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  project name ~ Introduction to Basic Technology Program

category ~ Education - Adult

 
       

  

     

  Project Name

 

Introduction to Basic Technology Program

  NGO

 

Vigyan Ashram

  Category

 

Education - Adult

  District

 

Pabal

  State

 

Maharashtra

  Budget Approved

 

Rs 89400

 

  Year Approved

 

2011

 

 
 
 
 
 

  Photographs

 

  Chapter Coordinators

 

Anand Iyer

 

Chicago

 

  Caption

 

 

 

  Summary

 

 

Literacy in Maharashtras tribal areas is extremely low and finding a job is difficult. To empower rural youth with skills that they may use for livelihood and for community service, NGO Vigyan Ashram, founded in 1983 by Dr. Kalbag with a vision to empower the rural youth through activity based learning, implemented the Introduction to Basic Technology program. In this program, students in the 8th to 10th standards are trained one day per week in equipped laboratories to acquire specific skills through observation and practice. The learning and innovation is done at a very low-cost so that it becomes viable in the rural parts of India. Vigyan Ashram has also developed several technologies using the research and development work done through its education system.

 
 

  Achievements

 

 

Impact: A survey in the Pabal region where Vigyan Ashram has been working revealed that a large number of poultries, workshops and other small enterprises were started by old students and staff. It is estimated that around 800 entrepreneurs have emerged as a result of Vigyan Ashram’s programs from March 2003. Vigyan Ashram has developed several technologies using the research and development work done through its education system. Some of the technologies currently under development are “Mech Bull”, a small low cost tractor, “Geodesic Dome”, a low cost housing option for earthquake and cyclone prone regions, and “Rural Technology labs”, which carry out basic research and experimental learning in medicines, food products, metrology, agriculture, electrical engineering. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has started a FABLAB (a collection of set of computer operated fabrication tool) at Vigyan Ashram.

 

  Goals

 

 

For students in the 8th to 10th standards to be trained one day per week in equipped laboratories so that they acquire specific skills through observation and practice. The learning and innovation will be done at a very low-cost so that it becomes viable in the rural parts of India.

 
 

  


 
 
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