NEW DELHI: As part of their efforts towards holistic development of rural India, each IITs will adopt at least 10 villages to identify basic needs and carry out developments through technological interventions.
The mission is being initiaited under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan programme, with IIT, Delhi, being identified as the nodal agency for coordinating the activities.
"Each of the IITs will take up 10 villages towards this intiative," said IIT, Delhi, Director R K Shevgaonkar.
Early in September, IIT, Delhi, had organised a workshop to prepare a roadmap and an action plan for the programme.
The programme seeks to involve the IITs, the NITs and other leading technical institutions and organisations in villages for holisitic rural development.
IIT Delhi, which will be celebrating its convocation day on November 1, is ranked among the top engineering institutes in the country and in Asia.
The HRD Ministry, in the meanwhile, has set up a committee to develop India-specific ranking system in keeping with the wishes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Factors like international faculty and students don't apply for Indian institutes and so there was a need for a country-specific ranking, Shevgaonkar said.