MGCU to adopt five Bihar villages for development
The villages being adopted by Mahatma Gandhi Central University (MGCU) include Chandrahia, where Mahatma Gandhi was detained by then British rulers in 1917 during his Champaran visit.india Updated: Mar 27, 2017 11:32 IST
Mahatma Gandhi Central University (MGCU) will adopt five villages near its proposed campus in Bihar’s East Champaran district, about 150km from state capital Patna.
MGCU vice chancellor Arbind Agarwal said the university would address major social and economic issues of the five villages near Bankat and Fursatpur where it was acquiring 301 acres of land for its campus.
Chandrahia, where Mahatma Gandhi was detained by then British rulers in 1917 during his Champaran visit, was among the five villages, he said. The other villages were Turkaulia, Gajpura, Birchhapra, Pipradih and Ajgari, Agarwal added.
A team of MGCU faculty members had been formed to undertake a detailed survey of the socio-economic condition of the villages, Agarwal said.
After the initial study, survey team coordinator Pawan Pavnesh told HT that the villages had been classified as ‘backward’ on most indices. “We will focus on impact study, ground realities of government schemes and data of social-economic condition, healthcare services and sanitation facilities in the villages,” he said.
Digvijay Phukan, lecturer in social work department of MGCU said the university planned community development through involvement of students, faculty and the local community.
Researchers, who surveyed the area, said, “There has been no significant changes in the villages since Gandhi visited the place. We have to delve into the reasons and find answers to take them out of the present situation,” said Bhanu Patel and Sanjay Kumar, members of the team from the sociology department.
Mritunjay Yedvendu, also from the sociology department, Pratibha from zoology and Garima Tiwari from Hindi, said behavioural studies would also be conducted in the region.
Lecturer in biotechnology department Swati Manohar and English honours students Sweta Kumari said a few interventions in the area had excited the students as they went about studying the various aspects of village life. “We will study all aspects of their life and prepare a detailed data in this regard. It will bring transformational changes in the rural development process,” they said.
The VC said once the survey was complete, the university would prepare a detailed report for development of the area. The baseline data would also help the government to plan projects for the area, he said.
The MGCU would concentrate in the areas of education, healthcare, adult literacy, sanitation and skill development among the rural people, the VC added.