Academics and rural development: lessons from the Dharampur project
Vyas, V. S.
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There is a growing demand on the educational institutions to contribute to the development process, particularly in the rural areas. The academicians have responded to this demand in a favorable manner. In the IIMA a faculty group is working on an action research programme titled 'Rural Development for Rural Poor'. The experiences of this project have brought in relief the comparative advantages and handicaps of academics as 'activists'. Acceptability by bureaucrats and public at large, objective and independent approach to problems, freshness of outlook and approach in resolving issues, possibility of building bridges between different institutions, and capability of mobilizing young and enthusiastic support, constitute favorable features of an action programme that is sponsored by the academics. At the same time the academics have serious handicaps.
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