Government of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Kerala State has 941 Grama Panchayats, 152 Block Panchayats, 14 District Panchayats, 87 Municipalities and 6 Corporations. Consequent to the 73rd and 74th amendments to the Constitution, the three-tier system came into existence in India . In Kerala, Local Self-Government Institutions have been meaningfully empowered through massive transfer of resources as well as administrative powers. Local self-government Institutions have emerged as effective agencies for the implementation of developmental programmes. Developmental programmes are identified and implemented through Grama Sabhas. With the decentralisation of power, Local administration department has gained an important role in the formulation and implementation of developmental works at the grass-root level. Today Panchayat Directorate, Directorate of Urban Affairs, Commissionerate of Rural Development and Town and Country Planning Department are the major allied departments of Local Administration.
Related to local administration activities, there are different allied institutions under LSGD which is headed by Dr. K.T. Jaleel, Minister for Local Self Government.
KERALA INSTITUTE OF LOCAL ADMINISTRATION (KILA) , Kerala, India
KERALA INSTITUTE OF LOCAL ADMINISTRATION (KILA)
Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Local Self- Government Department, Government of Kerala, is the nodal agency for Training, Research and Consultancy for Local Self-Government Institutions in Kerala. The Institute began its operation in 1990. Apart from training, consultancy and policy oriented research activities, KILA organizes seminars, workshops and discussions on various issues of local governance and development. The Government of Kerala have recognised it as a Centre of Excellence. The Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of Kerala have declared KILA as the SAARC Centre of Training in Decentralization and Local Governance. KILA has provided a lead role in the capacity building and training of democratic decentralization in Kerala and now it is engaged in institutionalizing the process of decentralization and to make the local government system sustainable.
KILA is a link between people and the Government and is also a think tank for policy formulations. The feedbacks that have been gathered from various training programmes together with the research support facilitate in the formulation of pragmatic policies for strengthening decentralization. Indeed, in implementing these policies, KILA plays a major role by means of wider
dissemination of information through training, publications, seminars, workshops and discussions.
Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) has been engaged in the capacity building activities for local governments in Kerala since its establishment in 1990. The Institute is supported by the Government of Kerala, as its nodal institution for training, research and consultancy for the Local Self-Government Institutions. The Institute engages in different capacity building activities of the local governments, both rural and urban.
The Institute disseminates the insights of research and recommendations of its various training programmes and workshops through a number of publications. In order to meet the training needs of the participants from other Indian states and neighbouring countries KILA has translated several documents in English and other Indian languages like Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and Kannada.
KILA actively collaborates with many national and international agencies like Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN-HABITAT, and Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) with a motive of deepening local governance. KILA collaborates with the Sri Lanka Institute of Local Governance and All India Institute of Local Self Governments, Mumbai to conduct international course in decentralised governance and poverty alleviation. KILA has been recognised as one the Regional Resource Centres of the Government of India for the capacity building of urban local bodies.
KILA will be elevated to the status of Deemed University in the near future. Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) is near the Cochin International Airport (65 kms, one and a half hours by road from KILA) which is having connectivity to the major international airports. The nearest railway station is Thrissur (11kms, 20 min by road from KILA).
International Sociological Association
The ISA was founded in 1949 under the auspices of UNESCO. The goal of the ISA is to represent sociologists everywhere, regardless of their school of thought, scientific approaches or ideological opinion, and to advance sociological knowledge throughout the world. Its members come from 126 countries.