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The Government of Odisha is rolling out a programme on revival of millets in seven districts of southern Odisha. The culmination of this has been a collaborative endeavour by the government, civil society and academia.


To take this forward, NCDS has planned a background study with student volunteers. The primary objective of this is an outreach activity that will initiate students to get a first-hand experience of working with the civil society and academia. This could be the relevance to public policy. Another important objective is to integrate this with the millet programme, so that we have a background understanding of the ground reality before the programme is rolled out by the government.

This internship programme was carried out jointly by NCDS and Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN), Hyderabad in two phases covering 11 blocks of seven districts, namely; Korkunda block of Malkangiri district; Baipariguda, Nandapur, Kundra and Semiliguda blocks of Koraput district; Gunupur block of Rayagada district; Phiringia and Kotagarh blocks of Kandhamal district; and Lanjigarh, Rayagada & Komna blocks of Kalahandi, Gajapati and Nuapada districts respectively. Interested NGOs working in these blocks provided necessary help to the interns. A total number of 33 scholars from different institutions of both inside and outside the state have successfully participated in this programme. The notable institutions from where scholars have come are IRMA, Anand; Central University, Hyderabad; Central University, Koraput; Utkal University and Fakir Mohan University. Mr. Biswabas Patra co-ordinated this programme. Dr Ramesh Prasad Mohanty and Dr CR Das of NCDS and Mr Dinesh Balam of WASSAN also helped in this endeavour.

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