In consonance with Rabindra Bharati University’s avowed task of ‘dissemination of Tagore’s ideas and thoughts’, a Centre for Studies in Decentralisation and Rural Reconstruction has been set up for education, research and extension in the field involving both the academic community and the larger body of development practitioners.
As is well known, Rabindranath Tagore, through his Sriniketan experiment, was religiously engaged in ameliorating rural poverty, stagnation and despondence through a series of institutional innovations including cooperatives and local self-government (Panchayats). Much of his ideas and practices continue to be relevant even today and need to be looked into by researchers and development practitioners.
II. Objectives / Tasks of the Centre
III. Advisory Committee of the Centre
IV. Activities of the Centre
(2008 – 09)
The Centre was ceremonially inaugurated by Professor Amlan Datta on April 28, 2008 in the presence of the hon’ble Vice Chancellor Professor Karunasindhu Das, invited dignitaries, teachers and students of the University. A Seminar on ‘The Role of Higher Educational Institutions in Rural Reconstruction’ was organized on this occasion. The speakers included Professor Datta, Shri Satyendra Nath Ghosh, IAS(Retd.), Shri Prasad Ranjan Ray, IAS, both former Principal Secretaries, Department of Panchayats & Rural Development, Govt. of West Bengal, and Shri Sukhabilas Barma, IAS, Chairman of the Thired State Finance Commission.
Two Publications by the Centre, ‘Bibliography on Tagore’s Thoughts and Experiments in Rural Reconstruction’ ed. By Alok k. Bhaumik and ‘Rabindrabhabanay Atmashaktir Udbodhan O Palli Punargathan’ by Dr. Pratyush Kumar Rit and a brochure for the Centre were released on this occasion.
A Seminar on ‘National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme in West Bengal : Problems and Possibilities’ was organized on October 31st, 2008 in collaboration with Loka Kalyan Parishad. The speakers included concerned officials from the Panchayats & Rural Development Dept., Govt. of West Bengal and elected Gram Panchayat representatives from a few districts.
A two-day workshop on ‘Basics of Data Collection and Data Processing for Social Science Research was organized during March 30-31, 2009 for college teachers, Ph. D. scholars, M. Phil. students and representatives from development research NGOs. The resource persons for the Workshop included Professor Shankar Kumar Bhaumik, Department of Economics, Calcutta University, Dr. Rajarshi Majumder, department of Economics, Burdwan University, Professor Shibdas Bandyopadhyay and Professor Asish Sengupta from the Applied Statistics Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Dr. Tapas Kumar Saha and Shri B. K. Giri from the National Sample Survey Organization.
In March 2010, the Centre organized a one-day Seminar on ‘Civil Society: Conceptual and Empirical Issues’, Speakers in the Seminar included Professor Sobhanlal Dutta Gupta, Professor Abhijit Mitra, Professor Sugata Marjit, Dr. Ashok Sircar and Ms. Madhulika Mitra.
A Symposium on ‘Evolution of Rural Decentralization Strategy in West Bengal during the last Three Decades’ was organized on December 16, 2010 . The objective of the symposium was to enlighten the participating students, teachers and guests by way of an objective analysis of the process of evolution of the strategies,—their distinguishing features, strengths, weaknesses and also the political economy behind each of the strategies pursued.
Shri Buddhadeb Ghosh, Senior Fellow, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi and Shri Dilip Ghosh, I.A.S., formerly Special Secretary, P&RD Department and presently Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal took part in the Discussion as resource persons. During 2010-11, the Centre has published the following monographs:
(i) Grameen Punargathane Uchhatara Sikshapratisthaner Bhumika by Professor Amlan Datta,
(ii) Basics of Data Collection and Data Processing for Social Science Research
V. Publications of the Centre
1. ‘Bibliography on Tagore’s Thoughts and Experiments in Rural Reconstruction’ ed. By Alok k. Bhaumik
2. ‘Rabindrabhabanay Atmashaktir Udbodhan O Palli Punargathan’ by Dr. Pratyush Kumar Rit
3. Grameen Punargathane Uchhatara Sikshapratisthaner Bhumika by Professor Amlan Datta,
4. Basics of Data Collection and Data Processing for Social Science Research
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VI. Future Activities of the Centre:
(i) The Centre will publish a book on the thought of Tagore and his associates about experiments in rural reconstruction including cooperative and development of agriculture in Shreeniketan published since 1920 to early 1950 in Modern review, Probasi and other journals both in Bengali and English.
(ii) Organizing a P.G diploma course on rural development management.
(iii) Organizing seminars / symposium /workshop regularly
(iv) News letter containing various aspect of rural development.
VII. For Further Contact:
Dr. Biswanath Chakraborty, Director, Centre for Studies in Decentralisation and Rural Reconstruction
Ph. 9163365906 / 9830216993
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