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RTI @ Community

15 Nov

Right To Information Act 2005 was introduced on 12th of October 2005. So, to make the public aware on this act Deshpande fellowship program has organized different programs like cycle rally and street play. All fellows actively participated in the program.

On 12th of October the program started with the cycle rally. Mrs. Neelam, Mr. Chinnababu, Mr. Ajay, Mr.Chandru and Ms. Savitha were present during inauguration. Mrs. Medha Pawar, the advocate inaugurated the program. She said that it is the good program it may lead to awareness among the public regarding RTI act. Then the rally went to Sai nagar slum. There all the fellows conducted street play and helped the public to file RTI. After this we all moved to Nekar nagar, Jannath Nagar respectively.

After the street play evening we all went to Glass house. From Glass house to Chennamma circle we went candle march with banner and hand holdings.


Village visit to Flood affected area

15 Nov

Morning at 7.00 am we left the hostel. The objective of our visit is to assess the people who are really affected by the flood and to give water filter and some eatable items to 100 families. First we visited Tahashildar office and met Mrs. Renukamba thahashildar of Gadag. We asked her about the most flood affected area. She said that relief fund is provided by different organizations and people got sufficient fund. She also said that people got benefits from different organizations.

First we visited a village in Gadag. There we spoke with the people and they said that there are more than 100 people who affected by flood and they got sufficient benefits from different people. They also suggested that Kurdikoppa is a small village it also affected by the flood and people not get sufficient benefits. So, we decided to visit the village.

When we visited the village there no people resided there. Only a few people were seen here and there. Then we spoke to the people they said that all people were shifted to the nearby school as their houses are ruined because of the flood. We visited all the houses. Houses were ruined and some of the houses were wet. Most of the grains which they kept as a stock were spoiled. Then we visited the agriculture field. The crops were spoiled. Farmers lost all the things which they farmed. They mentally disturbed that they do not have the courage to get another yield. Then we said to the village member to bring the name list of those who affected by the flood. Then other staff members came to distribute the stuff.  Then all fellows distributed the stuff and went back.

Extended Village Study

25 Oct

My Experience:

First we visited the AME Foundation in Veerapura. There we met Shettappa, Mayachri and Nagaraj. We introduced ourselves and they gave introduction on AME Foundation. AME Foundation works for agriculture and it helps to farmers to reduce the use of Non – organic farming and encourages to adopt organic farming. Through Farmers Field School (FFS) they make the farmers to learn themselves regarding organic farming.

Then along with Settappa and Mayachari we went to the village. There they introduced us the house owner in which house we supposed to stay. Then we went for transect walk to the village. First we visited the field. As per my observation most of them cultivated paddy, Jower and Soya. Then we visited the village and spoke to the villagers by visiting house to house. There I am able to collect the basic information about the village.

Then we came back to the home and had lunch. After lunch we started our study. First house we went with settappa. He introduced us to the house owner. There we collected the relevant information with the help of owner and his wife. There we also came to know that their son Mr. Sanjeev also the member of AME. Then we realized that some modification is needed in our questionnaire. So, we made correction with the help of Mayachari. With the help of we able to collect the data from 3o different houses that is 10 each house from small, medium and large farmers respectively.

After the study we visited the field which owned by Mr. Sanjeev. There we saw the different crops that are paddy, jower, soya, and groundnut. Then discussed about the problems faced by the farmers.

Comparative study on Income and Expenditure of agriculture family in Kurdikere village


In our previous village study we observed that the expenditure of the farmers is more than their expenditure. Even though they get good income comparative to their expenditure it is less. Kurdikere is a village which consists of 150 houses and around 650 people are residing in this village. Majority of the people are based on agriculture as occupation. It is not an irrigated village. Villagers are dependent on lake and rain for agriculture.

As farmers based on maansoon for cultivation some time they face heavy rain fall and some time no rain fall means draught. So this condition forces them to take loan and they face difficult to repay it. They are taking loan at high interest also. Another problem faced by the farmer that they don’t get laborers to work in the field and wage paid them is also high.

About the topic:

Comparative study on Income and Expenditure of agriculture family in Kurdikere village mainly concentrates on studying the income and expenditure of the farmers that is large, medium and small. The main objective of the study to find out the reason for increase in expenditure level as compare to the income of the farmers.


  • To study the income and expenditure of agricultural family in the village.


  • The expenditure is more compared to the income of the farmers


  • Sampling method: Random sampling method
  • Sample size: 30 samples; 10 samples from each class of family that is large, medium and small farmers
  • Sampling area: Kurdikere village
  • Data collection: Data collection is based on primary data. It is collected through both questionnaire and interview method
  • Questionnaire method: Both open ended and closed ended questions are used to collect the data


  • Villagers they will earn more than 20000 rupees from paddy, but they are spending 16000 rupees for fertilizers, seeds, labors and other things. Other amount they spend for other expenditure like education, personal expenses and for home.
  • They are not able to save the money
  • Most of the farmers using the chemical fertilizers which are costly compare to bio fertilizers.
  • They are paying high wage to the laborers.
  • Villagers spend money for unnecessary expenditures like marriage and other social functions.
  • They also face natural calamities frequently.
  • The government schemes also not reaching properly to formers.


According to our study the expenditure of the farmers is more than their income. The reason behind this is they spending more money on chemical fertilizers and on labor charge. Another point is they are spending their money on social entertainments like marriage and other functions without considering their economic condition. Natural calamity also plays an important role in this.


  • We learnt the different expenditures which comes under agriculture
  • This extended village study helped to know about the theory of expenses in agriculture
  • We learnt different stages in agriculture
  • Learnt about agriculture in deep
  • Learnt how to approach the people
  • Learnt how to collect informative data from the people
  • Learnt to effective communication skills


  • After the study came to know that the expenditure spends to the marriage and other function is one of the reasons for their loss in agriculture.
  • Some villagers are using the modern method of agriculture cropping system.


The study gives the result that farmers get profit out of agriculture. But as they spending money on other social functions the expenditure is more than the income. The outcome of the result is expenditure is more compare to the income of the farmers.

Village Study, Deshpande Fellowship Program

Pre training

18 Oct

Deshpande fellowship program will consists of 2 periods one is pre training and the other continued by the fellowship. The pre training will be for 45 days and the fellowship will be for 6 months. The pre training period mainly focuses on improving the English soft skills and technology of the fellows. If the fellow reaches the estimated improvement in his/her performance he will be qualified to the fellowship. Now I am sharing my experience in Deshpande fellowship Program during pre-training period. During pre-training period the group is divided into 2. Each group had separate class. Daily we had 2 classes. Morning on English and afternoon on Technology. For English Ms. Liz conn from USA was the mentor and for technology Mr. Badarinath, Mr. Venugopal and Mr. Badari narayan burli were the mentors.

English: In English class the main focus was given to both technical writing skill and spoken English. It also focused on improving the presentation skills of the fellows. The main module dealt on English was:

Technical writings on:

• Essay writing

• Auto biography

• Topic sentence writing

• Thesis statement

• Media write up

• Case study on an organization

• Cover letter

Presentations on:

• Self introduction

• Memorable experience

• Debatable topic

• Elevator pitch

• Presentation on interested topic

• Research on projects


• Parts of speech

• Articles

• Preposition

• Verb tenses

• Run on sentences

• Fragment sentences

• Active voice and passive voice

• Vocabulary

These are the main thing which I studied in English during my pre – training period.



In pre training period the focus was also given to improve our technological skills. Each fellow were provided laptops. The technology module specially dealt the on followings:

  • Introduction to Computers – Hardware and Software
  • Control  Panel
  • Microsoft Paint
  • Zipping
  • Microsoft Word
  • Effective e-mailing
  • Blogs
  • Google Tools
  • Wiki
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Online networking
  • Movie Making
  • Flyer making( publisher)
  • Power point

These were the some of the topics which I learnt during my pre training period.

Assignments were given on both modules. Fellows supposed to submit the assignment on time. It was helpful to us to have good time management skill and to improve multitasking skills.

Village Study

16 Sep

Morning at 7.30 am we went to village through a rickshaw. We reached the village at 9.00 am. The driver introduced us to Mr. Gadigappa Patil. Then we went to Gadigappa Patil’s house along with Gadigappa Patil. There he introduced us to everyone. In his house total 45 members are living in a house. Total 11 divided families living together.  After the breakfast we went to a temple. There he gathered the people. We introduced ourselves to the villagers and explained them about the purpose of our visit. Then we started to collect the demographic data. According to them the village has the history of Chalukyas of Badami. The kalmeshwara temple was built by chalukyas.

After this we went to see the Kalmeshwara temlpe. The temple is in same Chalukya style which we can see in other historical places. But the temple is ruined now. The temple is now reconstructed by the help of Dharmasthala grmabhivriddi Yojne and MLA of that village also helped 8 lakh to the temple. We talked with the laborers who were working in that temple. They got the labor under the government scheme NREGS( National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme). They said each of the members is paid 84/-Rs per day by the government. Then we visited the houses of the villagers. There we met black smith. We talked to him about his work. He replied that now he is not getting much work because people will not give orders to him. Then we met the doctor who visits the village to look after the health of the villagers. He said that he will visit the village weekly once and also whenever people call him if there is any emergency.  Again we visited a house. There we met a lady who is a member of Self Help Group. We requested with her to arrange for a meeting at evening. She said that it is difficult to arrange for the meeting at evening because it will be late while coming back from the field.  Then we requested her to arrange meeting at morning. She agreed  as villagers have holiday on Monday as they are going to market that day. There we also requested them to provide place to stay in her house. She agreed for that. We came back by saying will come at night. Then we went to the house and had our lunch. At home we talked to the family members about the village. Then we came to know that majority of the people are not going for higher education. Motivation from their house is less. We also got information of a soldier who was working in an army and died in an accident. Then we requested to Gadigappa Patil to gather people for mapping. He said that now it is not possible we can make them gather after 7 o’ clock. So we decided to go to transect walk in village.

First we visited the field. We saw the field which is owned by him. He cultivated rice in the field. He said that rice will be started to grow in the month of May and they will get the crop after 5 months. Then we saw the mango and Chikku grove. He said that it is given by the BAIF. He also shown the watershed project done by the BAIF. Then we saw the jover plantation. Then we saw the lake in that village which is used for the agriculture by the villagers. Then we came back and went to transect walk in the village. We saw the school in that village. As it was Sunday no organization was open. We saw it from outside. We also saw village panchayath and Sri Kshetra Dhrmastala Rural Development Project office. Then we visited the different area which is related to people of different community like madarakeri, harijanarakeri, talwrarakeri etc. Then we returned back to home.

Then we prepared for the social mapping. We went to some villagers to call them for social mapping. All people gathered at 7.30. We started social mapping and motivated people to do the map. We finished the map at 9.30. Then we came back to home. That time a person who is neighbor to this house invited us for dinner. They forced us to go to their house. So we went to their house. That time food was not ready. So we talked with them regarding the village. Then we had dinner at 11 o’ clock and came back.

Morning at 8.30 we went to meet the Self Help Group. We interacted with them, they shared their experience and for what purpose they taken loan. Then we came back and had breakfast. Then we left the village by having the plan to visit the village panchayath, government hospital and Sri Ksetra Dharmastala Rural Development Project office. On the way we also visited dalith sanga. Then we visited village panchayath and collected the data available there related to the village. Then we visited Sri Ksetra Dharmastala Rural Development Project (SFRDP) office. There we collected the information related to SKRDP. It is providing the facility of saving, providing loan for self employment and provide training to the members. It also have the 2 types of groups one for female and another for male. Then we saw the government hospital which is closed because there is no doctor to treat the people.

Strategies used:

  • Collected socio demographic data by using interaction method from a group of villagers
  • Observed the village and the agricultural field by using transect walk method
  • Assessed the living condition of the villagers through home visit by using effective communication skills.
  • Triangulated the data with the data available in the panchayath.
  • Used social mapping PRA technique to collect data related to the village
  • Build a good rapport with the villagers
  • Formed group to gather information

Challenges faced:

  • Villagers will get to meet in evening only as they went to field for work.
  • We got short time to build rapport
  • We did social mapping till 9.30. A few of the members were alcoholics.


  • To stay in village
  • To be flexible in everywhere
  • The living conditions of the villagers
  • To use the PRA tool effectively
  • To use life skills effectively


  • Majority of the people are doing agriculture as occupation
  • Farmers are following the single cropping method in agriculture
  • Farmers following old method of cultivation
  • Farmers will migrate to other village when they do not get work in the village
  • In most of the houses family members live in same house but divided each other
  • Most of the house has the toilet facility but they are not using this


It is a memorable village study where I was able to learn a lot. I learnt about how to do village study, how to live in a strange place and also how to use the different techniques to gather information. Totally it gave me a lot of learning.


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Career objectives

6 Aug

My career objective is to serve the weaker section of the society through my own organisation. My intention is to make the weaker  section strong by empowering them rather than making them dependent on the projects or government schemes.