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Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is inspired by the vision of transformational change in rural development processes by leveraging knowledge institutions to help build the architecture of an Inclusive India.


The Mission of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is to enable higher educational institutions to work with the people of rural India in identifying development challenges and evolving appropriate solutions for accelerating sustainable growth. It also aims to create a virtuous cycle between society and an inclusive academic system by providing knowledge and practices for emerging professions and to upgrade the capabilities of both the public and the private sectors in responding to the development needs of rural India.


1)To build an understanding of the development agenda within institutes of Higher Education and institutional capacity and training relevant to national needs, especially those of rural India.
2) To re-emphasize the need for fieldwork, stake-holder interactions and design for societal objectives as the basis of higher education.
3) To stress on rigorous reporting and useful outputs as central to developing new professions.
4) To provide rural India and regional agencies with access to the professional resources of the institutes of higher education, especially those that have acquired academic excellence in the field of science, engineering and technology, and management.
5) To improve development outcomes as a consequence of this research. To develop new professions and new processes to sustain and absorb the outcomes of the research.
6) To foster a new dialogue within the larger community on science, society and the environment and to develop a sense of dignity and collective destiny.


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. Please find the details of nationwide subject expert groups in the following theme-wise link

Organic Farming
Water Management
Renewable Energy
Artisans, Industries and Livelihood
Basic Amenities


The conceptualization of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan started with the initiative of a group of dedicated faculty members of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi working for long in the area of rural development and appropriate technology. The concept was nurtured through wide consultation with the representatives of a number of technical institutions, Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG) coordinators, voluntary organizations and government agencies, actively involved in rural development work, during a National workshop held at IIT Delhi in September, 2014. The workshop was sponsored by Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India. The program was formally launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in presence of The President of India on 11th Novembter, 2014.

How To Participate ?

You are welcome to participate in the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan in any of the following capacity as per your present status, competence and interest:
1) As a prospective Mentoring Institute
2) As a Participating Institute
3) As a Subject Expert
4) As a Voluntary Organization
5) As a Developmental Agency
6) As a Philanthropist or a CSR Promoter
8) As NSS Member
9) As an Enthusiastic Volunteer