TEZPUR, Dec 19 - With an objective of developing an action plan and agenda for rolling out training on leadership with the elected representatives, the Centre for Public Policy and Governance (CPPG) of Tezpur University in collaboration with the State Institute of Panchayat and Rural Development (SIPRD), and UNICEF Assam, organised a three-day Training of Trainers (ToT), on Leadership which came to an end on Wednesday. Inaugurating the three-day event, Pabitra Kalita, Joint Director of Training, State Institute of Panchayat and Rural Development, Assam, highlighted the objectives of the programme, that is training of master trainers, who will further capacitate elected panchayat representatives as sector-specific enablers in Animal Husbandry, Forestation, Agricultural and Horticultural Practices, Agricultural Produce, Marketing, etc.
In his speech, he also emphasised on the commitment of devising an action plan to hold a workshop in order to create vibrant panchayats, thereby reaching 26,000 Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) members by 2024. �A collective effort must be made to ignite the leadership competencies of the elected representatives to act as catalysts of change,� Kalita observed.
Guest of honour Dr Madhulika Jonathan, Chief, UNICEF Field Office, Assam, emphasised on how one can move towards more women and children-centric discussions and planning to be included in gram panchayat development plan campaign.
Referring to National Family Health Survey-5 data, she stated that Assam has shown improvement in indicators such as immunisation and institutional delivery, but deterioration in other indicators such as malnutrition and child marriage is a worry. She stated that change has taken place and there is a need to work towards holistic development of children.
Earlier in his keynote address, Dr Rajeev Kumar Doley, Director of Centre for Inclusive Development of Tezpur University emphasised the concept of leadership and how the tenets of leadership are required in every walk of life.
He spoke about visionary and strategic leadership, specifically in developing grassroot-level planning by emphasising on the 5 Ps � People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership � of Sustainable Development Goals and the need to work at the community level to achieve them.
The event was attended by faculty members of SIPRD, extension training centres and resource persons from all the districts with panchayat institutions in Assam. The event included sessions on building leadership competencies, enhancing women�s active participation in panchayat planning and leadership qualities in thematic areas such as child protection, social protection, water and sanitation.