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At the instance of FAO, CICTAB was set up by Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India as an autonomous institution with its head quarters at Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management, Pune, in January, 1983.

CICTAB became operational, initially for four countries of the region, viz. Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India. Subsequently in the year 1991, General Council of CICTAB decided to revive the development of CICTAB activi

CICTAB promotes training of personnel in relevant spheres and serves as a forum for exchange of experience among developmental functionaries of agricultural banking and credit including cooperatives and other organisations engaged in rural financing and development in member countries of SAARC region.

While conceived essentially as a sub-regional centre for Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India, subsequently extending its scope to all the countries of SAARC Region. It is also expected that CICTAB will provide an effective forum for exchange of experience in agricultural banking and related fields between different developing countries in Asia and Africa. CICTAB's role, thus, is comprehensive and crucial but catalytic in nature.

The functions envisaged for CICTAB are defined in terms of its role and also of the countries it is expected to serve. CICTAB's functions are thus

  • Training of personnel in relevant spheres and

  • Serve as a forum for exchange of experience among developmental functionaries.

One of the distinguishing features of CICTAB is focus of its activities on programmes and practices relating to rural development. CICTAB, therefore, endeavours, through its programmes to help develop integrated management of organisations and institutions concerned with promoting and financing rural development.

In terms of its objectives, activities envisaged for CICTAB are :

  • To actively promote and strengthen national systems for training in agricultural banking, credit and other organisations engaged in rural financing and development.

  • To conduct training courses/workshops/seminars in India or other countries of the region on various aspects of Agricultural/Rural Financing and Development.

CICTAB's activities relate to training personnel so as to assist them in solving the problems relating to promoting and financing rural development activities as also regarding the innovative and multi-disciplinary types of Rural Development Projects and Programmes.

The countries in the region participating in CICTAB programmes have more or less common features and comparable experience and problems in their rural economy and in the various development programmes undertaken by them. The importance of personnel development in evolving a viable institutional framework for executing rural development programmes, particularly for the benefit of the rural poor recognised by all concerned.

Participants for CICTAB's training programmes and other allied activities are senior personnel in related Departments of Government, central banks, cooperative and rural development financing institutions, Banks dealing with policies and programmes of their respective institutions and trainers from national level or regional level training institutions concerned with training of personnel from Rural Financing and Development Organisations.