In recent years, there have been several
promising developments. Below is the brief description about the
different developments and development plans for detailed information
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INITIATIVES OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION
GYANDOOT -The Intranet
Gyandoot is an
intranet in Dhar district connecting rural cybercafes catering to
the everyday needs of the masses. This intranet is linked to the
internet, the corresponding internet
website being gyandoot.nic.in
The main features as follows:
The intranet connects 21 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 net covers 10 out of 13 Blocks in the district. Soochnalaya are located at Block
headquarters, haat bazaars, villages and bus depot centres. 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.
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), organising 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.
3. ROOPAYAN- Art Arcade
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.
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 jila panchayat
as secretary. Jila panchayat has created two showrooms under the
name of ROOPAYAN at the tourist sites of dhar and mandu. Besides
this showrooms, it is sending regular consignments to various places.
It also take part in exhibitions and trade a fairs.
4. MANDU TOURISM DEVELOPMENT PLAN
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 lightling and 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,
training of guides, encroachment removal, development of 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
5. NIRMITI KENDRA - Low Cost Housing Technology
IRDP infrastructure funds, financing under KVIB's Vishesh Rojgar Yojaya, DUDA training were converged to construct over 250 roofs(
government as well as private) within 2 years with low cost roofing
material. Production of micro-concrete roofing titles, cheap door
& window frames, V Shaped drains etc. The Nirmiti Kendra delivers
anywhere at economical costs and also offers training and consultative
services. The District Collector is ex-officio chairperson and the
Chief Executive Officer of Zila Panchayat is ex officio Secretary of
this registered society.
ARCHAEOLOGY-CUM-TRIBAL CULTURE MUSEUM
A museum hosting archaeological antiquities
as well as tribal cultural artifacts 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 is a forgotten mausoleum constructed in sixteenth
century AD. It embodies the last and most mature phase of Mandu's
medival 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
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) 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 Baaz Bahadur and the martyrdom of Rana Bakhtawar Singh.
ASHMADHA- FOSSIL MUSEUM
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,
literally- "seated in stone", is a treat for the thinking being. The
Museum is being opened to public very shortly.
8. SOPAN- Special school for the Handicapped
/ Disabled Children
school currently affords residential facility as well as to disabled
children. At present 40 children are enrolled here.
- Community- based natural resources management
and restoration of degraded natural resources under the Rajiv
Gandhi Watershed Mission has translated in significant and
sustainable economic gains.
- More important, the decentralised, participatory
development strategy has resulted in new institutions and traditions
which have unleased local initiative in development.
Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs), District Planning Committee(DPC),
District Rajiv Gandhi Missions, Watershed Committees (WCs), Village
Education Committees (VECs), Education Guarantee Scheme (SHGs),
School Management Committees (SMCs), informal Self Help Groups
(SHGs) and User Groups (UGs), Women's thrift and credit groups,
grain and seed banks, gram sabhas, Village Forest Committees (VFCs),
etc. constitute the new development paradigm and an alternative
model of development. Through these, local self-help local problem-solving,
local initiative, stakeholder management, user charges/ contribution
have been effected