Project Brief: The project aims to improve the total education environment in the panchayat through the implementation of Community Based Education model and Self-Governance
Project Type: Community Based Interventions (description)
Primary Focus: to go to formal school (description)

Secondary Focus: health and cleanliness

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Yale
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Ajay Dalmia
Project Partner(s): Dr. Motilal Dash
Other Contacts: Naresh Devnani
Project Address: , ,,Jherli,
Stewarding Chapter: Yale

Asha Stars, if any:

Ajay Dalmia

Oct 2002ColoradoUSD 1000
Oct 2002Work an HourUSD 7300
Dec 2002YaleUSD 2000

Total = $10300

Jherli is one of the most backward and underdeveloped Gram Panchayats of Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan. It consists of three villages - Jherli, Raila and Garinda. The total population of these villages is more than 5,000 including 419 school going children. The basic occupations of the villagers are cultivation, daily-wage labor and small business. Unemployment, illiteracy, poverty, low status of women and lack of accessibility to basic facilities are some of the major indicators of backwardness visible in these villages. Even though most of the villagers understand the need for educating their children for a better future dilapidated school buildings, lack of sufficient number of teachers, absence of basic amenities and proper environment for learning deters them from sending their children to school.
The primary objective of the project is to improve the quality of primary and secondary education. The project is led by a team from BITS, Pilani in India. Project governance ensures funds transparency and periodic updates.
The major objectives of the Gyanganga project are to:

1. Improve school infrastructure, curriculum and quality of education
2. Increase water availability in the Jherli Panchayat
3. Reduce incidences of illness due to communicable diseases
4. Increase income generated per household
5. Increase availability of electricity per household

Impacts 419 children (of which 199 are girls)
The organization is an Asha Chapter at BITS and is part of the NSS on BITS campus. The National Service Scheme (NSS) was evolved and introduced by the Government of India in the year 1969. It aims at developing amongst students a sense of participation in nation building through Social Work. Some of NSS activities include routine health camps, running vocational school & informal primary school, blood donation camps, etc.