Name : Dr G.Valentina
Education : PhD(Sociology), MPhil (Sociology), MA (Sociology), IRPM, PGDEE
Experience : Five years as faculty in University of Hyderabad, and 14 years in NIRD&PR
Email : valentina.nird[at]
Phone : 040-24008410
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Areas of Specialisation

Sociology, Technology Interventions for Rural Development, Women Empowerment, Environmental Impact Assessment, Industrial Relations, Rural Entrepreneurship, Community Development.

Professional Affiliation

Quality Circles Forum of India, Solar Energy Society of India, WEITZ Centre Friends Net work –Rehovot Approach of Integrated Development, Green Cross Society, Asian Productivity Council Japan.

Publications/articles/cases/reviews (Numbers)

Published a total of 31 research papers, books, book chapters and conference papers in international and national scientific journals Publications - 60


Current research

Evaluation of SC/ST SUB Plan in the state of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana.

  1. Completed 10 Research Projects FROM 2002- 03 to 2013-14 worked on various projects & Conduced Research on the following topics : ITKs in CSBs, technologies & emerging gender relations, Problems and perceptions of women elected representatives, Best Practices in SGSY, Mid-day Meal Scheme, Social Mobilisation, Employment & Empowerment of Women through SHGs, Market access for small and marginal farmers, Transfer Of Technical Skills For Micro –Enterprise Development, Infrastructure for Rural Poor, Impact of Road improvement on the Tribal economy’.

  2. Action Research
    1. Transfer of Solar Energy Technology in RTP-NIRD, Vishakhapatnam District, Paderu Mandal Government of Andhra Pradesh, Koraput district, Government of Orissa & Nilokheri and conducted capacity building of tribal women.
    2. Gender Sensitization & Socio - Economic Development of Women in Gulburga District, State of Karnataka.


Conducted Workshops & Seminars on Development of Rural Infrastructure, Promotion of Bio Pesticides and Bio Fertilizers in Agriculture, Addressing Gender issues in nutrition & Health Education , interfacing with NGOs for Promotion of Solar Energy Technologies through women barefoot solar engineers , Cultivation of MAP (Medicinal & Aromatic plant Board, Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development Management: Forging Partnerships & Networks, Curriculum revalidation of Post-Graduate Diploma programme in Rural Development Management , Mahila Kissan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana sponsored by MORD- SGSY, ToT – UN Women project, Strengthening ICDS,4-5th May,2011 sponsored by MORD, Designing Training Module on Promoting Women Political Leadership and Governance in India Sponsored :UN Women, ICDS Reforms, Land Reforms

Trainings Conducted

National Training Programmes

Conducted more than – 55 training programmes on various topics like Sustainable Livelihoods, Cooperatives, Rural Livelihoods, Solar Electrification, Transfer of Technology, Gender Concerns, Drudgery Reducing Technologies for Women, Rural Development Management, Local Governance, Sustainable Rural Development

Conducted International Training Programme on Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development (SARD) 8 programmes from 2002 – 2015, Technologies for livelihoods Development and Women Empowerment, Disaster Mitigation.

Invited Talks / Presentations

Invited for talks at National level on Sustainable Development & Management of Natural Resources, Economic Reforms & Rural Labour Market, Changing patterns of workforce in India in the New Millennium , ICORE Indian Congress on Renewable Energy Technologies, XXII Annual Conference-A.P Economic Association, Impact of Liberalisation on Collective , Bargaining & Trade Unions in India, XXVIII, Indian Social Science Congress- Role of Agro processing units in the generation of Employment , Indian Society of Labour Economics –Travails of Migrant Labourers in an Urban Sprawl, INDIAN SCIENCE , National Conference on Energy Alternatives for Rural Sector , Technology Transfer & women empowerment –Story of solar barefoot women engineers, Urban Governance – Technology Thrust Quality Circles a model for participation for Industries, 3RDNational Convention of Rural Institutes-National Council for Rural Institutes, Millennium Development Goals and Rural Development in India: Policy Initiatives, Targets and Achievements, XXV – Indian Social Science Congress - Role of Agro-processing units in the generation of employment , DIDAC- Educational Resources and Solutions in Asia- Pacific Region.


1. Asian Summit on Education & Skills , Global Trends in Banking Sector; Issues & Challenges &Opportunities, International Seminar on New & Renewable Energy seminar in Tokyo -JAPAN, , ‘Leveraging Community Local Assets for Social & Economic Development’ in ISRAEL ,Hi-tech Agriculture at Nether lands , Sustainable Community Development and the Saemaul Undong, South Korea, July 2016.

Honours / Awards:

  1. Mentor for IIT MUMBAI for TECH FEST 2016
  2. Det Norske Veritas Certificate of Training on HACCP-Food Safety, 2005
  3. PGDRDM in Environmental Economics

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