Micro-Level Rural Planning: Principles, Methods and Case Studies
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About the Book :
Planning at the village, block, district and watershed levels is considered an essential component of national planning process. National planning is a macro-exercise and is sector-cum-interregional in character. The same applies to State-level planning in India. It is what one may term as top-down planning process. Micro-level planning is a bottom-up process. It translates the objectives of national planning in terms of local projects and programmes and tries to meet the local aspirations and needs of the people. It is specific to space, time and people; mobilizes local resources; and is highly participatory. While there is no dearth of book and papers on dearth of book and papers on national planning, useful literature on micro-level planning is highly fragmentary, descriptive and rudimentary. This handbook is a preliminary attempt to fill this gap. It consists of reading materials used by the Institute of Development Studies, University of My sore in training the district planners, drought-prone area programme officers and block development officers. It is still one of the best materials on micro-level planning available in the country. The handbook is a must for all those who have anything to do with micro-level planning as researchers, planners, development officers and politicians.
About Author :
R.P. Misra, Born in 1930, Prof. Misra did his BA (1952) and MA (1954) at the University of Allahabad, and Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park, Md., USA in 1964. Author of 15 books and editor of over 30 volumes on Gandhian thought, local and regional planning, environment, and human development, Prof. Misra specializes in economic geography, urban and regional planning, sustainable development, Gandhian studies and peace research. After joining the University of Mysore, Department of Geography in 1965 as its head, he launched an interdisciplinary Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in 1968 and took over as its founder Director (1968-79).
He made a name in the field of Geography and local and regional planning both in India and abroad and was invited as Vice-Director of the United Nations Center for Regional Development (UNCRD), Nagoya, Japan (1979-83). Earlier, he was consultant/advisor at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, (UNRISD), Geneva, and UNDP, Teheran, Iran. Prof. Misra was Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad University (1984-87) and Professor of Regional Planning at Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University (1987-95). He was honoured with prestigious Bhoogol Ratna award by the Bhoovigyan Vikas Foundation, India.
R.N. Achyutha is currently Reader in Planning at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Mysore. He has been involved in the preparation of block, district and drought- prone area plans for the last ten years.