This document has been made available in electronic format by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)
June, 1998
(Source: Asia-Pacific Co-op News, Vol. 5, No.1, Jan-Apr., 1998, p.5)

Project on Indian Co-operative History

The Indian Society for Studies in Co-operation (ISSC), has initiated a project to write the History of the Indian Co-operative Movement, since 1904 when the first Co-operative Law was introduced in India.

It is felt that there are voluminous documentation and material published on co-operatives and co-operation in India, a well researched Co-operative History of the Indian Co-operative Movement is lacking.

It is hoped to write a comprehensive history of all sectors of co-operatives since 1904, expansion and growth of the various sectors of co-operatives, important stages of development in the pre and post independence era, the co-operative laws in the country, problems associated with rapid growth, implications of government association and support, expansion of legal provisions to regulate co-operative management, co-operative unions and their influence on co-operative development and the impact of liberalisation of economy on co-operatives, etc., etc.

Committees will be set up to look into various project activities. There will be an Editorial Committee and a Drafting Committee. It is also expected to set up Regional Committees. A local Coordination Committee will be set up at Pune consisting of senior co-operators and academicians to monitor the project activities.

During the first year, the project is expected to need a budget of INR 400,000/-. Financial and material assistance is expected from co-operative organisations and bodies in India and other countries of the region.

The project is expected to be completed during the year 2004.

To obtain more information and participation in the project, please write to Mr. M.V. Madane, Chairman, Indian Society for Studies in Co-operation, C/o. VAMNICOM, University Road, Pune 411 007, India.