Anand: Gujarat): The Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) is keen to carry research projects in Kashmir, even facilitating its research professionals to take up studies in Kashmir.
Malashri Mannari, PRO with the institute while interacting with Kashmir based journalists during a recent tour led by Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt of India, said that the aim of IRMA, one of the premier and unique institution of rural management, has been to generate human resource for professional management of rural development across India.
IRMA is India`s leading school in rural management committed to acting as the catalyst and facilitator of rural prosperity. The institute, as per its PRO, educates those inspired to work with organisations serving the rural sector and engaging directly with rural communities.
Malashri said that the institute is already taking research across the rural spectrum of India and it even sends its students to carry research in Naxal infested areas.
She said that research carried by IRMA is diverse than carried out by other institutes and it is mandatory for a researcher to spend at least six months in rural area while conducting his research.
She said that the institute has been associated with co-operatives, non-government organisations, government development agencies, international development organisations and other funding agencies for promoting new farmer cooperatives to improve their success rate, besides helping develop rural oriented policies.
She said that Kashmir could be a vital area for research as there is need to study its agriculture as well as horticulture sectors.
Assistant director, PIB Srinagar, Ghulam Abass, who was leading the media group, said that given distress witnessed in agrarian economy, the institute could help in evolving a better model for developing strong cooperative models in Jammu and Kashmir; “thus help the rural based economy”.
He said that development of a robust and self-sustained cooperative model is still missing in JK and the institute could also study some of the existing models there.
Malashri said that several of the problems for failure of rural cooperatives have been similar in many states across India.
She acknowledged that corruption, bureaucratic lethargy, lack of market orientation policies have led to failure of cooperatives across India. “But research and human resource support from the institute has helped many cooperative to become vibrant again,” she added.
She said that institute pass-outs from the institute have 100 percent placements and students from Kashmir should also opt for this institute.
She further said that focus of the institute is to select students who are willing to work in the rural field having passed the Common Admission Test (CAT) exam.
IRMA admits candidates for Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PRM) and Fellow Programme in Rural Management (FPRM).