TThe likeminded academicians and researchers, headed by Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap, eminent Constitutional expert and Former Secretary-General of Lok Sabha, New Delhi, took significant steps to establish the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India (AGRASRI), on 2nd October, 2001, for propagating the dreams of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi in general and ideals and vision of Shri Rajiv Gandhiji in particular towards the empowerment of Panchayati Raj and Nagar Palika Institutions, under the nurture of social activists couple Dr. D. Sundar Ram and Mrs. D. Bharathi Sundar, as Founders of the Academy.
The following is the list of Founder Members (FM) of the Academy:
FM:1- Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap
Former Secretary-General of Lok Sabha, 62, Sainik Farms, New Delhi-110062.
FM:2- Prof. G. Palanithurai
Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies, Department of Political Science and Development Administration, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram-624302, Dindigal District (Tamil Nadu).
FM:3- Prof. A. Ranga Reddy
Professor of Economics (Retd), S.V.University, 15-40-1D, Sri Sai High School Lane, Padmavathi Nagar, Opp. S.P. Mahila University, Tirupati-517502 ( Andhra Pradesh).
FM:4- Prof (Mrs) V.Bhavani
Professor of Political Science (Retd), Acharya Nagarjuna University, Nagarjuna Nagar, Guntur-522510 (Andhra Pradesh).
FM:5- Prof. A. Reddeppa Reddy
Professor of Public Administration(Retd), Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati-517502 (Andhra Pradesh).
FM:6- Prof. G. Gurumurthy
Professor of Population Studies (Retd.), Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati-517502 (AP).
FM:7- Dr. K. Venkata Narayana Raju
Joint Director (Retd.), Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University Regional Centre, SV Arts College, Tirupati-517502 (Andhra Pradesh).
FM:8- Dr. S. Subramanyam
Associate Professor (Retd.), Academic Staff College, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati-517502 (Andhra Pradesh).
FM:9- Dr. D. Sundar Ram (Founder)
Formerly Reader in Public Administration, Plot No.11, Sri Venkata Sai Nilayam, Thummalagunta, SV University PO, Tirupati-517502 (Andhra Pradesh).
FM:10- Mrs. D. Bharathi Sundar (Co-founder)
Application Form for Membership
Social Activist, Plot No.11, Sri Venkata Sai Nilayam, Thummalagunta, SV University PO, Tirupati-517502 (Andhra Pradesh).