[Photo Story] Vigyan Ashram- an educational institute creating rural entrepreneurs


A scientist turned educationalist Late Dr.S.S.Kalbag started Vigyan Ashram in 1983 to find out solution to the problems in education. Over the years, Vigyan Ashram has been doing phenomenal work and has been the budding ground for many rural entrepreneurs. VA’s educational program IBT (Introduction to Basic Technology) is adopted by more than 122 high schools –across 4 states in India and the Ashram also runs a centre in Pabal, Maharashtra. All students that come to the Ashram are school drop outs and the Ashram provides a platform for these students to build their own ventures. Based in a small village called Pabal between Pune and Mumbai, I visited Vigyan Ashram in the middle of April and have some images from there:

The Motto
The rickety buses that’ll take you to Pabal
Pabal is quite a town! Acting as a central market town to a few hamlets, Pabal is an experience in itself.
One student is assigned to every visitor group for a tour around the Ashram
VIgyam Ashram Workshop where all the students undergo training
MechBull, an INR 25,000 tractor made by one of the alumni groups
Circular structures inside the campus
The dairy (each student is assigned various tasks and over their one year tenure, they’re to earn INR 1000)
The Food Laboratory where they make jaggery, ketchup, jams and a few other things
Solar Plate used for cooking
The lab is equipped with some high tech machines like the 3D printer

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