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CII and IRMA sign an MoU to strengthen Cooperatives and Community-centric Economic models to promote Local and Rural Development Movement
Sep 27, 2021

Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)  to strengthen private sector engagement, jointly introduce focused interventions improve for the development of Cooperatives and Community Collectives for economic growth in the country. The MoU was signed by Dr Umakant Dash, Director, IRMA and Mr. Babu Khan, Executive Director, CII.

Under the partnership, IRMA and CII will together identify and prioritize key issues and accordingly work closely with all stakeholders including Policy Makers, Industry, Cooperatives and Communities at the State as well as at the National level. The collaboration is set within the larger vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat and is driven by the current Government motto (‘Sahkar se Samriddhi’, ‘Sab Ka Saath Sabka Vikas’, ‘Local Goes Global’) and efforts made to boost the cooperative movement in the country, as well as the Sustainable Development Goal ‘Leaving No One Behind’.

Both the institutions are of the firm belief that rural-urban re-balance and mainstreaming rural economy is critical for the country’s economic growth and overall development. Going forward, partnerships for community-centric and localized development will become the prescribed paradigm for economic growth and development. Creating geographically distributed, localized equitable models of economic development will be key for country’s overall growth.

IRMA and CII will collectively map the needs of each programme or intervention, as well as available and relevant resources for carrying it out. Basis this in-depth assessment, the two organizations will provide technical guidance to develop project plans and implement the same to achieve results for development of cooperatives and community centric models for localized economic growth.

“CII is very pleased to enter into this national partnership with IRMA. This collaboration brings together the strengths of CII network and outreach along with IRMA’s knowledge and resources to drive impactful results for overall development of cooperatives and community centric models in the country. We are also of the firm belief that businesses can play an active role to help cooperatives streamline the core business activities, systems and processes required for their growth and development. Additionally, CII’s strategic advocacy and public policy engagement will help strengthen the desired enabling ecosystem for localized development of cooperatives.” said, Mr Tarun Sawhney, Chairman CII National Council on Rural & district Economy and Vice Chairman & MD, Triveni Engineering & Industries.  

On the occasion of signing of this MoU, Dr. Umakant Dash said, “The Industry can champion the partnership model of development in light of the recent reforms that are paving the way for a more strategic outlook towards the development of collectives. Additionally, since IRMA has a long and storied history of working towards building and nurturing the cooperative movement in India, it remains committed to playing a leading role in advocating for and advancing the cooperative agenda for an equitable and inclusive society. With its continuing commitments, IRMA intends to work as a nodal academic institution for taking forward the cooperative movement in India. As we celebrate the Birth Centenary of IRMA’s Founder and the progenitor of the White Revolution in India, Dr. Verghese Kurien, we look forward to collaborating with CII in furthering this agenda and strengthening our efforts in this direction.”

About IRMA

IRMA is a premier institution of professional learning offering Management programmes with a focus on understanding real management problems and socio-economic realities of under-served communities through intensive fieldwork. IRMA is a premier, national-level Institute for Postgraduate, Fellowship and Mid-career/in-service education, research, and consulting in rural management. Founded in 1979, IRMA’s mission is to promote all-around sustainable rural development through professional management. Experienced faculty members from reputed national and international institutions collaborate to inspire and create the thinkers of tomorrow for a better world.  IRMA offers world-class infrastructure for learning at its 60-acre-green campus.

About CII

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering Industry, Government, and civil society through working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for Industry.

For more than 125 years, CII has been engaged in shaping India’s development journey and works proactively on transforming Indian Industry’s engagement in national development. The premier business association has over 9000 members, from the private as well as public sectors, and an indirect membership of over 300,000 enterprises from around 294 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.

With 62 offices, including 10 Centres of Excellence in India, and 8 overseas offices in Australia, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, UAE, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 394 counterpart organizations in 133 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian Industry and the international business community.

New Delhi & Anand (Gujarat)

27 September 2021

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