BIRD, Lucknow organised Lecture-cum-Webinar on “Rural Skilling " on 28 July 2015
BIRD lucknow organised Lecture-cum-Webinar on “Rural Skilling" on 28 July 2015
Programme on Sustaining Group Mode of financing (22-25 June 2015)
Capacity Building programme for FLC Counselors (15-17 June 2015)
Media lauds Webinar conducted by BIRD on 23 June 2015
BIRD , Lucknow organised 1st Webinar on 23 June 2015
BIRD, Lucknow is organising ‘4th National Seminar on Microfinance: Issues and Challenges’
 
BIRD, Lucknow organised Lecture-cum-Webinar on “Rural Skilling " on 28 July 2015
Continuing its Lecture-Webinar combo initiative, BIRD organised the 7th edition of the Lecture Series at the Bird Auditorium on 28th July 2015. In this ‘web-casted’ lecture, logged in by more than 500 on-line participants [both within and outside India], besides nearly 200 invitees and trainees, Shri Kalyan Chakravarthy, Executive Director of PanIIT Alumni Reach for India Foundation [PARFI] spoke on “Rural Skilling.” A graduate in Civil Engineering and MBA in Strategy & Marketing, Shri Kalyan’s area of specialization is Revenue Models Formulation and Creation of Social Enterprises that run like companies, but maximize social profit. PARFI is a social enterprise with a mission to enhance incomes of the underprivileged. PARFI has been successfully implementing the 100% Micro-Financed & Placement Assured Skill Development Model for the Underprivileged. In his Welcome Address, Shri Munish, Principal, NBSC spoke of the importance of skill development in the nation-building process. In his keynote address, Dr DV Deshpande, Director, BIRD said that 65% of our population is below the age of 35 years and they need to be provided livelihood-enhancing support. Shri Kalyan began his address with the quote of Hon’ble PM during the launch of the Skill India Mission that “The pride of India in the 20th century was the ‘IITs’ and for the 21st century it needs to be of ‘ÍTIs.’ He recalled the inspiration derived from the words of the late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at the PanIIT 2006 Conference that “IITians should not be job-seekers, but be job-creators.” He gave an overview of the skill development process in India and the financial impact of skill premium on wage differentials of rural youth. Entrepreneurship should be a matter of choice, not one of compulsion. The PARFI model of optimising costs thru’ demand-led training with skill loans and candidate-employer lock-in for repayment was explained. The Residential Gurukul model of PARFI has also enthused employers to co-invest in s
 
 
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BIRD lucknow organised Lecture-cum-Webinar on “Rural Skilling" on 28 July 2015
Continuing its Lecture-Webinar combo initiative, BIRD organised the 7th edition of the Lecture Series at the Bird Auditorium on 28th July 2015. In this ‘web-casted’ lecture, logged in by more than 500 on-line participants [both within and outside India], besides nearly 200 invitees and trainees, Shri Kalyan Chakravarthy, Executive Director of PanIIT Alumni Reach for India Foundation [PARFI] spoke on “Rural Skilling.” A graduate in Civil Engineering and MBA in Strategy & Marketing, Shri Kalyan’s area of specialization is Revenue Models Formulation and Creation of Social Enterprises that run like companies, but maximize social profit. PARFI is a social enterprise with a mission to enhance incomes of the underprivileged. PARFI has been successfully implementing the 100% Micro-Financed & Placement Assured Skill Development Model for the Underprivileged. In his Welcome Address, Shri Munish, Principal, NBSC spoke of the importance of skill development in the nation-building process. In his keynote address, Dr DV Deshpande, Director, BIRD said that 65% of our population is below the age of 35 years and they need to be provided livelihood-enhancing support. Shri Kalyan began his address with the quote of Hon’ble PM during the launch of the Skill India Mission that “The pride of India in the 20th century was the ‘IITs’ and for the 21st century it needs to be of ‘ÍTIs.’ He recalled the inspiration derived from the words of the late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at the PanIIT 2006 Conference that “IITians should not be job-seekers, but be job-creators.” He gave an overview of the skill development process in India and the financial impact of skill premium on wage differentials of rural youth. Entrepreneurship should be a matter of choice, not one of compulsion. The PARFI model of optimising costs thru’ demand-led training with skill loans and candidate-employer lock-in for repayment was explained. The Residential Gurukul model of PARFI has also enthused employers to co-invest in s
 
 
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Programme on Sustaining Group Mode of financing (22-25 June 2015)
The programme on Sustaining Group Mode of financing was organized in campus during 22-25 June 2015. Thirtynine participants from Commercial Banks, RRBs and DCCB from different parts of the country attended the programme. The participants were provided input on SHG and SHG-2. JLG, Federation / other higher tier conglomeration of SHGs, Producers’ Organisations, NRLM and micro insurance. As a part of the training programme, they were taken to the fields in Sumerpur block of Unnao district to enable them to get firsthand experience of working of SHGs/JLG/Federations and the interrelationship among SHPI, Financing banks and Groups/ clusters. ..More photographs in Photo Gallery
 
 
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Capacity Building programme for FLC Counselors (15-17 June 2015)
BIRD , Lucknow organised The Capacity Building programme for FLC Counselors during 15-17 June 2015. Thirty four FLC counselors from different part of the country attended the programme. The counselors came from diverse background of teachers, bankers and fresher, with their work experience ranging from 20 days to 37 years. They were provided input on Financial Education & Financial Literacy, Micro Insurance and Remittance Needs of the Poor, various Types of Fund Transfer, Payment System, National Financial Switch, RuPay cards, Micro-ATM/ POS, etc. NPCI, Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) besides the soft skills for becoming a good counsellor. As a part of the training programme, they were taken to the fields in Raebareli district to enable them to get firsthand experience of working of a Financial Literacy Centre, Customers service point, Corporate BC of Baroda UP Gramin Bank, to name a few
 
 
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Media lauds Webinar conducted by BIRD on 23 June 2015
Print media covered the Webinar conducted by BIRD Lucknow and appreciated the efforts.
 
 
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BIRD , Lucknow organised 1st Webinar on 23 June 2015
In a first of sorts, BIRD organised its first “Webinar” on 23rd June 2015. The 6th edition of BIRD Lecture Series at the BIRD Auditorium was webcast as a “Webinar”, an interactive session attended by more than 200 on-line participants across the country, in addition to the more than 250 invitees in attendance. In this ‘web-casted’ lecture, Dr Aravind Chaturvedi, Addl. SP, Special Task Force, UP Police spoke on “Cyber Crime and Electronic Surveillance related to financial world”. Dr Chaturvedi, a senior police Officer of UP Cadre is a cyber-expert, having been trained by the Hong Kong Police on “Best Practices in Cyber Crime Investigation” and by Alcatel University, France on “Operation and Maintenance of Interception Equipment.” He is a sought-after resource person on Electronic Surveillance and Cyber Crimes and the recipient of the Police Medal for Gallantry from His Excellency the President of India in 2010. Shri HR Dave, Dy. Managing Director, NABARD inaugurated the event thru’ video cast. Complimenting BIRD for the Webcast initiative, Shri Dave said that the topic was contemporary, in the backdrop of DCBs and RRBs moving on to the CBS platform and would provide the opportunity to be more aware of the possibilities and pitfalls in leveraging technology. Dr Chaturvedi was welcomed with floral bouquets by Dr DV Deshpande, Director, BIRD and Shri Munish, Principal, NBSC. In his welcome address, Dr Deshpande highlighted the changing face of banking in India through adoption of Information Technology. Technological advancements like ATM, internet and mobile banking, RuPay debit and credit cards, NEFT, RTGS etc. while revolutioning the concept of banking has also brought with it new issues and challenges like cyber Crimes and banking frauds before the banking fraternity. In this backdrop, Dr Deshpande said that lecture topic on ‘Cyber Crime and Electronic Surveillance related to Financial World’ was very much relevant. Dr Chaturvedi began his talk by flagging the new and emerging challenges posed to the law enforcement authorities by advent of technology in the financial world. He explained about the distinction between digital crime and its two sub-sets, viz., Computer Crime and Cyber Crime. Dwelling at length on the Improvised Explosive Devices or IED, as he called it, in the world of cyber-crime, Dr Chaturvedi painted a graphical picture about various real-life incidents and its impact on the victims. He said that anonymity of usage, the federal nature of crimes transcending geographies, IT logistics like servers housed outside the country, etc., pose huge challenges in cyber-crime investigations. The importance of electronic surveillance and digital stamping in computer forensics was explained in detail. The rising incidence of banking frauds thru’ phishing and cloning was highlighted. Dr Chaturvedi presented a few captivating real-life cases of cyber-crimes involving credit cards, bank accounts and misuse of OTPs and the investigation methodology adopted to track the perpetrators. Preventive steps to combat this menace to the financial world was also presented. In his concluding remarks Dr Chaturvedi, emphasised on the need to develop systems, procedures and coordination between the banks and the law enforcing agencies to combat the increasing incidents of cyber-crimes relating to banking. The lecture was followed by a brief Q&A session. Besides the questions asked by the audience in BIRD auditorium, a participant asked question through video on internet from Mangalore also. Further, about 200 participants participated through internet from across the country- thus the benefit of ‘Webinar’ technology was truly received by large number of participants and the first of kind effort was, by and large, successful. Shri Sunil Chawla, JD, BIRD proposed vote of thanks. .........More Photographs in Photo Gallery
 
 
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BIRD, Lucknow is organising ‘4th National Seminar on Microfinance: Issues and Challenges’
BIRD, Lucknow is organising ‘4th National Seminar on Microfinance: Issues and Challenges’ The Bankers Institute of Rural Development (BIRD), Lucknow, a training establishment promoted by NABARD, is organising the ‘4th National Seminar on Microfinance: Issues and Challenges’ in July 2015. Papers are invited from researchers/practitioners/ economists/ policy makers/other stakeholders in the field of microfinance on the following four broad themes: (a) Microfinance in periods of disasters and areas of ecological distress (b) Issues and dimensions of Transaction Costs to MFIs/ SHG Federations/ SHGs / SHG members/ other borrowers and lending institutions (c) Issues in Urban microfinance (d) Examining the recovery performance of microfinance clients in the light of their income flows: experiences under SBLP/ MFI models. Bearing of multiple financing and over financing on the recovery performance. Interested persons may submit their papers on any of the above themes by 31 May 2015 to the Managing Editor, The microFINANCE Review at the address given below. The paper should not be more than 6000 words (20 double space typed pages of size 8½ by 11 inches), including tables, diagrams and appendices (with margins on all sides of at least 1½ inches). Abstracts not exceeding 200 words should be submitted along with the papers. Papers submitted should be exclusively written for the seminar and should not have been published or sent for publication elsewhere. The authors are required to submit a declaration in this regard. For details kindly see attached PDF file . An advertisement has also been published in EPW 03 Jan 2015 Vol 50 No.1