An IIT Classroom in the village Newton formulated the law of gravity by speculating sitting under an apple tree after he saw an apple falling from the tree. IIT Guwahati is one of the pioneers in technological education. However, geniuses cannot sit in a closed room and create such technology which will impact the targeted masses. Young students such as those studying in premier institutions like IITs will to become tomorrow’s leaders. It is important that they understand their social responsibilities. In order to shoulder and channelize these responsibilities it is very important that our leaders understand the dynamics of the societies living in the rural areas which of course outnumbers those in the urban areas.
A team of IIT Guwahati students and faculty members visited CIRC Batadrava on 19th February for a two day visit. They went to Batadraba (village) and participated in the field by staying with the villagers for two days. In this short span of time they looked into the feasibility of designing a sustainable model to cater to the service of the villagers.
The students participated in the day long functioning of CIRC Batadrava and also participated in the Helping Women Go Online (HWGO) programme powered by Google conducted by CIRC Batadrava. They were oriented by CIRC team about the various programmes, outreach and the model of implementation of all the programmes.
It is important to connect these broken linkages. Preparing leaders to handle social responsibilities at an early stage will take the weaker sections miles forward who otherwise are left out from the development picture of the nation.