Sangareddy: Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H) is supporting villages adopted under “Unnat Bharat Abhiyan” (UBA) programme with COVID-19-related activities and preparedness to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus. The institute is also sharing awareness material in Telugu language with community stakeholders.
The Institute has undertaken relief programmes in the five villages it had adopted under UBA namely Bujarampet, Mohammed Nagar, Kannavaram, Anthram and Salabatpur in Medak District.
The faculty is constantly interacting with local stakeholders to ascertain their needs. During these interactions, the villagers informed that they have commenced work under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
Speaking about the Institute initiatives in the local community, Prof BS Murty, Director, IIT-H said, “Since the outbreak of COVID-19, IIT-H has kept a strong focus on how best we can use our technical expertise to serve the nation, especially in the surrounding regions to IIT-H. In this direction, the Institute has worked with the villages adopted by it under the UBA program. IITH has been conducting COVID-19 awareness programs along with supply of basic safety needs like sanitiser and masks in these adopted villages. This will be continued until the situation comes to normal.”
The Mission of UBA is to enable higher educational institutions to work with the people of rural India in identifying developmental challenges and evolving appropriate solutions for accelerating sustainable growth. It also aims to create a virtuous cycle between society and an inclusive academic system by providing knowledge and practices for emerging professions.
Dr Prasad Onkar, UBA Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Department of Design, IIT-H, is coordinating the activities in the five villages. The faculty are also urging the village community to download ‘Arogya Setu’ App and ‘KisanRath’ App, which connects farmers and traders with transporters, as requested by Government of India, and Regional Coordinating Institute – National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR), Hyderabad.
A team from IIT-H coordinated relief programs in Anthram village on May 5. Dr Neelakantan and Dr Shivaji, Faculty, Design Department, spoke with the villagers about the precautions needed to be taken to protect themselves from COVID-19. They also distributed masks, gloves and a pack of essential commodities. The faculty also distributed hand sanitisers made in IIT-H under the guidance of Dr Jyotsnendu Giri, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering.
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