NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC COOPERATION
AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT

The National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD) is an autonomous organisation functioning under the aegis of Department of Women and Child Development.
Objects
Functions
Functional Setup
Programmes &   Activities

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Objects

The objects of the Institute are to develop and promote voluntary action in social development, take a comprehensive view of child development and develop and promote programmes in pursuance of the National Policy for Children, develop measures for coordination of governmental and voluntary action in social development, and evolve framework and perspective for organising children’s programmes through governmental and voluntary efforts. AG00112_.gif (1861 bytes)

 

Functions

The Institute conducts research and evaluation studies; organises training programmes/seminars, workshops, conferences; and provides documentation and information services in the field of public cooperation and child development. It also provides technical advice and consultancy to government and voluntary agencies in promoting and implementing policies and programmes for child development and voluntary action. In addition, it collaborates with regional and international agencies, research institutions, universities and technical bodies. AG00112_.gif (1861 bytes)

 

Functinal Setup

The Institute at its Headquarters functions through six divisions, namely, Public Cooperation, Child Development, Women’s Development, Training, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Common Services. The Divisions are grouped under two Departments, namely, the Department of Mother and Child Development and the Department of Training and Common Services. The Institute also has three regional centres at Bangalore, Guwahati and Lucknow in order to cater to the specific field levels regional requirements in terms of training, research, consultancy etc.


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Regular Training Programmes

Under regular training programmes, the Institute organises orientation/training courses for representatives of voluntary organisations and officials of government departments engaged in implementation of programmes of mother care, child development and women’s development. The Institute also conducts programmes on subjects of topical interest in these fields to highlight the role of voluntary organisations and government departments in tackling emerging social problems including problems having a bearing on welfare and development of children and strengthening the social welfare service delivery system. The Institute has taken the lead in imparting gender training to law enforcement agencies, orientation to newly elected women members of Panchayati Raj Institutions and gender sensitisation of national machinery. These programmes are aimed at creating consciousness in the community about the needs of the children and women and help in channelising such consciousness into concrete action.

Training of ICDS Functionaries

As the apex body for the training of ICDS functionaries of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme, the Institute has been entrusted with the responsibility of planning, coordination and monitoring the training of ICDS functionaries; building up training infrastructure and capabilities of institutions engaged in training of ICDS functionaries; organising training of trainers, designing, revising, standardising and updating syllabi for training of various categories of functionaries; preparation of model programme schedules; and preparation, procurement and dissemination of training materials including audio visual aids. The Institute also provides feedback to the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of India and the concerned departments of State Governments on matters pertaining to the training of ICDS functionaries. In the year 1999-2000 the Institute has undertaken several new initiatives in making its training programmes more interesting and effective. To mention a few: emphasis on collaborative work with other national level organisations; and consultancy services from national/international agencies and capacity building of the faculty and staff of the Institute.

Research/Evaluation Studies and Other Projects

The Institute undertakes research and evaluation studies as an integral part of its work. It has adopted a policy on research which has the approval of its Executive Council. The following areas identified in the policy provide a broad framework for research work of the Institute: (a) research for policy formulation and programme development; (b) research and surveys for identification of needs and problems in the areas of voluntary action and mother care and child development; (c) assessment of efficacy and impact of on-going programmes for promotion of voluntary action and mother care and child development and identification of bottlenecks in the implementation and service delivery of various programmes and mid-course corrections; and (d) research, surveys and evaluation studies for identification of training needs in the areas of voluntary action and mother care and child development, development of curriculum and training materials and aids. Some of the important on-going studies/projects of the Institute which are at different stages of progress are: Girl Child in Adoption – A Study; Child Marriage Restraint Act – A Study of its Implementation in Gujarat; Revision of Guidebook for Creche Workers; Scholastic Problems of Children; Information, Education and Communication (IEC) in ICDS Programme: Reach and Effectiveness; Evaluation of Utilisation of Medicine Kit provided to Anganwadi Workers; Child Welfare and Development in Post-independent India – A Profile; A Study of Food Habits and Growth Pattern of Children in the Ecological Context; Child Abuse in Guwahati; A Micro Level Study on Birth Weight and Neo-natal Deaths of Hospital Born Children in Hospitals of Guwahati City; Aggression in Children; and A Comparative Study on Community Participation in ICDS Projects run by a Voluntary Organisation and Government.

Documentation

Resource Centre on Children is a specialised research and reference centre on children, women and disadvantaged groups. It is actively involved in development, research and networking activities and provides a comprehensive perspective about the status, needs and welfare/developmental programmes of children and women. RCC Data Base has bibliographic details of documents received and indexed. The facility of ‘on-line-search’ in the Centre provides the users an easy access to information. The Institute also brings out research based publications on issues relating to women and child development.

Field Demonstration Services

The Institute, in order to strengthen its research and training programmes and to provide practical experience to trainees and faculty of the Institute, two field demonstration services, namely, Child Care Centre and Child Guidance Clinic are being run at the premises of the Institute at New Delhi. These services also cater to the neighbouring community on a moderate scale.

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