SmarTgram Mission

During Shri Mukherjee's presidency, five villages in the districts of Gurugram and Mewat were selected to implement various programmes based on a convergence model with the support of ministries of the Central Government, State Governments, public and private sector organisations, NGOs and individuals.

Based on the encouraging results from initial five villages, the SmarTGram initiative has been expanded to clusters covering 103 villages. The Foundation intends to replicate this model to more States, by identifying clusters of 5-15 villages in each of the identified States for development as SmarTGrams.

A SMARTGRAM FRAMEWORK

A SmarTgram has the basic physical and social infrastructure with a layer of smart information and communication to improve governance and delivery of services, livelihood and economic opportunities.

For us, a SmarTgram is a Hi-tech, Healthy, Happy, Humane and Harmonious (5H) village which ensures an enhanced quality of life that contributes to the harmony, happiness and well-being of all the villagers.

In terms of physical and social infrastructure, each SmarTgram must have:

  1. Good internal roads & drainage system
  2. At least 12-hour electricity supply per day
  3. Potable water for drinking
  4. At least two live ponds of water, one for the animals and the other for village in general
  5. An operational liquid and solid waste management system
  6. Toilets for every household
  7. No plastic garbage
  8. Good schools for girls and boys
  9. Either a PHC or e-doctor clinic or AYUSH Clinic
  10. Properly organized Anganwaadis
  11. A well-managed CSC and active VLE (Village Level Entrepreneur)
  12. At least one bank or post office or ATM
  13. At least one entrepreneur and one active women SHG
  14. Link up with at least one marketing organization
  15. At least one good kirana store
  16. At least two acres of village land under social forestry

HiTech - Provision of smart physical & social infrastructure for effective delivery of services, livelihood and economic opportunities

Healthy - Physically and mentally strong

Happy - State of no-conflict, synergy, or acceptance. Harmony within and without.

Humane - Compassionate, Tolerant, forgiving and generous behaviour

Harmonious - Flow of life in an atmosphere of peace and happiness

A Local Resource Person or LRP is a locally recruited PMF representative. S/he acts as a teacher, guide, friend and advisor and serves as an effective link between the villages and the Foundation. They are provided training and inculcate a deep understanding of the mission and objectives of the PMF.

  1. To teach with devotion the subjects assigned to them and endeavor to turn children into responsible and happy citizens. This will include imparting training on happiness and emotional wellbeing , fight against malnutrition and women empowerment.
  2. To act as an effective link between the village and the Foundation. To assist the Foundation in conducting surveys on the present state of affairs in the village to identify areas for effective intervention by the Foundation and impact analysis.
  3. To help the Foundation arrange outreach and training programs and assist in undertaking campaigns like tree plantation, eat right health camps, sanitation, employment generation, etc.
  4. To educate the villagers about the various development schemes of the central and state government. You will maintain contact with the VLEs at the CSCs and assist the villagers in filling forms etc. for getting benefit of the schemes.
  5. To maintain contact with the ASHA workers, ANM, Anganwaadi workers , and provide feedback to the Foundation for improving such services in the villages.
  6. To assist the Foundation in organizing Gram vikas samitis to effectively implement and monitor various projects of the Foundation and its partners.
  7. To assist the Foundation in identifying persons with the potential to turn into entrepreneurs and for organizing women self help groups.
  8. To assist in connecting the farmers and other entrepreneurs to marketing organizations like FPOs and other such initiatives of the Foundation.

Centres at SmarTgram

PMF Centre for Composite Education

The Joyful Learning Module developed by the Pranab Mukherjee Foundation consists of the following:

A smart classroom is equipped with computer and audio-visual aids, allowing the instructor to teach using a wide variety of media. This digital initiative is rapidly transforming the way teachers teach and students learn.

Why

This makes learning an enjoyable experience for students while improving their overall academic performance in school.

We are currently implementing the Smart Teaching model in 25 schools, including K-learning and E-learning model, and 3 Tablet Based Learning labs and 2 Computer labs

A smart classroom is equipped with computer and audio-visual aids, allowing the instructor to teach using a wide variety of media. This digital initiative is rapidly transforming the way teachers teach and students learn.

Why

This makes learning an enjoyable experience for students while improving their overall academic performance in school.

We are currently implementing the Smart Teaching model in 25 schools, including K-learning and E-learning model, and 3 Tablet Based Learning labs and 2 Computer labs

Happiness Curriculum training and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for the LRPs and Government School Teachers for LRPs and Government School Teachers

Why

To capacitate LRPs and Government school teachers with new skill set and create awareness amongst teachers and school community

Till date, the Foundation has conducted 7 such ToTs for participants which included LRPs, AYUSH practitioners, Government school teachers and PMF staff.

PMF Centre for Holistic Health and Wellness

These clinics affordable primary healthcare services to rural/semi urban areas via telemedicine technology and nurse-assisted online medical consultations through a network of qualified doctors, diagnostic services and referral services to secondary and tertiary care facilities in nearby cities. One e-Doctor clinic covers a population of 20,000 people, thus covering 5-6 villages

Why

To create an omni-channel healthcare delivery platform having multiple touch-points including physical clinics, mobile based solutions and referral linkages to improve transparency & efficiency and reduce information asymmetry in the healthcare system

Karma Healthcare under the aegis of PMF has set up a network of 8 e-Doctor Clinics, out of which three of them in the villages of Baslambi, Bhondsi and Nayagaon have achieved operational sustainability.

Note: one e-Doctor Clinic covering approximately 5-6 villages

These clinics affordable alternative healthcare services to rural/semi urban areas via Indian Traditional ways of medications through trained AYUSH therapists. One AYUSH Wellness Centre covers the population of 2 midlle-sized villages

Why

To promote a holistic approach towards health by propagating the indigenous way of medicine and therapy

We have established One Model cum Training centre and 6 AYUSH Wellness Centres with 13 trained AYUSH trained therapists in 6 villages of Haryana.

These centers act as a one-stop destination for the students with learning disabilities to come and work upon their deficiencies under the expert guidance of psychiatrists and psychologists

Why

To promote inclusive education by identifying and improving learning outcomes of children with special needs. The teachers and parents are also sensitized through the workshops which enable them to identify symptoms and signs in children with special needs.

The Foundation in collaboration with Expressions India and support from Tata Trusts has also established two Sparsh Centres at two villages, namely Harchandpur and Palra

These clinics afford alternative healthcare services to rural/semi urban areas via Indian Traditional ways of medications through trained AYUSH therapists.

Why

To promote a holistic approach towards health by propagating the indigenous way of medicine and therapy

We have established One Model cum Training centre and 6 AYUSH Wellness Centres with 13 trained AYUSH trained therapists in 6 villages of Haryana.

PMF Centre for Agro-Value Chains

Organic Farming:

Under this project, the Foundation is promoting Organic .3Farming by providing subsidized organic inputs and bio fertilizers to 10 farmers in each village and conducting training programs/meetings in the villages of Haryana. In addition to this, Apiculture and other allied activities are also being promoted through demonstration farms established in two villages for training and demonstration purposes

Why

To promote sustainable way of practicing agriculture while reducing the input cost and increasing the crop productivity

The current area under Organic farming is 108 acres with 92 farmers from 10 villages of Haryana

Integrated Nutrient Management Based Farming System (INMBFS):

Under this project, the Foundation is promoting Organic .3Farming by providing subsidized organic inputs and bio fertilizers to 10 farmers in each village and conducting training programs/meetings in the villages of Haryana. In addition to this, Apiculture and other allied activities are also being promoted through demonstration farms established in two villages for training and demonstration purposes

Why

To promote sustainable way of practicing agriculture while reducing the input cost and increasing the crop productivity

The current area under Organic farming is 108 acres with 92 farmers from 10 villages of Haryana

Partner Processing Centres (P2Cs)

PMF has set up a Training and Innovation Warehouse at Udyog Kunj, (Village Alipur, Gurugram, Haryana) for training farmers and entrepreneurs/grampreneurs from the adopted villages.

Why

To provide employment to the youth in villages through low-cost localized manufacturing units

Currently, 7 Partner Processing Centres are operating with the support from PMF in the Smartgram Villages of Haryana

Entrepreneurship Development Programme

Through training programmes, we are creating and supporting entrepreneurs in Food processing and Personal Home Care products

Why

To promote entrepreneurship amongst the villagers by providing end to end training support along with business development plans

A total of 10 trainings were organized for orientation and capacity building of entrepreneurs and unemployed youth was conducted in last financial year

Self Help Groups (SHGs)

Self Help Grouos are informal groups of women who come together to carry out financial and economic activities. PMF is continuously working towards formation and support to SHGs through Training, Capacity Building and marketing linkages.

Why

With aim to provide financial independence to women leading to Women Empowerment within their respective society

Currently, we have trained and are supporting 3 Self Help Groups from 3 villages of Gurugram District, Haryana

Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs)

Farmer Producer Organisations are congregation of farmers having similar interest areas such as that of inpur procurement at low prices and/or marketing of farm produce at best possible prices. One FPO approximately covers farmers from 8-10 villages.

Why

To provide bargaining capacity to the farmers in the area and sustaining the agricultural activities initiated within the village

Currently, PMF with support from IFFCO has registered 1 FPO in Farrukhnagar Block in Gurugram District of Haryana and is in process of registering two more in Sohna and Mewat region of Haryana.

Note: One FPO covers 8-10 villages

Gram Vikas Samiti

Gram Vikas Samitis are village level organization organized in each intervention village to provide demands/needs from the village, monitor the progress and ensure of the sustainability of the interventions undertaken

Why

To ensure community participation and sustainability of the projects/interventions

Currently, PMF is in process of organizing Gram Vikas Samitis in its 45 intervention villages of Haryana

Small Outreach Programmes

Small Outreach Programmes are small meetings with 30-35 influencers or Panchayati Raj members from the village

Why

These are organized for either creating a firsthand communication with influencers from the community or for creating awareness about newly introduced intervention in the village

Currently, PMF has conducted more than 45 such programmes in the villages in the last two years

Large Outreach Programmes

Large Outreach Programme is a community congregation where 300-400 villagers come together to deliberate and discuss upon the issues within the village

Why

To aware the community about PMF, its partners and interventions in the villages. It is also used as platform to sensitize the community about the various social issues prevailing in the area

PMF organizes two Outreach programmes every month. We have organized 25 Large Outreach programs covering 29 villages

Access to Schemes

Access to Schemes programme focuses on using our Local Resource Persons and providing honorarium to Village Level Entrepreneurs to better run the Common Service Centres

Why

To increase the coverage under various Government Schemes and to benefit of the villagers

Our LRPs have created a database of probable beneficiaries