Learning to manage an NGO

WITH A MISSION: NGOs work for a cause and their service transcends geographical barriers.

WITH A MISSION: NGOs work for a cause and their service transcends geographical barriers.   | Photo Credit: Photo: Paul Noronha


The one-year part-time diploma in NGO management offered by the Centre for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, aims to create a new breed of professional managers devoted to values.

The course commences on February 1, 2006. Details can be obtained from Dr. Parthasarathy over phone 0431-2421635 / 2331651.

`Opaque' administration is out. Transparency is in. Non-Profit/Non-Government Organisations, which have spread their reach far and wide in the developmental scenario, now face a compelling task of infusing professionalism into administration, book-keeping and accounting procedures.Their expenditure has increasingly come under the scrutiny of government departments and funding agencies. Yet, they had limited options, and managed the situation by offering in-house training to fresh recruits. The Bharathidasan University has stepped in to bridge the shortcoming. The Centre for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension (CACEE) of the university has launched a P.G. Diploma in NGO Management, with the objective of creating a new breed of professional NGO managers devoted to values and ethos.The one-year (calendar year) course, offered part-time, seeks to augment the existing body of knowledge for an efficient NGO and build rural management knowledge and theories through action-oriented and problem solving research and consultancy. The course, says K. Parthasarathy, Director, CACEE, provides competent inputs for developing leadership skills and communicative skills that would, in turn, reflect on the constructive strength of an organisation. The students will develop key abilities they need on the job: working effectively with others, thinking and acting positively, learning to manage people, and improving written and oral communication. The thrust areas are NGO Management, Policy and Administration, Interactive Schemes in Various Sectors, Rural Research Methods and Computer Applications, Advanced Accounting in NGO Management, Managerial Analysis and Communication, Self-Help Group Management, Social Entrepreneurship, and Event Management.Providing the students with working knowledge of the administrative, financial, and organisational aspects of non-profit/non-government organisations, the course has been designed for candidates who are making, or have the potential to make a significant contribution to the non-government sector in the developing world as analysts, policy-makers, researchers, and practitioners. CACEE would organise placement for successful candidates in national and international organisations. Field work will be an integral part of the curriculum. Students would be exposed to the concerns of rural, tribal, and urban populace, and made to analyse the constraints and possibilities for development.CACEE, established in 1985, has received the Dr. Malcolm S. Adiseshiah Award from the Tamil Nadu Board of Continuing Education, and the NLM (National Literacy Mission) -UNESCO Award from the NLM, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.Any graduate with a minimum of 50 per cent marks (45 per cent for SC/ST candidiates), employees of developmental departments, and current PG students undergoing courses in university departments/colleges/distance education, are eligible to apply.

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