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Several hundred bank managers of commercial banks, rural banks and cooperative banks from all over India have attended training courses at Manavodaya in the concept and working of self help groups for extending micro credit to the poor. These programmes were supported by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) to assist in the linkage of self help groups to banks in different parts of the country.

Manavodaya was also given the responsibility for training of banks as self help promoting institutions. Two rural banks from district Sitapur and Barabanki participated in the programme involving all the staff of five branches from each district. We are happy to place on record that all the five branches exceeded their targets in the scheduled time.

The lead district managers of banks from other parts of India have also found the programme useful for their operations.

Some Observations by the Participants


This programme was like an attempt to awaken meaningfulness inside us. Really wonderful,  the total devotion of the Manavodaya organisers and excellent effort to change society. My coming here was meaningful, found a goal in life, a new perspective for society.

                                                                                                  R.P. Shukla, Chief Manager, State Bank of India, Lead Bank office, Raigarh

The programme organised by Manavodaya was the best attended by me in my life. The relationship of life and livelihood was suggested in a practical manner through self reliant living... After coming here I am motivated to work with full commitment and excellence and not just as a job.

                                                                                                                                  D.S. Sonegara, Chief Manager, State Bank of Indore, Guna

This programme had a well planned method of exchange of thoughts with the right approach to solving of problems at field level. The work done by Manavodaya at ground level highlights the method of working with inner feelings.

                                                                                                                                                J.K. Morh, Senior Manager, Bank of Baroda, Jhabua

In this programme we saw a live example of Indian philosophy that has always contributed to global welfare. By getting a glimpse of our lost ancient wisdom, I my coming here was meaningful. Indeed it is difficult to achieve anything without sacrifice. I will be feel lucky if I can practice this Indian wisdom in my life.

                                                                                                                B.B.S. Kushwaha, Lead Bank manager, Central Bank of India, Ratlam

This was a pious programme. The respected organisers explained us everything in a very spirited manner which was heart warming. The discussions in the reflection sessions in the morning gave a very profound feeling that will help in daily life and work in future.

                                                                                                                                                                                         G.M. Karnavat, Dena bank

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