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A riveting NRI backed initiative to serve the motherland: Andhra Pradesh

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Women teaching children as a part of the initiative

March 3, 2017: Andhra Pradesh is one of the many states in the country that has strictly taken initiatives with respect to the welfare of women, children, and senior citizens. Apart from other developments, the state has now woven its path towards improving the infrastructure in every village present across the state under the headship of N Chandrababu Naidu Garu, CM of Andhra Pradesh.

A Reporter from Newsgram, Naina Mishra, has conducted an exclusive interview with the renowned NRI businessman Shri. Jayaram Komati to know more about the fascinating initiative- AP Janmabhoomi project.

The essence of the initiative lies in bridging the gap between Telugu NRI community and government of Andhra Pradesh and to purge the healthcare, education and sanitation problems in the vicinity. Mr. Naidu thus appointed Shri. Jayaram Komati as the Special Representative for North America to aid the purpose emphasised in AP Janmabhoomi Project.

Installation of digital classrooms in government schools, Source: AP Janmabhoomi

In the era of modernization and advancement, the state has resorted to the digitisation of the classroom to meet the quality of education with global standards, thus leading the way through establishing the first milestone in the project by installing the digital system of education in 1500 schools.

This is a remarkable step towards the betterment of education sector and even praiseworthy for the contributions made by NRI community. It shows the abound love of the NRI for their motherland. The feedback from teachers and students is affirmative.

Students are able to retain lectures as compared to the latter system of education and teachers seem to relish the resources more efficiently and optimally. The teaching sessions have become interactive and interesting with the help of the initiative. A fifth class student cited “Very interesting, informative. I am also able to remember things longer now due to the pictures shown in the PPT.” It has been reported that the attendance percentage of students have hiked as compared to previously.

Highlights of the Interview with Mr. Jayram Komati, Special Representative of North America-

Mr. Jayram Komati appointed as a Special Representative for North America, Source: AP Janmabhoomi

Naina: What is the motto behind the initiative “Give back to the motherland?”

Mr Komati: We have more than one million Telugu living in North America, even though we are living in North America our heart and soul is indebted to our motherland, undoubtedly. Our leader Mr. Chandrababu Naidu initiated this project to connect the NRI to our motherland. Since we have more than a million Telugu in North America, we need to connect them to our villages so that the government gets financial assistance to rebuild Andhra Pradesh.

Naina: How successful have the project digitization of classrooms been in the villages?

Mr Komati: Mr. Naidu’s vision is to make public school equivalent to private school. When I used to go to school back then, the schools were fully equipped. Since the arrival of private institutions, the government became sluggish and did not take proper care of the public schools, thus his intention is to bring the public school to match the level of the private school. So far we have done 1500 schools out of 5000 schools in Andhra Pradesh. These classrooms will have projectors, screen and the content with respect to the grade and subject. The teacher can now teach with ease and students are more benefitted.

Naina: How is the project aiming to secure the welfare of women?

Mr Komati: This is what our second project is about, it is called Anganwadi center. In every village, there is Anganwadi center funded by the government. It is strictly constricted to the welfare of women and child. If the women want to go to work, she can leave her child at the Anganwadi center. In the meantime, all the child care will be provided in the center itself. Even the pregnant women can get nutrition from these centers. The government now wants to build 7000 Anganwadi building and us as NRI help the government with financial aid. This will enable these women to reside in more sophisticated place.

Naina: What were the problems that the project faced till now?

Mr Komati: Being a part of government I don’t see any setback as each project takes time and it is a constructive process. Everybody responds well and is cooperative. Though it is time-consuming but we are on a right track. We are hopeful that we can do much better in the coming year.

Naina: What are the future plans for meeting the objectives?

Mr Komati: It is the never ending process. My goal is to connect as many NRI as possible with our villages. The entire state of Andhra Pradesh has only 13,000 villages. With over half a million Andhra people living in North America, it doesn’t seem unattainable. Probably with greater involvement we will come up with different models. The job isn’t over with building 7000 Anganwadi for say. There is a huge space to be filled. We can do as much as possible.

Albeit living in any part of the world, the bondage of Telugu Community to its motherland is always there. With the help of the mechanism initiated by the government, the results can bear fruit. All is needed is a gripping support from NRI community in North America to come forward and give back to the motherland.

‘AP Janmabhoomi’ is an initiative taken by the government of Andhra Pradesh with a motto ‘janmabhoomi maa voru’ (give back to the motherland).The initiative has marked conspicuous changes from the digitization of classrooms to gestation care of women in the Anganwadi centers. The project in exceptional in terms of serving the motherland to nurture the needs. According to the project, the Andhra Pradesh Government will contribute 70 percent of the total cost and the rest 30 percent is funded by NRIs who want to help the motherland.

For further details visit website www.apjanmabhoomi.org  Email Id – jkomati@ap.gov.in

– reporting by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter @Nainamishr94

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Andhra Pradesh Janmabhoomi Project: 51 NRIs Help Tribal Village Kothavalasa in Developing a Space Fostering Sports Facilities

Sports Facility for a tribal village has been inaugurated by AP Janmabhoomi project which involves contribution of 51 NRIs

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AP Janmabhoomi rural project.

Andhra Pradesh, Sep 27, 2017: Kothavalasa, a tribal village near Araku saw an influx of sporting enthusiasts wailing and whistling in joy as a result of the ‘Tribal Development Project’ that got executed in less than 20 days.

With a vision to bridge NRIs to their native land, India’s Sunrise State, AP Janmabhoomi has spread its wings by launching various campaigns revolving around the holistic development of the rural public. AP Janmabhoomi’s prime focus areas include creating – Digital Classrooms, Anganwadi Centres & Crematoriums.

Before leveling the land

Girls playing throwball after leveling the land

Kothavalasa, of Dumbriguda Mandal, Vishakhapatnam District happened to be their first integrated Tribal Development Project. The Special Representative for North America, the team that is actively involved in this mission, after pondering upon various ways to impact the lives of the rural public came up with an offbeat approach.

According to the team, for any community to move forward, they need to stay united and what better than sports can teach people to stay united. Creating a sports facility is not an easy task, and it needs a lot of resources, especially money.

In alignment with their vision of involving NRIs in the overall gamut – AP Janmabhoomi, kicked off a fundraiser
campaign and has collected a sum of almost 1,30,000 rupees in just five days. It should be noted that the whole fundraising was carried on the official website of AP Janmabhoomi, where 51 NRIs from various parts of the globe have participated. During the team’s physical inspection to the site, they’ve partnered with ThinkPeace, an NGO which has already been impacting the people living there for more than 5 years till now. As part of their integrated Tribal Development Project, AP Janmabhoomi also donated an amount of Rs. 3,00,000 for the construction of an Anganwadi school.

Distributing sports equipment

Shri Sarveshwar Rao, MLA of Araku and Shri Ravi Subhash, I.A.S graced the inauguration ceremony with their presence
and distributed the sports equipment which is set to unite and empower the youth and children of tribal villages around Kothavalasa. The equipment included outdoor sports equipment like volleyball, throw ball and cricket kits. The indoor equipment included table tennis, carom boards, and chessboards. A tournament named after the great freedom fighter, Shri Alluri Sitaramaju, was organized in the ground which saw participants from 12 Mandals.

Also Read: NRI School Connect Campaign- A new Virtual Learning initiative by government of AP 

The AP Special Representative for North America, Shri Jayaram Komati, currently heading the social initiative,
believes that all the NRIs share a common will to help
their native land.

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Connecting Indian Diaspora to Motherland: AP Janmabhoomi Project Works Towards Making Digitization of Education a Reality

The initiative is aimed at connecting the students from Government schools in Andhra Pradesh to Indian Diaspora to diversify knowledge of student base and gain knowledge from their experience

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Smart boards projectors used in government schools enhancing the quality of education. AP Janmabhoomi

By Etee Dubey

July 08, 2017: It is quite evident that in this day and age, technology has become synonymous with development. Information Technology has transformed every sector and is currently in the promising phases of altering academia. In the coming decades, if information technology has this approach, education will be far changed, more immersive and hopefully more constructive to the people than it is today. Digitization in education industry has totally changed the learning and also the teaching process to a very great extent. The AP Janmabhoomi project undertaken by the Andhra Pradesh Government, along with the Special Representative of North America, Mr Jayaram Komati, has taken steps to undergo digitization of the Government education sector.

The AP Janmabhoomi project is a social initiative by the Government of Andhra Pradesh along with The Special Representative for North America, which true to its name, aims to give back to its native land. The initiative mainly comprises of 3 main scheme- Digital Classroom, Anganwadi Centers and Crematoriums.

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A young hopeful benefited from the use of auditory and visual aid for explaining concepts. AP Janmabhoomi

The A.P Special Representative for North America, Shri Jayaram Komati, is taking the initiative of A.P Janmabhoomi forward with the launch of the second phase of the Digital Classroom project which targeted 630 government schools across 13 districts across the state. The creation, usage, and management of state-of-the-art facilities have taken the project to the next level. In the first phase of the Digital classrooms, around 1000 schools were well-equipped with appropriate technological processes which resulted in competent and proficient pedagogy. Around 1.5 lakhs rupee is spent as the cost of a single digital classroom. Functioning on a mutual basis, this amount is divided in the 70:30 ratios, where 70% of the funds are allocated from the Government while the rest 30% is donated by our NRIs. The financial contribution per NRI amounts to $750 or Rs. 45,000. More than donating funds, it is a way for more NRI’s to get connected to schools and create strong, impactful and everlasting bonds with the children by mentoring and guiding them. The donors are recognized by a donor plank present in the classroom. The donors can also donate in the memory for their beloved ones.

The digitization of classrooms primarily aims to propel the quality of education in the state, through technologically advanced endeavours like smart class, visual and auditory explanation of concepts. Concepts are best understood if they are aided with illustrations and sounds, hence, raising the quality of education provided. The digitization will help in creating a more interactive and intellectually stimulating environment for the students and also help in quicker grasping and a better understanding of concepts. Not to mention, availability of internet can work wonders and increase the accessibility to studying material by manifold. Most importantly, this scheme will lead to technology-integrated learning which is more authentic and breaks away from a passive non-interactive learning environment. The digitization of education will also be an enormous aid to students who are physically handicapped as an audio and visual explanation of concepts will enable them to gain the knowledge they previously could not.

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Smart board projectors used in government schools enhancing the quality of education. AP Janmabhoomi

Digitization of education will not only help the students, but also teachers that will disseminate the information. A. P. Janmabhoomi has taken steps towards computer literacy between the teaching staff of Government schools that would enable them to gather more reading material on the concepts as well as allow them to go through the research papers on the same. An Internship Program was organized by AP Janmabhoomi where youth from several colleges interned at AP Janmabhoomi, volunteering to instruct the teachers at Government schools of the state about the basics of computers and internet usage. The teachers were given lessons on MS Office, Email and Google drive. They were made aware of all the open resources tools available. They were given lessons on how to access the teaching aid videos available and how to use and download YouTube videos.

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Teachers elucidating concepts through smart board in government schools. AP Janmabhoomi

The Janmabhoomi team is not only focused on digitization of school education but is also working towards digital literacy among the youth to enhance chances of employability. They have organized campaign and workshop for the same. For instance, Youth Empowerment Program is an initiative taken to develop and enhance the computer knowledge as well as digital literacy among the youth. It was a three-week government-run pilot project on digital literacy in Andhra Pradesh’s Prakasam district. About 50 candidates from 7 Gram Panchayat were offered free training by interns for three weeks. These interns were trained to teach computer applications to the candidates. They mentored the youth in basic computer skills, ranging from using the computer to working on the MS Office suite of programs, through session-based learning in a simple yet comprehensive presentation format. Besides, the program also offered training in communication and résumé writing skills.

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Through the digitization of education, it has become possible for the Janmabhoomi team to further enhance the exposure and quality of education available to students at the Government schools.  The Youth Connect Program by Janmabhoomi is a testimony to the same. The NRI School Connect Program was launched on 3rd April 2017 by Mr Jayaram Komati in California, USA. The initiative is aimed at connecting the students from Government schools in Andhra Pradesh to Indian Diaspora to diversify knowledge of student base and gain knowledge from their experience. The Global School Connect Program was one such connecting experience between GVMC School, Vizag and Holy Angels School in Toronto, Canada on 20 April 2017.

The Janmabhoomi team is putting consistent efforts towards connecting the Indian Diaspora to their homeland by including them in their efforts to uplift the people belonging to underdeveloped and remote areas. The NRI Internship Program is one such initiative where the interns will not only focus on existing donor engagement but also be employing state of the art enterprises/activities as a part of our fundraising activity.They will get the opportunity to interact with various government officials and work with Teacher support. The interns will be expected to work from July to August, operating virtually 8-10 hours per week on an average in the summer.

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Equipment for second phase of digitization arrive at schools. AP Janmabhoomi

The Janmabhoomi team is working tirelessly to bring a real change through their consistent efforts and goal oriented approach. Provided that their actions help the people in need, one can only hope towards a brighter future aided by technology in the classroom and a drive to progress.

For applying to the internship, visit: www.apjanmabhoomi.org/internship-application

 For more information and Donation, visit: www.apjanmabhoomi.org

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‘NRI School Connect Campaign’- a new Virtual Learning initiative by government of AP

The aim of the project is to establish a firm connection between students and NRI through the medium of knowledge.

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Source : AP Janmabhoomi

April 10, 2017:

“In this digital age, we have an opportunity to transform lives of people in ways that were hard to imagine just couples of decade ago” – remarked Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India) at Silicon Valley on September 2015.

In this era of digitization, Andhra Pradesh government under the leadership of Shri Chandrababu Naidu has endeavored to provide virtual education to the students of government schools. Education is the bedrock of future generations and the society. Hence, to gratify the indispensable need of an hour, ‘Connect Project’NRI school connect program was launched as a part of AP Janmabhoomi, a social initiative led by Government of Andhra Pradesh under the guidance of Special Representative of North America, Shri Jayaram Komati.

The NRI School Connect was launched on 3 April 2017 by the Special Representatives of North America, Shri Jayaram Komati from California, USA. The project is deemed as a series of three pilot sessions presently. The novel initiative is expected to grow following the success of three pilot sessions.

What is Connect Project Campaign?

The NRI school connect program is first of its kind initiative by the Government of Andhra Pradesh to virtually connect the NRI Diaspora with the students of government schools. The rationale of this initiative is to endow students with diversified knowledge with the help of NRI settled all across the globe. Though, the Telugu NRI community is disconnected by lands but connected by hearts. With the help of the Initiative, the NRI are given an opportunity to serve their motherland.

Though, the Telugu NRI community is disconnected by lands but unquestionably connected by hearts. With the help of the Initiative, the NRI are given an opportunity to serve their motherland.

The aim of the project is to establish a firm connection between students and NRI through the medium of knowledge.

The interaction entails one-hour discussion between the NRI and students where the first half encompass the presentation by NRI on any relevant topic and the next half is taken up by the NRI as a question answer round.

The technical support is provided by the team of Reliance Jio.

 The First Pilot Session – NRI Connect Project

The launch of the first session was undertaken by Mr. Shivaji, NRI from Texas, USA. Mr. Shivaji conducted a session on ‘Human Evolution and Technology’ through an arresting presentation which comprised of videos also.

The session was overall a success and bewitching for the students as well. The inquisitiveness among the students soared as the interaction headed further. Students asked the questions like – How is water formed? ; Is there any without water? ; What is a Galaxy? and so on.

Newsgram contacted Mr. Shivaji, an NRI instructor in the ‘Connect Project’ initiative by the government of Andhra Pradesh.

Students want to learn continuously. We need to give them freedom to share their thoughts, and not just hand them a notebook and pencil. Providing them a virtual platform of interaction will bring them exposure to the kids and impulse the inquisitive side of the child to ask more questions. Digital classrooms will help the students utilize maximum resources to leverage their potential. told Shivaji to Newsgram.

Majority of the students were able to connect with the topic. Quite evident because they kept asking a lot of intriguing questions and participated in the discussions. – remarked Shivaji on the response of the students.

The interaction went remarkably well and it was able to embed some amount of knowledge in the students regarding the topic. According to Shivaji, the education system should be such that it connects the theories and concepts to the outside world.

Second Pilot Session – NRI Connect Project 

The second Pilot session was conducted today. Shri Jitendra Chowdary, Vice president of Citi edified the students the importance of the search engine Google. He presented a PPT on how to make a sound career by pursuing an individual’s passion.

He showed that while in the US, how he can know the weather of Cuddapah. This caught the glimpse to all students, one student asked him whether they can know the rainfall in their district? How can they know which land can be cultivated?. The question was tricksome but Shri Jitendra Chowdary answered their questions fairly to each one of them.

The scheduled date for the next interaction is 17 April. To know more about the initiative, click here

Reported by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94