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GYANDOOT- Use of IT for Rural Areas

Gyandoot Gyandoot the International "Stockhome Challenge Award" Winner project was pioneered in Dhar District. Gyandoot showes how IT can be useful for Masses & how it can benefit the people from Rural Areas. Gyandoot is nothing but a Computer Intranet Network which is connected to Internet inturn.

The intranet connects 26 rural cybercafes called Soochanalayas. Each Soochanalya will provide services to about 10 to 15 Gram Panchayats, 20 to 30 villages, 20,000 to 30,000 population. The Soochanalayas are located on the roadside are the central villages where people normally travel.They together serve a population of over half a million.

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ROOPAYAN - Art Arcade

Roopayan - Art Arcade Melting pot of ancient cultures and civilisational advances, the artistic and craft skills of the people of the district developed and flourished. Today, this wealth of arts and crafts are finding ever greater recognition and patronage from Indian and international audiences. From exports products like Bagh prints to new products like Gatha stones, the range of products is great. For the ethnically inclined, beadwork is a favoured item. For the architect, the interior decorator or the art connoisseur, there are stone jalis, Pithora paintings, Gatha stones, Bagh prints, bead hangings, exquisite teak woodwork and reprints of ancients Bagh frescoes on canvas. There are leather and metal articles, too.

Roopayan - Art Arcade All these can be made to order according to given designs, tastes or materials and delivered anywhere. To promote these arts and crafts, districts administration and Zila Panchayat have been continuously active. Training has been given under TRYSEM & NRY. Financial assistance and infrastructure have been been provided under IRDP, SGSY, Watershed programme, DWCRA, EAS & PMRY.

Marketing support has been given through the district supply and marketing agency, (DSMA) which is a registered society with collector as chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Zila Panchayat as secretary. Zila panchayat has created two showrooms under the name of ROOPAYAN at the tourist sites of dhar and mandu. Besides this Roopayan showrooms, it is sending regular consignments to various places. It also take part in exhibitions and trade a fairs.

Mandu Tourism Development Plan

District administration has taken up a planned development of Mandu to substantially augment tourist comfort, satisfaction and influx. Roads and approaches have been constructed to nearly a dozen invaluable medieval monuments, which were lying there to relatively unfrequented for want of comfortable access. At Chhappan Mahal, museum for archaeological antiquities as well as tribal cultural artifacts very shortly been commission complete with night lightlingand reference unit by the District Archaeological Association. A fossil museum Ashmadha (Literally Seated in stone) is also very shortly been thrown open. A showroom Roopayan, is being very shortly to cater to demand of the tourist for the exclusive and exotic art and craft indigenous to this cradle of civilization and other users. Extra accommodation, park, signages, training of guides, encroachment removal, development f picnic site have argumented the timeless appeal of this " City of Joy". And for the bold of spirit, there is a shortly going to be Spardha, an adventure point providing the entire range from trekking, rapling, skating, gear biking to TT, Pool or Badminton.

With the district level mobilisation of funds of over Rs. 150 million. The administration has endeavored to change the face of this romantic town in one single year.

Archaeological Cum Tribal Culture Museum

Archaeological Cum Tribal Culture Museum A museum hosting archaeological antiquties as well as tribal cultural artefacts with a reference unit and arrangement for night lighting is being setup in Chhapan Mahal, Mandu, is being setup in consultation with the State Archaeological Department.

Chhappan Mahal Museum

Chhappan Mahal Museum Chhappan Mahal is a forgotten mausoleum constructed in sixteenth century AD. It embodies the last and most mature phase of Mandu's medieival architecture. In Hindu calendar Vikram Era 1956 (AD 1899) the Puar rulers of Dhar started the restoration work of this monument to give relief to the drought-affected population. In memory of Vikram Era fifty-six (Chhappan in Hindi), this monument has come to be called Chhappan Mahal. In AD 1989,the wife of the erstwhile deceased Puar ruler of Dhar, Anandji Rao Puar IV, and the Chancellor of Maharaja Sayaji Rao University of Baroda, Ms. Mrinalinidevi Puar donated this property to the Collector for setting up a museum. Exactly 100 years after the historic Vikram Era 1956, in Vikram Era 2056 (AD 1999).

Chhappan Mahal Museum District Archaeology Association and State Archaeology Department took the initiative for setting up this museum. Before the setting up of this museum, this monument was restored to its original form with labour working night and day over six months. In the four galleries of the museum, Drishyika, Mandapika, Aranyika and Poorvika, an attempt has been made to represent the invaluable historical heritage of Dhar district dating from stone age to the twentieth century. This heritage includes the one and a half millennium old Bagh cave frescos, stone age relics, Bhil culture, the glory of King Bhoj and Dharanagari, the acme of the Sultans of Malwa, the immortal love of Roopmati and Baz Bahadur and the martyrdom of Rana Bakhtawar Singh.

Ashmadha - Fossil Park

Ashmadha - Fossil Park Priceless plant, animal, and marine predating even the Jurassic era scores of millions of years ago abound in the Manawar and Gandhwani Tahsils of the district. These exquisite and rare fossils have attracted repeated expeditions of palaeologist from accross the globe. At the initiative of the district administration, this unique museum has been set up in the picturesque fringe of the Kakrakhoh falls close to Mandu.

Ashmadha - Fossil ParkAshmadha, literally- "seated in stone", is a treat for the thinking being. The Museum is being opened to public very shortly.

Maha-Bhagirathi (Bhagirathi Phase II)

"A Paticipatory Solution to the problem of Drinking Water in Dhar"

Zila Panchayat, Dhar approved an ambitious scheme on March 18 by the name Mahabhagirathi to combat drinking water crisis due to drought in this tribal district (53% tribal population). It has already begun its execution directly through villagers and Gram Panchayats -- the Government plays only the role of a guide. This is the first scheme of its kind in the country where we are attempting to take the management of drinking water back from the Government to the villagers through the Panchayats. All 669 Gram Panchayats of Dhar district have approved Mahabhagirathi drinking water microplans prepared by the villagers themselves in all 1487 villages with the support of trained animators.

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GRAMJYOTI - Rural Electrification Programme

"Scheme For Time Bound Electrification Of PHALIAS (HAMLETS)"

Gramjyoti scheme was formulated for the district under which all 1104 unelectrified phalias having at least 20 houses and lying within 1.5 km of existing line would be electrified within 3 years from convergence of financial resources available at the district level.

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NAYANTARA JYOTIRMAYA- Cataract Removal Drive


In January 1999, a mammoth catareact lens transplantation, eye camp was organised at the holy site of the Mohankheda teerth. In this 14 day camp, free operations were done with wideranging public support. Over 5400 operations were done, making the district practically a cataract free district. The camp was the largest ever of its kind in the state and was organised at the instance of the district administration.

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SOPAN-Special school for the Handicapped/Disabled Children

For handicapped/disabled children special learning and enriching educational facilities have been created in the district. SOPAN, a school for deaf, mute and blind children was set up in the 1997-98 in Dhar town. The school has limited residential facilities too. Currently, 22 handicapped children are studying in the school. 'Sopan' is a sterling testimony to the fact that if people are committed, financial, human, social and infrastructural resources pose no bar. It can rightly be called a landmark of co-ordination and co-operation. Presently it is running in the DIET building, teachers have been taken on deputation from by education department, transport facilities have been provided by Panchayat and Social Welfare department. Facility for residence has been extended by the Red Cross and uniforms for the students have been given by the Mission. Coupled with the School for mentally disabled children set up under the aegis of the District Red Cross Society, Dhar is the only place other than major metropolises which has residential integrated education facilities for the deaf, mute, blind as well as the mentally disabled. For a small town with population less than a lac, this is no mean achievement. The institution hopes to be able to accommodate disabled students from neighbouring district soon.

Multigrade Teaching

Most rural primary schools function with only one or two teachers. In these school the teachers have to manage more than one class. Or, in other words they have to undertake what is also known as multi-grade teaching. In this situation, when the teacher is teaching in one class the student of other classes are engaged in some other activities, like story-telling, repeating tables, reading books, doing some creative activities, etc. This situation increases the chances that the student will simply mug up the contents without understanding the fundamental.

To address the problems of multi-grade teaching some innovative intervention like use of class monitor as an academic assistant to the teacher(s), formations of management committees to reduce the burden of ancillary duties of the teacher(s), organizing the students in groups so that the group continues to study while the teacher attends to some other class, development of learning corners ("APNA KONAS") and use of student's own diary as a self-learning tool etc. were implemented.

Ten schools were selected for field testing the effectiveness of the new multi-grade teaching strategy.

Community Delivery Rooms

Dhar is a tribal dominant district situated in south-western corner of Madhya Pradesh. The district has a geographical area of 8198 The population of the district is 13.67 lakhs (according to 1991 census) of which 53% is tribal. Main tribes residing in the district are Bhils, Bhilalas, Patlyas, Bareliyas etc. 74 % of the population lives below the poverty line. According to the last census, merely 27 % of the population was literate. Female literacy was 16 % and in several areas it was even below 5 %.

The district has I.C.D.S in all the 13 blocks. There are 8 CHC's, 52 PHC's, 303 subcentres and 2085 anganwadi centres. There are 4 post partum centres located in Dharampuri, Kukshi, Dhar and Sardarpur and 5 First Referral Units (FRU's) located in Manawar, Kukshi, Sardarpur, Dhamnod and Badnawar. There are 70 doctors, 87 staff nurses, 49 LHV's, 255 female MPW's (ANM's), 224 male MPW's, 42 lab technicians, 889 jan swasthya rakshaks, 2578 trained birth attendants(TBA)/trained dais and 2085 anganwadi workers.

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