By Sandeep Joshi

NEW DELHI, MAY 3, 2019: CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, a Special Purpose Vehicle under the Ministry of Electronics & IT has tied up with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kanpur to upscale ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’, the HRD Ministry’s programme which is spearheading to evolve solutions for accelerating sustainable growth in rural India.

Under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, IIT-Kanpur has brought together 15 leading higher education institutions from UP who have now agreed to work with CSC for the development of villages under the scheme. IIT Kanpur has already adopted five villages — Hridayapur, Baikanthpur, Ishwariganj, Pratappur Hari and Saxupurva — situated on the outskirts of Kanpur for its overall development.

“As many as 15 affiliated educational institutions under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan will adopt gram panchayats and equip them with all citizen-centric services through CSCs. These institutions will train village level entrepreneurs (VLEs) who run CSCs as part of the village development plan. The VLEs will also be skilled about the use of solar energy, cleanliness, and use of modern technologies through interventions of IIT Kanpur,” said Dr. Reeta Singh from IIT Kanpur who is heading Unnat Bharat Abhiyan project.

“All the participating institutions have been informed about various services being delivered through CSC to citizens and further potential which CSCs offer in empowering communities and overall village development. We hope that this relationship of IIT-Kanpur and other leading institutions with CSCs will further strengthen the government’s vision of Digital India. It will also improve the technical skills of our VLEs and make CSCs future-ready to implement more government schemes,” said CSC CEO Dr. Dinesh Tyagi.

The 15 higher education institutions which have been associated with CSC are IIT-Kanpur; School of Management Sciences, Lucknow; Bundelkhand University, Jhansi; Allahabad College of Engineering & Management; Pranveer Singh Institute of Technology, Kanpur; Kiranlata Singh Mahavidyalaya, Fatehpur; Seth Badri Prasad Smriti College, Jalaun; SRSSD College, Auraiya; Virendra Singh Group of Institutions, Unnav; Allen House Institutions; Rama University; National Post Graduate College, Lucknow; Lucknow Polytechnic, Lucknow; Dayanand Girl’s PG College and CSM Degree College, Chitrakoot.

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan connects institutions of higher education, including Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research (IISERs) with local communities to address the development challenges through appropriate technologies. The Unnat Bharat Abhiyan aims at building institutional capacity in institutes of higher education in research & training relevant to the needs of rural India.

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