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Index of my writings on General Issues available on this blog
  1. Living in a 10 billion plus world
  2. US - INDIA joint statement on Higher Education & exploring models for 21 cy institutions
  4. Nuclear Energy and the need for taking up radiation challenges
  5. A revolutionary decade of Wikipedia
  6. When 2010 leaves…
  7. Cancún Agreements & Knowledge/Technology/Support/Funds Sharing
  8. When simplicity would mean survival...
  9. An International Training at ICPE
  10. India; an emerging Knowledge Economy
  11. Need for a Consortium for alternative open technologies
  12. To save our PLANET
  13. Good Governance; 18 point policy
  14. Right from me to you
  15. Need for State Owned Public Conveyance Systems
  16. Need for Travel  
One among the contributors in the following documents

  1. TOWARDS A NATIONAL POLICY ON ICT IN SCHOOL EDUCATION IN INDIA - A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective (''A collaborative effort of Ministry of Human Resource Development - Government of India, Solution Exchange and CSDMS'')  
  2. Local Bodies and the Disaster Management Act 2005 (India)- Examples; Experiences - available on UNDP Solution Exchange Decentralization Community
  3. Outreach of Solution Exchange and Discussing Urban Governance, from SDC-CapDecK, Thiruvananthapuram and PRIA, New Delhi (Experiences, Examples). - available on UNDP Solution Exchange Community.  
  4. Panchayats and Local Bodies in SEZ Development -Advice, Experiences - available on UNDP Solution Exchange Community.  
  5. Panchayats in Promotion of Handloom Sector - Examples, Experiences - available on UNDP Solution Exchange Community.  
  6. Strengthening Panchayat Finances – Experiences, Examples - available on UNDP Solution Exchange Community.  
  7. Methods for Integrating Planning, Implementation and Monitoring at District Level – Examples; Experiences  
  8. Optimum Size of Panchayats for Effective Decentralization available on UNDP Solution Exchange Community.  
  9. Training Programme for e-Governance - Examples; available on UNDP Solution Exchange Community.  
  10. Summary Report of eConfernce on Agricultural Learning Repositories – 2008 - available at Agricultural Learning Repositories Task Force  
  11. Discussion: 12th National Conference on e-Governance-Plenary 3: Building Capacities, Forging partnerships;  available on UNDP Solution Exchange ICT for Development Community.  
  12. Revision in Guidelines on Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Teacher Education; available on UNDP Solution Exchange Education Community.  
  13. Addressing the Issue of Absenteeism and Repetition in Indian Education System; available on UNDP Solution Exchange Education Community. 
  14. Training Programmes by PRIs vis a vis Training Institutes; available on UNDP Solution Exchange Decentralization Community.
  15. ICT-based Enterprise Development – Experiences; Advice; available on UNDP Solution Exchange ICT for Development Community


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It was a fine Friday of 29th May 2009, the last day of the 5 day ‘Learning for Content and Community Building Workshop’ that I was facilitating for Commonwealth of Learning in association with Rupantar, a leading NGO, in Khulna, Bangaldesh. The fifth day was for field trip and casual discussions; a community building exercise.
In the morning, around 8 AM, Shaikh Abdul Halim, Co-ordinator of the workshop along with Md.Saifuddin Rony, Rohima, Maksuda Akther, Tauhid Alam and Md.Shafiqul Shaikh came to Hotel Western Inn International, where I was staying in Khulna, in a Van driven by our friend Jewel.

We planned Sundarbans as the first destination of the trip, and during the return journey we would also visit some places of historical importance.

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