Bhubaneswar: The Rural Research Analysis Committee (RRAC) of Xavier School of Rural Management (XSRM), Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XUB) conducted its RLLE deliverables synthesis event “ANVESHAN 2019” at the Xavier City campus, on November 1, 2019. The theme for the session was, “State of Rural India 2018-19”.

The event was attended by students and faculty members alike and was inaugurated by Prof. S. Peppin (Dean, XSRM), who unveiled the website and logo of the committee. This was followed by unveiling of the survey by Mr. Cyril Bastin (Committee Member, RRAC).

The survey covered data on a wide range of aspects related to Rural Indian Households such as agriculture, cropping pattern, sanitation, open defecation, banking and financial services, and work culture among women, to name a few. Prof. S. Peppin emphasized upon the future prospects of rural research and perspectives to be mentioned on the website. Thereafter, Mr. Dipayan Bardhan (Committee Member, RRAC) unveiled the case study while Ms. Daivakari Kapoor (Committee Member, RRAC) unveiled the Village Report. Prof. Jeevan Arakal (Visiting Faculty, XSRM) addressed the students of XSRM with respect to the significance of the Rural Living and Learning Experience (RLLE) programme for future rural managers. He further emphasized the need to strengthen their understanding of various socio-economic and cultural aspects of rural India in order to prosper in life.

The committee members from the 2018-20 batch shared their RLLE experiences with the students of 2019-21 batch, in order to prepare them for their upcoming RLLE exposure.

The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Ankit Kumar (Coordinator, Rural Research and Analysis Committee) to the presenters, faculty members, and everyone who contributed in making it a grand success.

XSRM students contributed by posing relevant questions to the committee and adding value to the discourse. While appreciating the discussion topics, the committee members emphasized the significance of the issues and the importance of such qualified sessions in keeping the conversation alive.