100 Girls & Boys from Indian Villages to Become ‘Barefoot Engineers’ and Improve Rural Infrastructure


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The barefoot engineers will get employment in MGNREGS scheme and will utilize the skills to improve rural infrastructure. Here’s more.

India will soon see 100 young village girls and boys helping to build rural infrastructure and increase farm productivity.

These young minds will soon take a 90 day course to become “barefoot engineers” with a mission to improve the agricultural scenario of the country.

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Highly trained and qualified engineers have been chosen to train these young minds. 80 percent of the total students will be girls.

The students will get a good understanding on various topics including basic mensuration, geometry and trigonometry. They will also be learning to create basic infrastructure and building skills that can be used for agriculture. At the end of the 90-day course, the students will be awarded a certificate by the National Skill Council.

The initiative is part of a revamped rural job guarantee scheme. The term “barefoot engineer” was tossed by the previous UPA government towards the end of their term.

The trained youth will get employment in the MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) and use the skills taught to enhance the infrastructure in rural areas

The government has set a target of training 3,000 barefoot engineers by the end of this financial year. One needs to have a class 10 pass or fail certificate to become a barefoot engineer. The first batch would be trained at two centres – one at Rajasthan and the other at Madhya Pradesh

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