“Wisdom is the assimilated knowledge in us, gained from an intelligent estimation and close study of our own direct and indirect experience in the world.” – Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

Rural Immersion and training of young NABARD officers at CORD Training Centre Sidhbari

Experiential training at CORD Training Centre at Sidhbari began in 1985 at its inception, and they continue even now. In 1985, when its activities began its name too indicated (Chinmaya Rural Primary Health Care and Training Centre) how training was based on simultaneous field work and program implementation.

From 1985-1992, CORD Training Centre, Sidhbari (then called Chinmaya Rural Primary Health Care and Training Centre) trained 120 multi-purpose health workers (women) in four batches (including village health guides and traditional birth attendants) recognized by Nursing Council of India. The training was intrinsically integrated with the ongoing maternal and child health services being provided by CORD Training Centre in remote health sub-centers in the villages. The National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW) in its evaluation had rated the training as one of the best in the country.

This approach has established CORD’s credibility in rural development trainings over the years on various issues such as health, nutrition, sanitation, disability, community based organizations of women, men, youth, adolescent girls and children, livelihood (farm and allied sector and non-farm and service sector), natural resource management, social justice, gender sensitization and local self-governance

that converges service delivery of 20-29 rural development departments of the government. CORD today is an established center of excellence in grassroots experiential training and development activities. The trainings are scientifically and systematically designed on different issues of rural development based on participatory and andragogical approach. CORD Training Centre has also hosted numerous practitioners, volunteers, Interns, undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate students and professionals for rural immersion. These people came from various part of the globe like the US, the UK, Canada and other countries. Many of them obtained credits for their graduations and post-graduation. Some have come to do research on varied subjects such as women’s empowerment and communication, epidemiology, female feticide, medical geography, traditional health practices, community based livelihood and women’s decision making in rural area. Over the years, CORD has trained people from various walks of life, including, but not limited to over 40,000 functionaries from the government, NGOs and banks as well as community leaders. CORD training center is a national resource center for all its existing and upcoming CORD sites.

For more information about CORD’s experiential training programs, contact National Director’s Office at cordsidhbari@gmail.com

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