in the primary schools of Charba.  Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan officials, Dehradun District have agreed to support us in the installation of computers in the primary schools of Charba. 2. Training of teachers program  Once computers are installed in the primary schools, the primary school teachers will be trained as under: o Microsoft Academy or Teach to India in Dehradun under the Rural development Initiatives of the Government of Uttarakhand. o The students of IIT Roorkee  These trained teachers will further impart knowledge to the students thus making the system sustainable. 3. Developing simple software videos  These would serve as self-learning tools for the teachers as well as students.  About 10 self learning videos for MS Paint, Calculator and some basic software have been prepared by SIIRD team using software like camstudio. 4. Refining the Course Content:  As this sustainable system gets going, topics in the course structure could be reviewed and more topics would be included.