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TRIFED under Ministry of Tribal Affairs entered into a partnership with IIT Delhi for the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA).


  • Tribal entrepreneurs under TRIFED’s Van Dhan programme will now be able to get access to the expertise of the entire network of 2600 + academic and research institutions under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA).
  • With IIT Delhi, the “National Coordinating Institute (NCI)”, this move envisages promoting Tribal Livelihoods and Income generating programmes through synergistic collaboration among the concerned Ministries and other participating institutions.
  • The IIT Delhi-TRIFED partnership will also benefit from the expertise and experience of Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA).

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA)

  • UBA is a flagship program of the Ministry for Human Resource Development (MHRD).
  • It aims to link the Higher Education Institutions with a set of at least 5 villages, so that these institutions can contribute to the economic and social betterment of these village communities using their knowledge base.
  • The technological interventions under the UBA cover different subjects broadly categorized like in the area of sustainable agriculture; water resource management; artisans, industries and livelihood; basic amenities (infrastructure & services) and rural energy system.
  • Under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 participating institutes are selected based on the fulfilment of certain criteria.

Objectives of UBA

  1. To engage the faculty and students of Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) in identifying development issues in rural areas and finding sustainable solutions for the same.
  2. Identify & select existing innovative technologies, enable customisation of technologies, or devise implementation methods for innovative solutions, as required by the people.
  3. To allow HEIs to contribute to devising systems for smooth implementation of various Government programmes.

Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA)

  • Vijnana Bharati previously known as “Swadeshi Science Movement” is a Non-profit organisation, working for science popularization & implementation of modern technology & ancient sciences in India.
  • It is a dynamic Science Movement with Swadeshi Spirit (Swadeshi: of one’s own country), interlinking traditional and modern sciences on one hand, and natural and spiritual sciences on the other hand, adapted to national needs.
  • VIBHA is the largest scientific movement in India.
November 2023