IIPM’s Rural service Wing has cleaned up parts of Gaya’s (a city in Bihar visited by Hindu pilgrims from all over eastern India, specially West Bengal and Bangladesh) streets which, till a point of…
BHARATIYA MANAVATA VIKAS Bharatiya Manavata Vikas
ACM GIDF in Partnership with IIPM also Supports IIPM's Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Kendra.
In the mid–nineties, Dr. Malay Chaudhuri, the Founder-Director of IIPM initiated the Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Kendras, in memory of his younger son Aurobindo Chaudhuri. Aurobindo was a highly passionate individual, who was eager to work for the poor, the marginalized and the downtrodden. He was actively associated with IIPM’s initial rural development and entrepreneurial training programmes. But, when at a young age of 19, he met with a fatal road accident, Dr. Chaudhuri pledged that he would do his best to accomplish whatever he had undertaken to do for the villages in India. That’s when the Aurobindo Chaudhuri Memorial Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Kendras were instituted in 1994. Additionally, he also pledged to try and do whatever Aurobindo could have done, had he been alive. Today there are about 100 (at one time the number was around 450). Aurobindo Chaudhuri Memorial Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Kendras in the East Midnapore district of West Bengal and in the Balasore district of Orissa. The dream is to have one Kendra in each village of India.
One of the main activities at the Aurobindo Chaudhuri Memorial Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Kendras is to set up a newspaper board at a convenient location in the village, so that all villagers, especially women, who can read but cannot afford to buy a newspaper, develop the habit of reading newspapers. Every day a different newspaper is displayed on the same stand so that villagers get acquainted with different shades of opinion on an issue. If it is an important issue, there are provisions to display alternative thinkings at the bottom of the board. These boards have been named Mukta Patrika and Vikalpa. Most newspapers are influenced by the political views of one party or the other. They even print false or distorted versions of an event to suit their political lines. In this sense most newspapers are ‘view papers’. The newspapers on the newspaper boards hence carry alternative opinion/solution to share arguments with readers in order to generate debate and discussions. The scheme’s novelty has generated excitement among villagers. They really read, discuss and debate on issues.