National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj

The National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) is an autonomous organisation under the Union Ministry of Rural Development. It is a premier national centre of excellence in rural development and Panchayati Raj. It is responsible for building capacities of rural development functionaries, elected representatives of PRIs, bankers, NGOs and other stakeholders through inter-related activities of training, research and consultancy. 


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. 


  • 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.

Schools of NIRDPR

School of Development Studies & Social Justice

  • Centre for Agrarian Studies
  • Centre for Equity & Social Development
  • Centre for Gender Studies & Development
  • Centre for Human Resource Development
  • Centre for PG Studies and Distance Education
School of Local Governance
  • Centre for Panchayati Raj, Decentralised Planning and Social Service Delivery
School of Public Policy and Good Governance
  • Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Private Partnership & Peoples Action
  • Centre for Good Governance & Policy Analysis
  • Centre for Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation
  • School of Rural Livelihoods and Infrastructure
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship Development & Financial Inclusion
  • Centre for Rural Infrastructure
  • Centre for Wage Employment & Livelihoods
School of Science, Technology and Knowledge Systems
  • Centre for Geo-Informatics Applications in Rural Development
  • Centre for Innovations and Appropriate Technologies for Skills and Jobs
School of Sustainable Development
  • Centre for Natural Resource Management, Climate Change and Disaster Management
School of Accountability and Transparency (SA&T)
  • Centre for Social Audit
  • Centre for Internal Audit in Rural Development
Professional Support Centres
  • Centre for Development Documentation & Communication
  • Centre for Information Communication & Technology
  • Centre for Research & Training Coordination & Networking

NIRDPR Programs

Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development (PGDRDM) 

The PGDRDM design rests on 

(i) Rural Development Philosophy, Concepts, Principles, Policies, Programmes and Organisations

(ii) Rural Development Management Practices, and 

(iii) Rural Social Sector. 

The Programme consists of three major components, namely, (a) Classroom teaching and interactive learning (b) Fieldwork (short visits and long visit) and (c) Field Attachment (Rural Organisational Internship). The first Component envisages exposure to attitudes, skills and knowledge relevant to the rural society, rural development philosophy and concepts, and rural development management theories and practices. The second one primarily revolves around understanding the rural society, its people, dynamics of interaction, institutions, relationships and livelihoods by way of intensive fieldwork.

Eligibility: Candidates are required to complete their bachelor's degree (minimum three years duration) with a minimum of 50% marks (45% marks for SC / ST and PWD candidates) or equivalent grade are eligible to apply.

They must have a valid score in CAT / XAT / MAT / ATMA / CMAT. For details go to entrance exams hub.

Those in their final year and expect to complete all the requirements, are also eligible to apply.

Selection of Candidates

Should have valid score in any of the qualifying exams: CAT / XAT / MAT / ATMA / CMAT have to apply through online from in web portal 

Distance Education Programs

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Rural Development (PGDSRD)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Tribal Development Management (PGDTDM)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Geospatial Technology Applications in Rural Development (PGDGARD)

NIRDPR Contact Details

National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, 

Rajendranagar, Hyderabad - 500030, T.S, 

Phone: 91-40-24008526


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