Building capacities of development professionals within and outside BAIF and village level community members is a major thrust of the Dr. Manibhai Desai Management Training Centre (MDMTC). This is being carried out through innovative training programmes, workshops and seminars by a team of multi-disciplinary professionals and trainers of BAIF.
CRS is a recognised Study Centre of the YCMOU for various Agriculture-related courses. 80 training programmes were conducted for 1122 participants comprising of farmers, field extension staff, scientists, unemployed youth, women SHGs and students on Embryo Transfer Technology, Sericulture, Watershed Development, Biofertiliser, Improved Agriculture, CAPACITY BUILDING Building capacities of development professionals within and outside BAIF and village level community members is a major thrust of the Dr. Manibhai Desai Management Training Centre (MDMTC). This is being carried out through innovative training programmes, workshops and seminars by a team of multi-disciplinary professionals and trainers of BAIF. Horticulture, Nursery raising, Vermicompost, Mushroom and People's Organisations.

Training was also imparted to dairy development officers of the Government of Afghanistan. An orientation on rural development was organised for a team of agricultural experts from North Korea.

Udyam, a centre for vocational training has been launched at Urulikanchan and Jawhar with the support from Larsen and Toubro Public Charitable Trust, Mumbai for imparting skill-based livelihood training for rural youth in Masonry, Barbending activities and other skill-oriented activities. 26 rural youth who completed training are selfemployed. Similarly, at Jawhar, 24 tribal girls acquired training in tailoring and 24 women in organic farming.

BAIF has been recognised as a Study Centre by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi for Diploma in Watershed Management and Certificate in Water Harvesting and Management, where the first batch has successfully completed the course. Water Resource Management Courses

In Dangs district, under the certificate course for traditional health practitioners promoted by IGNOU, a baseline survey has been conducted and more than 500 practitioners and traditional birth attendants have been identified for the course.
Training programmes were also organised for health volunteers of World Vision and other NGOs on health, hygiene and malnutrition and for officials of the Agricultural Department.

Orientation programmes on renewable energy and water resources management were organised for bankers and NGO representatives in collaboration with NRMC and NABARD.

Series of in-house trainings were conducted for capacity building and leadership development.

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Career guidance training was organised for students of Standard X to enlighten them about various options of higher education and career paths. 622 students from 16 ashram schools were benefitted. Environment Education with special focus on eco-system is being implemented in 5 selected Ashram Schools. Audio-visual communication material such as posters on kitchen garden, clean kitchen and anaemia and manuals and posters on safe drinking water were developed and provided to selected schools to link curriculum with field activities.
The empowerment of socio economically disadvantaged women under the Yashaswini Project, has led to assured source of livelihood. During the year, a comprehensive course on livelihood and life skills training was organised for 17 women. Additional short-duration course on livelihood skills was organised for 19 women and another short-duration course on community development was organised for 24 women, thereby empowering 60 Yashaswini women during the year.
BAIF in partnership with S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai, launched the Post Graduate Certificate Course on Development Management, enrolled with 21 Development Professionals. This tri-semester course is developing a second line of leadership for NGOs by imparting managerial training to development workers.

The second batch of the SPARK Fellowship Programme comprises of 12 graduates engaged in multidisciplinary programmes in Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Gujarat.

The State Bank of India Fellowship Programme with 10 mid-career professionals was successfully concluded with documentation of the learnings from various project locations. Many interns and volunteers were also placed in the field for getting first-hand development experience. The work of two of the Fellows who were engaged in sensitisation of the rural community at Sureshettikoppa cluster in Dharwad district of Karnataka, on Right to Information (RTI), enabled BIRD-K to receive the Rojgar Jagrookata Puraskar. The Governor, Reserve Bank of India, Dr. D. Subbarao, interacted with the SBI Fellows associated with BAIF, and appreciated their commitment to Rural Upliftment.

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