Social Work and Research Centre
Andhra Pradesh Assam Bihar Gujarat Jammu and Kashmir Jharkhand Karnataka Kerala Manipur Orissa Rajasthan Sikkim Uttarakhand
Economic, social and community development
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Social Work and Research Centre widely know as The Barefoot College, follows the spirit of service and thoughts on sustainability espoused by Gandhiji. The Barefoot College has designed new ways to nurture and support a journey of empowerment, one village at a time, one woman at a time. It demystifies and decentralises technology and puts new tools in the hands of the rural poor with a singular objective of spreading self-sufficiency and sustainability. With a geographic focus on the least developed countries, It trains women worldwide as solar engineers, innovators and educators, who then return to their villages to bring light and learning to their community.
It has trained 42 solar engineers and has over 1,000 home solar systems installed across the country. The school in Tilonia teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering an Mathematics) disciplines adapted for the rural context, benefit 700 students, 60% of which are girls. It set up 24 digital night schools across 11 states. During the year, 463 students (57% of which were girls), were trained here.