I am currently in BAIF Research and Development organisation taking the first two days of the Management Development Programme(MDP). All the participants have been promoted to take up bigger roles in organisational development of BAIF.Its fun and exciting to meet up with grassroots managers from Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra.
I have known BAIF’S for some years now ever since I met Mr Prakash Bhatt Sir, he was the one who taught me what a PRA(Partcipatory Rural Appraisal means. I can say he is an authority on the subject.He was the one who made it possible for me to appreciate the knowledge at the bottom of the pyramid,not to impose development schemes but to listen and appreciate what people really need.Reminded of all that once again. I have also had the fortune of meeting Mr Hedge erstwhile head of BAIF, an IIMA passout, he gave us a talk on BAIF about 1.5 years ago.
Its been a great day and I am very optimistic that IT skills will be taken by these managers to places I could personally not make a difference.Its a great feeling to be amongst people who slog out in the fields, any IT skills I give them is bound to make an impact on the digital divide. Cheers!!!

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