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Evaluation of Integrated Rural Development Program (IRDP) in Aligarh and Muzaffarnagar Districts of Uttar Pradesh – Commissioned by the Government of Uttar Pradesh, this study was conducted in two districts of Uttar Pradesh. Two blocks from each district were chosen for this study on this main national poverty alleviation program which was started in 1978 on a pilot basis and extended to all over the country on 2nd October, 1980. The study considered a number of variables, taking into consideration all its aspects, evaluated its major achievements and shortcomings and suggested a number of practical improvements in its implementation.
Author : Dr. R. Prakash, etal
Pages : 233
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Evaluation of Development of Women and Children in Rural Areas (DWCRA) Program in Doda District of Jammu and Kashmir – DWCRA is a sub-scheme of IRDP. It was started in India in 1982-83 in 50 districts with the assistance of UNICEF. Doda was one of the 50 districts chosen for this scheme. Later on, it was taken up in all the districts of India. The study, commissioned by UNICEF, included all the three blocks of Doda district where the scheme was being run from the very beginning. It evaluated all the aspects, considered various problems and performance and provided practical suggestions for improvement.
Author : S.K. Kaul and Dr. R. Prakash
Pages: 228
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Impact of Employment Guarantee Scheme in Maharashtra on Disadvantaged Groups – Started in Maharashtra, this innovative scheme involved providing 100 days employment in drought-affected districts to at least one member of every needy family in the rural area. The wages were paid in cash and kind. The study evaluated the number of people who received employment, wage rate differentials for males and females, the number of days of employment beneficiaries got and other variables and suggested practical improvements.
Author : Prof. S. Dasgupta and Ajit Kondvikan
Pages: 57
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Land Reforms in West Bengal and Karnataka (Interaction of the Public Agencies with the Beneficiaries) – A comparative study of land reforms in West Bengal and Karnataka Commissioned by Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP), formed a part of a global study on people’s participation. It evaluated the effects of distribution of ceiling surplus and panchayat land after the implementation of land ceiling act. Beneficiaries, officials and non-officials, were probed to see whether the weaker sections of the rural society really gained from the land distribution program of the two State Governments. It also evaluated the overall socio-economic impact on those who lost land and those who got land.
Author : Ed. Prof. S. Dasgupta.
Pages : 101
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Block-level Plan for Socio-Economic Development of Women and Children in Rural Areas, Bokajan Block, Karbianglong District (Assam) – Sponsored by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, it chalked out block-level development plan after survey of below the poverty line women suggesting economic activities to be taken up for their uplift.
Author : Girin Chetia
Pages : 102
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Development of Women and Children in Rural Areas (DWCRA) Plan for Five Blocks in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh – Vol. I and Vol. II -- Commissioned by UNICEF, in this study, DWCRA plan was formulated taking into consideration complete socio-economic profile of women below the poverty line in five blocks of Kangra district. While formulating the plan, existing training facilities were studied and economically-viable schemes were suggested.
Author : S. Dasgupta, S.K. Kaul, and Dr. R. Prakash.
Pages : 172
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Forest, Ecology and the Oppressed – Commissioned by ILO, the study grew out of a felt need amongst forest-based communities to express their problems arising out of destruction of their environment. The study provided scope to put together the problems and the points of view of the communities living on the fringe of forests. It challenges some of the very basic concepts of growth and development which are responsible for ruthless destruction of environment.
Author : Ed. Prof. S. Dasgupta.
Pages : 198
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The Rural Energy Crisis, Poverty and Women’s Role in Five Indian Villages – Commissioned by ILO, in this study, five villages from five different ecological zones of the country belonging to five States – Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh (now Chattisgarh), Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Assam -- were taken. The study posed three major questions – processes responsible at the local and national level for rural energy crisis, the role of the Government in accelerating and retarding such processes and the role of rural people, particularly women, in solving the problems arising out of these processes. It found that deforestation and decreasing forest land are the main reasons for the fuel crisis in the villages.
Author : Prof. S. Dasgupta ;A.K. Maili
Pages : 84
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Work Opportunities for Women in India Vol I and Vol II – Commissioned by NORAD, it contains State wise information on training, extension, home-based industry and self-employment programs for women available with different voluntary agencies from all over the country. It seeks to help women belonging to low income groups and lays emphasis on non-traditional occupations which are suitable for women. (Vol. I - 296 pages & Vol. II - 35 Pages)
Author : Dr. Aparna Dasgupta
Pages : 331
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Vocational Training Needs for Women in Sirmour District of Himachal Pradesh – Commissioned by ILO, this study involving all the five development blocks of Sirmour district, was undertaken to make an assessment of training needs in this hilly district and suggest a viable training plan and strategy. It took into consideration training facilities available with the District Industries Center, KVIC and other departments with special reference to training facilities for women. It also considered economic activities women are involved in, activities they can take up, the steps needed to upgrade their skills and the new schemes which can be launched for training women for making them eligible for employment.
Author : Prof. S. Dasgupta, et al
Pages : 134
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Vocational Training Needs for Women in Betul District of Madhya Pradesh – Commissioned by ILO, the study was conducted with the purpose of making an assessment of the training needs of this backward district and suggest a viable training plan and strategy for it. It took into consideration training facilities available with the DIC, KVIC and other departments with special reference to training facilities for women, economic activities they can take up, activities they are involved in, the steps needed to upgrade their skills and the new schemes which can be launched for making them capable of employment.
Author : Prof. S. Dasgupta, et al
Pages : 130
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Towards Alternative Banking – Review of Indian Experience – It is a case study of informal banking arrangements run by people and their organizations which have been found to be quite successful in meeting the needs of poor people, especially in tribal and poorer regions of the country. Formal banking system, in general, has failed to help these people. These are, in fact, people’s banks, of the people, by the people and for the people.
Author : Prof. S. Dasgupta, et al
Pages : 69
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Towards a Conscious New Society – Commissioned by ILO, it is a study of five villages of Paburia block of Phulbani district with the concentration of Bandha, Sonar and Koi tribals and Harijans. The study tries to find what the researchers and people meant by development and what kind of development they felt was suited to their needs. It was a month-long experiment in consciousness-raising in which not only the villagers, but also the researchers learnt many new things from each other. Indeed, it was an altogether unique experience for both, the villagers and the researchers.
Author : Asit Bhattarrcharya
Pages : 101
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Urban Participation: A Review of Indian Metropolitan Slum Areas with Special Reference to Delhi – A comprehensive study of the conditions in which the slum dwellers in metropolitan cities like Delhi have to eke out a living and face numerous difficulties just to survive.
Author : Prof. S. Dasgupta and Dr. Aparna Dasgupta
Pages : 36
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Domestic Workers (A Profile of Eight Women Dwelling in the Slums of South Delhi – The jobs of women domestic workers involves washing dishes, clothes, sweeping and cleaning of floors, and in some cases, cooking and chapati-making. The wages are determined by the number of jobs a woman does in a household. Most of them belong to the rural areas and are from different States of the country, but do not feel unskilled in domestic work. The employers, being women, understand the problems of these women and help them when they can. A household job suits them well – a clean environment for work, ability to change job hours, freedom of choice of employers and ability to borrow are some of the factors which make these jobs attractive for them.
Author : Dr. Aparna Dasgupta
Pages : 87
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Alaknanda Slums: A Benchmark Study – A benchmark survey of migrant labor families in Alaknanda slums of Delhi regarding their place of origin, socio-economic and educational condition before and after migration. A school and a dispensary was also run by PIDT for the slum children following the survey. (90 Pages).
Author : Ashrab Mohammed
Pages : 90
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Towards Participation: Nepal – A study by three experts of the Small Farmers’ Development Program (SFDP) in Nepal. Since development has become synonymous with production and more production has not lead to percolation effect, development has become a dehumanizing experience. The experiment of SFDP in Nepal, conducted with the assistance of Asian Development Bank, provides an attempt to humanize a dehumanized process.
Author : Kamla Bharin, et al
Pages : 108
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Study of Availability of Fuel wood Sold as Head loads by Tribals in North Sarguja Forest Division of Sarguja District, Madhya Pradesh (now Chattisgarh) – An interesting study about fuel wood collection in North Sarguja Forest Division which reveals that the three modes of fuel collection include collection by individuals through head loads, through animal-drawn vehicles and through tractor-trailers. It was found that those who brought fuel by head loads, consumed the fuel most, while those who had to buy fuel, used it more sparingly. Fuel depots run by the forest department were of no help since the people bought only 0.5 per cent of their fuel requirement from the depots. Due to poverty and lack of purchasing power, people were reluctant to buy fuel and they preferred to collect it themselves and in case they had to buy, they bought fuel from head load carriers. Since people did not earn much through other activities, they tried to save money by bringing fuel wood to meet their needs and for sale.
Author : Dr. R. Prakash
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Marketing of Sal Seeds in Shankargarh Unit of Sarguja District, Madhya Pradesh (now Chattisgarh) – Sal, a minor forest produce in Madhya Pradesh and other States of India, is marketed by the Government through contractors on royalty payment on the basis of last three years’ production. The contracts are auctioned by the Government in a particular demarcated area. The study revealed that the labor involved in sal seed collection was heavily exploited by all concerned. They do not get even 50 per cent of the prescribed wage rate after working 10 hours a day.
Author : Dr. R. Prakash
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Indigenous Medicinal Plants and Herbs in India – Contains eight papers on propagation, preservation and recording of indigenous medicinal plants and herbs in India with the Preface by Prof. Subhachari Dasgupta on the cultural context of indigenous medicine.
Author : Ed. Prof. S. Dasgupta
Pages : 86
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Dynamics of Change in Karimuddinpur, District Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh – The inspiring report of how agricultural and allied laborers belonging to weaker sections representing different castes of villages of Barachawar block in backward Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh, divided on the basis of caste, sub-caste and clan, were united on the question of improved wages and successfully fought for their rights against the dominant sections of the society and converted into an instrument of social change. PIDT Spearhead Team Members (STM) analyzed the exploitative system in the district for the benefit of the weaker sections and united them to bring them on one platform. 10 handlooms and 20 improved charkhas (spinning wheels) were introduced under a cooperative venture started by Yuvak Sangh and Samaj Shduar Samiti.
Author : Prof. S. Dasgupta
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People’s Participation for Self-reliance and Development, Karimuddinpur (District Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh) 1978-1981 – This is a saga of how the people of Ghazipur district were made to get rid of evil practices like superstitions, outcasting for real or imagined faults, heavy expenses in marriages, drinking and pig-worshipping through extension mode and made to unite to usher in social change.
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Dynamics of Change in Paburia – Provides an account of how the Tribals of District Phulbani, Orissa were freed from the exploitation of non-tribals, Government officials, small traders and contractors and were rid of various types of evil practices. The process of change was initiated through the development of a conscious action for change which resulted in development and expansion of material base and improvement in the real income of the Tribals. In the entire effort, external inputs of finance and other services played only a marginal role. Peoples’ effort was a major instrument for change.
Author : Prof. S. Dasgupta
Pages : 59
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Action and Reaction: People’s Intervention for Social Change, Shankargarh, Madhya Pradesh (now Chattisgarh) – Contains an account of how the Tribals of Shankargarh area of Sarguja distict were united to fight against exploitation of landlords, forest and revenue officials, traders and contractors and made to fight against several evil practices.
Author : Poor. Sushanta Sing
Pages : 66
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IAVE 1st Indian National Conference, 1996, Conference Papers and Proceedings – Contains 20 papers presented at the First Indian National Conference of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) held from December 3 to 5, 1996 along with the proceedings.
Author : Ed. Dr. Aparna Dasgupta
Pages : 97
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Acculturation of the Child to Schooling: A Multi-ethnic Study – A study of children belonging to multi-racial, multi-religious communities in Madhupur sub-division of Deoghar district in Jharkhand. It deals with the acculturation of children from very poor families to schooling. Most of the children in the study were first generation learners. The schools chosen were non-formal that had a curriculum. The study used photography to explore the acculturation process thereby adding a vivid dimension and understanding to the behavior of children in one of the most educationally backward regions of India. The eagerness and innocence of the children, ready and waiting to learn, was infectious. The universality of child behavior, attitude and adaptability is what emerged from the study.
Author : Prof. S. Dasgupta and C. Indira Dasgupta.
Pages : 137
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English Without Tears (A Teachers’ Manual) – Children in Hindi or other language medium schools are often found to be weak in English. Mr. Samar Bagchi wrote a book in Bengla-English which was an effort to teach English to the beginners through made-easy playway method. This is a translation of that book into Hindi-English for children of Hindi medium schools and is meant to help English teachers in the Hindi-speaking areas.
Author :Trans. Raghunath Basak, Ed. Krishan Kumar.
Pages : 98
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Water for a Better Life – It is a case study of accomplishments under the Environment Education and Action Program (EEAP) run by PIDT in collaboration with IFCOD. Under the program, 100 Haryali Samities (Green Committees) were formed in seven panchayat areas of Madhupur block of Deoghar district in Jharkhand. 1,668 villagers were trained. Through five water harvesting structures an area of 50 acres was brought under irrigation and subsidiary occupations like fisheries and duckery were taken up by the farmers. Water for animals and domestic use was available all round the year. Awareness generation about sustainable agriculture lead to use of bio-fertilizers. People bought 22,686 saplings at their cost and planted them. A success story.
Author : C. Indira Dasgupta
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Our India – 1953: Compared With Current Statistics – Originally written by Minoo Masani, one of the greatest socio-political thinkers of modern India, the book dwells on the economic and developmental potential of India. With its vast natural resources, India was seen by him as a rich country, inhabited by poor. He and the leaders of his generation saw independence as a means of wiping tears from all eyes. Half a century later, his directions still remain illuminating and relevant. Some of the potential has been achieved (as is evident from the appendix prepared by PIDT’s research department and given at the end of the book), but much remains to be done for equitable distribution and to provide quality food, clothing, shelter, sanitation, education and the health for all. To provide an insight and rekindle the ideals and spirit which dwelled in our freedom fighters and venerable social thinkers, PIDT republished the book to inspire the students of India in the 21st century so that they may fulfil the dreams that remain.
Author : Minoo Masani
Pages : 187
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Volunteering for Humanism in the New Millennium – It is the report of the VIII IAVE Asia-Pacific Conference on ‘Volunteering for Humanism in the New Millennium’ held in New Delhi from November 4-7, 2001 and contains along with proceedings of the inaugural and valedictory sessions, four plenary and 12 parallel sessions and Conference outcomes which states that the youth should come forward, hold center-stage and take up the leadership of action for social change through volunteering.
Author : C. Indira Dasgupta and Krishan Kumar
Pages : 132
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Youth for Peace: Plurality and Equality: Social Responsibility of the Youth – It is the report of the International Conference on Peace: Plurality and Equality: Social Responsibility of the Youth held from April 7 to 10, 2003 at New Delhi in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) and Indian Association for Volunteer Effort (Iave). Besides having proceedings of inaugural, valedictory, plenary, workshop and skillshop sessions, it suggests ways and means of promoting youth volunteering first in South Asia and later in other regions of Asia-Pacific and the world.
Author : C. Indira Dasgupta and Krishan Kumar
Pages : 162
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Tash Ka Desh – Hindi translation of Bangla dance-drama ‘Tasher Desh’ written by Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. The translation was done by noted scholar Dr. (Mrs.) Aparna Dasgupta.
Author : Dr. (Mrs.) Aparna Dasgupta
Pages : 104
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Understanding Social Reality - A collective study by a group of NGO field workers into the reality of prevailing circumstances in the rural areas and dynamics of change. (78 Pages).
Author : Ed. Prof. S. Dasgupta
Pages : 78
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Ayurveda for the poor – an action research document on efficacy of herbal medicines written by Sushanta Singh, an ayurvedic practitioner at PIDT Lokshala, Jagdishpur.
Author : Poor. Sushanta Singh
Pages : 20
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Monitoring and Evaluation at PIDT – It contains procedures and formats of monitoring and evaluation of the projects run by PIDT. Also carries some evaluations of the Projects undertaken by PIDT in a number of field areas.
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Pages : 156
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Baseline Survey, Block Madhupur, District Deoghar (Jharkhand) – It attempts to prepare a status report of the rural situation as in 1993 (April-November) for planning development action and establishing interaction, communication and periodic review and evaluation of the impact of development activities initiated by PIDT in a drought-prone, laterite plateau in Santhal Pargana of Bihar (now Jharkhand). It contains baseline information on population, crafts, infrastructure, health, education, agriculture, animal husbandry and other indicators of development.
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Report of Training Program for Anganwadi Workers at Shankargarh Block of Surguja District of Chattisgarh (then Madhya Pradesh) – The training program was conducted from 19th August 1983 to 13th September, 1983.
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Action Cadres and Training – An Experience in Rajapara 1978-1982 – The Tribals of Rajapara, Assam were an exploited lot. They were at the mercy of Government officials and traders. An account of how they were made to fight against evil practices and exploitation.
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Training Program for Women Weavers’ Cooperative Societies of Sonitpur District, Assam – A compilation of reports of three training programs conducted at Sonitpur district of Assam for regeneration of women’s weavers’ cooperative societies organized by PIDT at the instance of Department of Women and Child Development, Government of India. The program was supported by USAID.
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Hamari Pehli Kitab (Bhasha) – It is a language test book prepared and published by District Resource Unit (DRU) run by PIDT Lokshala, Jagdishpur. It was meant for students of classes I and II of Non-formal Education program keeping in view the minimum level of learning. The NFE and DRU were sponsored by the Government of India.
Author : Anudeshak Nideshika
Pages : 96
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Anudeshk Nivdeshika – Handbook of instructions for NFE instructors.
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Hamari Pehli Kitab (Ganit) – It is a mathematics text book prepared and published by DRU run by PIDT Lokshala, Jagdishpur. It was meant for students of classes I and II of NFE keeping in view the minimum level of learning. The NFE and DRU were sponsored by the Government of India.
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Hamari Doosri Kitab (Ganit) – It is a mathematics text book prepared and published by DRU run by PIDT Lokshala, Jagdishpur. It was meant for students of class III of the NFE keeping in view the minimum level of learning. The NFE and DRU were sponsored by the Government of India.
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Multiligual Word Book – Prepared and published by DRU, PIDT Lokshala, Jagdishpur, this book is meant for teachers of primary classes and rural extension workers of Jharkhand. It has equivalent words in Hindi, Santhali, Khorta, Urdu, Bengali and English. The words chosen for the book are most commonly used in the State. They have been mainly derived from the primers used in the NFE program and in rural area schools.
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Nature and Life – A book of poetry written by Ms. Gitashree Mandal, a student of class X of Anandalaya coeducational English Medium Senior Secondary School run by PIDT at Jagdishpur, District Deoghar, Jharkhand in an effort to encourage a budding writer.
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An Action Research on Cultural Revival – A small booklet on food offerings in rural cultures of two Bengals during festivals.
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People’s Institute for Development & Training – A Holistic approach to Development - PIDT brochure.
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International Associaltion for Volunteer Effort
VIII IAVE Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2001
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Volunteering for Humanism in the New Milliennium(REPORT)
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Pages :130
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