Visiting Students from NULS, Norway
A group of students from the Department of International Development at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NULS) visited CDS during 2nd September to 9th September, 2019 to undergo their course on development and civil society. Their visit was facilitated as part of an MoU signed between the NULS and CDS. During their stay here the students were given exposure to Kerala’s developmental path, its opportunities and challenges. Prof. Sunil Mani, Director, CDS inaugurated the course and Prof. K. P. Kannan gave the introductory lecture. The course consisted of class room lectures and field visits.
The lectures were delivered by CDS faculty and other renowned scholars on Kerala. Field visits illuminated the rural life in Kerala. They also visited a variety of civil society interventions in Kerala such as the Kudumbasree mission, the Mahatma Gandhi Rural employment scheme and the local self governments. The visitors also immersed themselves in the community life at CDS, participating in various cultural activities of the Centre. They were enthusiastic to interact with the CDS community at large and CDS students in particular. The course was well received and they expressed their deep appreciation for the programme. The course was co-ordinated by Dr. Vinoj Abraham.