Introduction and Significance
The quality of local governance is directly related to the performance of grassroots level Panchayat functionaries. Therefore there is a great need for improving the quality of training for the Panchayati Raj Functionaries in the country. The National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR), Hyderabad is tasked to work out innovative strategies to achieve the task. To lend dynamism, to the national efforts of “Transforming India”, the NIRDPR in association with Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR), has launched a significant project to strengthen PRIs through, ‘Continuous training and e-enablement’.
One of the components of this programme is to test and certify about 100 National Level Master Resource Persons identified by the respective State Institute for Rural Developments (SIRDs). The State Level Master Resource Persons with proficiency in English, Hindi or local languages, with competency in training methodology, and having training experience in Panchayati Raj and Rural Development will be attached to NIRDPR. They will play a key role in implementing need-based and cost-effective training for the Panchayati Raj functionaries.
The Training of Trainers (ToT) will orient and assess State Master Resource Persons on Training Modules for PR functionaries, followed by assessment and certification. In this regard the following 12 Modules have been designed for certification of the State Level Master Resource Persons :
- Democracy and Governance
- Mauris Tincidunt proin dictum
- Porta odio id semper magna
- Panchayat Management
- Financial Management
- Participatory Planning
- Leadership Development & Management
- Sectoral Schemes – EconomicSectoral Schemes – Social
- Gender and Governance
- Inclusion and Empowerment
- Governance in 5th Schedule Areas
- Governance in 6th Schedule Areas
The Certification process focuses on testing and verifying the subject knowledge and training skills. When large numbers of guest speakers are around, it becomes difficult for the training institutions to decide whom to invite. Certifications help the training institutions to choose the right people for the right job. The intent of certification is to inform the public that these State Level Master Resource Persons have demonstrated a particular degree of knowledge and skills. Professional certification establishes credibility and enhances public image.