Govt keen to rope in IIM, IIT pupils for rural dev programmes

The government is keen on forging a partnership with IIMs, IITs and other select institutes for augmenting professional resource support to its rural development programmes like NREGA.

Updated: Oct 19, 2010, 21:30 PM IST

New Delhi: The government is keen on
forging a partnership with IIMs, IITs and other select
institutes for augmenting professional resource support to
its rural development programmes like NREGA.

As part of efforts to evolve such a framework, the
Ministry of Rural Development has invited representatives from
various professional institutes including IIMs and IITs to
participate in a workshop organised by it in Udaipur district
of Rajasthan tomorrow, a ministry official said.
Union Minister for Rural Development C P Joshi will
chair the event.

The Ministry had recently suggested that the states
appoint at least four dedicated staff in each panchayat, of
whom one should be an MBA degree holder and another an
engineer, promising that it will provide them funds to meet
initial expenditure on salaries for eight years.

"Ministry desires that professional institutes
including IIMs and IITs design a matching curriculum in their
courses to encourage young professionals towards the emerging
opportunity in the area of rural development. This will be
discussed with them tomorrow," the official said.

The students can undertake internship to associate
themselves with process. "This will be mutually benefited as
the academic youth of the country will acquire exposure to
issues related to rural development and grass root development
process will be strengthened through professional support," he
added.
There are other areas too where Ministry wants a
"partnership" with these select professional institutes and
they will be discussed with their representatives during the
workshop.

NREGA envisages detail participatory micro level
planning and handholding to ensure quality works. This is an
area where professional institutions can contribute
"considerably", the official said.

Action research, awareness generation and capacity
building are also areas where professional institutes can
contribute to improving the quality of implementation of the
programmes. "These issues will be discussed with them at
tomorrow`s workshop," he added.

The Ministry has already involved professional
institutes like IIMs, IITs and central universities in
programme appraisal for independent quality assessment of the
schemes and recommendations for policy reforms.

"This network needs to be further broadened and
deepened," the official said adding that the outcome of the
workshop will help the Ministry in evolving a framework of
national collaboration with the "leading" professional
institutes for making rural development schemes including
NREGA more effective.

PTI