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Attendees : Jyoti, Sudhi, Madan, Karthika , Sampurna, Prema, Garima, Prashant, Shubhalaxmi

Notes taken by : Prema

Topic 1: Vigyan Ashram Annual update

Presenter: Jyoti Gawade

  • Dr.Kalbag had started it and now it is Yogesh Kulkarni who is leading it
  • Mission - laboratory of education
  • Learning while doing - learning skills needed to accomplish the chosen task
  • Staying the village, they can improve their livelihood.
  • They try out different ways of education - start with what do you want to make today and all the skills that are needed for that task to be completed is what
  • 8th, 9th, 10th failed students from regular schools
  • IBT program is in 5 states now ( same as DBRT but in formal schools)
  • Asha supports DBRT (diploma in basic rural tech) - 1-year residential program  in Pune
  • Animal husbandry, agriculture, fab lab, food processing etc departments. Students rotate among all these programs on different projects. They can start working after that, start their own business. Vigyan Ashram helps them with microloans
  • Infrastructure development - supported by INDUSA (Asha Star donor)
  • Students pay a fee
  • Yearly tuition fees - INR 12000
  • Boarding etc - 18000
  • Asha funding history
    • Last year we sent 11,50,000 INR
    • Out of that 1263000 DBRT salary, utilities, and expenses - 3162200
    • We cover 1/4th of the costs
  • Question
    • Did the student fees go down from last year?
    • Who are the mentors?
    • Do they have too much to handle or are they electives?
    • Has there been a study on whether IBT helps the students and if the students continue to get value out of it?
    • Why is second floor costing more than the first floor for construction costs?

 

  • 56 students from 4 states took DBRT course. 37 are placed with different organizations
  • New batch started on 10th July 2016 with 48 new students
  • They have included new advanced skills courses. They are introducing mentorships to resolve personal and social difficulties
  • English and language classes in the evening
  • Students planted 200+ plants on campus by shramadan. They worked on pabal bus stop for republic day
  • They started working on recycling projects this year
  • Science exhibition @ GMRT
  • They tried gray water recycling which can grow grass
  • Vigyanashramdbrt.wordpress.com
  • Vigyanashramdbrt.blogspot.com
  • IBT school students come to pabal and learn 3d printing and design etc.
  • Developed OER (blueprint) content for 12 activities
  • 123 schools were supported last year among 5 states and 12350 students.
  • IBT instructors are trained by DBRT instructors and they keep refreshing the training
  • UNICEF has made documentary on the program
  • 50% of the students get scholarships
  • Asha funded 20,00,000 towards one-time funding for one-time infrastructure development
  • We funded 20 lakhs for hostel construction this year.  Cost of constructing the First floor is 30 lakhs, the second floor is 32 lakhs.
  • Site visit report
    • 30th July 2017
    • Srihari Suthamally - Asha volunteer from Pune chapter
    • Most students were new, so couldn't communicate well, so he will go back, but he saw the gray water recycling, 3d printing, fab India
  • Voting:
  • Everyone in favor of funding (INR 11,50,000 + 10% = 10% = 10% 12,65,000) to support DBRT teacher salaries and utilities expenses for Vigyan Ashram for the funding period of Jul 2017 - Jun2018

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    Yes


          

          

    9


          

          

    No


          

          

    0


          

          

    Abstain


          

          

    0


          
  • Everyone in favor of funding (20K = INR 13,00,000) to support 2nd-floor building construction of DBRT students hostel for the fiscal year Jul 2017 - Jun 2018

  •       

    Yes


          

          

    9


          

          

    No


          

          

    0


          

          

    Abstain


          

          

    0


          

 

Topic 2: Pawan Public School

Presenter: Shubhalaxmi

  • The site visit is done by Akshita Vyas from Persistent Foundation, Persistent Systems ltd. Her name was suggested by Srihari, who helps with Vigyan Ashram site visit every year
  • Date: 29th September 2017
  • Pawan Public school started in 1999 in Paoni - a small town near Nagpur
  • Primary and Pre-primary in one school and another one has high school and junior college. Both are a mile apart
  • Total of 630 students
  • 25% of students from 1-5 standard are covered under RTE
  • 40% students are sponsored through individual donors
  • Rest are paying fees.
  • In 2016-2017 - student headcount was 527
  • 31 teachers and 5 non-teaching staff. 2 computer teachers joined this year
  • They also give PF to teachers - 13% deducted from salaries, 13% the organization pays
  • Students and teachers have to wear a uniform. All teachers are female
  • Various cracks in the building
  • Roof is leaking
  • Every year in rainy season, they have to put on tarp plastic cover every year and it costs about INR 36,000
  • It is a municipal school so they cannot renovate
  • They have secured a land and want to build a new school building
  • They do not have secure place to store kids toys and learning material
  • Kids do not write with pens or pencils, they use plastic alphabets
  • The high school building owned by the nursing college. So the premises is shared by both
  • This school building is in a better state than primary school
  •  Computer lab has 3 computers and there is leakage problem in that room
  • The proposed land is 6-acre farmland. They want to use 2-3 acres for building construction. There is also a Pratham center in that location
  • They have Govt bus facility that kids can come using that.
  • Their documentation about each student is maintained very well.
  • Pros
    • PPS is the only school that provides English medium education from pre-primary to jr.college
    • Quality of education is on par with schools in Nagpur city
    • The "no tuition" motto of the school and the end results of students is an achievement which shows the confidence of school in its teaching
  • Cons
    • Free education in Govt public schools available in the area in Urdu and Marathi medium
    • School does not keep track of students after 10th
    • The existing infrastructure is the major problem
  • Questions:
    • Does the school provide uniforms?
    • Why are all teachers all female?
    • Why did the headcount come down from primary school to high school?
  • We voted INR 20,00,000 (Equivalent to $30K) one-time funding for the building construction conditional on-site visit. Now that the site visit report is done, we approve the funding as a chapter

Voting:

  • Everyone in favor of adding a star component to the Pawan Public school project

Yes: 7

No: 1

Abstain : 0

 

 

 

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