The Narendra Modi government had announced the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, inciting Indian Institutes of Technology to mold rural India. With zero funding and no direction, the IITs do not know how to bring about a transformational change in rural India as they actually unsure what government wants them to do. Officials of most IITs, including IIT-HYD officials too.
IIT-Hyd also visited two villages among three they are Utharpally and Aliyabad for adopting and they described one of the villages as an administrative failure with no one from the official government machinery present in the village.
Dr T. Shashidhar, assistant professor of civil engineering at IIT-H and coordinator of the Unnat Bharat programme said “In Aliyabad, the sarpanch was not there. He lives in the city and visits the village once in a while. None of the officials, who are supposed to be there, were present. The village is in a pathetic condition. There are no roads, houses are kuchcha, and there is no way to drain out waste water. It is a total administrative failure. And this is a village that apparently won some model village award in 2007”.
The Unnat Bharat Abhiyan framework says “Costs will be met from ongoing projects and by converging available resources, to begin with”. A senior IIT-H faculty member said “Till now, the HRD Ministry is also not clear on what they want us to do and what they want to achieve though they have plans to do it in a big way. There is no clear direction. All IITs are feeling the same way. Till now there is no funding from the ministry. So we are just using established technology”.