An initiative of Vigyan Prasar, MANT & RCC

About Us

Adipedia serves as a network of resource and communication about practices and implementation of tribal development and their quality of life, creating possibilities to reach the unreached at local levels. The resources include dynamic areas addressed at local, regional and national levels supported by evidence – based documents.

Our principal objective is to foster, promote and sustain a well informed citizenry, emphasizing on developmental strategies and knowledge enrichment/engagement through communication via mass media.


Ease accessibility to projects on specialised knowledge and expertise for delivering appropriate information across national boundaries.


Bridging the gap between theory and practice by highlighting popularization efforts and communicators about relevant needs, opportunities, programs, information and strategies, establishing a real life impact.


Inclusiveness that creates a consistent space for communication at all levels to adapt, utilize and strengthen skills to deliver empathetically in the service of our nation.

About Vigyan Prasar

VIGYAN PRASAR, an autonomous organisation under Department of Science and Technology. The motive is to promote and propagate scientific tasks/projects/activities in order to build a rational outlook among the masses, and also serve as a resource and facilitation centre for S&T communications. To be precise;

  • Develop knowledge products in varied languages
  • Build capacity to communicate through activities like film making and ham radio
  • Network with Institutions, organizations, experts, and also knowledge platforms
  • Strategising for bilateral and multilateral initiatives

VIGYAN PRASAR consistently makes an effort to reach out to the millions of fellow citizens, and simultaneously add value to the national level programmes by delivering information to act in the appropriate way in the logical world. This includes opportunities to work closely with institutions / missions on health, agriculture, energy, water, sanitation, fundamentals of science and technology including STEM and STEAM, IT applications etc. with a special focus on overarching communication strategies. The holistic and systemic intervention will help in establishing and consolidating the niche science that communication represents.

About Mant

MANT, a non-profit, non-racial, non-political, non-religious development organisation registered with the Government of West Bengal, India in 1959-60, works in the field of Basic Education, Community Media, Health Improvement, Health Literacy Promotion through ICT and Livelihood Development targeting to ameliorate the immense sufferings of the marginalized section of the contemporary society, and empower them to strive for their own development in the districts of West Bengal, India.

Areas of work
Mobile Medical Clinic

MANT has been implementing the Mobile Medical Clinics in 7 districts of West Bengal with focus on delivering primary health care facilities along with reproductive and child health care services in underserved areas. Last year MANT could able to provide health care services to little less than 1 million people.

Tobacco Control

The Tobacco Control Project was started by MANT in the year 2005 with support from WHO-India and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. In 2014 MANT with support from The Union, New Delhi started to facilitate the implementation of anti-tobacco legislations in the State of West Bengal. The project gained enormous success while reaching its goal like smoke-free declaration by the various government departments, district administrations, Municipalities and jurisdictions of local governments.

Community Media

Communication is the basic art of Community Media. With accurate information, people can make better choices in everything and media delivers the changes in societal mechanisms. The key features of Community Media at MANT include

  • Videos made on the locals feature their way of living, practices, beliefs, culture and the daily struggles they encounter. The Community Video (PrantoDarshan) also showcases stories of Adivasi Development, which in turn has moved Adivasi community to participate in designing the script, and share more experiences.
  • Community Radio, a broadcasting tool utilised as a source of information promotes cultural diversity, oneness, and acts as an effective instrument for the rural and underprivileged segments of society. Also, it stimulates communication activities among local communities broadening their perspective about societal and cultural dynamics.
  • Pranta Kotha, Mobile Radio is a wireless communication system based on Mobile IVR (Interactive Voice Response) mechanism. It’s the first ever media-revolutionary approach at proletarian level in West Bengal. The basic idea is to help the locals in bringing the major issues at grassroots level under notice, and notify them regarding mainstream issues in the urban areas through this Mobile Radio platform.
Livelihood Promotion :
  • Social Mobilization and Strengthening Clusters

    MANT has been actively working for economic & social development of the rural women through formation, stabilization and strengthening of Self Help Groups. Organization believes that SHG is one of the key instruments for empowering women of the marginalized section of the society and has been effectively functioning on this issue for last two decades. MANT has been organizing & conducting several skill & capacity building training programs, workshops, group discussions for Self Help Groups with the objective that they have a general consciousness & awareness on social issues, have information on several income generation activities, have sufficient knowledge to manage the productive natural assets, gain self-reliance to increase the access to & control over natural resources.

  • Skill Development Training

    MANT has been organising skill up gradation training programs for tribal women with an aim to attain self sustenance and strengthening socio-economic standard of the tribal women through setting up Garment Production cum Training Centre (Handloom units). MANT has been running three such handloom units at present.

Areas of work

MANT has been conducting Leadership development training for minority women with an objective to empower and instil confidence among minority women, including their neighbours from other communities living in the same village/locality, by providing knowledge, tools and techniques for interacting with Government systems, banks and other institutions at all levels.

State District Block
West Bengal Purulia Manbazar II, Bandwan, Jhalda II
Bankura Simlapal, Ranibandh, Raipur
Paschim Medinipur Garbeta II
Jhargram Sankrail, Binpur I, Binpur II, Gopiballavpur II, Jhargram, Amlasole
Darjeeling Siliguri SMP
Jalpaiguri Jalpaiguri Dhupguri, Matiali, Rajganj, Rajganj-Moynaguri, Nagrakata
Alipurduar Kalchini, Kalchini-Madarihat, Madarihat, Kumargram
Kolkata KMC area
Nagaland Dimapur Dhansiripar, Medziphema
Arunachal Pradesh East Siang Pasighat, Ruksin, Mebo
West Siang Aalo East, West CD Block
Papumpare Kimin, Balijan, Sagalee, Doimukh
East Kameng Chayantajo, Seppa, Seijosa