Rashtriya Sarvangin Gramvikas Sanstha, Mulshi
|Source: Seva-English Date: 9/19/2012 7:12:06 PM|
Located at a distance of 40 km from Maharashtra’s cultural and educational hub Pune, Mulshi is miles away from the fruits of development. Though there is ample awareness about education, there are schools sans approach roads. It receives plenty of rainfall during rainy season but the residents do not easily get water even to drink throughout the year.
Determined to wipe out these lacunae from the life of the people of Mulshi, social activist Prof. Anil Vyas of Pune pondered over a concept of a service project which would ameliorate the condition of the people. He was supported in this idea by the residents of Kothrud area of Pune who assured all possible help to the project. Thus came in existence ‘Rashtriya Sarvangin Gramvikas Sanstha in 1995 which accommodated experts from various fields along with the social activists. The motto of the organization was ‘the development of the country is directly linked to the development of the village’. It prepared a draft on making the village self-reliant and self sufficient and started working keeping in view four-fold objective of improving agriculture, education, healthcare and self-employment.
Jobs for women
With a view to making the women of this village economically empowered the Sanstha started sewing, making pickle and other eatables like ‘papad’, and other materials. Sufficient training was provided to these women in this regard. These products were then sent to Pune during the annual ‘Bhimthadi ‘Mela and a market were carved out for them. Thus the first objective of providing earning opportunity to women was fulfilled. In addition to this self help groups were set up to inculcate the habit of saving among the women associated with this project. Today, there are 50 such self help groups running successfully.
The life in rural areas is still dependent on rain fed agriculture. If they fail to improve the farming techniques commensurate with changing times, farming becomes a burden. In view this reality the sanstha organized training melas for the farmers along with construction of small bunds and amicus to make water available for farming purposes. The farmers were given training in regard to modern farming instruments and their use, organic farming, bio-fertilizers, nursery, etc. Students are also involved in this training process. The Sanstha had given attention to providing job opportunities to youths by arranging training in carpentry, masonry and mobile repairing etc.
Swami Vivekananda Vidyalaya
In 1995 Swami Vivekananda Vidyalaya was established in Asade village with a view to providing proper education in this regard. 250 students from five villages located in this valley are studying in this school. The fees is just Rs 100/-. However, the school is granted one. Along with the regular syllabus, the students of standard 8 to 10 are given additional training in different vocations. For this the “IBT Vocational syllabus” prepared by Vigyan Ashram, Pabal is implemented. The syllabus includes subjects like energy, engineering capability farming and animal rearing, home science and electrical etc. The students are immensely benefited in their higher studies. Eight students of this school are following their higher education in foreign countries now.
Training is also provided to them in audio-visual recording, video shooting and related matters along with computer training. Some of the trained students have prepared short documentaries and script for them was written by them only. This helps them in understanding the subject thoroughly. This project is felicitated by Indian Innovation Award.
Various competitions like sports and games, drawing, junior scientists etc. are regularly organized in school. The students of this school in a rural area have earned success in National Talent Search Examination.
All the villages in this region have primary schools but they have to turn to city for higher education. Sometimes these students have to traverse long distances and even cross hills and vales to reach schools. Considering these difficulties, the Sanstha has started two hostels – one in Male village and another at Shileshwar. Students studying in standard V to VII are housed in Male hostel while those studying in standard VIII to X are provided accommodation at Shileshwar hostel. Another arrangement for girl students from 5th to 10th standard in made in another hostel at Shileshwar. It may be mentioned that all these three hostels are constructed on a land donated by charitable and philanthropic people of the locality. The requirements of students such as grains, school uniforms, clothes and other items are fulfilled by the common families of the region who have developed interest in social activities. Material is collected on every 10th day of the month from the donor families who consider donation to this hostel as a benevolent cause. They are overwhelmed to know that with their help life of one student is being shaped in a proper direction in this hostel.
Due to speedy industrialization of Pune, the population of Pirangut near Mulshi has increased rapidly and with this the lifestyle of this village is also changed. In most of the families both father and mother have to go out for a job and they have a very busy schedule daily. Divided families and industrialization has affected the minds of the children adversely calling for inculcating good moral values in them to shape their personality in proper way. For this, the Sanstha started ‘Sanskar Varg’ (Informal school) in 2008 in Pirangut. This was the first of its kind in Pirangut. Later similar efforts were made in Sutarvadi and Lavale villages. During this two-hour informal school the students are taught games, exercises, prayer, chorus, discussions, and home work given at the school besides resolving their problems. The results of this Sanskar varg are encouraging and people are getting attracted towards them in large numbers.
Prof Anil Vyas,
A-1, Keshar Society, Paud Road,
Phone- 020-25464661, Cell– 09422366714
How to reach
Mulshi is 44 km from Pune. Pune is approachable by air, rail and road ways from all the major cities of India. Ample transport is available from Pune to Mulshi.