NCRD Training Courses: An Open Door To Knowledge And Wisdom
Akhtar Hameed Khan National Centre for Rural Development (AHKNCRD) was built in 1979 as a Federal Training & Research Institute. However, it was renamed as National Centre for Rural Development. It was later named after Dr Akhtar Hameed Khan who is one the pioneers of participatory rural development in Pakistan.
AHKNCRD is situated in Chak Shahzad at park road near NARC and NIH buildings in Islamabad Capital Territory. It is a government institute which was established to initiate and promote the development of the neglected rural sector of the country. The Centre is collaborating with a huge number of national and international bodies. Training and research are conducted for the purpose of development of rural areas. It is a well-furnished institute equipped with all learning facilities in the campus. A computer lab is also present to assist the participants while computer training. Few seminars and workshops are also organized all over the year. Moreover, there is no fee for any of the training sessions. It also provides accommodation to the participants.
Annual Training Calendar is circulated in the related government departments and is also being updated on NCRD website at the start of every fiscal year. A complete description of all the training courses and course coordinators are also being given there. Any interested person can get himself/herself registered for any of the course. A participation certificate is awarded to every person who completes his training.
Recently I have attended a training session there on ‘Monitoring and Evaluation of Rural Development Projects” from March 12 to 16. I was really amazed to see the level of discipline at the campus in such a public institute. Trainers were including Mr Bilal Raza (Assitant Director NCRD), Mr Saleem Khattak (Chief Planning & development department) and Liu Col. Mr Imran Afzal Malik (Director Innovative Strategies). The training was well organized and the course material was quite understandable. The trainers were highly qualified and punctual. They have beautifully demonstrated the knowledge on the topic. Those were very interactive sessions.
Training sessions have provided a great opportunity by bringing the academic and development sector at one place. Trainees were from different public organizations and universities. So the sessions were highly informative and were a huge platform for students to learn the basics of development sector from the experienced members. The members could be seen sharing their views and discussing different issues at tea break. Anyone who wants to increase his knowledge base and to easily interact with government officials should get enrolls himself in these courses. This activity will also polish your research skills and will be a good addition to your curriculum vitae.