Patna, Sept. 13: The state is all set to get its maiden rural management institution.
Christened Institute of Rural Management Bihar (IRMB), it would be set up on the lines of the Institute of Rural Management Anand (Irma) — credited with introducing the study of rural management in India. The state rural development department on September 11 notified the constitution of a joint core committee to work out the details for setting up the institution.
The institution would be functional from the next academic session (2014-15), reads the rural development department notification. It also contains the names of the committee members and the works it would carry out for realising the goal of setting up a premier rural management institution in the state.
To ensure that the best brains work out the details of the institution, a former Irma director and two of its existing faculty members (see chart) have been included in the committee that would finalise the details for setting up the institution and its functioning.
Set up in 1979 with a view to managing organisations working in the rural sector professionally and creating a pool of knowledge in the field of rural management, the Irma is considered to be the best in the country when it comes to imparting education in rural management and generating the best talents in the field through a methodical mix of study and field exposure.
Some of the works the core committee have been mandated to execute include formulation of comprehensive roadmap for establishing IRMB, charting out comprehensive contractual arrangements with the Irma in establishing the institution, and to manage the programmes during the first five years.
Bihar Rural Livelihood Promotion Society, working for organising rural people in self-help groups and engaging them in productive works through resource mobilisation, would provide initial budgetary and secretarial support to the committee. The society is better known as Jeevika.
“Setting up such an institution was part of the document on good governance prepared by our government. Discussions with the Irma started around three months ago for setting up the IRBM. The formal notification for the core committee was done after the chief minister gave his consent to the proposal,” rural development minister Nitish Mishra told The Telegraph today.
He said the presence of such an institution in the state would be of great help in executing several government schemes, including Jeevika, MGNREGA and Indira Awas Yojana.
Mishra said the IRBM would come up in Patna. It might function from a makeshift campus till its own abode comes up.
Praising the state government’s initiative, Ashim Lal Chakraborty, an assistant professor of department of applied economics and commerce in Patna University, said: “The presence of such an institution would be a big step in the direction of tapping the potentiality of rural economy of Bihar.”
Even today, more than 85 per cent of the state’s 10.38 crore population reside in rural areas.
Students are also happy with the development. “Bihar students go to other states to pursue quality education in rural management. Something like Irma would be a big boon for us,” said Pratyush Ranjan, who is preparing for management entrance examinations.
Members of the joint core committee formed to finalise the structure of Institute of Rural Management Bihar:
• Anup Mukerji, former chief secretary of Bihar
• Tushaar Shah, former director of IRMA
• K.V. Raju, faculty member, IRMA
• H.K. Mishra, faculty member, IRMA
• Amrit Lal Meena, secretary, rural development
• Arvind Kumar Chaudhary, CEO-cum-state mission director, Jeevika