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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Registrations Open for PRIA Education Developmental Management, Distance Learning Courses

Providing Professional Education in Social and Human Development
PRIA Continuing Education (PCE) has provided benefits to professionals in their career learning  as through this international center for learning and promotion of participation and governance, for transferring its experience, knowledge and learning of over 25 years. This vast pool of knowledge and learning has been synthesized and packaged into distance educationprogrammes being leveraged by many for developmental management.    
Overview of Courses starting 1st April 2009:
Duration: 3 months
Eligibility: Bachelor's Degree
Nature:  Certificate Programmes in Distance Mode
Key Features:
(a) National & International subject experts;    
(b) Internet-based interactive discussion forums;
(c) Evaluation on the basis of written assignments;
(d) Self-explanatory course material

Certificate Courses ( April 1. 2009 to June 30, 2009)
 1.International Perspectives in Participatory Research (English)
(Joint Certification of University of Victoria, Canada and PRIA)
This programme is an introduction to the practice and theory of community-based participatory research from the global perspective. The emphasis is on participatory research , community action and community transformation. Examples are drawn from international case studies. Issues of partnership, degrees of participation, and guidelines for practice are featured along with innovative ways of creating and representing knowledge in a community-based context. Completion of this programme will enable learners to design and conduct participatory research projects in their own communities
 2.Occupational Health and Safety(English)
In collaborative partnership with CIS (Unit of International Labour Organisation)
Management of health and safety in the workplace is not a legal and moral obligation; it also makes good business sense. Attention to safety and employee welfare issues can yield valuable returns in improving employee morale, reducing absenteeism and maintaining productivity, while cutting costs arising from accidents and compensations thereof. Health and safety is often regarded as being separate from other workplace issues. As health and safety laws often involve technical issues, laypersons feel that only experts can deal with such matters.
 3.Civil Society Building (English)
Strengthening civil society as a sector is essential for democracy and for ensuring human development, well-being and equality. Members in a strong civil society will exhibit commitment to freedom and equality, to democracy, participation and mutual recognition of rights, vis a vis state, market and internal functioning. Responding to the above need, PRIA is launching the current course, in a distance education mode, for development organisations and actors engaged with or interested in working with civil society actors and associations.
 4.Understanding Gender in Society (English/Hindi)
Lessons in the development sector have increasingly begun to relate gender in connection with other basis of differentiation in society based on religion, caste, class, sexual orientation, age or sex, which come into existence but are always subject to change.With that come the conclusion that gender is a cross cutting theme which cuts across all religions, ethnicity, sex, age, class and caste barriers placed by society.
 5.International Perspectives in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (English)
(Joint Certification of University of Victoria, Canada and PRIA)
The process of critical reflection and analysis is an integral component of one's existence. For those involved in the enterprise of development and social change the process of monitoring and evaluation (M&E)however has become more sytematised. In recent years concerns regarding effective management and result orientation of the diverse range of programmes and projects is on the rise..It is being recognised that active participation of the primary stakeholder i.e. the community or the beneficiaries of the project, in the process of monitoring and evaluation can address some of these concerns effectively. The process of PME also is important for organisational strengthening and institutional learning of diverse range of organisations.PME approaches have also entered the arena of governance, assisting in ensuring accountability of the institutions of State and Market to the citizens.
 6.Panchayati Raj Institutions in India(Local self Governance) (English/Hindi)
The 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act of 1993 envisioned a vibrant Panchayati Raj system, responsive to the needs and aspirations of the local community, where informed and inclusive participation of all citizens, cutting across caste, class and gender, in the planning and administration ensured accountability of the system to the local community. In actual practice, however, many impediments still exist which affect the functioning of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs). The top down model of development as practiced by state over the years has systematically undermined people's capacity to govern themselves. The marginalised identities of women, dalits & tribals have often limited their capacities to articulate and act upon their claims and concerns. Educational intervention with village community, elected members and the government functionaries to strengthen PRI, therefore, becomes very important. PRIA's experience of 25 years in the area of Governance indicates that strengthening the PRIs and empowering the PRI members is a responsible task. Professionals, without the in-depth understanding of Panchayati Raj system of governance, may actually impede the functioning of PRIs as institutions of self-governance.
 7.International Dimensions of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning (English)
(Joint Certification of University of Victoria, Canada and PRIA)
Adult Education is both a field of practice and a field of study (discipline within social sciences with its own body of knowledge derived from research and critical reflection). Both the academic and non-academic agencies are engaged, to varying degrees, in providing some form of training to trainers either for its members or wider community or both. International organisations and donors are involved in policy dialogue about adult education and literacy. They mobilise and transfer resources; and share global experiences. Such agencies also need to be strengthened for supporting and promoting regional and sub-regional networking in the area of adult education. Adult education and lifelong learning is, therefore, a specialised task.
•The course fee is Rs. 5000/ - for applicants in India and 250 US$ for applicants outside India payable in
one installment.
Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka - The fee is INR 6000/-.
Eligibility: All the above certificate programmes invite applications from Indian as well as International students. The minimum required qualification is Bachelor's degree in any subject.
Mode of Delivery: The Certificate programmes are offered in a distance mode, making learning accessible through part time study, outside working hours. Distance delivery includes print materials, audio-visual CDs, guest faculty and immediate and engaged communication through bulletin board.
 Duration: Each certificate programme is of 3 months duration and the session starts from 1st April to 30th June 2009.
Medium of Instruction: The programmes will be delivered in English (PRI & Gender are in Hindi also) .
Credits and evaluation: All the certificate programmes are of 8-credits and involve 240 hours of study. Evaluation will be based on written assignments in the form of reflection paper, and project work/Project Proposal.
Payment of Fee: The fee is to be paid in Demand Draft drawn in favor of " Society for Participatory Research in Asia", payable in New Delhi.
The fee can also be transferred The details of the Bank are:
Name of the Account Holder :  Society for Participatory Research In Asia,
Name of the Bank                 :  American Express Bank Ltd.,
Address of the Bank             : Hamilton House , Block A, Connaught Place, New Delhi - 110001
Account No                           : 320136794
Swift Code No                      : AEIBINDX

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: The last date for registration is Monday, March 10, 2009 (first come first serve basis). Registration forms may be downloaded from the website, or e-mail to obtain the same.

Team involved in course development and delivery

-        Alkazi, Feisal, Education Consultant, Creative Learning for Change, New Delhi.
-        Ara Shabeen, (Dr.), Asst.Manager, PRIA, New Delhi.
-        Ball, Colin , Former Director, The Commonwealth Foundation, UK.
-        Bandyopadhyay, Kaustuv Kanti (Dr.), Director,  PRIA.
-        Bhatt,Nandita, Programme Officer, PRIA Continuing Education, New Delhi.
-        Brown, David. L. (Dr.), Director, International Programs, Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard University.
-        Clover, Darlene E (Dr.), Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, Canada.
-        Dale, Priyanka, Sr. Programme Officer, PRIA, New Delhi.
-        Dass Purvi, Sr.Manager, PRIA, New Delhi.
-        Dragne, Cornelia, University of Victoria, Canada.
-        Dwivedi, Shailendra, (Dr.), Fellow, PRIA Continuing Education, New Delhi.
-       Dwivedi Anju, Sr.Manager, Procurement  & Contract Monitoring Unit, PRIA, New Delhi.
-        Etmanski, Catherine (Dr.), Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, Canada.
-        Farrell,Martha, Director, PRIA,  New Delhi.
-        Geri Rowlatt, University of Victoria, Canada.
-        Hall, Budd, (Dr.), Director, Office of Community Based Research, University of Victoria, Canada.
-        Hood, Robin J., University of Victoria, Canada
-        Jain, Priti, Education Consultant, Creative Learning for Change, New Delhi.
-        Jaitli,Harsh, Director, PRIA  New Delhi.
-        Jaitli, Namrata, Sr.Manager, PRIA,  New Delhi.
-        Jain, S.P (Dr.), Former Director, National Institute of Rural Development, Andhra Pradesh.
-        Jena.T.K, (Dr.), Professor, School of Health Sciences, IGNOU, New Delhi.
-        Pant, Mandakini (Dr.), Fellow, PRIA, New Delhi.
-        Patrick, Ian, (Dr.), Principal Capacity Building Specialist at INTRAC, Oxford, UK.
-        Rai, Manoj, Director,  PRIA, New Delhi.
-        Sinha, B.K (Dr.), Executive Director, CENCORD, Bihar.
-        Saiyed, H.N. (Dr.), Director (Rtd.), National Institute of Occupational Health, Gujarat.
-        Tandon, Rajesh, (Dr.), President, PRIA, New Delhi.

Contact details:

Ms. Martha Farrell
PRIA Continuing Education
42, Tughlakabad Institutional Area
New Delhi -110062 India
Ph: (011) 2995 608, 2996 0931/32/33
Fax: (011) 2995 5183
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