Empowering Panchayats: Handbook for Master Trainers (Using Participatory Approach)

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About the Book :

The vital need for capacity-building of numerous functionaries of Panchayati Raj Institutions is widely acknowledged. However, there has been no systemic approach to building capacities of the functionaries of Panchayati Raj Institutions across the 3-tiers and there is no book which comprehensively deals with training needs of different tiers of PRIs. This book is an attempt to fill in gap. The book provides for 10 modules together with a Base Module, each specially devised to meet the training needs of different functionaries in different tiers of Panchayati Raj system. These modules have been prepared after extensive assessment of training needs and consultations with experts and institutions across the country who are engaged in or are concerned with capacity-building of Panchayati Raj functionaries. The book for the first time provides for a road map to train functionaries of Panchayati Raj Institutions using Participatory Learning and Action methods (PLA methods). It provides for trainers' notes, content flow, diagrams, sketches, posters and games as necessary aids for imparting training to functionaries of PRIs who are adult learners keeping fully in mind learning theory. The book gives details of different steps to be followed by the trainer in separate modules and outlines an and ragogy which is suitable for adult learners. Twenty coloured posters depicting 29 disciplines of Panchayati Raj, as incorporapted in eleventh schedule of Indian Constitution, also make part of this book. The book will be an invaluable handbook for administrators, trainers, training institutions and scholars engaged in building capacity of PRI functionaries.

About Author :

D. Bandyopadhyay, IAS (Retd.), was the Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development and Secretary (Revenue), Ministry of Finance, Government of India; Executive Director, Asian Development Bank; and is presently connected in different senior capacities with various States and Central organisations, as also with civil society organisations.

Mitali Sen Gavai is an IAS officer of the Maharashtra cadre. She has held important positions in the Government of Maharashtra including those of Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Jalgaon; Collector & District Magistrate, Osmanabad; Chief Executive Officer, Zila Parishad, Thane and Deputy Director-General, YASHADA State Training Institute, Pune. She has vast experience in rural development and Panchayati Raj.

Amitava Mukherjee had a distinguished academic career, educated at Ranchi University, Houston, University of South Florida, Tampa. Department of Economics and the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Stanford, USA; the School of oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, and the London School of Economics and Political Science, London. Dr. Mukherjee held the chair in Economics and Planning, and co-ordinated the Faculty in the Centre for Micro Planning & Regional Studies at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie; was Advisor and Project Head of the planning Commission Project on decentralized planning. He has been a consultant to various international and UN agencies including FAO, Rome; UNDP UNESCAP. He is currently the Chief Technical Advisor, Pro-Poor Public Private Partnership, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the pacific, Bangkok. He is a life member of the Indian Econometric Society, the Regional Science Association of India the Indian Economic Association, and of the Royal Economic Society, England. Dr. Mukherjee has numerous papers and over thirty books to his credit. His contribution to decentralized planning and participatory development is internationally recognized.