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Kumarappa Institute of Gram Swaraj (KIGS) is a grassroots level non- governmental organisation registered under Registration of Societies Act No. 28, 1958, Rajasthan with registration no. 11-1968-69 on 24th April 1968. The Institute also possesses FCRA No. 125560019, dated 20th August 1985 from Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. Of India.
Office Accommodation :
Kumarappa Institute of Gram Swaraj is situated at Vinoba Gyan Mandir, B-190 University Marg, Bapu Nagar, Jaipur-302 015. The location is in the heart of the educational area of University of Rajasthan, which is hardly 100 meters from the office premises. The Institute has a conference hall for public meetings, library, reading room for scholars, residential quarters and rooms for the office. It is well equipped with telephone and fax facilities and has two computers for office work (486 and Pentium). The Institute also has a Mahindra jeep to carry out its survey and rural development work in the villages. The library has unique and rare collection of over 10,000 books on subjects like Gandhian ideology, rural development and rural economics. The library is widely used by various government departments, university students and research scholars.Our Strength :
KIGS has gained its strength based on its vision, mission, ideology and own experience in the field. Thus, we promote Community Organisations and People's Institutions in our working villages, then undertake all development activities through and in consultation with them ensuring community participation in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. To facilitate this process, we form Mahila Mandals (Women's Self-Help Groups) in each working village and train them to prepare micro level village plans. The groups work not only as people's institutions in their own villages but also as instruments in the establishment of a partnership and mutual trust between KIGS and the community. In this way, we primarily perform the role of educator and facilitator.
KIGS accepts the dictum that knowledge is power. We focus on dissemination of information to the people. Generating awareness by encouraging action on the part of the people is our method for empowering them. We also feel that participation enables people to take greater control over their own lives, of the problems that confront them, and the solutions that change them. Consequently KIGS promotes a participatory and need based approach in its functioning at all levels including planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and future planning. This is complemented by our belief that traditional/indigenous knowledge is a repository of development information. The two in combination define our approach to developing people's participation through knowledge.
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