The Center for Science and Environment (CSE) is initiating a process where students in various districts and across universities participate in monitoring the development effectiveness of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) through an extensive survey. CSE, along with university teachers and experts in relevant fields, will train students in the evaluation process.
The survey results will be used for public dissemination to do policy advocacy. The monitoring will involve 10 states, 10 districts, 20 development blocks and 160 villages.
Key objectives of the initiative:
- To monitor the productive asset creation/development works under NREGA to assess how it is being used for economic change
- To do the monitoring through the engagement of universities based in the region where work is being undertaken
- To build capacity of universities/students to do monitoring and to understand linkages between environment and economy
- To use the data produced through the monitoring for policy advocacy
To join the CSE student volunteer programme on NREGA, you need to:
- Spare 20 days during summer vacation (mid-May to mid June) – four days for training and 16 days for field survey
- Have an aptitude for development issues, particularly for backward areas
- Have a genuine interest in seeking applications of academic training.
(A letter of recommendation from your Professor/Department will be required)
CSE will take care of the travel, lodging and boarding as well as food during training and field survey besides a token honorarium for the same period.
A Certificate of participation will be awarded to all participants.
The last date for receiving applications is 31st March 2007.