Diverse organisations and individuals i.e. multi-stakeholders are in the fray to
achieve the goal of inclusive and sustainable development of rural India. The stakeholders
include Government Development Administration, Non-Government Organisations, Cooperative
Societies, Voluntary agencies and Public and Private sector enterprises, Corporates
etc. The Section 135 of the Indian Companies Act, 2013 formalised the contribution
of the Corporates of particular size and income, under the caption “Corporate Social
Responsibility”, for social development investment. Such corporates are mandated
to invest 2% of last 3 years average net profits on CSR activities as specified
in Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013 and as amended from time to time. Since
then, wide range of initiatives have been taken by the Corporates and made substantial
contribution for the development of rural India.
However, the feedback available so far on the impact of the initiatives under CSR
is mixed one. It is felt that there is an urgent need to create a platform for assisting
the Corporates, building the capacity of the functionaries engaged in CSR, helping
them to identify most needy and sustainable interventions for them to invest and
bring a change for the people, enable to make sustainable projects and facilitate
their implementation through peoples participation and bringing behaviour changes
among the beneficiaries. The CSR activities can multiply their outcomes by adequately
converging with other initiatives/programs of the State and Central Governments.
Keeping this in mind, the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati
Raj (NIRD&PR), Hyderabad, an apex organisation under MoRD, GoI intends to work with
all players engaged in voluntary action, CSR and Peoples Action on the themes of
‘Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Private Partnership and Peoples Action’
by converging with Panchayati Raj Institutions and all the Rural Development functionaries
in the country. It is believed that such convergent approach will provide a potential
answer/strategy to the upliftment of the rural poor. Further, it would throw a light
on facilitating the development processes by ensuring people’s involvement on public
spending and partnership with private players for triumphing inclusive development
in the rural areas. The ‘Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Private
Partnership and Peoples Action’ under NIRDPR intends to work towards this.
To become a platform for voluntary action including Corporate Social Responsibility,
Public Private Partnership and Peoples Action in the country through connecting,
enabling, assisting and coordinating all players for sustainable rural development
in the country.
To converge the efforts of public and private initiatives in the form of Corporate
Social Responsibility, Public Private Partnership and Peoples Action by building
their capacities, providing Project Management Support and assessing the impact
of the initiatives for mid-course correction and providing policy inputs for the
overall development of the rural areas and enable provision of basic services to
the people, create opportunities in rural areas to realize the full potential of
each of the citizen, strengthening the decentralized and Community Based Organisations
for sustainable rural development in the country. The centre will be “one stop shop”
for the services of all Corporate Social Responsibility interventions in the rural
- To organize National and International level training programs, workshops, seminars
and conferences on Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Private Partnership and
Peoples Action for various stakeholders.
- To create and establish a platform
for confluence and partnership with corporate business houses, rural development
and panchayati raj functionaries, civil society organisations, educational and capacity
building institutions for sharing knowledge, skills and expertise and taking up
joint programs for capacity building for social responsibility, regulations and
- Undertake project formulation and/or implementation and impact
assessment of various CSR initiatives for mid-course correction and achievement
of effective outcomes.
- To undertake short and long term studies pertaining to
policy research on matters impacting on Corporate functioning, social service delivery
mechanisms and other allied areas of interest so as to enable innovative PPP and
CSR governance solutions for inclusive development and growth.
- Create case studies
relevant to the areas for effective program implementation, including international
success stories for adoption.
- To initiate action research on innovative, community-oriented
micro projects / entrepreneurship models by seeking to integrate the SHGs and Panchayati
Raj Institutions across the country for new models of development.
- To document
and archive best and innovative practices of CSR and Public Private Partnerships,
Nationally and Internationally, on inclusive rural development with community participation,
publication and dissemination of the same.
- To function as “One Stop Shop” platform
for the Corporates on all CSR related activities and create an ecosystem to bring
convergence of various rural development initiatives in the country.
- To coordinate
with private partners and corporate giants to provide and disseminate new technologies
to the rural areas that benefit SHGs, youth and other stakeholders
The Center is led by Professor & Head with supporting faculty and consultants. Highly
qualified academic and research faculty of NIRDPR will provide required services.
About the Institute
The National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, an autonomous organisation
of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, is a premier for training
and research in the field of rural development in the country, seeks to improve
the socio economic wellbeing of rural people. It’s teaching, training, research
and action research functions have symbiotic relationships and play key role in
identifying the factors contributing to the effectiveness of all rural development
programs and help build the capacities of a large number of development functionaries.
The institute provides consultancy services in training and research and more particularly
in monitoring and evaluation of programs of various ministries, state governments,
international organisations and externally funded projects.
The Institute has good infrastructure to training senior and middle level development
functionaries engaged in policy formulation, management and implementation of rural
development programs; and these are intended to create knowledge base, develop skills
and infuse right attitudes and values on the various flagship programs of the government.
It could achieve a high level of satisfaction by evolving and adopting new training
methods and techniques on a concurrent basis. The Institute has mandated to help
and build training capacity of its link network institutions such as State Institutes
of Rural Development (SIRDs) and Regional Institutes of Rural Development (RIRDs).
Besides, the Institute conducts several international training programs sponsored
by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Rural Development. Annually,
NIRD&PR trains about 30,000 participants through its multi-disciplinary and specialized
rural development programs.
This institute is known for its multi-disciplinary approach for evaluation and has
faculty strength of over 100 members housed in 25 different centres. Among the various
facets of NIRD&PR’s interest such as livelihoods promotion, entrepreneurship development,
technology transfer, rural housing, drinking water and sanitation, rural roads/connectivity
and infrastructure development, rural financial management systems, agrarian studies
and natural resource management, disaster management and mitigation, decentralised
planning, panchayati raj and good governance etc., the Public Private Partnership,
Peoples Action and the Corporate Social Responsibilities are the sensible and foremost.
Sensitising the functionaries and policy makers in the above areas, shaping and
training leaders in development, encouraging activities to involve themselves in
implementation, carrying out indepth research activities and conducting conferences
and workshops at various levels are the modes of delivery.
The Institute has provided services on consultancy basis in the form of specific
training on demand from Public Sector Undertakings, Corporate Houses, National and
International service organisations. Many CSR Executives were trained through such
national level programs with one week duration for the public sector undertakings
such as BHEL, NMDC, ONGC, IOC, Airports Authority of India, Cochin Shipyard Corporation
etc., on CSR in Rural Development. This encouraged us to organise regular four week
International Training program on Corporate Social Responsibility in Community Development
for the developing economies.
NIRD&PR, a think-tank for the Ministries of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj,
established an exclusive Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Private
Partnership and Peoples Action (CSR, PPP & PA) by recognizing the rich contributions
of private and corporate giants in the rural development sector and the Centre will
function as ‘Nodal Centre’ for engaging the Leaders in business, Panchayati Raj
Functionaries, Government Development Administration, Non-Government Organisations,
Cooperative Societies, Voluntary agencies, Public and Private Sector Enterprises
and all other stakeholders in policy dialogue and advocacy for better involvement
of these players towards inclusive development of the country.
Professor & Head (CSR, PPP & PA)
NIRD&PR, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad – 500 030 (India)
Phone: +91-40-24008445 (o); Email: email@example.com