IIT Delhi with the association of TRIFED, aim to give exposure to tribal forest dwellers engaged in the minor forest produces. These people will be taught about advanced technologies, production innovation, mentorship, transforming digital systems, and hand-holding.
Under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, TRIFED, and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi has formed a collaboration. Mainly, it will focus to provide the skills that help to create a stable livelihood.
The program and run Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA). And, IIT-Delhi is the national coordinating institute (NCI) for the government’s flagship program.
For the program to be successful, nearly all the stakeholders should have proper access to this initiative. The Vijanana Bharati (VIBHA), a science mixed with swadeshi spirit movement will help to reach out to them.
According to the movement, it will help in collecting significant information on needs and feasible intervention to TRIFED, UBA, and other tribal communities.
TRIFED and IIT DELHI ( under the UBA ) and VIBHA sign the agreement for the same. Tribal entrepreneurs under TRIFED’s Van Dhan policy will now be able to get access to the skill of the entire network of 2,600 academic and research institutions under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA).
Apart from the two, responsible ministries, district administration, local Panchayat Raj Institutes (PRIs), voluntary organizations, other stakeholders, as well as the other participating organizations will together facilitate tribal employment and income-generating programs.
Pravir Mishra, the managing director of TRIFED stated that it is significant all around the year to look for the income opportunities of tribal workers. Moreover, they could engage in various activities. These include agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, medicinal and aromatic plants, etc, going beyond small forest produces.
Adding further, he said that the contribution of IIT Delhi is very significant. Due to IIT, the program can reach large masses of technically sound people and their network. Under the MHRD program, tribal people can have many benefits.
V Ramgopal Rao, Director of IIT Delhi also put his views over this new policy. Adding further, he said that IIT Delhi has always done its best to serve society.
Also, he stated many examples regarding these works. Like, IIT has these immersion programs, where it strives to put faculty members and students in places where there are actual problems, whether it is working in hospitals, working in villages, or in the enterprise. That is how they can observe the difficulties and use the resources usable on campus to formulate solutions.
Therefore, it is a perfect opportunity for young minds. In which, they have to face a real-time problem, they can solve.