Bhubaneswar: Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra in the presence of Principal Secretary for School and Mass Education, and Information and Public Relations Bishnupada Sethi unveiled the book titled “Voluntary Organizations and Rural Development in South Asia South: Assumptions and Realities” written by Dr Umakanta Mohapatra, PRO to Chief Secretary. The book was published very recently by one of the world’s leading publishers Springer Nature. Mahapatra also launched the electronic version of the book.
The book is an independent, multi-pronged assessment of the role of voluntary organizations (VOs) in rural development. It addresses the existing knowledge gap for sharing development tasks with non-governmental civil society actors in developing countries, particularly South Asian countries. The 228-page volume delineates the location of VOs among other third sector civil society actors; and, provides factual knowledge on the structure, operation, effectiveness, community base, public image, GO-VO equation, strength, challenges, current dynamics and future trend of grassroots VOs .
The volume resulting from empirical work in Odisha is the first of its kind published by Springer Nature. On this occasion, the author, Dr Mohapatra, said: “Springer’s independent global experts who have reviewed the work from various angles have rated it ‘A work of the highest order’. In addition, the work also received commendations from Professor TN Pandey, Professor Emeritus, University of California, USA; Dr. Irina L. Pervova, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia; Prof BN Nayak, Director MBA, University of Creative Arts, UK; Prof DR Sahu, University of Lucknow and former Secretary of Indian Sociological Society; Prof. BB Mohanty, University of Pondicherry; Prof N. Rath, Utkal University, Sri Asit Tripathy, former Chief Secretary and current President of WODC; Prof Achyutananda Samanta, Founder of KIIT and KISS University; and other eminent personalities”.
The volume has been assigned the International Standard Book Number – ISBN 978-981-16-6292-8 (hardbound); ISBN 978-981-16-6293-5 (e-book); and, ISO digital identification code – https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-6293-5.
Experts considered the book very useful for researchers, students, policy makers, managers, NGOs, civil society actors and those interested in achieving inclusive development through partnership between the people. The book is available on Google Books, Springer.com, Amazon, Google Play Store, pubmed.ncpi.nlm.nih.gov, book topica.com and blackwells.co.uk. Students and researchers can preview the book through Google Books.