Training Programme on Financial Inclusion 11 to 13 May 2015
MDP FOR SENIOR OFFICERS OF ANDHRA PRAGATI GRAMEEN BANK
Training Programme on Capacity Building for FLC counsellors-6-8 May 2015
05th All India Conference of Cooperative Training Institutes
36th Meeting of the Governing Council of BIRD
BIRD's Academic Advisory & Syllabus Committee Meeting held on 27 Feb 2015
5th Lecture of the BIRD Lecture Series delivered by Dr. Prasad Modak on 23 February 2015
Programme on “Financing Agriculture Projects” (02-04 Febrary 2015)
Exposure cum orientation program on NFS activities
BIRD Lucknow organised training Programme on POST WATERSHED APPROACHES
BIRD, Lucknow is organising ‘4th National Seminar on Microfinance: Issues and Challenges’
Annual Meeting of Client Consultation Committee (CCC) of BIRD, Lucknow – 29Janury 2015
BIRD announces a Case Documentation Drive
Programme on Financial Inclusion from 5 to 7 January 2015
Institutional Attachment of IAS Officer Trainees (2014 Batch) at BIRD Lucknow
Credit Aspects in Rural Development at Bhubaneswar 1-4 December 2014
Programme on “Post Watershed Approaches” for NGOs, bankers and VWC members (24-26 November 2014)
BIRD organised a Workshop on KCC, NWR on 10-11 November 2014
Capacity building Programme on Producers Organisation
Programme on Investment and Treasury Management
JLG Programme for Bankers at Tirupati from 27 to 29 October 2014
Ms. Laurie Dufays, Dy. Director, WSBI visited BIRD Lucknow
Intensive training programme for PDC resource persons (07-18 October 2014)
Programme on Commodity Future market at Agartala-22-23 September 2014
Management Development Programme for Women Officers of Banks Govt , Agencies and NGOs
Training Programme on Sustaining Group Mode of Financing at Bilaspur from 01 to 03 September 2014
Orientation Programme for Chairmen of RRBs 15 – 19 September 2014
Training on Investment Credit in Agriculture for Officers of Oriental Bank of commerce (01 to 05 Sept. 2014)
4th in BIRD Lecture Series on 11 Sept. 2014
BIRD, Lucknow organised on–location Training Programme on Sustainable Rural Livelihood- Bodh Gaya, Bihar from 1-4 Sep2014
BIRD, Lucknow organised Programme on “Investment & Treasury Management for Officers in RRBs” -19 to 22 August 2014
BIRD, Lucknow organised a programme on Financial Inclusion 21.23 Jyly 2014
35th meeting of the Governing Council of BIRD-25 July 2014
2nd training programmes on "Corporate Governance"-14-16 July2014 conducted by BIRD , Lucknow
BIRD , Lucknow conducted 02 training programmes on "Corporate Governance"-14-16 July2014
3rd Lecture under BIRD Lecture Series delivered by Shri M.P. Vasimalai, ED, DHAN Foundation on 23 July 2014
BIRD, Bolpur Conducted Training Proramme for the newly recruited officers of the Bangiya Gramin Vikash Bank
BIRD, LUCKNOW celebrated 33rd Foundation Day of NABARD
BIRD, Lucknow organized a Training programme for Indian Economic Service( IES) Officers , GOI from 30June 2014 to 04 July 2014
BIRD, Lucknow organised MDP for APGB from 16-18 June 2014
“Workshop on Poverty Measurement Using Progress out of Poverty Index- 20 June 2014
Program on Financial Inclusion 02-04 June 2014
Academic Advisory & Syllabus Committee Meeting at BIRD Lucknow – 02 June 2014
Workshop on Financial Capability - By GIZ
Shri K.K. Gupta, Chief General Manager of Uttar Pradesh RO took additional charge of Director, BIRD, Lucknow
BIRD conducted an International Programme for SAARC Countries-18 to 21 March 2014
Ms. Jonna Bickel, Advisor NABARD-RFIP, GIZ, visited BIRD, Lucknow on 26 February 2014
Shri Ramesh Tenkil took over charge as Director, BIRD, Lucknow on 10 January 2014.
BIRD Lecture Series - 2nd Lecture delivered by Padmashree Alysius P. Fernandez - 24 January 2014
Training programme for RDB ShriLanka, 10-15 June 2013
Climate Change Adaptation - BIRD launches first programme
“BIRD Lecture Series”, launched with the First Lecture delivered by Prof. Dr. Hans Dieter Seibel on ‘International Experiences in Rural Finance – Learnings for India’.
National Seminar on Audit held on 17 and 18 October 2013 at BIRD , Lucknow
BIRD announces National Consultation on Role of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Livelihood Promotion
Exposure Study Visit of APRACA member countries to BIRD, Lucknow on micro finance for Agriculture
 
Training Programme on Financial Inclusion 11 to 13 May 2015
BIRD Lucknow conducted a three-day training programme on “Financial Inclusion” in its campus for officers of RRBs, Cooperative Banks and senior personnel of NGOs. Twenty-one participants from 8 states attended the programme. For field learning, they visited Bhitauli Kala village in Barabanki district where an Ultra Small Branch of Gramin Bank of Aryavart is providing banking services through Banking Correspondent mode. The trainees also surveyed the households of the village to understand their savings, credit, insurance and financial education needs. Classroom inputs were thus reinforced during the field visit. The participants were highly impressed by the outreach of the B C agent and the confidence reposed by the people on him. Shri Maheswar Sahoo, Faculty Member coordinated the programme.
 
 
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MDP FOR SENIOR OFFICERS OF ANDHRA PRAGATI GRAMEEN BANK
On request of Andhra Pragati Grameen Bank BIRD conducted two programmes on Management Development for its senior officers in Scale 3 at their Staff Training College, Anantpur, Andhra Pradesh. The programmes were conducted during 11-13 May and 14-16 May 2015. The three day programme involved two modules viz., HR and Credit Management. These programmes were requested by the bank based upon the feedback of two programmes conducted by BIRD on demand from the Bank during 2014-15 for the newly promoted Regional Managers and Chief Mangers of the Bank. Please visit Photo Gallery for more photographs in
 
 
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Training Programme on Capacity Building for FLC counsellors-6-8 May 2015
BIRD Lucknow conducted a training programme on Capacity building for FLC counsellors during 6 to 8 May 2015 which was attended by participants from states like Sikkim, Rajasthan, UP, MP and Maharasthra. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. D V Deshpande, Director. The objective of the programme was to familiarise the FLC counsellors of the RRB and cooperative banks in furthering the financial literacy as an inseparable part of deepening financial inclusion in the rural areas. R C Rath DGM/FM was the Programme Director.
 
 
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05th All India Conference of Cooperative Training Institutes
The 5th All-India Conference of Principals/Directors of Cooperative Training Institutes (CTIs) was organised by the Centre for Professional Excellence in Cooperatives (C-PEC), BIRD Lucknow on 23 March 2015 in collaboration with National Council for Cooperative Training (NCCT) at Regional Institute of Cooperative Management (RICM), Bangalore. Dr. D.V. Deshpande, Director, BIRD chaired the Conference and guided the deliberations. The conference was also addressed by dignitaries from other partner institutions i.e. Dr. Dinesh, Director General, National Council for Cooperative Training (NCCT), New Delhi, Sh. Mohan Kumar Mishra, Secretary, NCCT, Sh. P.C. Lenka, DGM, IDD, NABARD Head Office, Mumbai, Sh. Krishnamurthy, Consultant, GIZ, Sh. R.V Ramakrishna, Sr. Programme Manager, GIZ, Sh. Sunil Chawla, Joint Director, BIRD, Lucknow and Ms. Shikha, DGM, C-PEC. This annual event is organised to promote our efforts in membership / accreditation drive, to gain support for candidates for the certificate courses and ensure standardisation in training activities and evaluation, etc. During the conference, a website www.bird-cpec.org.in related to activities undertaken by C-PEC was also launched. The website is expected to be interactive and member -driven. He website has been prepared with the technical assistance from GIZ. ...More Photographs in Photo Gallery
 
 
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36th Meeting of the Governing Council of BIRD
The 36th meeting of the Governing Council of BIRD (Society) was held on 20th March 2015 at its campus at Lucknow. The meeting was presided by Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, NABARD and Chairman, Governing Council, BIRD and was attended by the following Hon’ble Members: 1. Shri Alok Tandon, IAS, Joint Secretary, DFS, GoI 2. Dr. H R Khan, Deputy Governor, RBI (Over VC) 3. Shri H R Dave, DMD, NABARD 4. Shri Sanjeeb Patjoshi, IPS, Director,VAMNICOM 5. Shri M. L. Sharma, Emeritus Professor 6. Shri K.V.Shaji, Chairman, Kerala Gramin Bank 7. Shri Y. Vijay Kumar, Principal, SBIRD 8. Shri S C Kalia, ED(Retd), Union Bank of India and 9. Dr. D. V. Deshpande, Director, BIRD and Member Secretary Shri R. Amalorpavanathan, DMD, NABARD, Shri K.R.Nair, CGM, HRMD, NABARD,HO, Shri Sunil Chawla, Joint Director, Shri J.Maharana, DGM/FM and Shri. Y. P. Aggarwal, DGM - Administration, BIRD attended the meeting as special invitees. ( In Photograph -Dr. D. V. Deshpande, Director, BIRD welcoming Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, NABARD and Chairman, Governing Council. Also seen is Shri Alok Tandon, IAS, Joint Secretary, DFS, GoI (Sitting). ....... More photographs in Photo Gallery
 
 
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BIRD's Academic Advisory & Syllabus Committee Meeting held on 27 Feb 2015
A meeting of the Academic Advisory & Syllabus Committee to approve the training activities of BIRD for the year 2015-16 as also to provide overall guidance in shaping the training policy of BIRD was held in BIRD Lucknow on 27 Feb 2015. The meeting convened by Director, BIRD was chaired by Shri H R Dave, Deputy Managing Director, NABARD. The other committee members present were Dr J N Mishra, CEO, Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (IIBF), Shri Y. Vijayakumar, Principal, State Bank Institute of Rural Development, Shri P S Ganapathy , Director, PNBIIT, Shri K. R. Nair, CGM, HRMD, Shri S K Mazumdar, GM, HRMD and Shri BBS Bisht, DGM, HRMD. During his address, Deputy Managing Director, Shri H R Dave emphasised the need for remaining connected to the ground level requirements of the trainees. He emphasized on continuously reviewing and redesigning the contents and delivery mechanism of training to make it more effective. He also stressed on the need to lay the foundations of a dynamic e-learning system in NABARD. Shri Dave also expressed the need for BIRD to leave its impression in the policy making domain of NABARD / RBI / GOI. S/Shri / Dr J N Mishra, CEO, Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (IIBF), Y. Vijayakumar, Principal, State Bank Institute of Rural Development, P S Ganapathy, Director, PNBIIT shared the training related experiences of their respective institutions and assured of all possible collaboration with BIRD. All the visiting dignitaries emphasised on the growing importance and relevance of electronic based learning in financial institutions. BIRD, Lucknow presented the details of training programmes, studies and new initiatives taken during the year 2014-15 and the proposed plan of activities for the year 2015-16. The Committee reviewed the progress and the plan of activities and accorded approval to the training activities of all three campuses of BIRD for the year 2015-16. The Committee also gave suggestions for refinement of some of the existing programmes and inclusion of new areas / programmes in the training plan for the year 2015-16. ( more photographs in Photo Gallery )..
 
 
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5th Lecture of the BIRD Lecture Series delivered by Dr. Prasad Modak on 23 February 2015
The 5th lecture of ''BIRD Lecture Series'' on the topic “Environmental and Social Governance at Financing Institutions” was organised on 23rd February 2015 in the Auditorium of BIRD, Lucknow. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Prasad Modak, Chief Sustainability Officer and Dean, IL&FS Academy for Applied Development (IAAD). Over 300 participants including MBA students and those representing Commercial Banks, Cooperative Banks, RRBs, Academic Institutes and NABARD attended the lecture.Dr. Modak in his address, emphasised on the increasing role and importance of Environmental and Social Governance at Financial Institutions (FIs) . He observed that there has been a gradual change in the mind-set of the FIs and they have realised the importance of Environmental aspects while taking financing decisions. He quoted a study finding, wherein it was found that 16% NPA were due to environmental and social issues. He opined that apart from the national law on environmental aspects, markets forces and community is also playing an important role in this area and mere traditional compliance of environmental laws is not sufficient. We need a strong data base, monitoring, public disclosure, public audit and more transparency over the project period. He also shared the importance being given by International Financial agencies in Environmental and Social issues.He advocated for a common code for “Environmental and Social Aspects” for all Financing Institutions, capacity building of all the stakeholders and sensitisation on the topic.Dr D.V.Deshpande, Director, BIRD, observed that the Environmental impact analysis is a very important aspect of project appraisal and we will have to factor it in all our appraisal and financial decisions.The Lecture provoked some lively discussions between Dr. Modak and the audience. The lecture was concluded with a vote of thanks by Shri Sunil Chawla, Joint Director, BIRD. More photographs at Photo Gallery and the video of the lecture can be ...
 
 
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Programme on “Financing Agriculture Projects” (02-04 Febrary 2015)
BIRD Lucknow organised a Customised Programme on “Financing Agriculture Projects” (02-04 Febrary 2015) for the officers/ Branch Managers/ Senior Managers of Narmada Jhabua Gramin Bank, Indore at the request of the bank. The programme was attended by 35 officers/ Branch Managers/ Senior Managers of the bank spread over its area of operation. The programme was customized as per the need of the client bank and accordingly, the participants were mainly provided input on technical and financial aspects of financing projects relating to animal husbandry and horticulture. In addition OPS, MSME and behavioural science input were also provided.
 
 
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Exposure cum orientation program on NFS activities
An Exposure cum orientation program on NFS activities was conducted during the period from 02 February, 2015 to 04 February, 2015 at BIRD, Mangalore by BIRD, Lucknow jointly. There were total 22 participants/ officers working in OFDD of various ROs of NABARD including DDMs. The program was well received by all the participants as it was first program related to OFDD and NABARD interventions under off farm sector. The program was inaugurated by shri. Venkat Swami, JD, BIRD Mangalore.
 
 
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BIRD Lucknow organised training Programme on POST WATERSHED APPROACHES
A training Programme on “Post Watershed Approaches “was organized by BIRD, Lucknow at Aurangabad during 27-29 January, 2015, The participants from 04 states have taken keen interest in the program, Field visit was organized at completed watershed at Daregaon block Khultabad, district Aurangabad. Total participation was 27 covering bankers (CB+RRB+COOP), NGOS, VWC members. The issues in post watershed were deliberated during the program.
 
 
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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