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Project Implementation (UDS)
 
Introduction
As a special measure for strengthening cooperative movement in cooperatively under – developed states / areas and reducing regional imbalance in the level of development, Government of India approved a scheme of Cooperative Education of NCUI in 1976. This is a central sector scheme funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India.

Objective
The main objective of the scheme is to develop and promote cooperative societies in project areas and through them to increase the productivity of farmer members and thus improve their socio – economic conditions.

Approach
Intensive efforts for cooperative development through Cooperative Education combined with farm / technical guidance are the main ingredients of project approach. The office bearers and members of project adopted societies are motivated and educated to implement the business development plans through their active participation in planning of business activities, operational management and its evaluation. Self Help Groups are formed by the project personnel to facilitate micro – credit and sustainable income – generating activities. Formation and working of these groups is based on cooperative culture. All educational, farm guidance and developmental activities are linked with business development plans of PACS / LAMPS adopted by projects for their overall development.

Project Activities
The Project activities are divided mainly into 4 parts:
  • Educational / developmental activities: Aiming at strengthening and developing Cooperative societies with sound democratic character and strong financial base.
  • Farm/ technical guidance activities : Aiming at increasing farm production by adopting improved farm technology.
  • Socio – developmental activities: Aiming at increasing functional literacy / adult education, better living conditions, health care, family welfare, drinking water facilities.
  • Women development activities : Aiming at involvement of women in Cooperative as well as promoting the women Cooperatives exclusively and through them raising their socio – economic conditions.
Project Locations
State wise list of  44 Cooperative Education Field Projects including Women Projects and North Eastern  Projects located in  cooperatively under developed states / under developed areas of developed states and  Union Territories is mentioned below: 
State wise List of Education Projects  
        
Zone S.No State Project Location No.
South :

1            

Karnataka             

Gulbarga (Yadgir), Shimoga  2
  2 Kerala Thiruvanathapuram 1
  3 Andhra Pradesh  Vijayawada 1
  4 A & N Islands Port Blair 1
Total:       5
         
West:  5 Goa Panaji 1
  6 Gujarat Ahmedabad, Surendranagar 2
  7

M.P.

Raghogarh, Barnagar, Bhopal,Ratlam4
  8 Chattisgarh Raipur  1
Total:       8
         
East: 9 Bihar Hazipur & Arrah 2
  10 Orissa Khurda, Aska & Cuttack( Jagatsingpur) 3
  11 Bengal 24 Paraganas &  Raiganj 2
Total:       7
         
North: 12 Jammu & Kashmir Jammu, Anantnag 2
  13 H.P. Bilaspur & Hamirpur  2
  14 Punjab Bathinda, Jalandhar 2
  15 Rajasthan Sawai Madhopur, Jhunjhunu, Jodhpur 3
  16 U.P. Pilibhit, Fatehpur, Baghpat, Jhansi, Deoria, Unnao, Sultanpur (Amethi) 7
Total:       16
         
North East 17 Assam Morigaon, Jorhat 2
  18 Manipur Thoubal, Imphal  2
  19 Sikkim Mangalwaria (West Sikkim)  1
  20 Meghalaya Shillong 1
  21 Nagaland Kohima  1
  22 Mizoram  Aizwal 1
Total:       8