Council of Cultural Growth & Cultural Relations (CCGR), The Universe, has in the past to catered to different areas of activities by active cooperation and help by Government of Odisha, Government of India and other agencies. Some of the activities which have been undertaken are as enumerated below.
MONTHLY AWARENESS MEETINGS:
CCGR has the unique record of organizing around 1900 (Nineteen Hundred ) Awareness Meetings on every Friday evening for last three decades. Speakers from various streams of life have shared their knowledge and experience on topics of their specialization. This sort of continuous sustainable endeavour by CCGR has enriched the intellectual pursuit of the people of the society.
JAN SHIKSHAN SANSTHAN:
Presently we have a JAN SHIKSHAN SANSTHAN at Angul District, which is an ongoing project by Ministry of HRD, Government of India. It aims at imparting training the organized and unorganized workers family members in different trades for self-employment and income generation. The organization organized meetings in different villages to constitute village labour samitis and imparted training on legal miscellany to make known to them their rights, regulations and responsibilities.
RESEARCH AND TRAINING CENTRE:
The organization believes in Capacity Building of rural leadership through integration of knowledge, skill and attitude so that they can manage their natural resources sustainably for the benefit of the community as a whole. Hence, the Universe Research & Trainign Centre was established at Cuttack to cover the State of Orissa is operating since 1991. It started training of ICDS Supervisors, Skill development of rural youths, Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) training, Training of Health Workers and Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA), Environment Education for teacher, students and Urban Rural and Tribal people etc. The Council of Cultural Growth & Cultural Relations in capable to provide infrastructure to other NGOs & G.Os to impart training in various rural developmental activities (A list of the infrastructure available is furnished in a separate sheet).
EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX IN LOW LITERACY POCKETS FOR ADIVASI GIRLS:
We had organized an Educational Complex for Tribal girls (Residential School) in Banjikusuma of Muniguda Block of Rayagada District, where 50 girl students are reading in a Residential School from Class-I to Class-V since 1994. The 1st batch of 9 students passed from Class-V of our Educational Complex, in the session 1999-2000 (in May 2000). Three had appeared Scholarship Examination of Class-V, conducted by Government of Orissa, Elementary Education.
The construction of the Educational Complex school building, dormitory for students, kitchen & store and quarters were complete. The school was handed over to the District Administration in the year 2008.
ECONOMIC GENERATION PROGRAMME:
The organization had established a leaf plate & leaf cup-pressing unit at Dangasorda of Rayagada District where many Kondh (ST) women were participating in manufacture of leaf plate and leaf cups. This project had helped such women a lot to generate a substantial income for their own households.
We had operated a special cell for Women’s training in Woolen Carpet weaving, Tailoring, Applique work (Patchwork), Golden Grass products, Electronics and decorative Jute products. The training programme was also stretched out to other places from the institute’s campus.
TRYSEM training programmes on Knitting, Tailoring & Applique work, Electronics (TV & Radio repairing, Shorthand & Typewriting were undertaken as State level Training center. Trainees were selected by the DRDA and underwent training in the Universe training center. The trainees from undivided Cuttack Districts, i.e. Cuttack, Kendrapada, Jajpur and Jagatsinghpur in different trades. Majority of the trainees have been fruitfully engaged in income-generation programmes.
WOOLEN CARPET WEAVING AT CUTTACK DISTRICT:
The Development Commissioner Handicraft, Ministry of Textile, Government of India had given us financial assistance in the year 1994-95 for organizing Woolen Carpet Weaving Training & Production center in the Niali, Barang Block of Cuttack District where Women & girl trainees were trained and rehabilitated. 265 persons were trained in 3 batches. More than 200 trainees who were trained for one year undertook production commercially in cooperation with M/s. Triveni Carpet Industries, were able for earn a monthly income for them.