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About SIRD & PR

The State Institute for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (SIRD & PR), Bhubaneswar was established in 1964 as one of the core distinguished institutions of the country with the objective of becoming a regional training centre in the matter of conducting training programmes in tribal and community development. In the year 1967, Government of Odisha (GoO) took over the charge of the Institute. Presently SIRD & PR is a nodal institute for training, research, evaluation and consultancy in the field of rural development under the aegis of Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department, Government of Odisha, GoO.

SIRD & PR organizes various training programmes for elected members of 3-tier PRIs, NGOs and different levels of officials of PR and other line departments both through in-house and off-campus mode. It also develops necessary training curriculum for the participants and develops training modules for various training programmes undertaken in SIRD & PR and 3 ETCs (Bhubaneswar, Bhawanipatna and Keonjhar) of the State. It has also undertaken various case-studies, research programmes and action research projects.


The vision of SIRD&PR is to focus on training and programmes that benefit the rural poor, strive to energies 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 Government of India and Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water of State Government, SIRD while acting as a repository of knowledge on rural development would assist the State and Central Ministry in policy formulation and choice of options in rural development to steer in the changes.


Mission of SIRD&PR

Participatory capacity building training for Panchayati Raj functionaries (Both Representatives and Officials) for effective functions of good governance.
Undertaking innovative Action Research Projects on different development activities.
Monitoring and evaluation of Development Projects implemented by different departments in the State
Development of Innovative IEC and Training Manuals and Reference materials related to Local Governance
Policy Advocacy and Networking with Civil Society organizations for strengthening Local Self Governance

Objectives of SIRD&PR

Transferring techno managerial skills to the functionaries and officials for strengthening capacities to discharge their functions effectively at grassroots level.
Providing Strategic guidance to capacity building activities and establishing deliberative mechanism from District to Panchayat level
Support the capacity building strategic framework of line departments and schemes related to Rural Development.