Dimapur, October 21: The Naga Scholars’ Association (NSA) organized a special talk on “Sustainable community development: Giving back to communities” on October 19 at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) by Prof. Murari Suvedi, Michigan State University, USA. The lecture was chaired by Prof. PVK Sasidhar, School of Extension and Development Studies, IGNOU.
Prof. Murari Suvedi shared his action research work on community development in a mountain community in Nepal. He illustrated the participatory process followed in identifying community needs and shared how the development work was carried out with strong engagement of the people in the community. He also articulated the pluralistic approach to the timely delivery of services. Although he lives in the USA, he sensed the disparity at his native village which put burden in his heart for which he decided to give back to his community.
The essence of Prof. Murari’s presentation was based on the fundamental question of asking what we owe to each other and how we can give back to our own communities, especially the least advantaged, through effective community participation for sustainable development, said a NSA release.
Prof. PVK Sasidhar, SOEDS, IGNOU challenged the audience as to whether we can help and pay back to our communities through the principle of engagement and participation to address issues of health and sanitation, education, agriculture and clean drinking water that especially caters to the needs of our children and women.
The special talk was followed by discussions, questions and answers session.
The rapportuer of the session was Dr Phuireingam Hongchui, PhD scholar in JNU.
(Page News Service)