A training programme aimed at igniting the co-operative movement on the campus was organised by NCUI in collaboration with Udaybhansinhji Regional Institute of Cooperative Management, Gandhinagar last week in Ahmedabad. Kendriya Vidyalaya School teachers counting more than 50 from the Ahmedabad Region participated in the programme.
On the first day of the programme, lectures were given on topics related to basic concept of cooperatives, their principles, values, ways in which cooperatives are different from corporates, success stories in cooperatives, functioning of cooperatives in schools/colleges and universities, etc.
A particular focus was given on the ways in which the students can show interest in cooperatives as a career. On the second day of the programme, the participants were taken for a field visit to Amul, and Charottar Gas Cooperative Society.
The participants appreciated the work of these successful cooperatives, and had their doubts resolved regarding their functioning. They were overwhelmed to see the Corporate-style functioning of Amul, claimed a press release from NCUI.
The teachers were equally impressed when they saw how women members of the co-operative handled customers at gas station at Charottar Gas Cooperative. They marveled at women members’ skill-sets.
J. Prasad, Dy Commissioner (I/C).KVS, Ahmedabad Region was present during the valedictory session. The feedback of the programme was quite satisfactory, notes a press release from NCUI.
The participants suggested that 3-4 day programmes may be organized, and workshops may be organized for the Principals of Kendriya Vidyalaya schools too so that the top school management functionaries may be sensitized to the importance of cooperatives.
It was emphasized that the teachers should encourage students to take up project works in cooperatives. Sanjay Verma, Dy Director, Coop Connect, NCUI coordinated the programme.