State Institute of Rural Development
The mission of the State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) is to focus on the qualitative development in the ongoing rural development schemes and sensitize the elected representatives of Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) to be proactive through capacity building activities. Capacity building is considered to be fundamental part in the development efforts through which the delivery system can be made effective. At the state level this endeavor is well taken by SIRD.
The State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) is the state apex body for Training, Research and Consultancy functions in the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department. It works as an autonomous organization under the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department of Government of Tamil Nadu. SIRD was established in 1961 and attained autonomous status in 1990 and started functioning in Maraimalai Nagar campus since 1991.
Objectives of SIRD-TN
Constant upgradation of the skills, knowledge base and attitudes of people elected representatives of Panchayat Raj Institutions, rural development functionaries are indispensable in the overall strategy for poverty reduction. Information dissemination through capacity building and research studies into various aspects of rural development are imperative tools in this regard.
The major objective of the Institute is to provide for and promote the study and deal with relevant fields and factors contributing to the economic development and social well being of the rural areas and with this purpose:
- To undertake and assist in organization of training and study courses, conferences, workshops and seminars.
- To undertake aid, promote and coordinate research through its own or other agencies including universities and training centres established by or with the aid of the Government of India or the State Government.
- To establish schools for study and orientation, training and instructions, research and evaluation
- To analyze and propose solutions to specific problems encountered in the planning and implementation of various programmes of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department
- To prepare, print and publish papers, periodicals and books in furtherance of the objective of the society
- To establish and maintain the library and information services
- To collaborate with other institutions, associations and societies in India or abroad, interested in similar objectives.
- To offer fellowships, scholarships, prizes and stipends in furtherance of the objects of the society
- To assist the Government of Tamil Nadu in the Policy formulation and the choice of options
- To do all such other lawful things as are conducive or necessary to the attainment of the above objects or promoting rural development in all its facets with a non-profit making motive.
Thrust Areas of SIRD
SIRD has been playing its own modest but credible role in Tamil Nadu by facilitating qualitative changes in programme implementation through a process of the following components:
This has enabled the Institute to emerge as the State Apex Institute for training, research and consultancy in the area of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj and hence the SIRD engaged in the following thrust areas of activities:
- Organize training programmes, conferences, seminars and workshops
- Undertake, aid, promote and coordinate research on its own or other agencies including universities
- Analyze and propose solutions to problems in planning and implementation of the programmes for rural development, Panchayat Raj and similar programme
- Disseminate information through periodicals, reports, booklets and other publications
The clientele of SIRD-TN includes a large number of elected representatives at the village, block and district levels, rural development functionaries, NGOs, bankers, SHG representatives. Apart from SIRD, five Regional Institutes of Rural Development (RIRD) accommodate the clientele in the capacity building activities. Training for rural development has in fact become an imperative part of the rural development process as it is realized that it is essential to help the development personnel to improve their managerial skills as well as to keep them abreast of the latest changes in government policies, strategies and programme objectives to enable them to augment their working efficiency.
SIRD has been playing its own modest but credible role in Tamil Nadu by facilitating qualitative changes in programme implementation through a process of training, research, consultancy and information dissemination. This has enabled the Institute to emerge as the State Apex Institute for training, research and consultancy in the area of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj.