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First Step Towards Enhancing Skill: CSPro, Data Entry Application

It has been three months in Charutar Arogya mandal, Anand (Gujarat). Before entreating to my work life from student life I had many plans but Once I joined the organization I forgot all my plans as I engaged in day to day activities. Research is one of my interest area even though I do not have competency in research. I learn basics of social science research in Tata -Dhan Adcademy an this was the time where I was searching similar type of work which matches to my interest area.

I joined Extension Programmes Department in Charutar Arogya Mandal, Anand (Gujarat). Extension Programmes Department is working with 27 villages of Anand and Kheda districts. I got responsibility for demographic and non-communicable disease survey in 27 villages. Total estimated population of 27 villages is 2 lakh and estimated households are 40 thousands. This is one of important and big project for me. With the help of my team I have developed interview schedule and translate it in Gujarati language. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Academic Writing, Experience, Research Methods for Developmnent

Kerala: An Effective Model of Local Self Governance

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I have exposure of ten states of India including kerala. Kerala has some historical importance in Indian politics. After independence Communist party of India has its strong feet in this state. I got opportunity to see the effectiveness of local governance in Kerala. In Tata-Dhan Academy I have a course Legal Environment for Development which is facilitated by Mr. Jankiraman. He facilitated us to go Wyanad district of Kerala where I saw Panchayat office which was like a corporate office. The next interesting thing was enterprises of self-help groups which has been facilitated by local governance. A next interesting thing was process of social audit. I have come across this term many times but I have not seen the live process of social audit. Here is detail information of  Kerela visit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Economics with Development Perspective : Need of Development Professionals

To understand the behavior of various stakeholders for the benefit of the poor people

“If restless is not there, God is there to take care. My role is to facilitate you; sometimes I can scold you, if you are with me. I cannot teach you everything in 28 session but I can sensitize you to explore more and more. If this restless will come to you, my role is over” These are the words which forward me to know why I should study macroeconomics. These are said by my economics faculty Dr. Damodar Jena. The question always arises in my mind what is the importance of economics?  When I was exposed to microeconomics in my first term one credit course, I was not sure that these difficult subjects are going to be helpful in my professional life. In second term and I studied macroeconomics but this is totally different from other management colleges. I exposed to macroeconomics with development perspective. This is a great achievement for me that I can relate my future work place to macroeconomics. When I will be a development professional, my confidence level would be high because I will be able to work for the benefit of our people (poor people). Being as a development professional it is necessary to know macroeconomics to understand the economic behavior of various stakeholders for the benefit of the poor people. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Academic Writing, Experience

Here are glimpse of Holi celebration in TDA. I experienced the extent of involvement. Read the rest of the story to see some interesting pictures.

Tata-Dhan Academy: PDM

By Shanti Gupta

Tata-Dhan Academy is an institute which provides opportunities for students to visualize their professional life as development managers. But the lessons we learn don’t all come from the classroom or the field–sometimes, even a traditional celebration helps bring new perspectives for the development professional.

India culture and heritage is incredibly rich. At the Academy, the students in PDM 11 and 12 represent both northern and southern states, providing an opportunity to experience and learn more about this rich culture. For example, in the northern states, Holi, a festival of colours, is widely celebrated. Last year, with PDM 10, we had a good celebration, and building on this, we decided to celebrate with some value addition. This year, for example, we did Holika Dahan and an ethnic lunch.

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Filed under: Experience, Journey in Academy, Social Development

Preparation as Facilitator…

In  Programme in Development Management  (PDM ) , Tata-Dhan Academy offers a one credit course MODE half in term 3 and half in term 4. In Tata-Dhan Academy  this is one of the challenging course because of  two reasons, (1) Vasi sir is faculty,(2) student facilitates the class in term 4. This facilitation is not for name sake, really students need to gone through the preparation before coming to class. I also though that it is going to be hard time for me also but I really enjoy the preparation part and after preparation the facilitation process in class. I really got skill to facilitate the class.

I have chosen topic ‘ How to write concept note’ and really I worked hard to find out the best materials for students and other materials (small cases)  to enhance the learning process in class. Here I am sharing the process which I have gone through for effective facilitation in class.  I prepared all documents under the  guidance of my course faculty Vasi sir. Before going to the class a facilitator should prepare, (1) lesson plan for class, (2) teaching note for students and (3) resource materials.  Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Academic Writing, Experience, Specialized Writing

Festival of Colours, Holi: A Message of Love, Unity and Equality

I had celebrated Holi in my home town Kanpur with my family, relatives and friends. Generally I enjoyed with my friends one this particular day. After celebration I forgot everything because it is only a celebration for me. This year I got a chance to celebrate this auspicious occasion in Tata-Dhan Academy.
We all student (PDM 11 and 10) planned to celebrate this festival with our academy people including some village people who are working in academy. We planned to organise with our faculty and hostel warden.
On Friday dated March 18, 2011 we started our preparation because we wanted to prepare some special cultural dishes of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Before Saturday we prepare Ghujihya and Dhahi Bada. on morning March 19, 2011 at 6:30 we all students came outside and wished Holi to each other. After wishing process I amazed to see the dump full of water. Our senior had made this dump to play Holi. Read the rest of this entry »

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Towards a New Life

I have now spent four months with Tata-Dhan Academy. During this time, I got a number of opportunities to learn new things in formal classes as well as in “informal” classes. This is the first time I learned a new way of study. The curriculum of the Academy has given me many opportunities to learn from every second that I am spending here. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Academic Writing, Experience