Mandatory service for graduates in rural/tribal areas

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Mandatory service for graduates in rural/tribal areas

Postby aditya » Tue May 22, 2012 11:48 am

This proposal is an attempt to bridge the shocking urban-rural disparities that currently exist in India. The solution proposed involves forcing all fresh graduates to serve in rural/tribal areas, sponsored by public/private sector.

Certain crucial aspects of this issue revolve around the nature of work that these graduates can be productive in, whether there are enough opportunities to accommodate all of them, and the massive costs that such a programme will entail.
Further, there are debates regarding whether such a scheme ought to be linked to the education end of the spectrum through financial incentives or to employability in the corporate sector. The latter would require agreement on the part of corporates.

Most importantly, it is imperative to consider the rights and aspirations of both primary stakeholders - the students and the rural populations. Any policy that is arrived at must ensure the optimum balance of both these crucial indices.
It would be great to receive any suggestions regarding the aspects I have discussed and otherwise.
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Re: Mandatory service for graduates in rural/tribal areas

Postby pranay » Wed May 23, 2012 11:29 am

The comment is specifically deals with the employment opportunities available in rural areas (does not ponder upon the mandatory issue)
There is a concept known as PURA(Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) where you have a cluster of villages and through a planned allocation of manpower and resources, you carry out rural development without actually changing the identities of the native people living there. Till date, i guess there are 4 functioning PURAs in India and many are in developing stage. As rural development is a very large concept, there is a need for professionals from every field, agriculture to technology.
In all the four operational PURA's technology and application of scientific methods of working have played a very important role. For example, power through bio-gas and solar energy is used for house hold lighting and also for the farms; vermicomposting; check dams and water purification plants; Jatropha plantation to extraction and esterification; medicinal and aromatic plants cultivation, extraction and manufacturing healthcare products through self-help groups; low cost housing using alternative building blocks; Dairy farming; healthcare and education services; connectivity using wireless and Wi-MAX technologies and enabling the sustainable development and business processing taking places among the village clusters.
The above things would require a large manpower if implemented at the country level. Similarly, there will be opportunities for graduates from other fields(please go through the link below) ... ink_id=100
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