The National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR), an autonomous
organisation under the Union Ministry of Rural Development, is a premier national
centre of excellence in rural development and Panchayati Raj. Recognized internationally
as one of the UN-ESCAP Centres of Excellence, it builds capacities of rural development
functionaries, elected representatives of PRIs, bankers, NGOs and other stakeholders
through inter-related activities of training, research and consultancy. The Institute
is located in the historic city of Hyderabad in Telangana state. The NIRD&PR celebrated
its Golden Jubilee Year of establishment in 2008. In addition to the main campus
at Hyderabad, this Institute has North-Eastern Regional Centre at Guwahati, Assam
to meet the NE-regional needs.
The vision of NIRD&PR is to focus on the policies and programmes that benefit the
rural poor, strive to energise the democratic decentralization processes, improve
the operation and efficiency of rural development personnel, promote transfer of
technology through its social laboratories, Technology Park and create environmental
awareness. As a “think-tank” for the Ministry of Rural Development, NIRD while acting
as a repository of knowledge on rural development would assist the Ministry in policy
formulation and choice of options in rural development to usher in the changes.
To examine and analyse the factors contributing to the improvement of economic and
social well-being of people in rural areas on a sustainable basis with focus on
the rural poor and the other disadvantaged groups through research, action research,
consultancy and documentation efforts.
To facilitate the rural development efforts with particular emphasis and focus on
the rural poor by improving the knowledge, skills and attitudes of rural development
officials and non-officials through organising training, workshops and Seminars.
The NIRD&PR is mandated to:
- Organise training programmes, conferences, seminars and workshops for senior level
development managers, elected representatives, bankers, NGOs and other stakeholders;
- Undertake, aid, promote and coordinate research on its own and / or collaborate
with State, national and international development agencies;
- Analyse and offer solutions to problems encountered in planning and implementation
of the programmes for rural development, decentralised governance, panchayati raj
and related programmes;
- Study the functioning of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and rural development
programmes across the States;
- Analyse and propose solutions to problems in planning and implementation of the
programmes for rural development; and
- Develop content and disseminate information and transfer technology through periodicals,
reports, e-modules and other publications.