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National Colloquium of State Secretaries of RDPR and Heads of SIRDPR’s on training and research performance at NIRDPR

The National Colloquium of Secretaries of RD&PR and Heads of SIRDPRs for the year 2021-22 is being organised at NIRDPR Hyderabad campus on 7th and 8th March, 2022. Colloquium is an annual event organised to review training and research performance, share best practices and new initiatives of the States, SIRDPRs and NIRDPR and to deliberate upon issues and concerns of training institutions.

The colloquium provides direction to NIRDPR and SIRDPRs to plan training and research activities for effective implementation of various initiatives for rural development and panchayati raj for the ensuing year. The occasion also serves for stock taking of issues relating to institution building in terms of infrastructure development, faculty, human resource requirements, networking with extension training centres and other institutions etc.

The Colloquium started with a welcome address by Shri Shashi Bhushan, Deputy Director General, NIRDPR. In his welcome address he observed that there is a need to enhance the capacities of SIRDPRs and make them extensions of NIRDPRs.

He also stated that SIRDPRs should work as per the requirement of the State. In his inaugural address, Dr.G Narender Kumar, IAS, Director General, NIRDPR emphasized that SIRDPR and NIRDPR have to rediscover themselves to cater to the development of the country, which is at an inflection point and there is a need for convergence from the top level to the grassroots to accelerate the pace of development.

He suggested that training institutions need to prepare themselves to meet the capacity building and training needs of Government Departments for accelerating the pace of development. Inaugural session was followed by review of training and research performance of SIRDPRs. The best practices of various Govt. of India programmes such as RURBAN, SAGY, RGSY, PMGSY MGNREGA etc. were also shared with the States.

Dr.Chandra Sekhar Kumar, IAS, Additional Secretary MoPR addressed the delegates on expectations of MoPR. In his remarks the Additional Secretary emphasized upon achieving SDGs at a local level by focusing Gram Panchayat Development Plans on achievement at localized SDGs. He also mentioned about the need for data and evidences to enable achievement of localized SDGs, in which  panchayats will play a crucial role.

Shri Nagendra Nath Sinha, IAS, Secretary, MoRD (RD) addressed the colloquium through video conference and shared national development priorities and strategies for capacity building to meet the national developmental priorities.

Apart from plenary presentations and interactions, the Colloquium would be discussing on various leading Capacity Building Initiatives for developmental programmes through the following key themes will be discussed by the working groups to arrive at a way forward to improve rural development capacity building initiatives for working group discussions

(1) Alignment of NIRDPR Training Calendar with the SIRDPR Training and institutional building in Research focusing on local problems.

(2) Strengthening of ETCs system on delivery of training and research by both SIRD&PRs and NIRDPR

(3) How do we reach last mile on training?

(4) Process for empowering of resource persons & Simultaneous training through multiple SIRD&PRs

(5) Strengthening of SIRD&PRs (HR, Admin. & Infrastructure)

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