Any type of organization succeeds if its base is
strong. Co-operatives are institution came into
existence for helping their members through
self-help and mutual help. The members being the
base of any Co-operative enterprise ,their
enlightenment involvement and active participation
in its working and management, their loyalty
towards the organization , awareness of their
rights and duties etc., hold key to its success.
The founders of the State Cooperative Union,
Kerala had properly visualized the need for
Cooperative Education and Training for the success
of Cooperatives. The Cooperative Principles also
laid stress on the need for member education by
accepting Cooperative Education and Training as
one of its principles.
Member Education Scheme:
The Kerala State Cooperative Union realized this
and made extensive arrangements for conducting
member education programme in the state. The
staffing pattern discussed earlier has mentioned
the position of Cooperative Education Instructors
at the various Member Education Units. These
Instructors carryout the member education
programmes at the district level.
Member Education scheme sponsored by the National
Cooperative Union of India was introduced in
Kerala in 1957 as a pilot project and it is being
implemented by the State Cooperative Union, Kerala
as per the guidelines given by the NCUI from time
to time. Cooperative Education programme is now
being implemented by the State Cooperative Union
as per the scheme for the utilization of
Cooperative Education Fund approved by the
Registrar of Cooperative Societies and as
recommended by the Managing Committee of the State
Cooperative Union every year. All expenses
incurred for this scheme are met from the
Cooperative Education fund remitted by the
Cooperative Societies out of their net profit.
Besides Government of Kerala provides Rs.20 lakhs
for the above purpose.
The State of Kerala has 11690 Cooperatives spread
over 14 districts. The total membership of these
societies comes to 29486445 members. The major
activity of the State Cooperative Union is
educating the members, Managing Committee Members,
prospective members, women and youth, public etc.
In order to achieve this, the Union conducts a
variety of programmes, such as Cooperative camps,
rallies, seminars, conferences, attending general
body meetings, conducting managing committee
classes, arranging lectures in colleges and
Schools on Cooperation, organizing debating and
essay competitions, organizing special programmes
for women, weaker sections etc.
The Kerala State Cooperative Union has the
distinction of the first organization to start
cooperative training in the country and it
continued to develop cooperative training
institutions in the State. The Cooperative
Colleges and Training Centers in Kerala situated
at major district places. The Higher Diploma in
cooperation and Junior Diploma in cooperation are
conducted by these institutions.
Leadership Development Programme/ Management
Besides this, the State Cooperative Union is
arranging the Leadership management Programme and
programme for the Leaders and Chief Executives of
the Cooperative Institutions every year at various
places in the State.