HWSTVAPSS - Savidya Upasamati

Project Brief: The Savidya Upasamiti project has adopted 7 schools (4 primary, 2 middle and 1 vocational school) benefitting 680 children in the Champawat district of Uttaranchal. The parents of most students are agricultural workers or daily labourers.
Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: creating resources (description)

Secondary Focus: vocational training

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Silicon Valley
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Anamika Batra
Project Partner(s): Hari Bist
Other Contacts: PADMANAVA SEN
Project Address: , c/o Prof. Hari Bist,14 / 35, GB Pant Marg,Haldwani,
UTTARANCHAL  263141
Tel:
Stewarding Chapter: Silicon Valley
Sep 2017Silicon ValleyUSD 23589
Jun 2015Silicon ValleyUSD 14861
Nov 2014Silicon ValleyUSD 15611
May 2014Silicon ValleyUSD 15012
Nov 2013Silicon ValleyUSD 14672
Feb 2013Silicon ValleyUSD 14889
May 2012Silicon ValleyUSD 15370
Nov 2010Silicon ValleyUSD 22237
Apr 2010Silicon ValleyUSD 22177
Nov 2009Silicon ValleyUSD 22136
Apr 2009Silicon ValleyUSD 20660
May 2008Silicon ValleyUSD 21992
Jan 2008Silicon ValleyUSD 22865
Feb 2007Silicon ValleyUSD 8160
Sep 2006Silicon ValleyUSD 7775
Jan 2006Silicon ValleyUSD 3154
Sep 2005Silicon ValleyUSD 3188
Sep 2005StanfordUSD 800

Total = $269148

Uttaranchal is one of the newest states of the Indian Union, and one of the poorest too. The district of Champawat is located in the south-eastern part of the state, along the border with Nepal. In the rural hilly areas, the schools are not always equipped to handle the number of students in terms of teachers and infrastructure. There is the problem of student retention, as the parents sometimes cut short their children's education and involve them in the house or work. As the students go towards higher classes, they are not equipped with the skill sets which can enable them to lead a decent life - ie. vocational skills are not imparted to the students. This is an important requirement, as the economic oppurtunities in the region are not plentiful.

The Savidya Upasamiti, with Asha's help, shall work with the schools - primary, middle and high - in the district and improve the teaching facilities to encourage students to complete their education, and enable them with the necessary skills to lead a decent and dignified life.

In 2005-06, the project "adopted" a primary school in the Kulethi village, and augmented the school resources by building a new classroom, a library and a playground, and adding three new teachers, distributing school uniforms and study kits to all children and by organizing bi-annual health camps. The Kulethi school also became the first primary school in the hilly regions to introduce computer education. The efforts resulted in: (a) an increase in enrollment (from 52 to 98), (b) appointment of a teacher for every class, (c) reduced drop-out rates and increaseed student attendance.

Encouraged by the project's success, Asha and Savidya decided to expand the project. In 2006-07, two more schools were included - a middle school in Dungra Sethi and a primary school in Haldwani, thereby benefiting 338 children. As in the first year, additional teachers were appointed to all the schools. Health camps were organized, and school uniforms and study kits were distributed to the students. Savidya organized numerous interactions between students, parents/guardians and teachers, and also organized "learning trips" for the students to local government and private institutions. Savidya's efforts have received wide publicity, and a steady stream of local and state leaders have visited the school to learn how a model educational system can be established.

Following two years of learning and success, Asha and Savidya have embarked on a multi-pronged initiative to create a comprehensive educational framework. In 2007-08, the project proposes to:
(a) Expand the Support-A-School program to include 6 schools (4 primary and 2 middle schools)
(b) Establish a Learning Resource Center to enable learning in a group setting and in an interactive manner
(c) Organize teacher training workshops to train teachers from schools that are not covered by the project
(d) Organize meetings and lectures to increase awareness among the parents and the community regarding education and other rights
(e) Establish a Vocational Educational Program

Nearly 680 children are expected to be covered under the project. More details are presented in the project proposal for 2007-08. The reports from previous years detail the project's accomplishments and also contain many photos.


Sign leading to the Prathamic Pathashala, Kulethi village. The board reads:
Model Primary School Project, Kulethi Village (Champawat), supported by Savidya Upasamiti of HWSTVAPSS (Darah village, Champawat), with financial support from Asha Silicon Valley USA




Photos from the project




National Science Day celebrations in Champawat organised by Savidya on 28 Feb 2008




Health camp organized at the Govt. Primary School, Haldwani, on 3 May 2008

In addition to the items mentioned above, this project has a short-term and long-term vision.

Short-term goals include:
1. Improve the student-teacher ratio by hiring additional qualified teachers
2. Collaborate with the school and the community to reduce drop-out rates and increase student enrolment
3. Involve the local community in monitoring the teaching in the schools and help to improve school infrastructure

Long-term goals include:
1. Create a model educational structure which covers primary, middle and high schools.
2. Establish vocational training programs in the schools to train students in various practical technical skills.
3. Interact with the Govt. of Uttaranchal to replicate this model in other schools in the district/state.
The Himalaya Water Service Tatha Vikas Avam Paryavaran Sanrakshan Samiti (HWSTVAPSS) was started in 1988 to help solve the water problems in the villages of Champawat district. The Savidya Upasamiti was established in 2004. The Upasamiti was initially involved in providing scholarships to the poor school-going children to facilitate their studies. It also provided some scholarships to the youth to undertake professional training and participate in workshops.
May 2017 Project Proposal_2017-2018
Feb 2017 AshaVisitSummaryFeb17
Jul 2016 AnnualReportUpdatesAshaJul16
Jun 2016 AnupamBishSiteVisit-tabletassistedlearningJun16
May 2015 Site Visit 2014-2015
Apr 2015 Mid Year Update 2015
Oct 2014 Project proposal 2014-15
Oct 2014 2014-15 Project proposal: Discussions and poll
May 2014 Audited financial report 2013-14
Apr 2014 Midterm report 2013-14
Feb 2014 Site visit report
Oct 2013 Project proposal 2013-14
Oct 2013 2013-14 Project proposal: Discussions and poll
Jul 2013 Audited financial report 2012-13
May 2013 Site visit report
Feb 2013 Midterm report 2012-13
Jan 2013 Midterm report 2012-13
Jun 2012 Audited financial report 2011-12
Jun 2012 Audited financial report 2011-12 (FCRA)
May 2012 2012-13 Project proposal: Discussions and poll
Apr 2012 Project proposal 2012-13
Feb 2012 Annual magazine
Feb 2012 Site visit report
Aug 2011 Team Asha Presentation - 1
Aug 2011 Team Asha Presentation - 2
Jul 2011 Project proposal 2011-12 - Mintues & Approval
Jun 2011 Audited financial report 2010-11
May 2011 Project proposal 2011-12 - Part-1
May 2011 Project proposal 2011-12 - Part-2
May 2011 Project proposal 2011-12 - Part-3
May 2011 Project proposal 2011-12 - Part-4
May 2011 Evaluation document 2011-12 - Initial
Feb 2011 Annual magazine
Oct 2010 Midterm report 2011-12 - Part-1
Oct 2010 Midterm report 2011-12 - Part-2
Oct 2010 Project proposal 2010-11 - Mintues & Approval
May 2010 Audited financial report 2009-10
Apr 2010 Project proposal 2010-11 - Part-1
Apr 2010 Project proposal 2010-11 - Part-2
Apr 2010 Project proposal 2010-11 - Part-3
Apr 2010 Evaluation document 2009-10 - Final
Mar 2010 Site visit report
Oct 2009 Midterm report 2009-10
May 2009 Site visit report
May 2009 Audited financial report 2008-09
Apr 2009 Project evaluation document
Apr 2009 Evaluation document 2009-10 - Initial
Feb 2009 Annual magazine
Feb 2009 Project proposal 2008-09
Oct 2008 Annual report 2007-08
Jul 2008 Site visit report
Jun 2008 Article in IIT-Kanpur newsletter
Jun 2008 Audited financial report 2007-08
May 2008 Article by Shiska Sopan, IIT Kanpur, on the Science Center
Apr 2008 Midterm report 2007-08
Feb 2008 Annual magazine
Oct 2007 Annual report 2006-07
Aug 2007 Project proposal 2007-08
Apr 2007 Audited financial report 2006-07
Feb 2007 Midterm report 2006-07
Feb 2007 Site visit report
Nov 2006 Allocation of funds for administrative uses
Aug 2006 Annual report 2005-06
Jul 2006 Project proposal 2006-07
Apr 2006 Audited financial report 2005-06
Dec 2005 Midterm report 2005-06
Jun 2005 Project proposal 2005-06
Apr 2005 Site visit report