Localizing Sustainable Development Goals
In order to improve and build the ability of Panchayati Raj Institutions across the nation, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) and the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) in Gujarat are collaborating. It also intends to create a framework for cooperation between MoPR and IRMA in the field of planning for localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (LSDGs) through Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).
In order to identify gaps in the model Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) formulation and potential solutions to fill them, MoPR and IRMA would collaborate on this using the channel provided by the MoU.
An MoU will be signed that outlines how MoPR and IRMA will work together to convey the nine LSDG themes to the people by connecting with GPDP. The MoU aims to make the most of the Village Fieldwork Segment (VFS), which actively engages IRMA students in a variety of rural management tasks, broadening their learning and exposure to the rural economy, society, and polity as well as the issues that affect rural communities.
The village fieldwork component makes participants aware of rural realities, includes them in those realities, and aids in the creation of their thorough village development reports (VDR).
Sustainable Development Goals
According to the MoU, IRMA will contribute to MoPR as needed for the policy interventions in LSDGs and other PRI-related issues by drawing on the field experience gained by their students and interns.
Sunil Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, will give a keynote address at the MoU signing ceremony at IRMA in Gujarat, and Smt. Rekha Yadav, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, will share an overview of Localization of SDGs on Convergence with Different Stakeholders. The relationship between MoPR and IRMA will be discussed by Dr. Umakant Dash, Director of IRMA.
Prof. Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan, Chair, Village Fieldwork Segment, IRMA, and Prof. Aashish Singh will present IRMA’s strategy of integrating PGDM students in Gram Panchayats for providing handholding support to Young Fellows of MoPR and preparing Thematic GPDP during the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) and Institute of Rural Management Anand.
A presentation on Reflections on the Continuous Commitment of IRMA to Develop Programmes that Involve Rural Communities and to Develop Sustainable Models to Transform the Economy and Livelihoods Scenario of India will be given by Prof. Vivek Pandey and Prof. Satyendra C Pandey. On this occasion, there will also be interaction with PGDM students and faculty to gain their perspective on the engagement, with an emphasis on the LSDGs and GPDP in particular.