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The relationship between training and commitment : programmes for the KSS representatives in Bangladesh

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Das, Kshanada Mohan (1988) The relationship between training and commitment : programmes for the KSS representatives in Bangladesh. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This thesis examines the relationships between training and
commitment with reference to the programmes for the KSS
representatives in Bangladesh under BRDB. It argues that commitment
at the macro and micro levels is essential for the effectiveness of
such training. Since there has not been any systematic study of
commitment at the macro and micro levels in relation to the
training programmes of the KSS representatives, the findings of
this study are expected to contribute significantly to the corpus
of knowledge concerning training of farmers and other village cooperators
in Bangladesh. These findings may also prove useful and
beneficial to many third world countries.
Chapter I argues the need for training of village cooperators
and shows that the Comilla co-operative model, now
replicated by BRDB throughout the country, attached supreme
importance to such training. Analysis in Chapters I & II reveals
that the training of the KSS representatives in the 1960s had a
positive impact on their motivation to adopt improved agricultural
practices and to increase production. This was possible because of
the commitment of the personnel at the macro and the micro levels
to training. Evidence produced in the chapter suggests that the
training of the KSS representatives has now become ineffective,
lifeless, stereotyped and ritualistic due to the lack of commitment
at the macro and the micro levels. Criteria of effective training
and commitment are developed to provide a conceptual framework to
facilitate subsequent analysis in the thesis. Chapter II, III & IV
examine the commitment at the macro level to the training of the
KSS representatives. Analysis in Chapter II reveals that the
governments were committed to the Comilla model and the training of
the KSS representatives in the 1960s. In the 1970s and mid 1980s
the governments and BRDB lost their commitment to the training of
the KSS representatives. Chapter III shows that the governments and
BRDB failed to provide resources for an adequate training and

learning environment in the Upazilas. BRDB authorities are shown in
Chapter IV to be not specifically committed to the training of the
KSS representatives in the Upazilas. Analysis at the micro level in
Chapters V & VI demonstrates that the trainers and the trainees are
equally not committed to such training. Chapter VII reviews the
evidence of the earlier chapters in relation to the training and
learning of the KSS representatives and concludes that no one at
either the macro or the micro level was committed to the training
of the KSS representataives during the 1970s and mid 1980s.
The thesis argues that effective training of the KSS
representatives is essential for the improvement and modernisation
of agriculture and co-operatives in Bangladesh. Authorities at the
macro level and trainers and trainees at the micro level must be
committed to effective training. The study concludes that none of
the governments, BRDB, nor the Upazila level trainers and the
trainees were committed and that a return to the Comilla model
principles of commitment to training is required before training
can become effective.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Rural development personnel, Community development
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Tasmania, 1990. Bibliography: leaves 513-545

Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2014 23:59
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