August 2013 - National Institute of Rural Development

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August 2013 - National Institute of Rural Development

No. 219AUGUST 2013GOND TRIBAL WOMENNIRD's INTERVENTION - MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN GOND HEARTLAND


Cover StoryAUGUST 2013Gond tribes in Patori village in NIRD stepped into the village on the name Panbai.Chatarpur district of Madhya advice of the district collectorSarpanch Panbai talking of herPradesh are a distressed lot. Rajesh Bahuguna. NIRD launched itsexperience said she was excited atSandwiched between criminal intervention with twin trainingthe exposure to a new world of trainelements operating in the jungles programmes on leaf cup and platestravel and high rise buildings andand the police and forest personnel, m a k i n g a n d a w a r e n e s sthe wonderful foods they werethey are struggling for survival. The programmes on health, hygieneserved at the NIRD training centervillage is located near the Panna and sanitation programmes. Due toand the dignity with which theyTiger Reserve Buffer Zone. The poor hygienic and sanitationwere treated in stark contrast to thetribals and their cultivation has practices, the community hadinhuman treatment they werebecome a prey to even wild animals. become prone to malaria and otherroutinely meted out by the policeRestrictions on collection of Non diseases leading to untimely deaths.and the forest guards and theTimber Forest Produce (NTFP) and A need was felt to first createdacoits in the jungles. They werefuel wood have smothered their zeal awareness primarily among womenalso elated at the flight take-overto live and the prospects of a and also men on adopting healthyfrom the international airport andprosperous life appear as a distant practices including personalmany things like the ambience ofdream to them. Two square meals a hygiene, healthy environment andt h e c i t y a n d t h e c u l t u r eday eludes them. The tribe is on the also ensuring cattle hygiene. Eachflabbergasted them.verge of dislocation with several of family is supplied with a mosquitothem migrating to places outside net as a preventive measure to Gorelal, another member of Patoritheir district as well as their state. battle with malarial fever and other village who had come for trainingNIRD's direct intervention through diseases dogging the tribal was amazed at the thousands ofits 'Village Adoption Programme' is communities. However there is a lights illuminating the city. He hadbringing a sea change in the lives of demand from the family members no idea of what electrical power canthe shy and poverty stricken for more such nets as one net is do as his village does not havecommunity. It is also utilising the insufficient for a family which electricity. He was trained in theservices of local NGO 'Chetna' for comprises of 4-5 members.preparation of vermi-compost pits.implementing some of its schemes.The tribal members from PatoriA team of 10 members from Patorivillage enjoyed their interactionThe Patori village is very backward village recently travelled all the waywith the NIRD Director Generaland has no road connectivity, from the remote tribal village inDr.M.V.Rao.electricity and is far away from Madhya Pradesh to NIRD forPatwari, Gram Sevak , ANM, receiving training from Rural NIRD is also planning Cattle HealthAnganwadi Worker, Asha Worker, Technology Park (RTP) in leaf cup Camps in the village and also healthPost Office, Gramin Bank, Fair Price and plates making. The tribal men awareness programmes coveringshop, Police Station and Health Sub- and women were thrilled at the train basic health, protected drinkingCenter which are actually faces of journey as about 6 members of water and introduction of self helpthe government. The community them had never seen a train all their movement in the village. Demandsekes out a living basically on life while none of them had ever from other villages in the panchayatagriculture products including Soya travelled in a train. It was a thrilling are coming to NIRD for adoption ofand Millets cultivation and other experience for them. One of the these villages. The Village Adoptionminor forest produce apart from participants in the training was the Scheme in Patori village is beingcattle and sheep raising.Sarpanch of Neguwan Panchayat by coordinated by CESD Adjunctfaculty member Dr.R.K.Shrivastava.


AUGUST 2013Officials, SHG Members of Assam have a feel of NIRDCover Story - GondTribal WomenOfficials, SHGMembers of Assamhave a feel of NIRDNIRD TrainingProgrammesManaging RuralInfrastructure ProjectsCommunity BasedDisaster ManagementNews DigestTraining Programmesat RTPAdmissionNotificationSeminar on Right toEducationAfricana UnveiledTraining cum Exposure visit was held at NIRD, Hyderabad from 26-30 August 2013 where altogether 24 persons -22 women and 2 menfrom Tinsukia District of Assam participated in the programme. Theyall were from Non-intensive blocks (as per NRLM norm) of thedistrict and all were involved with planning, implementation andmonitoring of SHG and its activities. As a part of the programmeone-day session in the class room was organised where ShankarChatterjee explained the role played by SERP in developing of SHGsin Andhra Pradesh as well as concept of Village Organisation (VO),Mandal Samakhya(MS), Zilla Samakhya(ZS) was thoroughlyexplained as these were part of the field visit. The class roomsessions inter alia included cases of SHGs across the countryincluding role of SHG members for providing Minimum PriceSupport (MSP) to the farmers under Andhra Pradesh Government'sprogramme.The participants were taken to Warangal district of Andhra Pradeshwhere two days ( 27 & 28 August 2013) were spent in interactingwith members of SHG, Village Organisation, Mandal Samakhya andZilla Samakhya. The participants visited Tirumalgiri village ofAtmakor Mandal, Nagaram village of Hasanparthy Mandal, etc. Theprocess of Micro Credit Plan (MCP) was thoroughly explained whichwas totally new to the participants. Participants visited a Bulk MilkCollection unit where small milk producers were being paidsupport price. The field visit was organised by DRDA, Warangal. Theprogramme was coordinated by Dr. Shankar Chatterjee, AssociateProfessor, CPME, NIRD.


NIRD Training ProgrammesAUGUST 2013Interaction with NREGworkersEffective Management of RD programme was coordinated byProgrammes was held at NIRD, Dr. P Satish Chandra, Head andHyderabad during August 05 - 09, Shri D S R Murthy, AssistantA t r a i n i n g p r o g r a m o n2013. As many as 32 officials, mostly Professor, CIT, NIRD.Management Information Systemsenior and middle level, drawn from A programme on ICTs for RDfor MGNREGA was organised atRD, PRI, Planning, Tribal Affairs, Functionaries was held at NIRD,NIRD, Hyderabad during July 29 –Water and Sanitation and Health Hyderabad during August 19 - 23,August 2, 2013. As many as 27departments from nine states 2013. As many as 15 participantsp a r t i c i p a n t s i n v o l v e d i nparticipated in the programme, out from five states participated. Theimplementation of MGNREGAof which 27 were men and broad objective of the programmew o r k s f r o m s e v e n S t a t e sremaining women. was to orient the functionariesparticipated in the program. TheThe participants felt very happy to about the new guidelines forkey focus of the program was togain rich inputs on various ongoing management of RD programs bygive in-depth insights into theRD programmes in nutshell from using ICT for its online monitoringfunctionality and operationalsubject experts covering use of IT in and reporting at all levels ofaspects of MIS software evolved byRD programmes, Management administration. Experts dwelt onNIC, New Delhi.Information Systems, Data Centers, Database Management Systems,Besides, the participants were takencritical success factors in e- GIS applications for RD programs,to Mahaboobnager District on Fieldgovernance, Monitoring of e- Governance institutes andVisit to show how Bio-Metric asP ro g r a m m e s u s i n g M o b i l e delivery of services to the citizens.well as Mobile Technologies areTechnologies, GIS Applications, The application of Multimedia wasused for monitoring, evaluation andKnowledge Management, Facility aimed at building awareness in thisdisbursement of wages to the wageManagement in IT sector and host r e g a r d . T h e p r o g r a m w a sseekers engaged in MGNREGA.o f a p p l i c a t i o n s o f t w a r e coordinated by Shri G V SatyaThe participants also got first-hand demonstrated at the end of each Narayana and Shri D S R Murthy,field experience by interacting with session with live videos/case Assistant Professors, CIT, NIRD.the implementing officials. The studies to show its impact on theimplementing agency also gave live society. Rural Credit Managementdemo of TCS software being used inDr. M V Rao, Director General, NIRDA customised training program onthe State of Andhra Pradesh forinteracted with the participants and“Rural Credit Management” formanaging MGNREGA activitiesgot the feed-back on theOfficers of Union Bank of India wasfrom issue of job cards to paymentprogramme.held from 26 to 30 August, 2013 andof wages to the job seekers.was coordinated by Shri.V. RamaThe programme received excellentThe programme was coordinatedMohana Rao, Project Consultantrating. The participants were veryby Shri D S R Murthy and Shri G V(CRCDB). 23 participants fromimpressed by the IT initiatives takenS a t y a N a r a y a n a , A s s i s t a n tdifferent parts of the countryby Government of Andhra PradeshProfessors of CIT, NIRD.attended the training programme.and wanted to replicate them inThere was detailed discussion on allInformation Technology their respective states for effectivecurrent and popular Rural Creditm a n a g e m e n t a n d t i m e l yA t r a i n i n g p ro g r a m m e o nschemes like KCC, JLG, Loansdisbursement of wages. TheInformation Technology foragainst Warehouse receipts,


AUGUST 2013Investment Credit, Economic & relevance and significance to all the programme as reflected from theirFinancial Analysis of Projects, SHG, national level agricultural banking, feedbacks on the programmeFinancial Inclusion, NPA & Recoverycooperative and rural development SHG TrainingManagement. The participants institutions in the countries of thewell appreciated the course content SAARC region that have an abidingThe training programme onand coverage. Their interactions c o n c e r n i n s u s t a i n e d a n dManaging of Self-employmentwith SHG women in Ghatkesar integrated rural development. TheProjects for SHGs was held atvillage were found to be very useful deliberations by the faculties wereDDUSIRD from July 15-19, 2013.and they wanted to popularise the made with a focus to strengthen theAs many as 31 persons from theSHG financing in their respective rural financing bodies, includingstate of UP comprising ofStates.micro finance institutions toGovernment officers, NGO andRural Financingharness their resources in theLead District Manager attended theprocess of achieving the objectivesprogramme. The basic objectives ofA programme on Management of of rural development. Thethe programme inter alia, were toRural Financing Institutions and programme topics were covered byequip the participants with theC o o p e r a t i v e s f o r R u r a l interactive participations duringknowledge of organising rural poorDevelopment was organised during classroom discussions and use offor self-help, to impart knowledgeAug. 19-23, 2013. The programme other training techniques anda b o u t p l a n n i n g a n dwas organised on behalf of CICTAB methodologies.implementation of income(Centre for International Co-generation projects for SHGs, toThe participants, mostly executiveso p e ration a n d Training i nshare innovative experiences andand officers of rural financingAgricultural Banking) located in thestrategies in managing the SHGinstitutions and cooperativescampus of VAMNICOM, Pune.based micro-enterprises and toengaged in financing for ruralC I C TA B f o c u s e s o n r u r a lequip the participants with the skilld e v e l o p m e n t , w e re h i g h l ydevelopment practices in generalof M&E of SHG projects.benefited from this programme.and co-operatives and agriculturalThe Director of CICTAB, Mr.Sanjeeb The training programme wasbanking in particular.Patjoshi graced the valedictory designed in such a way thatThe programme was attended by session and sensitised the participants can implement SHG17 participates from various SAARC participants on rural development related projects meticulously.member countries such as p o l i c i e s , s t r a t e g i e s a n d Various topics like capacityBangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal programmes having common building, PRA and participatoryand Srilanka. There was a great deal background i n the S AARC identification of poor, socialof participative discussions and countries. The Programme Director mobilization, poverty issues,exchange of experiences during the Dr. B. K. Swain coordinated the innovative project identification,programme. Different country programme internally with the help monitoring and evaluation, genderrepresentatives presented brief of Project Consultants posted in the issues, marketing aspects etc., werestatus paper regarding the activities Centre for Rural Credit & covered. Field based cases on SHGundertaken in their country in a Development Banking to provide projects focusing on problems andspecific subject area of the extra inputs exclusively to these prospects were also shared with theprogramme.international participants. The participants through film shows toThe subject area of the programme participants were highly pleased enlighten them about the reality.was of great contemporar y with the contents and style of the One day field visit was organised at


Managing Rural Infrastructure ProjectsProvision of shelter for poor has for provision of house with basicbecome inevitable and the same amenities and started supportinghas become a big challenge for any the poor in building their homes.nation especially the developing Considering the vast proportion ofcountries. Housing being a basic rural households and their status ofminimum requirement of any family houselessness, several programmesfor their security, dignity, facilities, and schemes are formulated to helplivelihoods and health has become them in construction of their owna centre of development of every house. Each country has its ownhousehold. Majority of the approach, strategy and programmecountries have recognized the need in fulfilling the housing needs ofAUGUST 2013Sitapur district where participants General. The programme was Pochampally Mandal of Nalgondainteracted with the SHG members coordinated by Dr.Shankar district. Before going to field visitwho all belonged to minority Chatterjee, Associate Prof (CPME), the entire team was divided intoMuslim community involved with NIRD, Hyderabad and DDUSIRD four groups studying differentJari works. The inaugural address faculty namely Dr. Vardani, Joint aspects, viz., intuitions building andwas delivered by N.S. Ravi, IAS, Director; Dr. Ashok Kumar, Assistant capacity building, marketingDirector General, DDUSIRD who Director and Engineer R.K. facilities, technical support at timestressed the need of organising Srivastava, Faculty Member. of procuring Paddy in the villagesuch prgoramme as SHG strategy Sustainable Rural Livelihoods and convergency.could address issues of poverty Centre for Self Employment and The participants prepared groupthrough collective works by Rural Enterprises organised areports and presented theirinvolving all the poor women. programme on Promotion ofobservations at the end ofThe programme was well-received Sustainable Rural Livelihoodsduring 19 to 23 August 2013. Thirty programme. Course certificatesby the participants as reflected inthe evaluation schedule. They six participants participated in the were distributed by Shri K.P.Rao,demanded more such programmes. programme.Head, CSERE. The programme wasThe valedictory address was On 22 August, 2013, participants coordinated by Dr.T.G Ramaiah anddelivered by N.S. Ravi, IAS, Director visited Sivareddy gudem village of team in the Centre.rural households. India is one suchcountr y which has severalprogrammes and schemes infacilitating the construction ofproper house for different sectionsof rural society. Keeping in view theneed and importance, the NIRD hasorganised the International TrainingProgramme on Management ofRural Infrastructure Projects-RuralHousing during July 29 to August25, 2013 at NIRD, Hyderabadsponsered by The Ministry ofExternal Affairs under ITEC. Theobjectives of the training are toshare country specific RuralHousing and Habitat DevelopmentPolicy (NRH&HDP) and other goodpractices of participating Asiancountries and to guide theparticipants in preparing the backhome action plans based on thelearnings from India as well as otherc o u n t r i e s . 1 3 p a r t i c i p a n t s


AUGUST 2013representing from 7 countries was organised with the help of Prof. They were also taken on anincluding Afghanistan, Egypt, Ramancharla of Ear thquake exclusive study tour to Benguluru,Mauritius, Nigeria, South Sudan and Engineering Research Centre, Kanakapura and Mysore districts ofTo g o p a r t i c i p a t e d i n t h e I n t e r n a t i o n a l I n s t i t u t e o f Karnataka state and Dharmapuriprogramme. Information Technology (IIIT), district of Tamil Nadu state. As partGachibowli. Dr. M.V.Rao, DG of of this, Managing Director ofThe entire programme wasNIRD shared his own experience in M/s. Rajiv Gandhi Housingdesigned into seven thematic areasthe implementation of IAY while he Corporation Limited had taken thenamely, 1. Rural Housing Policies,was in West Midnapur, WB as participants to Bidadi district toStrategies and Programs; 2. HabitatDistrict Magistrate and highlighted show the fast track housingApproach – Infrastructure andthe need for district level technologies and Public PrivateConvergence; 3. Technologybureaucracy to take their own Partnership housing colony. TheOptions – Cost Effective and Greeninitiatives in understanding the participants were also taken to a fewBuilding; 4. Institutional Mechanismdemand for housing and the housing colonies created under– Participatory Approach; 5. MISconstraints experienced by the state specific programme like ChiefA p p l i c a t i o n s – K n o w l e d g ebeneficiaries so as to ensure proper Minister's Solar Powered GreenNetworking; 6. Best Practices inmonitoring and transparency. As Housing Colony, Samatwapuram inRural Housing; and 7. Preparation ofcredit is more important for any Dharmapuri district of Tamil NaduBack Home Action Plans. Methodsprogram, Mr. Anil Kumar, DGM from state. The participants were alsoused for the training programmeNABARD shared his experience on exposed to housing colonieswere debates, formation of groups,problems and prospects in created exclusively for transgenderrole plays, Panel discussions,accessing credit by the poor and nomadic (Gangireddulallu)syndicate discussions, exposureespecially for the construction of groups by converging IAY withvisits, onsite demonstrations, filmhouse in rural areas. Dr. Mehar several government schemes suchbased discussions, etc.Prasad, Professor, IIT, Chennai as RGGVY, NBA,NRDWP, RRM andEach participating country was presented the emerging alternative Thirteenth Finance Commission.given an opportunity to make their technologies and materials for rural The participants visited the solid &country's specific presentation on housing so as to ensure reduction in liquid resource management andpolicies and programmes of rural structured weight of building, treatment Plants in Kengeri andinfrastructure and rural housing, saving of time and materials like Mysore as part of study tour.challenges and strategies for cement, steel and sand and forT h e f i n a l o u tc o m e of t h ebanishing shelterlessness from effective use of industrial waste.programme was the preparation oftheir country. As Land is a major Shri PB Sajan educated theAction plan by all the participatingconcern for construction of house, participants on how to make use ofcountries. Based on their countrySunil Kumar from Landesa available eco-friendly naturalbackground and experience, theOrganisation, RDI, Hyderabad resources for the construction ofexperience of other participatingdiscussed the homestead policy house. Keeping in view the need forcountries, the Indian experience setand its implications across the adoption of MIS applications forthrough the brainstorm discussions,states in India. The experiences of effective monitoring, transparencyinteractions and study visits duringCentre of Science for Villages (CSV), and accountability of rural housingthe programmes, each participatingWardha, Maharashtra and practical programmes, an exclusive webcountry representatives prepareddemonstration of these techniques based live interaction session wasand presented the action plan onat Rural Building Centre, RTP were organized. The participants werethe last day of the programme. Thealso shared with the participants. In taken on a study visit to NAC and aprogramme was coordinated by Dr.order to ensure the disaster tribal thanda namely PeddavuraY. Gangi Reddy and P.SivaRam, CRI,resistant construction in IAY Thanda of Aler Mandal in NalgondaNIRD.housing, an exclusive discussion District of Andhra Pradesh.


AUGUST 2013Community-Based Disaster ManagementProf. Bishnu Charan Barik, Vice Chancellor,Sambalpur University, Odisha inauguratedInternational Training Programme on“Community Based Disaster Management:thPreparedness and Coping Strategies” on 26August, 2013. Prof. Barik, in his inauguraladdress highlighted the efforts of Stategovernments during Latur earthquake andOdisha super cyclone. While recollecting hisexperiences in both the disasters, Prof. Barikadmired the commitment of politicians whospent considerable time in bringing back thenormal situation in disaster affected areas. Itwas also mentioned that NGOs', CBOs' andinternational aid agencies contribution in bringing backthe normal situation was a great contribution to thehuman kind. Prof. Barik appealed that social scientistsand training experts to prepare the community throughregular drills and mock exercises to sustain the disastermitigation efforts.On this occasion, Dr. M.V Rao, Director Generalfelicitated Prof. Barik with a memento and thanked forvisiting NIRD and for inaugurating the programme. Theprogramme is co-ordinated by Dr. K. Suman Chandra,Professor & Head and Shri P.K. Nath, Adjunct Faculty ofCAS & DM.News DigestNIRD PG Diploma CourseThe Centre for Post GraduatethStudies of NIRD started its 6 Batchof One Year Post Graduate Diplomain Rural Development Management(PGDRDM), 2013-14 programme inAugust, 2013 and 51 Students havebeen admitted. As many as 50students who have been admittedin to the Programme, have reportedat NIRD on 19-8-2013.Of the50 students, 44 Students areNational and seven Students areInternational sponsored by AARDOand CIRDAP Member Countriescomprising of countries viz.,Fiji,Nigeria, Nepal, Myanmar, Ghana,Afghanistan and Sudan. TheInternational students are in-service personnel. The BriefingSession was conducted on 19-8-UGC RecognitionDevelopment, Hyderabad foroffering its two programmesi n c l u d i n g P G D i p l o m a i nSustainable Rural Development2013. All the Students proceeded (PGDSRD) and PG Diploma in Tribalon an Induction Field Visit toRaghunathpally, Venkatadripeta,Ippaguda, Nidigonda, Veldi andGovardhanagiri villages in 2 015-16.Warangal District for five days from22-8-2013. On return from fieldvisit, all the Students havepresented their field experiences.The University Grants Commission,New Delhi granted recognition toNational Institute of RuralD e v e l o p m e n t M a n a g e m e n t(PGDTDM) in Distance Mode forthe Academic Years 2013-14 toRetirementConsequent upon attaining the ageof superannuation i.e., 60 years,Dr. P. DurgaPrasad, Professor &Head (CPR) retired from theservices of NIRD on the afternoonof 31.08.2013.


AUGUST 2013Training Programmes at RTPHome Based ProductsRural Technology Park (RTP) inconnection with action researchVillages Adoption Initiativeorganised an integrated skilldevelopment training programfrom 12-17 August 2013 to villagersof Asapur , Kagban (GP) of JiwatiBlock, Chandrapur District ofMaharashtra state. About 25participants including men andwomen who participated weregiven hands on training in Homebased products, Hand-made paperba g s m a k i n g , N e e m - v e r m icompost, Herbal products and leaf Fashion Jewellery from 21-30plate making. Dr. Y. Gangi Reddy August 2013. About 29 womenAdditional Project Director, RTP participants from Gujarat andawarded the course completion Maharashtra states were givencertificates to the participants of the hands on training in the making ofintegrated training programme. Tribal jewellery made with pearlsThe training programme was made like bangles, ear rings, pearlsuccessful by the Village Adoption ring, necklace and fashion jewelleryInitiative coordinated by Dr. with artificial beads like beadHemanth Kumar Asst Professor bangles.(CWLR) and Shri DSR Murthy, Asst. Dr. Y. Gangi Reddy. AdditionalProfessor (CIT).Project Director, RTP awarded theTribal Jewellerycourse completion certificates toRural Technology Park organised the participants of the trainingtraining course on Tribal and programme.Admission Notification for Distance ModeProgrammes – 2014-15Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Sustainable RuralDevelopment- Batch-V & Post Graduate DiplomaProgramme in Tribal Development Management – Batch-II.(Recognised by UGC)Applications are invited from eligible candidates foradmission into the academic year 2014-2015. For furtherinformation, please contact 040-24008585 or visitwww.nird.org.in.


AUGUST 2013Seminar on Right to EducationThree day National Seminar onRight to Education: Challenges andStrategies was organised by Centrefor Human Resource Developmentfrom August 29 – 31, 2013 at NIRD.Forty five eminent Professors,Scholars and Researchers fromvarious national institutions,u n i v e r s i t i e s a n d c o l l e g e sparticipated and presented papersrelated to various important themessuch as, status of RTE, constitutionalobligations and legislaturem e a s u r e s f r o m s t a t e s .Subsequently, some of the otherthemes including developingteaching professionals for ruraleducation, training of teachers andcurriculum, quality education andtribal education were alsodiscussed. Most importantly, girl'seducation, education for scheduledcaste, disabled, migrant andHIV/AIDS children had been a n e s s e n t i a l i n s t i t u t i o n a lcovered under inclusive education. mechanism for ensuring RTE. ShriPapers related to private schooling, K. Raju released the Souvenir of thefee structure and reservation of 25 Seminar and the Workshopper cent of seats were presented in proceedings of RTE held in 2012.the seminar.Prof. Parvin Sinclair, Director, NCERT,Mr. Somesh Kumar, and Prof.While inaugurating the seminar ShriKalpana Kannabiran, Director, CSD,K. Raju, Former, Additionalchaired the sessions on differentSecretary, National Advisorythemes identified for the conduct ofC o u n c i l m e n t i o n e d t h a tthe seminar.establishment of NCPC and SCPC isThe brain storming sessionhighlighted suggestions pertainingto strategies for RTE, viz., uniformsyllabus, age extension up 18 years,teacher education, teaching in triballanguage, multi-grade and multilevelteaching methods that arenecessarily considered for makingRTE more useful to whom it is meantfor.The seminar was organisedb y D r. M . S a r u m a t h y a n dDr. Gyanmudra, CHRD, NIRD.


Africana UnveiledAUGUST 2013Dr.M.V.Rao, Director General, NIRD inaugurated an exclusive facility “Africana” in the NIRD Library on August 15,2013 for the benefit of trainee delegates from the African countries. Professors and Heads of different Centers ofNIRD, faculty and staff members and participants of international training programmes were present on thisoccasion.NIRD organises a number of international capacity building programmes for officials from different developingcountries focusing on various development issues. These include programmes sponsored by Ministry of ExternalAffairs, Government of India and alsothose organised in collaboration withinternational organizations like AARDOand CIRDAP. NIRD is also undertakingmany initiatives under India Africa ForumSummit –II (IAFS). As a result, in the recentyears, it is observed that increasingnumber of officials from African countriesare participating in the capacity buildingprogrammes offered by NIRD. With aview to providing information support tothese participants in their academicpursuit during their stay here, NIRD hasset-up a facility “Africana” which housesdocuments on different subjects andthemes relating to Africa. NIRD is alsomaking concerted efforts to enrich thisinformation resource base.


AUGUST 2013Low Cost Housing Raw Material at RTPBook-Pocket (Contains Printed Matter)Director General : Dr. M. V. Rao, IASEditor: Anil Takalkar, Associate Professor and Head, CMRDEditorial Inputs for this issue: Ravi Prasad Benjamin, Media Consultant, CMRD,Photographs : P. Subrahmanyam; Cover Design : V. G. Bhat: Published by Anil Takalkar, Associate Professor & Head, CMRDon behalf of the National Institute of Rural Development, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-500 030 and printed at Vaishnavi Laser Graphics, Hyderabad.

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