IIT-ISM on move to improve Jamtara’s scheduled tribe lives

RNS: Aiming to transform the lives of the scheduled tribe people through tailor-made intervention, IIT (ISM) Dhanbad organised a workshop on Saturday in Karmatand block of Jamtara district.

This was the fifth workshop organized by IIT (ISM) Dhanbad in different blocks of Jamtara district, the workplace of great social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, as part of an ongoing series of workshops.

The over six-hour exercise conducted in the training room of the Kamatand block office, which began at around 11 a.m. and continued till 4.30 p.m. witnessed meaningful interaction between the IIT (ISM)team led by Rashmi Singh, Assistant Professor of the Management Studies department and over 200 participants, more than 60% of whom were women.

The workshop during which the other members of IIT (ISM) team, including Niladri Das, Associate Professor; Susmita Biswas and Ranjit, project assistants and Virendra Kisku also interacted with the rural folks and explained to them about the different government schemes meant for the benefit of common people, witnessed some inquisitiveness among the rural people about the launch of start-ups.

“We launched the initiative during July last year with the aim of improving the economic well-being of scheduled tribe people of the Jamtara District,” said Prof Singh and added that the aim of the exercise is to encourage farmers (ST) to evolve as “farm-based entrepreneurs” who are equipped to make informed financial decisions.

“The aim of the initiative is also to develop an optimal scientific mechanism that can give them feasible options for effective resource allocation and savings” further said Professor Singh and added that one more workshop will also be organized as part of the series in Fatehpur block of Jamtara.

Savitri Murmu, a women participant of Udaipur Village, while interacting with IIT (ISM) team, took details of the ways of launching a pickle-making unit and as part of the self-help group (SHG) along with the other women of her village and ensuring the packaging and marketing of pickles made by them.

Urmila Murmu, another participant, a resident of Mohanpur Village, said “We learnt a lot of things about launching our own entrepreneurship ventures by first constituting the SHG.”

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