It was a session well-spent for a batch of American students and their teachers at a rural local body near Chennai.
As part of their ‘Study Abroad programme,’ 18 students and two teachers from the University of Florida visited Mudichur village panchayat near Tambaram and interacted with members of women self-help groups (SHGs). Prior to their visit to the village panchayat, the delegation spent a day at the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) at Sriperumbudur, attending seminars on ‘mainstreaming youth in local governance’ and ‘role of NGOs’.
The students and their teachers had hands-on experience in community development in rural areas involving women groups. Participants led by Muthuswamy Kumaran from Family Youth and Community of the university, said the visit was an attempt to pick up some lessons in community participation, and involvement of government and elected representatives in improving the quality of life of people................Read more
Source: The Hindu