MSSRF's GGA (Grameen Gyan Abhiyan) Rural Knowledge Movement Seventh Convention
MSSRF organized the 7th Convention of GGA (Grameen Gyan Abhiyan) – Rural Knowledge Movement (Mission 2007: Every Village a Knowledge Centre). The theme was: Information Communication Technology and Food, Health and Livelihood Security in an Era of Climate Change and it was held from 27th to 28th November 2010. The purpose of the convention was to discuss and decide the best ways of addressing the UN Millennium Development Goals in the collaboration mode in 127 agro-climatic sub-zones, identified by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research based on cropping systems and weather patterns of the country. During 2003-2007, the GGA network mainly focused on policy recommendations related to initiatives of knowledge connectivity. Now the players are looking for effectively using the ICT-tools in different thematic areas such as agriculture, animal husbandry, health, fisheries, education, micro-enterprises, etc. instead of focusing more on only ICT-based jobs. Apart from this, many rural ICT-centre operators (Village Resource Centres, Village Knowledge Centres, Community Service Centres, Information Kiosks, etc.) have expressed for the training needs in the area of technical skills (hardware and software for first level troubleshooting, innovation, newer technology and connectivity, etc.), soft skills (eg. communication, negotiation and leadership for networking, community mobilization, conflict resolution and problem solving, decision making, etc.), business skills (eg. Product and services identification, business continuity, price sensitivity analysis, etc.), functional skills (eg. human resources, marketing, basic accounting, project management, financial and human resource training and content management, etc.) and fundamental skills (eg. knowledge and awareness of development issues, sensitivity to gender, caste and community issues). The convention also would like to know about the various new initiatives in the area of mobile applications, showcasing various rural applications, various state governments’ initiatives in the area of ICT policy particularly to address the rural developmental issues, open discussion in the area of content and capacity building needs for various ICT-centres. Additional pictures can be seen at: http://www.mssrfnva.in/NVA-JTTS/Grameen-Gyan-Abhiyan-Rural/7th-convention-of-Grameen-Gyan/15093963_DDXTv/ Photographs by MSSRF photographer.Read More
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