Rural Innovation Program is designed for Graduate and Undergraduate students from across the globe to experience the Village (rural-setup) of Odisha. The program helps students to learn problems faced by people at the grassroots and thus, helping them design feasible solutions for the same.
Two seasons were already held at IPSFRI Campus during 2018-19.
The first season of Rural Innovation Program was a 10- day rural development program, hosted by IPSFRI in association with eDC and Student Incubation Cell, IIT Delhi where 11 students from the premier institute came down to Village- Baral,Cuttack ,Odisha, to do ground-zero research regarding conditions in Rural India.
Students flew in from Delhi on 22nd of December, 2018 to do on ground research in a place called Baral, a village near Cuttack. They stayed in the IPSFRI Campus.
The most important exercise of the program, Village Survey. Volunteers and students went deep into village Baral and interacted with the villagers and tried to understand their problems. Data-driven analysis was carried out post survey. All the villagers then came together and shared their grievances with us. RTI’s were filed on behalf of the villagers by the program fellows.
The program mutually benefited IITians and IPSFRI’s Beneficiaries. The projects developed can be implemented and replicated in other remote places.