Recap of 2019

What better way to start the New Year, than by remembering all that happened in the old one. Here are the top 10 highlights of 2019, that make for markers to start the New Year.

Farmer field schools (FFS)

While Farmers’ Field Schools have been successful internationally, it was for the first time that BCT KVK brought local implementation. Given the impracticality for scientists to visit multiple places at once, the concept of FFS was launched in the month of May in 5 villages of Dimili, Teruvupalli, Mamidivada, JV Palem and Haripalem.  Farmers are evincing good participation and an enthusiasm to learn.

Dr. BV Parameswara Rao passes away

The year 2019 brought with it deeply saddening losses as well. June 9 was a dark day, as BCTs founding father Dr. BV Parameswara Rao passed away.  His demise left thousands in tears, and condolences poured in from various quarters. Many sent notes of their association with Dr. Rao, and how he had shaped their decisions to work for social causes or even return to India to work for the country.

Trainings for women

From bakery to mushroom units, from tailoring to value addition to commonly available jackfruit, a range of training programs were conducted over the year for women. Saplings were distributed to enable homestead gardens, and women learnt how to prepare nutritious food for infants as well. Through these programs, 100s of women received training in 2019 across villages and can set up their own units.

“Prerana” program

July marked the launch of the Prerana program in tribal areas. The result of a collaboration between BCT, the Department of School Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh, VIBHA, USA and Sikshana Foundation, Bengaluru, this initiative will work to improve the standards of education for 78,000 tribal children from class 1st to 8th. Encouraging peer-to-peer learning, the initiative is receiving positive response from both teachers and students.

Meity with IT

BCT-conceptualized ‘Grameena Incubation Center’, was selected as one of the 34 Incubation Centers across India. Selected under the Technology Incubation for Development of Entrepreneurs (TIDE 2.0), BCT will now start 2 agriculture based Incubation centers per year for the next 5 years. Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), New Delhi, will provide support to ideate and field-test ideas.

QRT Team visits

November 27th and 28th marked the visit by the Quinquennial Review Team (QRT) to BCT KVK. Reviewing the work undertaken from 2011 to 2019, the team visited the cluster villages under DFI (Doubling the farmers income), gave valuable inputs and interacted with villagers.

Training for PwDs

Customised training for specially abled at SMART centers became a reality. 14 trainees with intellectual disabilities from Arunodaya Special School, were chosen for the Gajuwaka center, while 9 were selected for the Autonagar SMART Technical center. The training programme started on December 3, ‘World Disability Day’. Students at SMART T Autonagar will learn to assemble electronic devices while those at Gajuwaka center will learn CRS (Customer relationship and sales), Basic IT and typing skills.

TRC Phase 2 begins

Reaching to the physically challenged people, affected in Hudhud cyclone through BCT is the Tata Relief Committee programme. On 6th November, Phase 2 was inaugurated. 229 People with disabilities (PwDs) were identified as beneficiaries and 83 PwDs from 41 villages from 10 mandals attended the assessment camp for prosthetics, orthotics, special chairs.

Accolades & more

Constantly measuring its success through the success of its stakeholders, Team BCT had many reasons to rejoice this year. Farmer Smt.Desagiri Bangaramma from the tribal village of Thajangi, flew to Delhi, to participate at the ‘Farm innovators meet 2019’ on July 16 and 17. Farmer Sri Janapareddy Chinna attended the Indian Science Congress at Bengaluru. On May 24 BCT KVK also ranked Number 1, nationally, for its implementation of 23 training programmes under the Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan.

 “Cheyutha” program for adolescents

Awareness on life skills, reproductive health, hygiene and nutrition, and other social issues for adolescents, was on focus through 2019. Tackling the issues of child marriages, early motherhood, health and gender discrimination, the initiative spread awareness to 11-16 year olds at their schools.

Support by Inner Wheel and Aditya Kiran Memorial Trust

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The month of September 2019, brought 16 members from the Inner Wheel Club of Visakhapatnam and Adityakiran Memorial Trust, Visakhapatnam to BCT. As this was a first visit for many of them, they viewed a short film on BCT to understand the scope of operations. They also interacted with Sri B. Sri Ram Murty, Secretary, to know more details. Sri Ram also elaborated about the past and present projects, as he spoke about the processes adopted, partnering communities, undertaking need based initiatives and augmenting farmer’s income.

Reasons why Khadi is still viable for us

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Noted to be a fabric synonymous with Indian independence movement, the advent of powermills and various other reasons, are slowly killing this industry. While some may argue that changing technologies need to replace the old, it is important to remember that today Khadi is much more relevant than ever before. As many designers choose it today as the fabric to work with, and a few organizations struggle to revive this dying form, here are few reasons that still make khadi and spinning it relevant in today’s times.

Training for Unemployed Youth

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BCT Secretary B. Sri Rama Murty has requested interested unemployed youth to register for several courses imparting skills at the jointly run Tech Mahindra Foundation Technology Center near Gajuwaka.

Micro-Entrepreneurship and more

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Entrepreneurship is one of the key drivers in society. Not only does it improve the quality of life for individuals and communities, it also helps in tackling poverty and unemployment, which is even more prominent in rural India at 70%. In order to promote local entrepreneurs and set them on the path of micro-entrepreneurship, BCT along with Vishwa Yuvak Kendra and NSRCEL of IIM Bangalore, organized a two-day camp on Micro entrepreneurship at BCT.

Vidyaranya students visit BCT

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From 3rd to 8th February, 33 students of the Vidyaranya school in Hyderabad, visited BCT as part of an education tour. The young boys and girls of the 8th standard, were accompanied by their faculty member Mrs. Veena, a faculty member.

169th governing body meeting held

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BCTs 169th Governing Body meeting was held at the Haripuram campus on January 27, 2019. It was conducted with Dr. Mohan Kanda in the Chair. Ajit Suryanarayan, Krishna Jyoti, along with members and advisory members attended the meeting.

BCT RHS students at A unique reunion

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The JNTU Kakinada Engineering College batch of 1979-83 conducted a reunion in a unique manner. The group of 50 alumni along with their spouses came together at Sunray resorts from 28th to 30th December. While they spent quality time with their batchmates and relived old memories, they also made good use of this time to talk about social causes and discussed the roles that they could play.

Spiritual Saturday at the Nagulapalli village!

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December 15, 2018

A familiar scene greets people of Nagulapalli village in Munagapaka mandal of Visakhapatnam district every Saturday. About a 100, neatly dressed children gather together in the evening to celebrate the Sri Venkateswara Swamy pallaki procession in all the streets of the village. With most of the villagers coming together to participate, the event goes beyond a simple religious occasion as it gets linked with spirituality, social and cultural involvement as well.

Community in Action at Mulajampa village

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Working towards community participation and decision making for village development, the Community Action Groups (CAGs) across 137 villages have been actively involved for the past three years now, since the start of the initiative by BCT. These groups meet regularly to discuss problems and solutions. The 13 CAG members of Mulajampa village met on December 6 as part of their monthly meetings and discussed the various problems and solutions.

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