St. Xavier's College selected as Participating Institute under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan - The College was selected as a Participating Institution (PI) under UBA in October 2018 and will be working in the following villages in South 24 Parganas, (i) Bakeswar, (ii) Debipur, (iii) Magurkhali, (iv) Raghabpur and (v) Shalpukur. UBA is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The mission of UBA is to enable participating higher educational institutions to work with people of rural India in identifying development challenges and evolving appropriate solutions which will contribute towards sustainable growth of the partner communities. The College, through knowledge transfer as well as community mobilization will bring sustainable rural development in these five villages. A UBA Cell consisting of faculty and students have been formed in the College. All students are encouraged to participate in this endeavour.
Following actions were undertaken:
Preparatory phase - coordination and ground work:
- UBA Cell was formed in the College and the first meeting was held on 13th December 2018. A UBA Field Coordinator based at Raghabpur campus was appointed in December who visited the villages selected under UBA and prepared the ground work. A meeting with the District Magistrate and the UBA Coordinator was held in December. Subsequently, letters were sent from the College to the Higher Education Department, informing them about UBA-SXC partnership. Prof. Cheryl Francis (NSS Director & UBA Coordinator) along with Ms. Sucheta Mukherjee (NSS Coordinator) attended a one day 'Regional workshop for orientation of participating institutes to initiate work in adopted village clusters' at IIT Patna on 21st December 2018.
- A meeting with the local MLA, VP of Raghabpur campus, UBA Coordinator, Panchayat Pradhan and other local stakeholders was held in January 2019. Another meeting along with all the Panchayat representatives of the selected villages was conducted for smooth implementation of the programme. A pilot survey was conducted in Shalpukur village.
Orientation of students and faculty:
- In July 2019 the faculty were given an orientation and an update about UBA and a similar orientation was organised in August for the students and faculty of four major departments - Economics, Biotechnology, Mass Communication and Microbiology.
- From February to October 2019, a total of 380 (155 male + 225 female) students completed 1,952 household surveys in the five adopted villages.
- The survey has been completed in Debipur village, and the data has been uploaded in the UBA online portal. An analysis of the survey has been auto-generated. The plan of action has been formulated which will be implemented in 2020.
Awareness campaign in the adopted villages:
- In the months of September and October 2019, an awareness campaign on the ill effects of plastics on the ecosystem was organized in the villages. The students prepared posters on plastic pollution, organized street plays and rally with slogans such as 'Plastic hatao, prithibi bachao' (Remove plastics and save the Earth) and 'Plastic borjon koro, notun prithibi goro' (Ban plastics and create a new world). As an outcome of the campaign, 'Sabuj Bahini' (Green Brigade) was established in Debipur and Shalpukur villages. The 'Sabuj Bahini' consists of about ten enthusiastic children, who will be responsible to carry forward the work initiated by UBA volunteers.
UBA publicity in the campus:
- As per recommendation of the National
Coordinating Agency the UBA banners has been
permanently displayed in the college campus to
encourage students and faculty to become active