JSGP student writes article on JGU’s contribution to Unnat Bharat Abhiyan
Vinathi Sureddy, a third year BA(Hons) Economics student of Jindal School of Government and Public Policy authored an article which describes the work undertaken by JGU under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) programme. The UBA is a Government of India programme and Vinathi has been working as a student coordinator for the programme under the supervision of Professor Ajay Kumar Pandey, Executive Director, Clinical Programmes, Jindal Global Law School. Vinathi’s article is reproduced below.
JGU’s contribution to Unnat Bharat Abhiyan
Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) is a flagship programme of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. This programme aims to enhance Rural India by leveraging higher educational institutes in building the architecture of an inclusive India. In turn, this programme helps the faculty and students in understanding the community they are living in and the challenges faced by the rural population. JGU is a participating institute in this programme, and has done some significant work to improve the condition of rural governance and citizen participation in 10 villages neighbouring JGU, which include Rathdana, Jagdishpur, Garhibala, Chhatera, Rohat, BadhKhalsa, Bahalgarh, Nahara, Jatheri and Rai. This programme resonates with JGU’s vision to nurture socially responsible leaders through an eclectic and sustainable approach serving the local and regional communities.
Jindal Global Law School’s Clinic Programmes facilitates students to work on the UBA programme while seeking a unique and challenging experience in dealing with rural communities and catering to their legal needs. Through this initiative, the students have gained knowledge and experience to conduct baseline surveys, interact with people of different economic and social classes, facilitate Gram Sabha meetings, take up legal literacy camps among other activities. The students have also filed RTI’s with respect to electricity, cleanliness of the community, etc.
The students have conducted legal literacy camps in these villages in collaboration with the District Legal Services Authority of Sonipat. Among other things, students have talked about various government schemes like Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Soil health card, Krishi Sinchai Yojana, Kaushal Vikas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, Swachha Bharat Mission, Food Security, the Right to Vote, etc. in these camps. It was observed that many of the people in these villages were unaware of various welfare schemes relevant to them. The camps have helped them to be aware of these schemes and provided them with assistance to avail them. The camps were interactive in nature where people have clarified their concerns with the students and the representatives from DLSA. They have raised their concerns on many issues pertaining to unemployment among youth, sanitation, and cleanliness of their villages. Low female participation in local governance was one of the problems identified in most of these villages. The students are devising plans to address women separately to encourage gender inclusion.
This initiative is a perfect example of practical learning where students get to apply what they learn in law school. This programme helps them understand the different ideologies and beliefs of people, how to look into issues holistically, and empathize with a larger community. It gives them a sense of belonging and purpose to their education by inspiring them to work for a greater good. It helps them start a journey towards justice in rural India.
The combined efforts of JGU and UBA have shown us that it is possible to bring a positive change in society. The programme has the potential and scope to bring more changes in these villages. JGU strongly believes that these combined and continuous efforts will be fruitful in building a better society.