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BITS.aid - Swadheen / Vigyan Ashram: Plan 100

Current team size

20

Area of operation

New York, USA / India

Contact Person

Anuradha Gupta / Sunanda Mane

Project Description

  • Objective - To implement the DBRT (Diploma in Basic Rural Technology) program in 100 Indian rural high schools by the year 2007 reaching over 20,000 young boys and girls with life and job skills.
  • The DBRT training Program is a unique model of vocational training evolved after 12 years of sustained grassroots efforts by Vigyan Ashram, tested successfully for the past 5 years in 20 high schools in Maharashtra for promoting vocational training, entrepreneurial skills and jobs.
  • The program is based on a natural system of learning i.e. ‘Learning by doing in Real-Life situation’. The three year year DBRT Program equips high school students with basic technology skills in engineering, energy and environment, agriculture and animal husbandry, and home and health. About 40 different skill sets, suitable for use in rural environments, are acquired.
  • Skill sets imparted - These include construction, fabrication, electrical maintenance, solar and biogas technologies, motor rewinding, nursery techniques, poultry and goat farming, compost making, soil testing, water analysis, blood and urine testing, knitting, stitching and food preservation, among others.
  • Success - 800 students have graduated earlier and obtained suitable jobs or started up their own enterprise. The Open School (Distance Education University) system has adopted the DBRT Program; the Government of Maharashtra has also recognized the course as a complementary program in high schools; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has selected Vigyan Ashram as one of the six centers around the world for collaboration.
  • Costs - The one time cost of establishing a DBRT Center in a high school is $6,000 which includes the cost of infrastructure development, the purchase of machinery, and installation of equipments. The cost of running the program for 200 high school students per year is $6,000. This includes teacher's salaries, consumables, coordination, and monitoring.
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