1 The Broad objectives of the schemes are :
(1) To provide a Community – Institute interface so that Science and Technology inputs can be transferred to the Community through skills training; technology transfer and organization of support services.
(2) Ensuring for the rural society a fair share of benefits from the investments in technical education system and thus bring Socio-economic upliftment and improvement of quality to life of rural community.
(3) To create sensitivity amongst students and faculty of Polytechnics towards live problems of the community needing Science and Technology inputs.
1.2 The Major Operational Activities of The Scheme :
(1) To ascertain the felt needs of the community through techno-economic social survey; job potential survey etc.
(2) To become focal point for technology transfer.
(3) To train youth; women and other disadvantaged groups in employable skills.
(4) To provide technical and other support services for improving local capabilities.
(5) To create awareness regarding development programs for creating problem solving environment.
1.3 Following are the Major Activities Identified for the Community Polytechnic :
(1) Socio Economic Survey
(2) Manpower Development
(3) Transfer of Technology
(4) Technical Support Services
(5) Community Services
(6) Dissemination of Information
2.1 About our Community Polytecnic :
Community Polytechnic Wing was started at this Institute since 1986. This wing serves rural and particularly weaker sections by providing technical training for self employment through manpower development; transfer of technology; socio-economic technical survey; Technical support services and dissemination of information. Institute has earned high reputation in surrounding rural areas.
2.2 Our Extension Centre :-
In order to accomplish ground level physical delivery of new technologies at the doorsteps of the rural people; the Community Polytechnic has established following extension centers in the nearby villages – Kardej, Ghogha, Ruva, Vartej, Fulsar, Fariyadka, Budhel, Ningala, Adhewada, Pachhegam, Manar, Malanka, Sihor, Indiranagar, Ambala, Piparala, Rohisala, Chopda, Bhandariya, Ishwariya, Dharuka, Khijadiya, Avaniya, Chitra, Ramdhari, Tarsamiya, Sanosara, Madhada, Bhadli, Koliyak, Ghanghali, Raghola, Nari etc. At extension centers the Institute runs different classes like Radio and T.V. Repair, Turning and Fitting, Plumbing, Machinist, Auto Mechanic, Masonry, Motor Rewinding, Welding and Fabrication, Data Entry, House Wiring, Knitting, Garment Making, Beauty Culture, Bakery and Confectionery, Embroidery, Ceramic Painting, Furniture and Cabinet Making, Fabric Painting, Fancy Work, Soap and Shampoo making, Pearl articles, Batik Printing, Toys Making, Food processing, Zari work, A.C. and Refrigeration, Cutting and Tailoring and Screen Printing. Upto March 2005 the Institute trained total Manpower of about 6500 in above trades. The Institute also transferred the technology services like smokeless chulha, Low cost septic tank and Soak pit, Biogas plants, Sanitary Latrines, Low cost water filter, Solar Cooker, Recharging of Wells, Solar Drier, Geodesic Domes, Solar Lantern, Lighting devices, Agarbatti making and chalk making. About 960 persons were benefited from same.
In Technical support services the Institute provided following technical services to rural areas like house wiring repair, hand pump repair, Sewing Machine repair, Moped repair, Tractor repair, Soil testing, TV repair, Vocational Guidance camp, survey and Design of traffic island, L.P.G. use and Safety, water testing, Repair and maintenance of household appliances, repairs of furniture’s etc. About 300 beneficiaries have taken benefits from the above.
In Community Services the Institute provides services like youth club, health exhibition, education film show, tree plantation, Blood donation camp, safe drinking water facilities, students councelling and sanitation. In sanitation the Institute has undertaken Kansaranala Purification Project, the most essential project for Bhavnagar City, which was accepted by Municipal Corporation for implementation.
In Information dissemination, the Institute worked in areas like health and sanitation exhibition, distribution of booklets on Agriculture, Low cost housing and water management in which various video films were shown in rural areas.
3.0 Conclusion :-
Upto March 2005, the Institute spent Rs. 5,19,513/- Non Recurring expenses and Rs.35,10,411/- in Recurring expenses during last 19 Years. As such the Institute contributed keen interest in rural development.