Thiruvananthapuram: All India Council for Technical Education and National Service Scheme Technical Cell under the Directorate of Technical Education will adopt 23 villages in the state under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) of MPs. They are Anchuthengu, Kottukal, Kadambanad, Naranammoozhy, Aryad, Thakazhy, Neendoor, Melukavu, Idukki, Kanjikuzhy, Kottuvally, Udayamperoor, Kodassery, Thaniyum, Pallassana, Puddur, Thrikkalangode, Nannambra, Unnikulam, Payyoli, Kaniyambetta, Kuttiattoor, Kinanoor Karinthalam besides Kalpeni Island in Lakshadweep.
Dr Ramesh Unnikrishnan, the regional director, AICTE, said In the preliminary phase, they would complete the survey to identify technical expertise needed to solve issues related to rural development before January 31. The aim is to understand the problems in the development of these villages by conducting a primary survey and Hackathon, an event of technical education to solve them. The goal is to improve the employment and education, increase wages, limit the migration from villages to cities, bring youngsters back, construct low-cost houses and toilets, formulate new projects to enhance tourism, reduce daily energy usage by 25 percent, create at least 25 employment opportunities and install efficient waste management facilities.
No new funds have been allocated for the village adoption scheme and resources should be raised through existing schemes such as the Indira Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, and Backward Regions Grant Fund, Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), grama panchayat's revenue, Central and State Finance Commission Grants and Corporate Social Responsibility funds.
A training programme will be held from November 17 to 19 at Sree Buddha College of Engineering, Pattoor, for the master trainers from the institutions deputed for the survey. The training programme will be inaugurated by fisheries minister J. Mercykutty Amma Friday. Union minister for tourism and culture Alphons Kannanthanam will inaugurate the national level AICTE SAGY Project Training....