The Union Cabinet has given its approval for the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and African-Asian Rural Development Organisation (AARDO) for capacity building programmes in the field of rural development.
Under the MoU for the triennium 2015-2017 capacity building programmes for AARDO member countries will be organized every year at various institutions such as National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (NIRD & PR), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) among others.
The duration of each training programme will be of two to three weeks. The Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development Management Course at NIRD & PR under this scheme is for one year.
AARDO currently has 31 countries of the African-Asian region under its fold. India is one of the Founder Members of the Organization and is the largest contributor in terms of membership contribution of $ 141,100 apart from contributing by way of providing 70 fully paid training scholarships for Human Resource Development Programme under the Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC) to the Organization.