Conclave of RSETI Directors of United Bank of India – A Brief Report

A Conclave for the Directors of RSETI sponsored by United Bank of India was organized for 2 days from 25th to 26th November 2011 at Kolkata. The programme was inaugurated by His Holiness Swami Shivakarananda of Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Mutt, Kolkata. Sri Ambarish Nanda, General Manager of United Bank of India delivered the key note address and dealt in detail the role of Banks in addressing the unemployment problem of the country at large. This type of Conclave will go a long way in helping the Directors as well as top management of the Bank to clearly understand the basic philosophy of RUDSETI functioning and to practice the same in all RSETIs, he remarked. He thanked MoRD and NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE OF RSETIs for their constructive role in organizing this Conclave and assured to implement the guidelines of MoRD in true spirit. Sri Mohd. Abdul Wahid, Dy General Manager, HO:Prisec, UBI, Kolkata gave a glimpse of functioning of RSETIs sponsored by their Bank. Sri K N Janardhana, National Director for RSETIs, focused on the rationale behind organizing such type of Conclave and gave a brief view of the structure of the programme for 2 days. As many as 11 RSETI Directors participated in the programme apart from the Executives from Rural Development Department of the Bank.

Immediately after the inaugural session, Sri D T Ramanuja, Director, NAR administered Micro Lab which was well received by the participants. After the lunch break, Sri K N Janardhana presented a paper on ‘Journey from RUDSETI to RSETI’ and briefed the participants about the MoRD guidelines in running the RSETIs successfully. He touched upon various issues related to role of sponsoring Banks, Directors, other stake holders and requested each one to work with missionary zeal to carry forward the concept of RSETIs to newer heights. This was followed by series of sessions by Sri D T Ramanuja on topics like Motivation – why and how?, Identification of Training needs, Methods of generation of applications, Selection of candidates for trainings Methodology of organizing entrepreneurship awareness / motivation camps etc.

The 2nd day of the Conclave started with a prayer followed by presentation of MILLY by few Directors. Thereafter, Smt Renuka Kumar, Dy Secretary, MORD, Government of India presented a paper on the expectations from the Ministry in rolling out a mega plan of having one RSETI at each District of the country. She could drive home the point that Banks have been assigned with this prestigious project of running RSETIs, keeping in mind the factor that Banks have the expertise as well as concern for the welfare of the rural India. She called upon the Bankers to rise to the call of the Government by extending the requisite support to RSETIs so that they can effectively deliver the goods.

This was followed by an interaction by Dr. R.N. Hegde, Project Co-ordinator for RSETIs, NIRD, Hyderabad, wherein the issues pertaining to allotment of land and progress under construction of new campuses were discussed. Dr. Hegde interacted individually with all the Directors and gave a patient hearing to their problems in the area of allotment of land / construction of building and assured that NIRD will address all their issues relating to allotment of land and construction of building at the earliest.

Thereafter, the review of the performance of the RSETIs was taken up jointly by Smt Renuka Kumar, K N Janardhana and K N Nagendra Babu. All the Directors were asked to make a presentation about the performance of their respective RSETI and also to present the SWOT of both the Director and the RSETI.

In both the days of the Conclave, the State Project Co-ordinator for West Bengal & Jharkhand, Sri Shridhar Jas was present. On the second day, Sri Jas shared his experience about his visits to various RSETIs as SDR.

After review of the performance of each RSETI, the MORD and the Monitoring Cell brought to the notice of the Bank officials the deficiencies observed in each RSETI and requested their immediate intervention to set right the same so as to enable all the RSETIs to work on the lines best performing RUDSETI.