Anand, Apr 16 UNI | 3 months ago

Social activist and Magasasay Award winner Aruna Roy today appealed to the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) students to carry with them theoretical proficiency for dealing with the development of rural India.

"As graduates from a management school you carry with you theoretical proficiency for dealing with the development of rural India. This includes transfer of knowledge, skills and resultant action and its monitoring," Ms Roy said addressing the IRMA's 33rd Annual Convocation.

The founder of Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangthan said the IRMA has relevance to her work of the last 40 years.

Deep Joshi, chairman of IRMA, exhorted the graduating students to 'fly out with their new wings'.

Prof Jeemol Unni, director of IRMA, said this year has been the first year of implementation of the IRMA Five Year Plan, which envisaged the expansion of the institute's flagship programme, the post-graduate programme in Rural Management, infrastructure expansion, and re-dedicate itself as an institution of knowledge creation and dissemination.

A total of 119 PRM (Post Graduate Programme in Rural Management) and six FPRM (Fellow Programme in Rural Management) participants graduated this year.

Nibedita Deb, who had topped her batch of PRM 33, was awarded the prestigious Kuchibhotla Vasanthi Gold Medal.

Ms Roy yesterday had launched IRMA's web portal, the Grameen Gyan Kosh.

The Grameen Gyan Kosh (GGK) was an initiative on the part of the IRMA aimed at purveying a wide range of issues pertaining to rural life.

(Posted on 16-04-2014)