The Center for Innovation and Social Transformation was established to encourage innovative thinking and problem-solving skills among students with a goal to contribute to social economic environmental growth in nearby communities. Students as part of CIST are provided opportunities to collaborate with local community members to identify their most pressing challenges and later work with them to design and develop technology-based solutions to improve their quality of living. CIST aims to instil principles of Sustainable Development and United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) among faculty and students in the institution through various capacity building and community-based learning programs. Students involved in CIST activities after graduation are expected to emerge as leaders in community with a high sense of moral and civic responsibility towards the development of the country.
To become a center of excellence that fosters an ecosystem to promote research and innovation leading to sustainable socio-economic development in the community.
- Inspire faculty and students through capacity building programs to become innovators and changemakers who promote sustainable living and development in the community.
- Facilitate reciprocal partnerships with rural communities through community-based learning experiences designed to identify and solve real-time problems.
- Provide students with service learning experiences in collaboration with non-profit organizations to develop student-driven innovations aimed to achieve UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
- Undertake research projects in partnership with local communities through community-based participatory research methods.
|Name of Faculty||Department||Role|
|Dr. Rohit Kandakatla||ECE||Lead Coordinator|
|Dr.Dhinesh Radhakrishnan||ECE||Adjunct Faculty|
|Mr. K. Thangamani||Civil||UBA Project Coordinator|
|Mr. M. Rathnachary||Civil||UBA Project Coordinator|
|Mrs. Samyuktha P.||EEE||UBA Project Coordinator|
|Mr. Lingam||EEE||UBA Project Coordinator|
|Mrs. Udaysree K.||Mechanical||UBA Project Coordinator|
|Dr.Chandraprakash||ECE||UBA Project Coordinator|
|Mrs. B. N. Jyothi||CSE||UBA Project Coordinator|
|Mr. Narasimhulu||H&S||UBA Project Coordinator|
|Mrs. Deepika A.||ECE||ESD Project Coordinator|
|Mr. Suresh S.||Mechanical||ESD Project Coordinator|
|Ms. Sujnani||Civil||ESD Project Coordinator|
|Mrs. Ashwini Goud||CSE||ESD Project Coordinator|
|Mr. Lakshmi Narayana||ECE||ESD Project Coordinator|
|Mr. Naresh P.||CSE||ESD Project Coordinator|
|Mr. Gopal D.||H&S||ESD Project Coordinator|
- Design Thinking and Sustainable Development
- Innovation for Rural Development
- Social Innovation
- Engineering for Sustainable Development
- Introduction to Service and Community-based Learning
- Crafting Problem Statements for Service Learning Projects
- Assessment of Students Learning in Community-based Projects
- Building Reciprocal Partnerships with Community
- Participatory Research with Community
Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is inspired by the vision of transformational change in rural development processes by leveraging knowledge institutions to help build the architecture of an Inclusive India.
The Mission of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is to enable higher educational institutions to work with the people of rural India in identifying development challenges and evolving appropriate solutions for accelerating sustainable growth. It also aims to create a virtuous cycle between society and an inclusive academic system by providing knowledge and practices for emerging professions and to upgrade the capabilities of both the public and the private sectors in responding to the development needs of rural India.
- To build an understanding of the development agenda within institutes of Higher Education and an institutional capacity and training relevant to national needs, especially those of rural India.
- To re-emphasize the need for field work, stakeholder interactions and design, societal objectives as the basis of higher education.
- To stress on rigorous reporting and useful outputs as central to developing new professions.
- To provide rural India and regional agencies with access to the professional resources of the institutes of higher education, especially those that have acquired academic excellence in the field of science, engineering and technology, and management.
- To improve development outcomes as a consequence of this research. To develop new professions and new processes to sustain and absorb the outcomes of research.
- To foster a new dialogue within the larger community on science, society and the environment and to develop a sense of dignity and collective destiny.
Unnat Bharat Abhiyan at KGRCET
As a participating institute of the program, KGRCET has partnered with 5 nearby villages – Amdapur, Murthuzaguda, Sajanpally, Sri Ram Nagar, and Surangal. Students in the last two years visited the 5 villages to get to know the community members and conduct multiple surveys that helped identify the most pressing challenges in the villages as mentioned below.
|Name of the village||Problems Identified|
|Sri Ram Nagar||
|S No||Community Partner||Problem Identified||Proposed Solution|
|1||Sriram Nagar Village||Wastage of flowers cultivated resulting in low income to the farmers||Establishment of small scale manufacturing unit to process flowers into incense sticks|
|2||Sriram Nagar Village||Lack of employment opportunities to women from SC/ST communities||Empower women through skilling courses on embroidery and garment design that would enable them to become financially independent.|
|3||Sajjanpalle Village||Protection offarm crops from wild animals||Development of solar-powered IoT alert system that detects the presence of wild animals and activates alert signals in the form of light, sound, and text messages.|
|4||Surangal Village||Low income of farmers from cultivation for leafy vegetables||Design of indigenous low-cost cold storage system to preserve crops and sell them at the highest market value.|
|5||Surangal Village||Bad quality of seeds leading to inconsistent quality of crops||Development of low-cost device to detect DNA of seeds and separate high and low-quality seeds.|
|6||Murtuzaguda Village||Difficulty in plucking tamarind and Kala Jamun due to the tall height of the trees.||Design of ergonomic fruit plucking mechanical device|
|7||Murtuzaguda Village||Increase in number of middlemen in the agriculture supply chain leading to low income of farmers||Development of e-Marketing platform to sell farmers products directly to the end consumers|
|8||Chilkur Village||Segregation and Disposal of waste products||Development of low-cost device to segregate plastic, wet and dry waste.|
|9||Sriram Nagar village||Unavailability of Kindergarten School||Design, Construction, and Development of Kindergarten school with integrated, STEM facilities, open play area, and care space to support children learning, health, hygiene, and food needs.|