Local Branch




Our Burdwan Local Branch was formally recognized by the parent body in 1996.However, we started preparing the ground work from 1994-'95 at the initiative and under the leadership of our the then founder Chairman, Professor Mohit Bhattacarya, two consecutive term Vice Chancellor, Burdwan University and also faculty member of IIPA New Delhi for more than a decade. We used to function from the Vice Chancellor's office. Prof Bhattacharya was honored with Paul Appleby award too at the IIPA. Most of the members, whose membership applications were proposed and seconded, were from the teaching fraternity. Only a few were from the district administration. University officials like Trust Officer, Controller of Examinations, Inspector of Colleges and lately Pro Vice Chancellor were our members. We used to organize seminars and workshops only in the initial stages. Shri Peeyush Pande, former Superintendent of Police, however used to give lectures to the students of Law (BU).  Among the District Magistrates of Burdwan, who were ex-officio Vice Chairmen of our branch, as per our approved bye-laws, used to interact with us frequently. Dr Subrata Gupta, IAS, among other DMs was very much enthusiastic and sometimes, went out of way to help us. But the office space which was allotted by him at the seat of District Administration was never physically made available to us, as Office of the Burdwan Local Branch. We used to undertake field work too in the remote areas at the behest of the district administration. We undertook evaluative work of the flagship project MGNREGA in some pockets of undivided Burdwan District as requested by the DM, Dr Soumitra Mohan, IAS. We used to publish newsletters regularly in the past. Now we are not being able to publish it recently.  Being a founder member myself (Dr Bijoy Chand) I was nominated for the reconstruction of District Gazeteer. I was invited to join in some of the programmes to celebrate National Voters Day in my capacity as Secretary of the Local Branch. Since our Chairman passed away in April, 2020,we have Dr Shorosimohan Dan as Officiating Chairman. He has so far adored the post of Controller of Examinations ,Registrar, Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor and lately as peer of NAAC teams. So our Branch is working under his dynamic leadership at present. 

Year Of Establishment-1996

Number of Members-19





  1. Prelude Webinar on “India Emerging as a Global Leader” (Sept.28, 2022)
  2. Celebration of Women’s Day – Human Trafficking & Child Marriage (March 09, 2023)

Lecture Meeting

  1. Commemorative Lecture observing Constitution Day (Nov.26, 2022)


  1. Right to Information Act (Jan 23, 2021)
  2. Salient Features of the Consumer Protection Act (Jan 23, 2021)


  1. Prelude Seminar on “Management of Pandemics” (Oct.21, 2020)

Lecture Meeting

  1. Latest Amendments in the Consumer Protection Act (March 15, 2021)

Other Activities

  1. Local Branch Members participation in a colourful procession to mark the Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhas Bose on (Jan.23, 2021)


  1. Prelude Seminar on “Good Governance and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals” (Sept 30, 2019)
  2. Lecture meeting on “Recent Policy Initiatives in the field of Higher Education”, Prof. Apurba Ratan Ghosh, Prof. S.N. Mandal, Prof. Prem Agarwal, Prof. Arindam Ray and Prof. Dilip Bhattacharjee (Aug 16, 2019)
  3. “Project Proposal on Reforms in School Education” submitted to the Office of the District Magistrate, Purba Bardhaman alongwith estimated budget as desired by the District Magistrate, who is also our Vice-Chairman.


Role of Digital Technology in Governance (Prelude Seminar) (Oct. 3, 2018)


Prelude Seminar on “Strengthening of Ethics and Morality in Governance.”(Oct. 5, 2016)


Prelude Seminar on “Higher Education at Cross-Roads.(3 Oct. 2015)


  1. Prelude Seminar on “Trends in Centre- State Relations” at Burdwan Raj College. (26 September 2014)
  2. Environmental Issues (Prof. Apurba Ratan Ghosh, Head, Dept. of Environmental Science, Burdwan University). (10 June 2014)
  3. Publication of “Basanta Barta” Newsletter of the Branch (Bi-Annual)


  1. Contemporary Role of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) & Ethnic movement in Rural Development. (6 Sep, 2013)
  2. Food Security in India: Issues & Suggestions for Effectiveness. (8 Oct, 2013)
  3. Evaluative Report on MGNREGA submitted to Burdwan District Administration (Final Report).
  4. “BASANTA BARTA”- Bi-Annual Newsletter Published in Sep’13 and Mar’14.


  1. Local Governance & Women’s Empowerment. (2 June, 2012)
  2. Prelude seminar on Urban Development and Urban Services Delivery. (13 Sept. 2012)
  3. Mid term appraisal of the Evaluative Project on MGNREGA. (13 Feb. 2013)
  4. Evaluative Project on MGNREGA – Interim report in final stages to be submitted to Burdwan District Administration.
  5. Two issues of “Basanta Barta” – Newsletter published in March & Sept.


  1. Prelude Conference “Role of Panchayat Bodies in Rural Development since 1959”. (23 Sept. 2011)
  2. Women in Panchayats: The W.B. Scenario. (29-30 Nov. 2011)
  3. MGNREGA – An Initiative towards Inclusive Rural Development. (31 March, 2012)
  4. Two issues of “Basanta Barta” – Newsletter published in Sept. 2011 & March, 2012.


  1. Public Relations in Indian Railways. (2 July, 2010)
  2. Prelude Conference on `Reservation and Inclusive Growth’. (29 Sept. 2010)
  3. Right to Mine: Women & Gender in Coal Mines in India. (22 Dec. 2010)
  4. The Branch published Bi-annual Newsletter (Basanta Barta) in March & September.




Prof. Mohit Bhattacharya
Email: prof.mohit@gmail.com

Dr. Bijoy Chand
Email: bijoy.chand@gmail.com

Address for Communication
IIPA Burdwan Local Branch
Alamganj, Antardanga (Near Mota Shibtala)
P.O. Nutanganj,
Burdwan-713102 (W.B.)

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