The Introduction to Basic Technology (IBT) course is a program that operates out of public schools to expose rural students in 8th, 9th, and 10th grade to a wide range of vocational and technical opportunities and skills.
The students take this program one day per week that is 4-5 school hours per week during the school.
The School Provides for Land, two classrooms of 800 square feet each and en electrical connection.
Tools and equipments of about Rs.1,50,000 have been made available in the school.
Instead of having traditional school teachers teach the subject, micro-entrepreneurs from the local community are hired and trained as instructors, introducing students to the actual day-to-day life of a particular vocation.
Recurring expense for instructor’s honorarium and consumables is arranged through donations and small contributions from the students (Rs.20-Rs.100).
A science, maths or other subject teacher is involved to link work activity to the concepts in the school curriculum.
Creating harmonious blend of education and rural development.
Achieving the natural intellectual development of students with the help of “learning through action oriented tasks” method.
Enlarging the world of experiences of students.
Preventing the youth drain from rural areas to cities.
Training the students for useful multi-skill jobs.
Let us understand all the objectives in detail
Capability to think and act: General academic education is intended to give the capability to think. The work experience by practicing the action oriented skills not only helps in the thinking process but also provides the ability to act on one’s thoughts.
Plan future Career: Experience is a basic component of learning. Prevocational program is intended to give an understanding to the students about their likes, dislikes and passion. Hence they are better equipped to choose their career in future.
Caters to out of school youth:It also caters to out of school youth. BY giving access to the training facilities and helping them to assist in community services the students feel more confident and it also helps the needy people in the society. This becomes a step in their starting their own enterprise. This function is aided by the network of resource groups planned for the prevocational schools.
Delivery Channel for New Technology:The school’s technical wing is in a remote area. This acts as a channel of innovation. The students at Lokmanya Tilak Prathmik Vidya Mandir have developed LED lights, drones etc. They have prepared projects to harness kinetic energy and convert it to electrical energy using stationary bicycle (exercise cycle). This cycle produces enough energy which can be used to run a water pump motor. This cycle has been produced by using scrap.
A New Work Culture: The students get introduced to new work culture. The subject inculcates divinity of labour within the students. The students indulge in all the activities including farming, construction, setting up electrical devices etc. This also helps the poor villagers to get their work done at a low cost or no cost. For example the students have helped a widow in farming right from plowing, planting, cultivating, fertilising, and harvesting crops. This helped her to successfully make her living even after sudden death of her husband. This is how IBT introduces students to a new work culture and also helps the community in the rural areas. This is also called as community farming.
Mr. Narendra is an ex-student of Lokmanya Tilak Vidyamandir, Chikhalgaon. For last 10 years he has been teaching the subjects- Electrical and Environment Sciences in the technical department of Loksadhana Tilak Vidyamandir, Chikhalgaon. He has been heading the electrical division of Loksadhana Public Charitable Trust. He has been working on various innovations in the field of LED lights and unconventional sources of electricity along with the students. The school has started the technical courses to help the students start their own enterprises and encourage entrepreneurship.