Seminar on Right to Information
The Department of Rural Development organized a seminar on Right to Information Act 2005 in the XISS Auditorium on 31 August 2006. A K Singh, Chief Coordinator, Society for Participatory Action and Reflection, Ranchi was the Resource Person for the seminar.
Seminar on HR Issues
The Department of Personnel Management organized a three day special seminar on various H R issues in the XISS Auditorium during 8-10 September 2006. Mr. K. Bhanumurthy, AGM (HRD), Bhilai Steel Plant served as the Resource Person for the seminar. He conducted interactive sessions on Six Thinking Hats, Emotional Intelligence, Business Etiquette, and Stress Management
Students of Rural Development (1st Semester) visited Hetha-Kotta in Ratu block, Anandi in Ormajhi block, and Kuli in Bero block in Ranchi district during 19-28 September 2006 under the guidance of Prof M H Ansari and Ajit Tirkey, Sanjay Verma and Abha Ekka, and Arup Sarkar and Roshni respectively. Students of 3rd Semester visited Jaratoli and sinjusereng in Namkum block and Bichna in Khunti block in Ranchi district during 19-28 September 2006 under the guidance Dr Himadri Sinha and A Ahmed, Fr Benjamin Lakra and Pratul Chandra and Dr KK Bhagat and Dr M Sahu respectively.
A select group of 1st Year PGDBM (Marketing & Finance) students participated in the Management Meet (XPRESSIONS-06) organized by Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar. The XISS team comprising Kunjan Tiwary, Rahul Sinha, Umesh Kumar Soni and Abhishek Bhowmick turned runners up in the IT quiz.
Business Management Simulation
Students of PGDBM (Marketing & Finance) organized a business management simulation on 13-14 November, 2006. Vikas Gupta and S C Tyagi of All India Management Association, New Delhi conducted a number of management games. Twenty teams comprising four students each participated in the games. Team comprising Vishal Samson, Malay, Vikram Singh and Rajesh Sharma was adjudged first while team of Ashish Agarwal, Atindra Mukherjee, Vikas Srivastava and Indranil Nayak stood second. The Consolation prize went to the team comprising of Ritu Mishra, Pragya Tripathi, Nisha and Pakhi Agarwal
An inter-class quiz was held in the department of Marketing & Finance. Amit Burman, Jagat Lal Murmu, Rajesh Kumar, Shweta, Anupam, Dhiraj Kumar and Abhishek lal were adjudged winners. The quiz was conducted by Sudhir Bharadwaj, Steven Hsiao, Rigvendra Ayush, Manisha Kindo and Mounita Dutta while Prof. Nitish Raj facilitated the programme.
Inter-class Football and Basketball Tournament
An inter-class football and basket ball tournament was held during 6-13 November 2006. Fr Dr Benjamin Lakra, Assistant Director, XISS, inaugurated the tournament. Br. Pradeep Indwar was declared best palyer in football while Ms Sangita Tirkey was adjudged best player in basket ball.
Development Resource Centre
Development Resource Centre (DRC), a Training and Capacity Building wing of Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS) organized following training programmes and workshops for the benefit of various stakeholders during 2006:
Workshop on Development monitoring plan and systems at East Singhbhoom (20-22 May 2006), Gumala (24-26 May 2006) and Dumka (29-31 May 2006).
Strategy formulation for Operationalisation and Functioning of Gram Sabha and Gender Sensitisation and Mainstreaming Training cum Workshop at XISS, Ranchi during 19-23 June 2006 and 26-30 June 2006.
Training of Jharkhand Panchayat Raj Act at XISS, Ranchi during 4-8 Jjuly 2006.
Training of Micro Planning at XISS, Ranchi during 19-23 July 2006 and 25-29 July 2006.
Workshop on role of NGOs in promotion of Local self governance and National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) at XISS, Ranchi on 1-2 August 2006.
Workshop on “Traditional Leader’s Role in the Functioning of Gram Sabhas at XISS, Ranchi on 10-11 August, 2006.
Seminar on Gram Sabha and Right to Information at XISS, Ranchi on 12 August 2006.
Training on Gram Sabha Management and Record Maintenance at XISS, Ranchi during 21-24 August 2006 and 31 August-3 September 2006.
Seminar on Women’s stake, role and participation in Gram Sabhas at XISS, Ranchi on 8 September 2006.
Training on RBM- Planning/ Project formulation at XISS, Ranchi during 11-16 September 2006.
Training on NGO Management at XISS, Ranchi during 9-13 October 2006.
Training on RBM-Monitoring at XISS, Ranchi during 6-11 November 2006.
Workshop on functioning of Gram Sabha as an autonomous body at XISS, Ranchi on 15-16 December 2006.
Programmes held under THE DAVID AND LUCIE PACKARD FOUNDAT Supported Project on Training Reproductive Health Professionals
Seminar commemorating the celebration of the world breast feeding week (1-7 Aug 06) held on 7th Aug 2006 in collaboration with BPNI Jharkhand Chapter at XISS \
(Facilitated by Dr Katyayani of BPNI Jharkhand)
Seminar on “Population Myths and Facts” on 14th Nov 2006 in collaboration with Population foundation of India at XISS Ranchi
(Facilitated by Dr Sanjit Nayak and Ms Sudipta of PFI Delhi)
Special input sessions on Safe Motherhood, ARSH, HIV/ AIDS to the first year students of Rural development session 06-08
( facilitated by Debashish Chakravorty , Youth Coordinator CARE Ranchi)
Seminar on WORLD AIDS DAY as part of urban field exposure on Dec 1 2006
( Sri PN Singh Director SRC Jharkhand was the chief guest on the occasion)
Seminar on NRHM and RCH II held on 8th Nov 2006 ( facilitated by Dr Suranjeen Prasad of CINI Ranchi)
Research and Planning
As part of the study on Local Governance in select states in India, sponsored by International Fund for Agriculture Development, Dr. Alex Ekka, Head of Research and Planning, has submitted the report for Jharkhand. The study was conducted both at IFAD assisted villages in Arki Block of Ranchi District and at non-IFAD assisted villages in Dumri Block of Gumla District of Jharkhand. The study indicates that despite the long history of tribal self-governance in Jharkhand, today it is unable to deliver the goods in terms of people’s participation in the governance of the village, management of resources and effective dispute resolution.
Livelihood Reconstruction through Sustainable Agriculture Practices
Prof Himadri Sinha has undertaken an economic development project for the Kui tribe in Kalahandi district of Orissa in association with Corporate Social Responsibility department of Vedanta Aluminium Limited. Kui tribe is living between life and death with rain-fed single cropping system without any significant secondary livelihood. The Project aims at enhancing the annual household income of poor tribal of Lanjgarh Block by 300% in three years time by ensuring year round livelihood through sustainable agricultural practices, cultivation of medicinal plants and processing and marketing of NTFP. Project emphasizes on using organic manuring and bio control of pest in phase wise manner. Project also discourages use of ground water and promotes judicious use of surface water for irrigation.
During June to October 2006, as a pilot effort, the project has assisted nearly 150 households to grow vegetables and other cash crop besides growing their traditional paddy crop in nearly 150 acres of land. An extraordinary success was achieved in nearly 70% cultivated land. Farmers have earned an average net profit of Rs. 10,551 per acre from one crop with benefit cost ratio 5.1: 1. This has generated much enthusiasm among villagers. For winter season around 300 farmers have come forward to use the technology to grow crops in around 220 acres of land.
NEED Assessment Study for Farakka NTPC
Mr. S. R. Irfan, Mr. Arvind Dey, Mr. Mrityunjay Ray, and Mr. Herman Ekka have completed a need assessment study for 150 villages to be adopted by NTPC Farakka under their CSR programme.