Staff Reporter

Course is in Cooperative Management

Offered by the Institute of Cooperative Management

It caters to several departments under the government

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A diploma course in Cooperative Management offered by the Institute of Cooperative Management is facing winding up owing to poor response.

The institute, which comes under the National Council for Cooperative Training of the Union Ministry for Agriculture and Cooperation, did not run the programme last year after it failed to attract sufficient number of participants for its higher diploma course.

The programme caters to the training requirements of the Department of Cooperation, Audit, Industries, Commerce and Handloom in the State.

However, owing to the growing competition from lucrative sectors such as Information Technology and Hotel Management, there has been a severe dearth of applicants for the course over the last several years, according to a senior official of the institute.

In fact, to ensure availability of students the institute decided to do away with a written test and interview which was mandatory for the programme four years ago. “Now, we give admissions to any graduate with 55 per cent marks,” said the official.

“If we are unable to run the programme this year too we might be forced take programme off the list of courses we offer,” the official said.

To make the programme more attractive to prospective applicants, the institute has introduced computer programming, Internet application and computerised accounting system in the syllabus this academic year.

Candidates who are interested in applying for the course should send in their filled-in application forms before August 8.

The one-year course will cover topic such as environment for cooperatives, theory and practice of banking, statistics and research.

The course fee is Rs.7,000. The number of seats available for the course is 30.