Publisher’s Note: SoHeDid has always strived to be a platform that is wholeheartedly dedicated to the trials of men and all the wonderful feats they can achieve if actions are coupled with determination. The Janmabhoomi Project undertaken by the Andhra Pradesh government is a shining example of people’s effort to uplift their counterpart and make this world a better and more equality based place to live in. We proudly showcase the initiation and execution of this project, which has number of heroes working tirelessly in the background to empower our youth at the front. We praise the Project members and donating NRI’s of AP Janmabhoomi who are bringing a real change in India through their efforts.
The saying goes that “The sun rises in the east”, but if the present developments in Andhra Pradesh are any proof, the direction seems to have shifted a little further south. The Government of Andhra Pradesh has always made consistent efforts towards upliftment of the poor and disadvantaged. However, the Andhra Pradesh Janmabhoomi project can only be defined as ‘revolutionary’, to say the least. The A.P Janmabhoomi Project mainly consists of 3 main schemes: Digital Classrooms, Anganwadi Centers and Crematoriums. With no Government who has ever taken such dynamism, the Andhra Pradesh Government provides this platform by providing 70% of the total cost. The rest 30% is funded by NRIs who want to help the motherland. The Special Representative for North America as well as the government of the state work towards a brighter future for the state.
Information technology has reformed each sector it has grasped and it is currently in the promising phases of altering academia. The aim behind the step of Government to undergo the digitization of Classroom is essentially that of advancing the quality of education imparted to the students through the help of available technology like Smart Board, use of Internet for studying resources, illustrations of concepts and visual aid. Applying communicating content through fluid visual aid and text overcomes and addresses challenges that traditional manuals could never surmount. Moreover, Digitization of education will be a turning point for physically or mentally challenged students that were not given an opportunity to gain knowledge in restrictive and traditional classroom settings. It also ensures continuous interaction between the teacher and students that makes for a more active classroom environment. The Janmabhoomi Project has already taken steps to undergo digitization of classrooms in 5000 villages.
Voltaire once said, “To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth”. Another scheme by AP Janmabhoomi aims at proper crematoriums for deceased. The government focuses on construction of Crematoriums, referred as Mahaprasthanam, implemented and executed by the Gram Panchayat under the technical guidance of Panchayat Raj Engineering Department. The main focus areas for building of the same are providing compound walls around the boundary, erection of a proper raised platform and a dignified room for practicing the rituals.
Apart from its steps to revolutionize education, the project focuses on proper nutrition and healthcare through the Anganwadi centers that aims at providing social and healthcare support to the children up to 6 years of age, adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women. A quick look at the history of such centers suggests that they have been around for quite some time. In fact, they go as far as 1975 when they were started by the Indian government as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program to combat child hunger and malnutrition. However, the administration and state of Anganwadi centers have fallen prey to a lot of criticism in the recent time due to allegation of inefficient management and lack of resources. The Janmabhoomi Project seeks to root out these shortcomings and restore the Anganwadi centers to its intended utility and glory. The Anganwadi centers have been entrusted with the job of immunizing all infant and children below the age of 6, provide antenatal care for pregnant women and ensuring that they are immunized against tetanus. In addition to this, they provide post-natal care to nursing mothers and lactating women. Moreover, The Anganwadi centers provide preschool education, carried out with the use of technology that has proved to be beneficial for the students as well. The children show higher learning capabilities due to auditory and visual aids and repeat the rhymes and alphabets effortlessly.
The Janmabhoomi team is also actively involved in organizing conferences and workshops for the betterment of the people belonging to remote and underdeveloped areas of the state. Recently, a conference on Youth Empowerment took place on June 16, 2017, at MPDO Office, Prakasam district in presence of Telugu Desam Party’s NRI wing leader, Jayaram Komati. The conference reflected and discussed on the program organized by Janmabhoomi to dispense computer literacy and technological education among the unemployed youth, which will help them to get better job opportunities.
This first of its kind initiative by the A.P. Government is already garnering praise for its novelty and brilliance. One factor for the same is that no government has attempted to use the help of NRI’s in the development of their homelands before. The CM of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu, has praised the work of the A.P. Janmabhoomi team and extended his full support for the cause. Many conferences between the leaders and interaction between the trainees have led to continuous growth of this project and enabled it to reach very remote and underdeveloped areas of the state.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the sun now seems to be rising in the southeast. And this time, the rays are going to illuminate the entire homeland.