Voluntary Agencies, Institutions, Clubs and Individuals must come
forward and join this,scientific, nationwide movement for national
you can start working immediately.
For doing a survey - you can take one or more of the following
Find out and document the traditional knowledge, skills, belief
and methods in the fields of Health, Environment (particularly
related to Land, Air, Trees, Forests, River, Weather, Flood
& Drought, water resources, etc).
Find out and document the traditional methods of communication
used in your area - Folk songs, story-telling, folk-dances, traditional
painting, puppetry and the like. Identify the persons who often
use these to good effect.
Undertake a land - use survey and prepare a land - use map ,taking
the Mouza Map as the base. Consult the geography/science teacher
in the local/nearby school.
Find out and map the fuel/energy- use pattern (for cooking, other
house-hold uses, village industries,etc) availability through
the year, sources, distance form the village and cost per year.
Survey the prevalent superstitions in your area, and how they
harm the people, and how these are used to exploit people.
Find out and list the tools/implements used in your area,the adaptations
or improvements made by the local people in order to make them
more effective. This can be "home - made" water pumps
or pump - improvements, improvements in the bullock - cart or
the cycle - rickshaw, a better potter's wheel, a better sickle
and so on.
Find out customs in your area, which are against women, dalits
& the poor.
Document exemplary efforts made by persons or institutions, which
have promoted communal harmony, gender justice & caste equality.
YOU CAN BEGIN BY CONDUCTING
Basic surveys of the village/gram panchayat. The theme of
the survey could be the following:
(i) Literacy and elementary education.
(ii) Traditional methods of communication.
(iii) Land use.
(iv) Energy consumption and sources.
(v) Prevalent superstitions that are used to exploit ignorant
(vi) Locally used tools and implements.
(vii) Traditional knowledge and skills,etc.
(viii) People's initiatives to fight natural disasters.
Organize competitions among local students/youth in making posters/slogans/rhymes
etc., on any or all the following subjects:
(i) Science and Technology in the service of the people.
(ii) Scientific thinking - a new culture.
(iii) The world around and above us.
(iv) Health for all - now!
(v) Literacy for liberation.
(vi) Women of India - learn and advance!
(vii) Water and water borne diseases.
(viii) Self reliance - of self, community and the nation.
(ix) Our children and our schools.
(x) Clean streets, clean houses, clean body, a healthy society.
Conduct village/gram panchayat/block level competitions for "Best
farmer", "Best Craftsman", "Best dairy farmer",
"Cleanest home", "Most innovative village industry",
"Best design of improved agricultural implement", "Most
weather - wise villager" etc.
Organize training courses on economically important applications
of science and technology, like-
(i) Better agricultural practices.
(ii) Cultivation of new crops like mulberry, rubber, medicinal
plants, mushrooms etc.
(iii) Bee keeping.
(iv) Soil and Water conservation.
(vi) Raising seedlings.
(vii) Fuel efficient chulah making.
(viii) Design of handloom textiles.
(ix) Low cost house construction, etc.
Naturally, many of these activities will require substantial
technical help from experts. We at the state head office will
network with you.