Adamas Foundation

Adamas Foundation is focused on integrated development of the areas around the University, which falls in the Barasat Sadar subdivision.

The focus of the foundation is to improve Human Development Index (HDI) of the area, by focusing on health and healthcare, education and improved standards of living. The focus is having a balanced development which is a combination of multiple interventions in education (Anganwadis and primary), healthcare (primary), access (infrastructure, water, legal help), readiness (skill development) and related areas.

Identified challenges

  • Population – District caters to 1% of India population with 4,094 sq. km area. This is aggravated by illegal immigration from Bangladesh
  • Climate – Many areas are vulnerable to inundation, including many urban areas. Coastal areas are prone to cyclone
  • Agriculture – dramatic increase in non-agricultural land use, which stands at 25%. This is decelerating the agricultural production, apart from factors like ground water, soil quality etc.
  • Livestock and animal husbandry – land available for grazing too have decreased, putting pressure
  • Jobs – significant job loss because of industrial sickness, driven by technological obsolescence. Apart from additional investments, the increasing land price makes exit a better option for most industrialists. This is also precipitating livelihood change with uncertain incomes
  • Poverty – 82% of rural households suffer from food shortage. Among Municipalities, the severance is less with only 14% of families below poverty line, but in some Municipalities like Baduria it is 60%
  • Education – High dropout rate at Upper Primary Level at 26%. Other concerns are less Vocational Training Institutes, as well no Medical School
  • Healthcare – Shortfall of 73 Primary Healthcare Center (CHC). 48% of kids between 0-6 years are below normal weight. Over 40% expectant mothers suffer from anaemia. High incidence of non-institutional delivery
  • Women empowerment – 10-15% gap in literacy rates between genders (urban/ rural). Very low women Workforce Participation Rate. High rate of marriage before adulthood

However, in spite of the challenges, given its proximity to Kolkata, high literacy rate, above average urbanization, irrigation coverage and fertile land, with a tradition of industrialization, North 24 Parganas has enormous potential for development which needs to be explored.


Sustainable Livelihood: Approach

Glimpses of work by the Foundation