Jain Vishva Bharati Institute, popularly known as JVBI, is devoted to promotion of teaching, research & extension includes voluntary action, research projects, training & documentation in the overall domain of Human Development, Character Building established in the year 1991 as an autonomous Institute Deemed to be University.
Directorate of Extension
Extension activities of a University provide a link between the University and the community. Extension has always been an integral part of JVB University. The origin of JVBI, itself speaks about it. Although formally as a department it is a new born baby.
Before the inception of Jain Vishva Bharati University in 1991, the village was deprived of all basic amenities, let alone literacy. JVB started a number of programmes under the guidance of Holy Acharya Tulsi and present Anushastha in the villages which involved self reliance through Anuvrat Movement, medical relief, social and political awakening and to bring out girls from their homes to provide them general education which in itself was a stupendous task.
Since getting the status of Deemed to be University in 1991, JVB is continuously working with the aim of extension and community welfare through its various curricular/extra curricular work. Through using different techniques such as dialogues, folk media, recreational activities, interactive and participatory programmes, group working and group discussion, we are continuously trying to create awareness among masses about their rights, access to information, exploitation, discrimination, employment opportunities. Our education/research/extension are based upon the basic human values to help individuals/families and community as a whole to lead a successful life in changing our neighbourhood society which is also the surviving strength of Jain Vishva Bharati Institute. Presently we are having 168 students through NIOS in adjoining five villages of Ladnun.
The activities of directorate of extension division of the University are geared to promote of women education, open-learning system, non-formal education, NIOS activities and programmes for women development through training, research, consultancy & documentation. It is currently active in gender sensitization as a part of extension division activities.
Informal Education Centre
The informal education centre has been in existence since the inception of JVB University. It has been carrying out the work of education & training of rural women since then. The development of villages has always been integral to the vision and mission of JVBI.
Women from the villages come to the formal education centre for getting education and for being trained in various tasks. Women from the surrounding villages of JVB University eg Khanpur, Bader, Gunpalia, Shimla, Chhapara, Dujar, Sehariyawaas, Magrawaas, Balsamand, Shyampura, Bakaliya receive free training here. Its aim is to ensure that women become self sufficient. From time to time exhibitions displaying article made by these women are arranged in order to encourage them. These exhibitions lead to economic gain as well as provide encouragement to the women.
The following various types of training are given to women in the informal education centre:
- Making them literate by teaching them to read and write.
- Giving them general knowledge about spirituality, moral values and courtesy.
- Stitching, embroidery and operating the sewing machine.
- Papad making, application of mehandi.
- Painting, card-making, making bags, wall hanging, slippers, purse etc.
- Making rakhi, pickles and& spices.
- Providing them computer training.
Jain Vishva Bharati has able teachers in all these areas, who give training to these women. Sometimes trainers are also called from outside. Although this is a small effort many women have transformed their life through it. They are able to work from home and are becoming economically independent. It is a satisfaction for us that our work was praised by organizations into our work and promised financial assistance. The state co-coordinator of NSS advised us to promote the activities of the informal education center.
We endeavor to expand the activities of the informal education centre in the future so that more and more women can benefit from it and become economically self reliant.
With the collaboration of the Department of Social Work the faculty and students have provided relief services to people affected by Natural Disasters like floods and earth quake. Relief teams from the University have provided their services in the 2001 earthquake affected person of Gujarat in Bhuj and Anjar areas. In 2006 they worked for the flood affected persons of Barmer in Rajasthan and 2008 in Bihar, respectively.
The students of the Department of Social Work on a regular basis have worked in generating awareness among people in surrounding areas of the University. In the field of HIV/AIDS, Health and Sanitation, Legal Literacy, Population Control, Women Empowerment, Vocational Training etc.. Some of work have been done with the active involvement of the Block/Tehsil Administration as a change agent.