Distance Education Programmes

Continuing Education

CERTIFICATE IN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES IN PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH AND EVALUATION
his programme is a unique collaborative initiative of PCE in India and Continuing Studies, University of Victoria located in British Columbia, Canada. The programme aims at sharing insights developed from both the Development Sector world and the academic world. Practitioners from both India andCanada have designed this programme. This programme is an introduction to the practice and theory of community-based participatory research and evaluation from the global perspective. The emphasis is on participatory research and evaluation, c o m m u n i t y action and community transformation. Examples are drawn from international case studies. Issues of UNITS partnership, degrees of participation, and ? Introduction and guidelines for practice are featured along with History of innovative ways of creating and representing Participatory knowledge in a community-based context. Research Completion of this programme will enable learners to design and conduct participatory ? Conceptual research and evaluate projects in their own Understanding of communities. Participatory

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Research ? Conceptual Understanding of Participatory Evaluation ? Contemporary Applications ? Participatory Methodology ? Challenges and Conclusions
"Its a unique and fruitful endeavour and will definitely benefit anyone who seeks to gain something from it."
- Ex Student

UNITS ? Introduction to occupational health and safety ? Sector specific occupational health and safety issues ? Socio-economic aspects of OHS ? Health Screening Measures ? Basics of preventive techniques ? OHS legislations in India ? Participatory Research in Occupational Health.
"The learning materials provided the depth and real life experiences to give essence to the course."

CERTIFICATE IN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

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anagement of health and safety in the workplace is not only a legal and moral obligation, it also makes good business sense. Attention to safety and employee welfare issues can yield valuable returns in improving employee morale, reducing absenteeism and maintaining productivity, while cutting costs arising from accidents and compensations thereof. Health and safety is often regarded as being separate from other workplace issues. As health and safety laws often involve technical issues, laypersons feel that only experts can deal with such matters.

PRIA's learning and experiences of the last two decades, however, defies this myth. We believe most accidents happen because they have not been prevented, thus safety is a key - Ex Student issue. This Programme titled “Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety' is designed to provide learners with basic information, resources, discussion questions and interactive opportunities that motivate an understanding of Occupational Health and Safety. The Programme is based on two decades of PRIA's involvement with the issue. From its inception PRIA's work focused on capacity building and demystifying the concepts and practices of the Occupational Health and Safety. The methodology and case studies used in the programme are on the one hand tested in the field set up and on the other enriched by PRIA's networking with experts and practitioners. Seven units are offered as part of the course.

Distance Education Programmes

Continuing Education

Distance Education Programmes

Continuing Education

CERTIFICATE IN CIVIL SOCIETY BUILDING

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ecent years have witnessed dramatic changes in the social, political and economic arrangements throughout the world. Collaboration between state, private sector and civil society is increasingly being viewed as a viable approach for solving complex social and economic problems. The existing capacities of the civil society, specifically within developing countries, however are inadequate to effectively meet the challenges of the changing development context. For bridging the gap, PCE is launching the programme titled “Certificate in Civil Society Building” in a distance education mode for development organizations and actors engaged with or interested in working with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). It aims to build a basic UNITS understanding of the concept of Civil Society ? Conceptual and on strategies of strengthening it, in its Understanding of pursuit of addressing issues of poverty, Civil Society democratisation and sustainable human development. It will facilitate a critical ? Civil Society and analysis of various debates and perspectives Other Actors on the theme. Building on research and ? Civil Society and discourse by PRIA and its partners' on the Sustainable theme and rich practice in the field, itwill draw Development together theory and practice on civil society, ? Civil Society and through field case studies and practical Democracy building illustrations.

? Strategies to strengthen Civil Society ? Applications - Global Civil Society

"The faculty's enthusiasm and knowledge about subject matter while designing and writing the course was extremely impressive."
- Member Advisory Committee

UNITS ? Panchayati Raj Governance ? Democratic Mandate ? Strengthening Financial Capacities of PRIs

CERTIFICATE IN PANCHAYATI RAJ INSTITUTIONS IN INDIA
(Local-self Governance)

he 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act 1993 and the subsequent State Conformity Acts have created a legal ? Local Development opportunity for the pursuits of local selfPlanning governance at the village level. The Act Priorities, Process envisaged vibrant Panchayati Raj Institutions and Outcomes (PRIs), which were responsive to the needs ? Panchayati Raj and aspirations of the local community, where Institutions Equity, informed and inclusive participation of all Entitlement & Social citizen, across caste, class and gender in the Justice planning and administration ensured accountability of the system to the local ? Citizen Participation: community. In actual practice, however many Process & Outcomes. impediments exist, which adversely affect the functioning of PRIs. In this context "The case study used in the learning materials give the educational intervention with village true value of PRIA in community, elected members and its efforts towards supporting Government f u n c t i o n a r i e s b e c o m e s efforts of local governance initiatives." imperative. In this gigantic educational task, - Subject Matter Expert the trainer fraternity both from the Government and NGO sector as well as development professionals are playing key roles in initiating members to the multifaceted discipline of Panchayati Raj Governance. The programme essentially incorporates the rich grassroot experiences of PRIAin strengthening PRIs.

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Distance Education Programmes

Continuing Education

Distance Education Programmes

Continuing Education

CERTIFICATE IN UNDERSTANDING GENDER IN SOCIETY

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n 1975, the United Nations observed the International Women's Year for the first time. Since then, there have been international dialogues on women's rights, gender justice, discrimination and violence and equal participation of women in all political, social and economic spheres of life. From the first Women's Conference held in Mexico City in 1975 to discussing themes of equality, development and peace to the 2001 Millennium Peace Prize to recognizing the efforts of women in preventing and resolving conflict and war, there has been no looking back. Governments, Non Governmental Organisations and the Civil Society have initiated a process of learning that has involved deliberation, negotiation, setting objectives, identifying obstacles and reviewing progressesmade. The last decade in India, has seen some dramatic changes in terms of gender equity and equality of opportunity for all. Landmark judgments such as the reservation of 1/3rd seats for women in all three tiers of local level governance, made possible by the 73rd and 74th ConstitutionalAmendment Act 1993, and the passing of the Protection Against Domestic Violence Act 2005 now recognises the fact that women's rights are UNITS inherent human rights. However, there is an urgent need to explore gender needs from every perspective. Issues that affect men and women both positively and negatively need to be addressed in a constructive manner. Relationships within the home and the workplace need to be examined from a gender perspective. A process of review, deliberations and an analysis of the new roles that women today are playing despite being bound to old traditions and customs, needs to be initiated to renegotiate gender roles for both the sexes. Backed by PRIA's decade long commitment to ensure a gender just society, first in its programmes towards women's empowerment to the present day programmes of mainstreaming gender in institutions, this course seeks to drive home the essence of gender as equality of opportunities for all.

? Gender definitions and reality ? Socialisation process and ideology ? Gender based violence; ? Gender in institutions ? Gender and health ? Creating gender sensitive environments
"With PRIA's vast experience and subject matter expertise there is no doubt that the course will prove to be an eye opener to anyone who wants to work upon the issue as an individual or as part of an institution."
- Member Board of Studies

Academic Programmes
Code /Course Certificate in International Perspectives in Participatory Research and Evaluation Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Certificate in Civil Society Building Certificate in Panchayati Raj Institutions in India (Local Self Governance) Certificate in Understanding Gender in Society Fee Rs.6000/- Or 200 US $ for applicants outside India. Rs.5000/- Or 150 US $ for applicants outside India. Rs.5000/- Or 150 US $ for applicants outside India. Rs.5000/- Or 150 US $ for applicants outside India. Rs.5000/- Or 150 US $ for applicants outside India.

ADMISSION PROCEDURE
Eligibility: All the above certificate programmes invite applications from the region of South Asia. The minimum required qualification is Bachelor's degree in any subject. Mode of Delivery: The Certificate programmes are offered in a distance mode, making learning accessible through part time study outside working hours. Distance delivery includes print materials, audio-visual CDs, guest faculty and immediate and engaged communication through bulletin board. Duration: Each certificate programme is of 3 months duration. Medium of Instruction: English. Credits and Evaluation: All the certificate programmes are awarded 8-credits and involve 240 hours of study. Evaluation will be based on written assignments in the form of reflection papers, case study analysis and project work. Payment of Fee: The fee is to be payed only through Demand Draft drawn in favour of “ Society for Participatory Research in Asia”, payable at New Delhi. REGISTRATION : Registration forms may be downloaded from the website or through e-mail to education@pria.org to receive form.

FACULTY OF PRIA CONTINUING EDUCATION
Faculty members includes eminent social development intellectuals with international research and teaching experience. Dr. B.K.Sinha, Executive Director, CENCORD, Bihar. Dr.Budd Hall, Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, Canada. Ms.Catherine Etmanski, Pursuing Ph.D Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, Canada. Mr.Colin Ball, Former Director, The Commonwealth Foundation, Canada. Prof. Darlene E.Clover, Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, Canada. Dr. L. David Brown, Director, International Programs, Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard University Mr. Feisal Alkazi, Education Consultant, Creative Learning for Change, New Delhi. Mr.Harsh Jaitli, Director, PRIA Consultancy, New Delhi. Dr..H.N.Saiyed, Director, National Institute of Occupational Health, Gujarat Dr.Mandakini Pant, Fellow, PRIA Continuing Education, New Delhi. Mr.Manoj Rai, National Coordinator, PRI, PRIA, New Delhi. Ms.Martha Farrell, Director, PRIA Continuing Education, New Delhi. Ms.Namrata Jaitli, Fellow, PRIA Continuing Education, New Delhi. Ms.Nandita Bhatt, Programme Officer, PRIA Continuing Education, New Delhi. Ms. Priti Jain, Education Consultant, Creative Learning for Change, New Delhi Dr.Rajesh Tandon, President, PRIA, New Delhi Prof.S.P. Jain, Former Director, NIRD, New Delhi Prof.T.K. Jena, Reader, School of Health Sciences, IGNOU, New Delhi.

Distance Education Programmes

Continuing Education

Distance Education Programmes

Continuing Education

PRIA Continuing Education (PCE) has been established by PRIA, an international center for learning and promotion of participation and governance, for transferring its experience, knowledge and learning of over 25 years. This vast pool of knowledge and learning has been synthesized and packaged into distance education programmes. In the Indian educational system and structure, PCE can be positioned as a provider of higher education and all forms of professional and technical education. Continuing education is for all practical purposes, a component of the larger system of higher education with a great deal more of coordination and networkingwith various professional bodies as well as the employment sectors. There is an inevitable need for expanding the knowledge base of people at workplaces. The purpose of PCE initiative is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge that has a direct bearing on social development.

Structure:
?Governing Board is the principal executive body. It is empowered by the statutes to look after themanagement and administration of PCE. ?Board of Studies is the apex academic authority, which decides policies of PCE and gives directions on thematic areas, methods of instruction, evaluation, and improvement in academic standards. ?Finance Committee advises on fee structure for the programmes and also on all financial matters. It supports establishment of norms for the total recurring and non-recurring expenditure for the year based on income and resources. ?Advisory Committee is responsible for the design and formulation of priorities for specific programmes offered. Instructional System PCE uses different components for teaching/learning which include self-instructional print and audio-video materials, interactive multimedia CD-ROM, Internet based learning and face-to-face workshops. PCE not only follows the traditional distance education delivery through print but also emphasizes towards interactive multimedia content and learner support throughweb-based platforms. Admission: PCE has two academic cycles. April - June and October - December. The notification for admission is issued in the major national newspapers. The detailed information on admission and application forms are available on the PCE website www.pria.org. Evaluation System: The successful completion of a programme of study for the award of certificate, will be determined on the basis of performance and evaluation of the assignments submitted by the learner.

Credit System:
A credit is the weightage assigned to a course in terms of study hours. It is a measure of studyload in terms of hours of study a learner has to undertake. For its programmes, PCE follows the 'Credit System' prescribed by Distance Education Council, except for the ones collaborated with other Universities/Institutions. Each credit in this system is equivalent to 30 hours of academic work comprising all learning activities; reading and comprehending the print material, listening to audios, watching videos, attending counseling sessions, teleconferences, working on projects and writing assignment responses. Thus, an 8-credit course involves 240 hours of study. This helps the learner to understand the academic effort one has to put in, to successfully complete a course. Medium of Instruction: Presently the programmes are delivered in English, but efforts are being made to introduce these programmes in Hindi in the near future.

For more details please contact:

Ms. Martha Farrell (Director) PRIA Continuing Education PRIA 42, Tughlakhabad Institutional Area, New Delhi. Phones : 91-11-2995 6908, 2996 0931/32/33 Fax : 91-11-2995 5183, 2995 5819 Email : education@pria.org Website : www.pria.org