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A. Problem Analysis

 1. What was the problem before the implementation of the initiative?
Department of Co-operation is the modal agency for upliftment of cooperative movement in the state of Assam. Three major functions namely Regulation, Education and Facilitation are considered as the basic requirements of department of Co-operation. Registrar of Co-operative Societies(RCS), Assam and its huge establishment is doing the task of regulation and that of facilitation. In 1904, the first registered Co-operative society was formed in Assam. Since then, in over 100 years, only few thousands societies not exceeding seven thousand are found in the State. But even after registration, more than two-third failed to survive beyond one year. Of the rest, very few can function properly. As a result, the co-operative movement takes a back seat in the State. On detail analysis, it was found that education is the weakest link in the process. Whatever training was imparted by RCS/ National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI)or Institute of Cooperative Management (ICM) was found not professional in approach. As a result, the need for creating a higher platform of learning in the form of University was greatly felt. Education, research, training and promotion shortly ERTP formed the four pillars of the University. To impart training and education to members or non-members of co-operative society it is essential to design programmes/ courses on research based learning to make it effective and beneficial. On the macro-level, 3(three) target groups have been identified. They are: (i) Co-operative leaders and farmers being main stakeholders in Co-operative Movement (ii) Official managing the Co-operation department meant for regulatory functions (iii) Professional Managers (to be groomed) for managing the Co-operatives. It means that all social groups women, youths, minorities are going to be benefitted from the University through education, training and research. Education may lead to creation of professional managers among youth, training to farmers, men and women will enhance skills and finally research will lead to specific intervention to specific problems relating to issues in the society. The objectives of the University as outlined below definitely show how the problems and issues in the area of co-operative education are proposed to be solved. i) To provide instructions, teaching and training in higher education in co-operatives and allied subjects and make provisions for research, advancement and dissemination of knowledge; ii) To create higher level of intellectuals, teachers, managers and professionals in the field of co-operatives and allied sectors; iii) To carry out teaching and research and offer counseling and continuous education programme in the field of co-operative education and allied sectors; iv) To create Centre of Excellence for research and education; v) To collaborate with institutions in India and abroad vi) To provide consultancy to State and Central Government or any institute or organization; vii) To build database and case studies of successful cooperative movements world ever. Poor, weak and marginalized sections of the society need to be grouped for survival in the age of globalization and liberalisation. They are to be educated to set up cooperatives for capital formation and establish enterprises for their welfare and economy. (499 words)

B. Strategic Approach

 2. What was the solution?
Dr. R. Zaman, IAS as then Secretary to Govt of Assam in the Deptt. of Cooperation proposed the solution by suggesting to set up an institution of learning for Cooperative Management. The major initiative to augment and uplift the co-operative movement in the State of Assam was to establish the first University of Co-operative management in the country by the name Assam Rajiv Gandhi University of Co-operative Management. It was indeed a very bold and path breaking initiative. With the establishment of a platform of that of a University, the weakest link of education in Co-operative movement has been removed. This University has lot of special features. The programmes and academic activities of the Co-operative University will augment highly the academic resources in the country. Research based study in the University will unfold many innovative areas in the field of co-operative movement. The first strategy was preparation of a concept paper, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam was so pleased that he made a budget provision of Rs.1Crore in the budget of Co-operation department on 15th March, 2010 for the year 2010-11. Chief Minister coined this initiative as innovative schemes. This was a major victory in the strategic move to implement the initiative. To carry the work of establishment of a University, Dr.R.Zaman, IAS Secretary to Govt.of Assam, Department of Co-operation has been notified vide no Coop 114/2010/Part/I dtd. 31.3.2010 as the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) for the University in addition to his existing duties to operationalise the proposed University. He assumed charge of OSD on 31.3.2010. OSD first took steps to draft a Bill for the University and get it vetted by Legislative Department after thorough consultation with various departments like Higher Education, P & D, Finance & AR&T. The Bill was passed by the Assam Legislative Assembly on 17th July,2010. After assent of His Excellency Governor of Assam, the Act of the University was notified in the official Assam Gazette on 7th September,2010 as Assam Act No XXV of 2010. The next move was to get land for the University. Govt. of Assam was pleased to allot 250 bighas (83acres) of land to the University at Sivasagar. In order to prepare the strategic blueprint and roadmap for the University, it was decided to sign MOU with the premier institute namely IIM-A. The MOU between Government of Assam and IIM-A was signed in August,2010. On 28.12.2010, Hon’ble Chief Minister in presence of a huge gathering laid the foundation stone of the 1st University of Cooperative Management at Sivasagar. It was a red letter day in the history of Co-operative movement in the entire country. Then in August,2011, Govt. of Assam sanctioned core staff including that of Vice Chancellor and six faculties for the University. Then, the University authority has been created through the appointment of Dr.R.Zaman,IAS(Rtd) as the 1st Vice Chancellor of the University on 26th December,2011. The first batch of teaching and non-teaching staff for the University was recruited in August,2012. Meanwhile, in February 2012, University Grants Commision (UGC) gave recognition to the University empowering it to award degrees under Section 22 of the UGC Act,1956. Further, Government of Assam since conceptualization of setting up of a University is providing fund to undertake initial work. So far Rs.5.05 crores from 2010-11 to 2014-15 have been provided. More funds are likely to come soon. The following 3(three) target groups have been identified. They are: (i) Co-operative leaders and farmers being main stakeholders in Co-operative Movement (ii) Official managing the Co-operation department meant for regulatory functions (iii) Professional Managers (to be groomed) for managing the Co-operatives. (596 words)

 3. How did the initiative solve the problem and improve people’s lives?
The concept of cooperation and its utility is known to all even before Independence. Mahatma Gandhi emphasized that “Cooperation is the gateway to Economic freedom”. In the sixties management institutions started being built up to emphasize on business management. There was a success story of co-operative movement at Anand, Gujarat which was started after Independence. Poor, weak and marginalized ones find it difficult to survive even after Business mgt courses. They need teaching in cooperative management. Even though there are institutions for teaching cooperation, no platform of the rank of a university was set up in India. The first University of Cooperative management was set up in 2010 exclusively to deal and focus on the aspect of Cooperative management.So, the initiative is creative, interactive and also unique. The initiative tries to address problem in different ways. Some of the approaches are- Direct interaction with farmers for training and education. Students join the University with the mindset of becoming professionals and not simply as Job seekers Learning on applied research based material. Even undergraduate students to spend one trimester exclusively for study of a cooperative enterprise/ company in any part of India. (195 words)

C. Execution and Implementation

 4. In which ways is the initiative creative and innovative?
The key development and implementation steps can be easily seen in the chronology below:- March 15, 2010 Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi declared to establish a Regional Institute of Co-operation and Management March 31, 2010 Dr. R Zaman, IAS, then Secretary, Co-operation, notified as OSD May 5, 2010 Hon’ble Chief Minister broadbased the concept and decided to set up the first University of Cooperative Management in the country by the name Assam Rajiv Gandhi University of Co-operative Management July 17, 2010 University Bill passed by the Assam State Legislative Assembly September 7, 2010 University Act notified in the official Assam Gazette September 7, 2010 Govt. of Assam allotted 250 bighas of land at Dimow Pathar, Sivasagar for the establishment of the University Aug/Sep, 2010 MoU signed between Govt. of Assam and IIM-Ahmedabad for developing strategic architecture and blueprint for a roadmap to build the university as an Institution of Excellence December 9, 2010 Land handed over to Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Assam for the University December 28, 2010 Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi laid the foundation stone of the University at Sivasagar December 26, 2011 First Vice Chancellor of Assam Rajiv Gandhi University of Cooperative Management appointed December 27, 2011 Dr. R.Zaman, IAS (Rtd) assumed charge as the first Vice Chancellor of the University February, 2012 UGC gave recognition to the university empowering to award degrees under section 22 of UGC Act 1956 April 3, 2012 A team of IIM-A made the first presentation of strategic and academic architecture of the University before the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam September 1, 2012 The first batch of faculty and non teaching staff appointed September 10-25, First Faculty Development Programme (FDP) organised at 2012 Guwahati Sep 24, 2012 First National Conference on “Networking of Co-operative Organisations for Education”organised at NEDFi convention centre, October 3, 2012 Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi inaugurated the temporary campus of the University at Sivasagar Oct 4-6, 2012 First training programme on “Leadership and Change Management in Co-operatives” organised in the temporary campus of the University July 1, 2013 The first undergraduate course on Cooperative Mnagement to award degree of BBA(Cooperation) started with 32 students (22 boys and 10 girls). Nov 13, 2013 First Students’ Body formed. Nov 14-20, 2013 Varsity Week Started on November 14. The first ever “Cooperative Run” with participation of institutions of Sivasagar district started. Cultural and sports events organized during the week. Nov16,2013 First ARGUCOM newsletter released. Dec5, 2013 The First Industrial Exposure Visit to Borbam Tea Estate, Amguri Conducted. Mar 10, 2014 Dr. Asad Rahmani, director of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) conducted a daylong workshop on ‘Bird Census: Techniques and Studies’. Mar 21, 2014 The first Students Exchange Programme organized at Indian to Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal. April 4, 2014 Sep 9, 2014 The second Verghese Kurien quiz Competition was held. Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana(RKVY) training for farmers in Cooperative Management, Accounts & Financial Literacy and Information Technology has been started in a big way since July, 2014. Around 3000 farmers are to be trained during 2014-2015 under RKVY. Between July, 2014 and Mid Oct, 2014 altogether 507 no. of farmers, SHGs and youths have been trained under RKVY. Second ARGUCOM newsletter released in Mid July, 2014. On June, 2014, the University was awarded National Education Excellence Award 2014 by Planet Research (with partner World Education Foundation) as the best University of Cooperative Management at New Delhi. On 8th Aug,2014 the university was presented special jury award for Government sector initiative in education at elects World Education Summit, 2014, New Delhi.(594 words)

 5. Who implemented the initiative and what is the size of the population affected by this initiative?
On 9th Feb,2009, Dr. R. Zaman, IAS(Rtd) and present V.C. of Assam Rajiv Gandhi University of Co-operative Management joined as Secretary to GOA in the department of Co-operation. On careful study and analysis of various aspects of Co-operative movement in the state, he moved the idea of setting up of a regional institute of Co-operative Management in the region. The idea found acceptance not only in the department but also with Chief Minister of Assam who quickly decided to give initial grant of Rs.1crore for setting up the institute at Sivasagar in his budget speech on 15th March, 2010. However, Dr. R. Zaman as Secretary took up the matter with Sri V.K.Pipersenia,IAS, Principal Secretary to the Department of Co-operation,Assam and decided to take up the matter with Chief Minister for setting up of a University instead of an institute. Chief Minister promptly accepted the idea and agreed. Dr.R.Zaman was appointed as OSD(Officer on Special Duty) for the University in addition to his duty as Secretary Co-operation. Since then, Dr.Zaman took all the initiatives to prepare a Bill for the University within three and a half months. After lot of hard work, the Assam Legislative Assembly passed the Bill on 17th July,2010. The enactment of the Act of the University and its notification in September,2010 has opened up opportunities to render service to the stakeholders namely Co-operative leaders and farmers, officials acting as regulators and youths to be groomed as professional managers. An institution cannot be built without the support and blessing of various stake holders. Political heads , officials, Cooperative society members, academicians, economist, social activist, women groups, etc.all supported the move. As a result, things moved very quickly. (279 words)
 6. How was the strategy implemented and what resources were mobilized?
In an initiative of this kind, there is need to mobilize financial, technical and human resources from different sources. On financial front, Hon’ble Chief Minister being convinced provided Rs.1crore under Plan to initiate works for the institution in the budget of 2010-11 under Chief Minister’s innovative scheme. Subsequently, Rs.75lac in 2011-12 and Rs.1. 10crore in 2012-13 were provided under Plan by the State Government. Finance Department has indicated to provide Rs.1.34crore under Non-Plan through supplementary demand in December, 2012. Moreover, for infrastructure development in the allotted land at Sivasagar, a proposal of Rs.50crore has been sent to DoNER with State Government priority list. This fund is likely to come during 2012-13 in which case infrastructure development can be taken up soon. For technical reasons for the initial works in the temporary rental campus and also at allotted land, Housefed has been roped in. This provided technical support. But in due course, University will set up its own technical wing. To start with, the Vice-Chancellor has tapped the establishment of RCS for pooling officials to work for the University till regular incumbents can be taken. These tapped officials provide additional support in various works of the University. One retired official of RCS establishment was also engaged for one year to work as Superintendent cum Cashier. Since new incumbent has been appointed, the retired official will be relieved on 31.12.2012. Costs involved in mobilizing the resources are as follows:- Financial- No cost is involved in this particular aspect as funds have been mobilized from the budget of Co-operation department. Technical- Technical resources from Housefed involves 3% of the project cost. Upto this, A/A of Rs.68 lac to Housefed involves a consultation fee of Rs.2.04 lac i.e. Rs. 68 lac x 3%. Further, the Chief Engineer of Housefed whose services have been placed partially at the disposal of the University is paid Rs.2500 per month. Human- The retired official engaged since 2nd January, 2012 upto 31.12.2012 has to be paid Rs. 20,000 per month. One computer typist and two peons have been borrowed from the establishment, they are paid some honorarium as follows:- Computer typist- Rs. 800 per month Peon (2) - Rs. 500 per month, per person For organizing functions of the University, resources of RCS establishment and even that of Deputy Commissioner, Sivasagar can be pooled suitably. These mobilizations entail marginal costs. Initially the university functioned at Guwahati. The temporary campus at Sivasagar, Assam was opened on 3rd Oct’2012. By then, core staff i.e. 6(six) faculties and one official were appointed. At Sivasagar, one building (Second floor) was taken on rental basis for starting the temporary campus. Later on, hostels for boys and girls were arranged. In 2014, works started at the permanent site of the university which is just 5.6 km from the Sivasagar town. For the permanent sites, funds from different sources are being pooled. For academic purposes, particularly for training, the university had received funds from National Fishery Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad and RKVY. (497 words)

 7. Who were the stakeholders involved in the design of the initiative and in its implementation?
5 concrete outputs- Success of initiation (i) Earlier Cooperation comes just as a tail of Agriculture without any importance. Now all allied sectors in Assam realize the importance of Cooperation for better success of their schemes. Now Cooperation plays a pivotal role. (ii) Management- Everybody understands Business management. All IIMs and management institutions produce managers. But the approach is individualistic. As a result, the students without sufficient capital find it difficult to be a professional entrepreneur. With the concept of cooperative management, students develop the mindset of working together. This greatly helps them in setting up enterprises through capital formation. (iii) Open to farmers- This University by virtue of provisions in the Act of the university is open to farmers for learning. As a result, farmers can have direct interaction with the university. So far, the following number of farmers has been trained by the university. 1. Cooperators- 36 numbers- with participatory contribution from the farmers. 2. Fish farmers- 315 no.- with support from NFDB, Hyderabad. 3. Farmers- men and women/SHGs members/ cooperative members and non members/ youths etc.- 507 till 17th Oct’2014, with support from RKVY programme of Govt of India. (iv) Co-operative movement- Entire north eastern region of India is weak in cooperative movement. Establishment of the university and its interaction at various levels with professional approach has helped in uplifting the cooperative movement in the region. (v) Paradigm shift relating to the students/women- The main objective of the university in its regular courses is to create professional managers and entrepreneurs. Because of this prime objective, all students enrolled in Under Graduate course are fully aware that they will be leaders in the form of professional managers or professional entrepreneurs by setting up enterprises and become job creators. This paradigm shift from the concept of job seekers to job creators is significant and highly useful for the growth of the economy. The success of the initiative has already been recognized The University has bagged the following two awards recently. 1. National education excellence award, 2014 Conferred by Planet Research (with partner World Education Foundation) in June, 2014 as the Best university of Cooperative Management at New Delhi. 2. On 8th Aug, 2014, the university was presented Special Jury award for government Sector Initiative in Education at elets World Education Summit, 2014, New Delhi. (384 words)

 8. What were the most successful outputs and why was the initiative effective?
There are three main areas in a university. They are 1. Administrative 2. Academic 3. Accounts For monitoring progress of these activities, there are different Councils and Bodies as specified in the Act of the university. They are Court/ Executive council/ Selection committee/ Legal committee/ Custodian committee, Development and maintenance committee, etc. for administrative activities. More committees like Strategic Perspective committee (SPC) to act as think-tank of the university and Grievance handling and disciplinary actions committee (GHDAC), etc are going to be formed. For academic activities, we have Board of studies, Academic councils, Examination committee, etc. For Accounts, we have Finance committee, Purchase Committee, etc. For evaluation of implementation of strategy, there are standard established Regulatory bodies like UGC, National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC). Apart from that, since the academic architecture and road map of the university are designed by IIM- Ahmedabad, the university would be duty bound to get its strategy implementation evaluated by this premier institute from time to time. These systems are already in place. Regular meetings of Academic Council, Executive Council & Purchase Committee are held to monitor progress and evaluate implementation of the strategy. (190 words)

 9. What were the main obstacles encountered and how were they overcome?
There were few concerns in the process of establishment of the University: Sustainability with corpus fund and lean structure Interface with scholars and co-operators Research for learning points Flexibility to progressive courses However, our conviction was very strong. Initially the greatest hurdle was to convince stakeholders to accept the beautiful idea of having the 1st University of Co-operative Management in the country. Victor Hugo said, ‘Nothing in the world is more powerful than an idea whose time has come’. The time for University of Co-operative Management has indeed come and its relevance is because of Long history of Cooperative and failed experience No stress on education Openness of economy led to stiff competition Weaker sections marginalized Need today is more to infuse cohesiveness among the weak to improve skills Weak can take part in fast race only in groups and not individually, otherwise development for them will remain a far cry Many village central activities need collective (legal or otherwise) approach for which they Need motivation, training and skill development Regular interface with academicians/scholars needed for the marginalized groups Research needed to explore ideas/learning/develop modules best suited for cooperators/regulators and leaders-managers, etc. Legal studies needed for removal of impediments in revamping of cooperative movement All these obstacles were overcome by drafting of the Bill for the University in a unique way. Some prominent features are:- Campus University Non-affiliating Focused for Institution of Excellence To grow in bits by giving Stress on quality not quantity Courses specially designed Definite target groups like- (i) Cooperators (ii) Regulators (iii) Professional leaders/managers Collective and Cooperative attitude in all respects since everywhere focus is on individual but weaker sections can march only in groups. (300words)

D. Impact and Sustainability

 10. What were the key benefits resulting from this initiative?
The key benefits from setting up of a University will definitely be quite large in the long run. But in short spell of less than 3 year since appointment of 1st Vice Chancellor, considerable benefits have been derived. First, the establishment of a University by itself has generated an euphoric environment in the state particularly among the co-operators and regulators. The status of the department of Co-operation has gone up considerably. The University has conducted the following between September,2012 to September ,2014 i) The first Faculty Development Programme (FDP) was organized at Guwahati between 10th to 25th September,2012. Around 22 participants took part in the programme. Experts from IIM-A and one from MDI,Gurgaon were among the resource persons. ii) The first National Conference on ‘Networking of Co-operative Organizations for Education’ was organized at Dispur on 24th September,2012. Dr. Dinesh of NCUI and Sri JNL Srivastava, IAS(Rtd) of IFFCO Foundation and dignitaries from universities and co-operative institutions took part in the conference. iii) The first training programme between 4th to 6th October,2012 on ‘Leadership and Change Management in Co-operatives’was organized in the University Campus at Sivasagar. Twenty-six co operators from 5 districts of Assam took part in the programme. iv) In July 1, 2013 the first undergraduate course on Cooperative Mnagement to award degree of BBA(Cooperation) started with 32 students (22 boys and 10 girls). v) Varsity Week Started on November 14,2013 the first ever “Cooperative Run” with participation of institutions of Sivasagar district started. Cultural and sports events organized during the week. vi) In Dec5, 2013 The First Industrial Exposure Visit to Borbam Tea Estate, Amguri Conducted. vii) On Mar 10, 2014 Dr. Asad Rahmani, director of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) conducted a daylong workshop on ‘Bird Census: Techniques and Studies’. viii) The first Students Exchange Programme organized at Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal between Mar 21st’2014 to 4th April’2014 More programme for cooperators are being organized. A comprehensive document about the first training was prepared to see benefits. It was found to be quite encouraging. With the University set up,the networking with reputed institutions/organizations has started taking place. i) NABARD through its wing BIRD, Lucknow has already communicated its willingness to use the expertise of the University in the training programme of the bankers. ii) Sri JNL Srivastava, IAS (Rtd) has intimated willingness of IFFCO Foundation to collaborate with the University in the area of co-operative education and training. He would also take steps for IFFCO to collaborate with the University. iii) Collaborations with ARGUCOM will go a long way in supplementing our efforts for augmenting capacity building of bankers/PACS members/non-members/regulators/cooperators,etc to ensure sustainable credit flow for upliftment of agriculture and rural sector. Moreover, NFDB,Hyderabad, NLU, Delhi,IRMA, Anand, Vamnicom, Pune and NCUI, Delhi have shown interest for tie-up with University. MOUs have been signed with National Law University, New Delhi and Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal. Between 4th October and 6th October,2012, a training programme on ‘Leadership and Change Management’ was organized in the University where 26 cooperators participated. At the end of the training programme, a detail comprehensive report has been prepared to measure qualitatively and quantitatively the impact of the programme. The entire report has been put on the website. NFDB, Hyderabad sponsored 11no. of training programmes in 2013. Altogether 315 fish farmers have been trained. A comprehensive report has been prepared in this regard. (561 words)

 11. Did the initiative improve integrity and/or accountability in public service? (If applicable)
The most pertinent question definitely is sustainability of the University. With that in mind, even in the Act of the University provision has been made to have one ‘corpus head’ in the fund of the University. Already Rs.15lac has been kept in the corpus fund as decided by the Executive Council of the University. There is also provision for taking donations, from individuals/corporate, etc.to augments the Corpus fund. Moreover, after the establishment of the University on 28th December,2010, Finance Department has provided fund under Non-Plan during 2012-13 to make payments relating to salary, remuneration. TA/DA etc. This is the indication of sustainability of the University. At the moment, the tie-up with IIM-A is for developing strategic architecture of the University. But a permanent tie-up with IIM-A for mentorship is under active consideration of the University. The Act of the University has taken care of the needs of social and economic groups in the society. The philosophy of this University to upgrade HRD is based on the following considerations:- In the present day of globalization and liberalization, weaker sections have been marginalized Income divide/inequality resulted Needs to do something for the weakest to enable them to participate in the fast race One way is to unite them to work together with enhanced skills As regards institutional and regulatory sustainability of the Institution, it may be said that creation of a University gives autonomous, flexibility to adjust to progressive courses, research for learning points, interface between scholars and cooperators and many more options not normally available with institutions. The regulatory mechanism has been incorporated in the Act of the University itself. NAAC assessment in a period of 5 years and thereafter has been specified. Moreover, the University will be guided by all the regulations of UGC. Apart from these, mentorship by IIM-A will provide review of its progress from time to time. Mid-course corrective measures can be adopted to provide sustainability to the institution. Regarding social, economic, cultural and environmental sustainability of the University, one has to look at the prime objective of achieving the holistic pursuit of Cooperative management by organizing socially and economically backward, downtrodden, marginalized groups of people in a legal framework without however causing any harm to their cultural ethos and exploitation of environmental resources. Already disseminating of the initiative has gone far and wide from individuals to institutions through various means. Websites www.argucom.edu.in is disseminating information to all in the world. Consultations about the initiative had taken place with various stakeholders since conceptualization of establishment of the initiative. Vice Chancellor and faculties have attended conference and training in order to disseminate the idea of the initiative. On international level, ICA, Professor Md. Yunus, Professor Amartya Sen have been apprised of the initiative. Professor Yunus has already intimated that the university is in his consideration list for a visit. Dr. Chan Ho Choi of ICA has sent a long message for the National conference on 24th September,2012 at Guwahati. (495 words)

 12. Were special measures put in place to ensure that the initiative benefits women and girls and improves the situation of the poorest and most vulnerable? (If applicable)
In the journey of establishment of the 1st University of Cooperative Management in the country and making the initiative a success, several lessons have been learnt. They are listed below:- (i) A powerful idea whose time has come can be a successful initiative provided it is implemented with great conviction. (ii) It is essential to consult experts in such an innovative initiative. In this particular case, IIM-A being premier institute has been consulted in this initiative. (iii) Initially, there may be few takers of such a initiative. But as time passes, it becomes broad based and the idea finds space among many and they become successful ambassadors. (iv) It is essential to make strategic move at every step. The steps should be carefully outlined, planned and executed. (v) It is also desirable to identify the stakeholders at least at the macro level. The stakeholders should be consulted at different stages. (vi) Fund should not be the first consideration. Once the initiative is accepted, fund will automatically flow. (vii) For a University being academic in nature, the major emphasis should be in building the software part of the courses. Infrastructure should not be given the first priority. Everyone is interested in the courses and the result that may come up. (viii) The Preamble, Mission, Vision statements are unique of this university- Preamble- “Whereas it is expedient to establish and constitute a teaching and residential University in the state of Assam to secure to all the stakeholders of the Cooperative movement, education for widening knowledge and learning, training for enhancing skills and managerial capacity, research for searching new innovative spheres, promotion for building cadres of professional managers and functionaries to man, organize, develop ever growing numbers of Cooperatives and to make efforts for all round development of Cooperative movement and rural economy and matters connected therewith or incidental therewith.” Mission- “The mission statement of the university is to Initiate, Strengthen and Sustain the Cooperative movement, collective action and organizations that develop and sustain the society at large.” Vision- “ The vision of the university is to be an Innovative Growing and Multidisciplinary Institution of Learning committed to the principles of Cooperation for socio - economic transformation with an international perspective and sensitivity to local needs.” (ix) On marketing of the initiative, it is essential to be truthful. No effort should be made to sell sky touching dreams just to get students for the university. (x) Courses should be opened in phases. Many institutions start number of courses even in the first year. This temptation should be avoided (xi) There should be a clear program launching road map. (435 words)

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Institution Name:   ASSAM RAJIV GANDHI UNIVERSITY OF CO- OPERATIVE MANAGEMENT
Institution Type:   Government Agency  
Contact Person:   Dr. R. Zaman
Title:   Vice-Chancellor  
Telephone/ Fax:   09435345213/09435059745, landline: 03772-222144
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Address:   ASSAM RAJIV GANDHI UNIVERSITY OF CO-OPERATIVE MANAGEMENT, SIVASAGAR, ASSAM
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