The ICA organises a national forum of consumer co-ops in institutions in India (1997)

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January, 1998
(Source: Asia-Pacific Co-op News,Vol.4, No.4,Oct.-Dec.,'98, p.3)

The ICA organises a national forum of consumer co-operatives
in educational Institutions in India 
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The forum was held at the Chennai Institute of Co-op Management and
the coordinator of the forum was Dr. Y. Dongre from the University
of Mangalore.

The ICA's contribution to the cost of this forum was only 30%. 

The forum was attended by a total of 94 participants from India, including
seven delegates from university co-operatives in Singapore, Thailand
and Japan.  T.S. Sridhar, the registrar of co-operatives was the chief
guest of the forum.

The objectives of the forum were: 

i.	to create a common platform for the representatives of such
	co-operatives to interact and learn from each other's experience; 

ii. 	to provide orientation to the participants regarding the business
	development and member development activities in such
	co-operatives; 

iii.	to facilitate the Indian participants to interact with the participants
	from other countries and get to know their movements;

iv.	to familiarise the participants with various facilities and assistance
	available to such co-operatives; and

v.	to explore through dialogue and discussion, the possibilities of
	using the co-operative in educational institutions as centres of youth
	development. 

One of the achievements of the forum was the information received on the
status of university co-operatives in India. The forum decided to continue
its activities on a continuing basis.