On 11 November 2014, the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan scheme was launched by the Ministry of Education, Government of India.
The mission of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is to enable institutions of higher education to identify development challenges and work with the people of rural India in developing appropriate solutions to accelerate sustainable development. It aims to create a good collaboration between society and an inclusive educational system by providing knowledge and practices for emerging businesses and to upgrade the capabilities of both public and private sectors in response to the development needs of rural India.
IIM Ranchi is working in 5 villages under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan. Various programs have been organized in these villages. These mainly include detailed survey of all the villages, gram-sabha to know their problems with the people of the village, system from water flow from the source of natural water to the village for drinking water, model of agriculture and eco-tourism, various training for livelihood etc. Professors and students of IIM Ranchi have been visiting these villages continuously for sustained development in these villages.
In the coming year, IIM Ranchi has decided to do livelihood-oriented work in these villages, under which the leaf plates made from the leaves of the Sal tree, value-added production of medicinal plants and other forest produce based business will be in the focus.
Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana is an initiative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED. It was launched on 14th April 2018 and aims to improve tribal income through value addition of tribal products.
Van Dhan Vikas Karyakram is an initiative targeting livelihood generation for Tribals by harnessing Minor Forest Products. The objective of the program is to tap into the traditional knowledge and skill sets of the Tribals by linking technology and IT at each stage and transforming tribal knowledge into a viable economic activity. This initiative will provide livelihood to about 45 lakh tribal people gathered in a year.
Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Program (ESDP) is one of the important components of the scheme in which VDVK members will be trained on various aspects of community based enterprises, process of creating value added products, value chain analysis of MFPs etc. IIM Ranchi is an ESDP training partner in the state of Jharkhand for 39 VDVKs in the first phase. IIM Ranchi has developed training modules for tribal women to facilitate the process of business development through leadership and skill development aspects. IIM Ranchi in association with Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society (JSLPS) and Jharkhand TRIFED is conducting these trainings at VDVK level for greater impact.