`Adopt holistic approach to assess human development'

DHARWAD, JULY 24. V.R. Panchamukhi, Chairman of the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), on Friday called for a holistic approach while preparing human development reports.

Inaugurating a regional workshop on Karnataka Human Development Report II here, Dr. Panchamukhi said it was imperative that non-material aspects of life, including the value system, should be included in the report.

The workshop with a focus on north Karnataka was organised by the State Planning Department, the Planning Commission, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Centre for Multidisciplinary Development and Research (CMDR), Dharwad. It was the second workshop held in the State as part of the KHDR II, which is to be brought out by December.

The KHDR II is expected to pay special attention on investment in human development.

Dr. Panchamukhi said human development was multifaceted and researchers should watch how perceptions were transformed into actions. Human development was not a question of finding resources alone. It included the whole gamut of socioeconomic issues.

Value system

He said the value system, which could not be quantified, had its impact on human development since the collapse of the system resulted in the collapse of society. The atmosphere and the manner in which the parents brought up their children had their impact on human development. Even the World Bank had started taking note of such aspects.

Dr. Panchamukhi said the concept of "Goals for the millennium" should be used while preparing the human development report. Even qualitative improvement should be taken note of along with quantitative improvement. Growth that did not create jobs was of no use, he added.


M.S. Gore, former Chairman of the ICSSR and Chairman of the CMDR, said the human development report should focus on empowering weaker sections of society and their participation in decision-making. It should look into disparities not only between regions but also between districts and within the district.

Chiranjivi Singh, Development Commissioner for north Karnataka, said it was for the State Government to take decisions based on what the report stated on different parameters taken up for study. What north Karnataka most needed was education followed by health, command area development, and infrastructure.

Mr. Singh said it was on his recommendation that the State Government created the post of Commissioner for Education in north Karnataka.

Earlier, Malati Das, Principal Secretary, Planning and Development, spoke on the scope of the KHDR II.

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