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India’s Rural Transformation and Development

Issues, Processesa and Directions by: Thomas G. Fraser

The book deals with the critical issues and challenges of rural India and suggests ways and means to bring it into the nation building. With traditional wisdom, it mixes innovative solutions for better rural life. It can entice rural investors and be a good reference for students and teachers of economics and sociology.

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ISBN: 9788192570204
Year Of Publication: 2013
Edition: 1st
Pages : xviii, 124
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Suryodaya Books
Foreword By : Lord Diljit Rana
Size: 23
Weight: 450

Overview

This book, a collection of updated articles presented in an international conference on India’s ‘Rural Transformation and Development: Issues, Processes and Direction’ organized by the Cordia Group of Institutes and Sanghol community on 17-18 November 2011, talks about the criticality of different issues and challenges that the rural India faces and suggests ways and means to bring it into the nation-building exercise.
No country steadfastly grows without tapping its rural potential. Over 750 million people live in the Indian villages and there is a desperate need for them to get empowered in education and skills, and with state-of-the-art infrastructure, financial support and guidance, better agricultural methods, energy/gas generation technologies, communication network, and by introducing and training on village and eco tourism. All stake holders — the Government, NGOs, banks and self help groups — have to play a pivotal role in ensuring sustainable rural development without losing the charm and the quintessential look of the villages. The visionary Inaugural Lecture by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, is igniting and the icing on the cake.
The articles are authoritative, and few case studies, add value to the content. Concepts like Community Radio are of great interest. This book will help people who want to do investment in rural areas, students of economics and sociology, those in rural researches, and for those who have an “urban heart”.

Contents

Foreword
— Lord Diljit Rana
Preface
— Thomas G. Fraser
Inaugural Lecture:
Sustainable Development System: PURA Mission
— Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
1. The Fruits of Education
— Sir Peter Gregson
2. Rural India: Opportunities and Challenges — Promotion of Women’s Education
— Urmil Verma
3. Education and Rural Reconstruction
— Kapil Kapoor
4. Gandhi, Village Development and India’s Freedom Movement
— Thomas G. Fraser
5. Analytical Study of People’s Perceptions Towards Rural Development
— Sarabjit Singh Shergill and Jaspreet Singh
6. Household Level Food Security
— K.B. Bhushan, M. Ravishankar,
Warwick Easdown and Vamsidhar Reddy
7. The Potential of Biogas Production Through Anaerobic Digestion of Algae
— Mamta Awasthi and Vivek Prakash Pankaj
8. Sustaining Rural Livelihood Through Natural Resource Planning: A GIS-Based Approach
— Prashant Kumar Arya and Heera Singh
9. How Should India Combine Its Rural Heart with Urban Mind?
— Sunanda Sharma
10. Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Rural Development: Bridging the Divide
— Gunpreet Kaur
11. Participatory Development in Communication Perspectives
—Anshul Singhal and S. Anand
12. Electricity Production from Crop Residues: Potential and Bottlenecks
— Lakhwinder Singh and Jagtar Singh
13. Village Tourism
— Maneet Sharma
14. Rural Development through Eco-tourism: A Modern Growth Ideology
— Bhakti Chougule-Pawar
Index

Meet the Author
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Professor Thomas G. Fraser, MBE, is Emeritus Professor of History and Honorary Professor of Conflict Research at the University of Ulster. He was formerly Provost of the University of Ulster's Magee campus. Educated at The University of Glasgow (MA, Ewing Prize) and The London School of Economics (PhD), in 1983-1984 he was Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Indiana University South Bend. Widely published, he is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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