New Delhi, July 25, 2020: As one of the key organizations commit-ted to the welfare and growth of the tribal people, TRIFED under Ministry of Tribal Affairs continues to forge ahead in its endeavour to bring the tribal people towards mainstream devel-opment.
In addition to its ongoing initiatives and programme implementations, TRIFED has now entered into a part-nership with IIT Delhi for the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA), a flagship national programme of the Ministry of Human Resource Devel-opment, Government of India.
To cement and formalise this partnership, a tripartite MOU was signed between TRIFED, IIT Delhi (on behalf of the UBA, as the National Coordinating Insti-tute) and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA, a Swadeshi Sci-ence Movement) at IIT, Delhi yesterday.
Tribal entrepreneurs under TRIFED’s Van Dhan pro-gramme will now be able to get access to the expertise of the entire network of 2600 + academic and research insti-tutions under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA).
Together with IIT Delhi, the “National Coordinating Institute (NCI)” for Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA)”, TRIFED envisages promot-ing Tribal Livelihoods and Income generating pro-grammes through synergis-tic collaboration among the concerned Ministries, Dis-trict Administration, local Panchayat Raj Institutes (PRIs), Voluntary Organisa-tions, other stakeholders as well as the other participat-ing institutions.
In particular, this partner-ship can help promote enhancing livelihoods through the Van Dhan Vikas Kendras established under the Van Dhan Yojana.
Speaking about the signifi-cance of this agreement and the pivotal role it will play in tribal development, Pravir Krishna, Managing Director TRIFED said, “TRIFED was actively working on convergences with various ministries for “Skill development for Tribal Livelihoods”.It is impor-tant to ensure “round the year income earning oppor-tunity” for tribals by engag-ing them in a variety of eco-nomic activities ranging from agriculture, horticul-ture, floriculture, Medicinal
& Aromatic plants etc, going beyond Minor Forest Produces. The synergies with Institutions of National Importance like IIT Delhi will be crucial in our Mis-sion to serve the Tribal cause, as we can leverage the huge network of aca-demic and research institu-tions across the country under Unnat Bharat Abhyan, the MHRD flagship pro-gramme.”
With the partnership with IIT Delhi and Unnat Bharat Abhyan, these tribal forest dwellers engaged in Minor Forest Produces will get an exposure to newer process-ing technologies, product innovation, mentorship, transformational digital sys-tems and handholding.
The MoU opens gates for the best of brains in the country to attend to the problems of sustainable trib-al livelihoods.
Also speaking on the occa-sion, V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT, Delhi said: “IIT is consciously working towards connecting with the society in multiple ways. For example, we have these immersion programmes, where we are trying to put our faculty members and students in places where there are real problems, whether it is working in hos-pitals, in villages or in industry. That is how they can identify the problems and use the resources avail-able on campus to develop solutions.”
The partnership is there-fore an opportunity for the brilliant minds to be pre-sented with the right set of real problems that they can help address.
The IIT Delhi-TRIFED partnership will also benefit from the expertise and expe-rience of Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA), a science Move-ment with Swadeshi spirit.
This aims to create aware-ness about the significant development of science and technology in India through ages and its relevance in present context and working towards achieving self-reliance of Bharat in all walks of life using Science and Technology.
VIBHA will map and reach out to various stakeholders for conver-gence.