Center for Cooperative Training and Research

The development of Cooperative movement is so spectacular that it has emerged as a very big sector in Indian economy contributing to the economic development of this country. Maharashtra has been in the forefront in the cooperative movement. With its success on one hand, the Cooperative movement has been facing severe criticism on other, only because of few instances of mis-management, malpractices and failures in this movement. To enable the state to maintain its premier position in the country in this respect, the YASHADA had decided to give due emphasis to capacity building of all the stakeholders in the cooperative sector. With a view to ensure this and having regard to the fact that a large number of training programmes have been organized for the capacity building of officials and non officials of Co-operative Banks / Co-operative Credit Societies / DCC Banks/ APMCs, it was felt necessary to establish a Centre for Co-operative Training and Research. The Centre for Co-operative Training and Research was established on 7th April 2004.


The mission of the Centre for Co-operative Training and Research is to facilitate human development in co-operative sector through continuous intervention by way of training, research and consultancy.

Aims and Objectives

  • The main Aims & Objectives of the Centre is to identification of training needs of various sectors in cooperation & cooperative department. And also designing training programmes.
  • Training of Officials & Non Officials in the cooperative sectors & cooperative department officers for capacity building.
  • Undertaking Action Research Projects in cooperative sectors.
  • Identifying best practices in various cooperatives sectors and disseminating them.
  • Undertaking studies for good governance in cooperative sectors.
  • Providing consultation for various sectors of cooperation.


  • Organizing sponsered training courses of officials & Non officials of District Banks/Urban Banks/Credit Societies/ APMCs/ Dairy Cooperatives/ Adivasi & Balutedar Societies etc.
  • Organizing training programmes of the field staff of administration and audit wing of cooperative department.
  • Conducting one day workshop on current situations for CEOs of Urban Banks. (every month one such programme)
  • Organising induction and foundation training for officers of co-operative dept. Training of trainers identified from urban co-operative banks/co-operative credit societies/APMC of all districts.


The centre is mandated to perform the activities as listed below :
  • CCTR has developed 3 days training module for Cooperative sector, which utilize a verities of training methods like guest lectures, group discussion, documentaries, case studies & role play etc. in order to achieve maximum impact.
  • CCTR has prepared a reading material in Marathi language & grouped into 6th different modules for the use of officials & non-officials Cooperative sector.
  • Documenting success stories in various sectors such as PACS, urban banks, urban credit societies, block level village artisans co-operative societies, co-operative credit societies, APMC, consumer co-operative societies, dairy co-operative societies, novel co-operative societies.
  • Identifying problem areas in various sectors of co-operation and undertaking research in those areas to provide solutions.
  • Exposure of selected co-operators/social activist from each districts regarding successful running of various types of co-operative societies.
  • Associating district banks association/federations of co-operative credit societies and planning for training at district level as YASHADA out reach programme.
  • Suggesting reforms in the working of Urban Co-op. Banks/Urban Co-op credit societies.
  • Preparing manual of detailed guidelines for proper functioning for the directors of DCCB/UCB/urban credit societies.
  • Organizing management development programmes for newly recruited officers in Urban Banks.
  • Associating experts in various fields of Co-operation, to achieve the above objectives.

Staffing Pattern of CCTR

  1. Assistant Professor and OIC : 1
  2. Research Officer : 1
  3. Research Assistant : 1
  4. Course Associate : 1
  5. Course Assistant : 2

  6. (Total posts : 6)

Target groups covered

The Non-officials and Officials of the Cooperative Societies, VIZ:

S.No.Type of Cooperative SocietiesNo. of Societies
1.District Central Cooperative Banks31
2.Urban Cooperative Banks658
3.Urban Cooperative Credit Societies21000
4.Employees’ Cooperative Credit Societies5600
5.Agricultural Produce Market Committees254
6.Cooperative Sugar Factories124

Society-type wise courses conducted during the year 2008-09

S.No.Type of Cooperative SocietiesNo. of CoursesNo. of Participants
1.District Central Cooperative Banks08158
2.Urban Cooperative Banks33736
3.Urban Cooperative Credit Societies20384
4.Employees’ Cooperative Credit Societies07122
5.Agricultural Produce Market Committees0461

Performance Indicator (from the beginning of the Centre) :

S.No. Year No.of
Courses Conducted
Participants Attended
Course fees collected
(Rs. in Lakhs)

SWOT Analysis

  1. Strengths : All the courses are sponsored courses. Public approach & developmental work.
  2. Weaknesses : Participation depends on response from the cooperative societies
  3. Opportunities : Scope for capacity building of Cooperative Credit Delivery system. Agricultural Marketing and Post Harvest Technology. Effluent Management. Development of leadership. Democratic education.
  4. Threats : Competition from other training institutions like VAMNICOM, ICM and CAB.

Achievements and Milestones

The Centre for Co-operative Training and Research has conducted the only courses of their kind in the state. The Sunday Newsline (Indian Express) dated 22th June 2008 highlighted a story "Engineering a new breed of women directors" on the front page. The Newspaper stated that YASHADA has made a modest beginning by persuading a unique professional training scheme addresses the problem of women directors of the Co-operative Banks.