In order to develop the necessary resource material including the vision, methodology of intervention, prospective technologies and success stories in the specific areas of interventions, it was proposed by the apex committee that nationwide subject expert groups (SEGs) be developed in these specialized areas. Initially, ten broad subject areas were designated tentatively and specific institutions were nominated to coordinate the activity of formation of SEGs drawing experts from academia, industry as well as from field organizations who have had long experience of applied R&D and successful field intervention in these areas.
After thorough brainstorming on these subject themes with the prospective coordinators, fourteen subject expert group themes, with coordinators and coordinating institutes were finalized in the workshop held in November, 2015 at IIT Delhi. The SEGs will have the responsibility of developing the necessary resource material for the benefit of all the UBA cluster teams. These experts will also conduct training workshops and indicate innovative projects to be taken up for R&D in professional institutions in the context of UBA.
Technology Development : This category involves the submission of proposal where the technological interventions are already developed in the lab and they are now ready to disseminate in the field/ rural areas. The technological interventions should be the solution to problem identified in the initial baseline survey in that particular area under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan scheme. The fund cap under this category is ₹1,00,000. PIs should ensure that the solutions submitted by them are fully sustainable, innovative, implementable and scalable, also, PIs should ensure the sustainability of the project after the completion of project. There is no scope for mere lab projects or proto-types and all solutions and should have been tested at field level. There is no scope for institutions to suggest the solutions in the form of provision of subsidies, provision of funds for implementation of financing research proposals or projects for construction of infrastructure for funding from Unnat Bharat Abhiyan. It should be demand driven.
Customization of Technology : This category involves the technological interventions which are already available in the market but require some alterations/modifications to benefit the rural population according to their geographical locations. The proposal should specify time target for specific outputs. The fund cap for this category is ₹50,000 and PIs should ensure the sustainability of the project after the completion of project.
Note: Long term research projects/fellowships of any kind, cost on Ph.D. programmes, setting up laboratories/centres, exhibitions and similar events, workshops and capital/construction are not available through Unnat Bharat Abhiyan program, as the mandate of UBA SEG is to provide the financial support for technical interventions in the fields not for Research & Development (R&D).
Capacity Building, Strategy for Convergence and Implementation of Various Govt. Schemes
National Institute Of Rural Development And Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad