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Village Empowerment Programme

Students of DSBA have adopted Obecudahalli village in South Bangalore and in the first phase, the objective of the Village Empowerment Programme is to identify the voids in Education, empowerment and civic awareness aspects in the village and create an ecosystem to improve the same. The duration of the programme is from August to November 2015. 

The students are divided into three groups: The group working on empowerment are being mentored by Prof. Pravesh, students working on Education will be mentored by Dr Mudita and the ones working on civic awareness are being mentored by Prof. Surekha. V. Nayak.

The research report and action plan will be implemented in association with Government and other agencies. Every year, one village will be adopted for empowerment and follow up. Faculty and students closely monitor, coordinate, support and evaluate the implementation of action plan. Transparency report will be provided to all finding agencies and associates.

The research focuses on creating a comprehensive development plan covering the three aspects, implementation and demonstrating the changes.

 In Education, the following aspects are covered: checking the present education status, assistance in procurement of school text books, stationery kit, school bags, conducting sessions by using smart class, conducting aptitude tests and vocational guidance for students passing 10th grade,  assessment and implementation of Government projects, tie up with NGOs, Corporate and Government agencies and preparation plan.

In empowerment, the areas covered will be the assessment of average per capita income, income generation and employability assessment, training on personal financial planning, training on entrepreneurship, creating Micro or small Entrepreneurs, educate on Government support, opening bank account, help in getting Adhaar Card and gas subsidy, planting two coconut trees for each household to enhance future income, tie up with NGOs, Corporate and Government agencies and preparation plan.

In Civic awareness , health care facility assessment, building toilet blocks, giving  training on health and hygiene, garbage recycling bank, conducting medical camps, providing drinking facility, develop village path  , tie up with NGOs, Corporate and Government agencies and preparation plan are included.

Empowerment evaluation is guided by many concepts: building a culture of evidence to make decisions, using cycles of reflection- helping people think about their data, act on it, and then reflect on the impact of those decisions, building a community of learners- where everyone is learning from each other along the way and cultivating reflective practitioners –people who think about how they can improve their performance on a daily basis. The four step approach to empowerment evaluation is help plan, implement plan, assess plan and improve their work. Students will be evaluated on the basis of depth of research, project activities conducted to achieve their goals, practicality of recommendations and action plan, project report and presentation and will awarded a certificate titled “Professional Certification in CSR and Rural Management.”