Justice has always evoked ideas of equality, of proportion of compensation. Equity signifies equality. Rules and regulations, right and righteousness are concerned with equality in value. If all men are equal, then all men are of the same essence, and the common essence entitles them of the same fundamental rights and equal liberty......In short justice is another name of liberty, equality and fraternity.
B.R. Ambedkar

Young men and women are to build-up a strong character. A nation’s greatness was reflected in the character of her people. If it was sullied by selfishness, such a people could not prosper or achieve great things. Selfishness had its place in life as everyone had to look to his own needs and that of his family, but it could not be made the be-all and end-all of life.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Our foremost priority is the removal of poverty, hunger and malnutrition, disease and illiteracy. All social welfare programmes must be implemented efficiently. Agencies involved in the delivery of services should have a strong sense of duty and work in a transparent, corruption-free, time-bound and accountable manner.
Pratibha Patil

We are all equal children before our mother; and India asks each one of us, in whatsoever role we play in the complex drama of nation-building, to do our duty with integrity, commitment and unflinching loyalty to the values enshrined in our Constitution.
Pranab Mukherjee

Capitalism historically has been a very dynamic force, and behind that force is technical progress, innovation, new ideas, new products, new technologies, and new methods of managing teams.
Manmohan Singh

Without courage, you cannot practice any other virtue. You have to have courage - courage of different kinds: first, intellectual courage, to sort out different values and make up your mind about which is the one which is right for you to follow. You have to have moral courage to stick up to that - no matter what comes in your way, no matter what the obstacle and the opposition is.
Indira Gandhi

Nationalism is inspired by the highest ideals of the human race, satyam [the true], shivam [the god], sundaram [the beautiful]. Nationalism in India has ... roused the creative faculties which for centuries had been lying dormant in our people.
Subhas Chandra Bose

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

In the state of nature, indeed, all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the laws.
Charles de Montesquieu,


The print and electronic media has widely covered the academic as well as research activities of the Academy since its inception.
The following is the list of some selected press clippings of the national newspapers:
  1. Dryland farm technologies still untapped: Swaminathan, The New Indian Express, 21 August, 2006.
  2. Strengthening local bodies through people’s participation: CIC Tiwari, Sakshi, 20 August, 2009.
  3. India emerging as viable financial force through economic reforms alone: C. Rangarajan, Andhra Jyothi, 21 August, 2008.
  4. Tributes paid to Rajiv Gandhi, The Hindu, 22 May, 2010.
  5. Local bodies to be fulcrum of rural development: Minister, The Hindu, 20 August, 2006.
  6. Mani Shankar Aiyar launching Grama Sabha Telugu Magazine, Eenadu, 22 April, 2006.
  7. Rajiv Gandhi architect of modern India: Shivraj Patil, The Hindu, 26 August, 2003.
  8. State govts. Usurped powers of PR institutions: Aiyar, The New Indian Express, 21 August, 2002.
  9. Aiyar suggests three-pronged approach for PR bodies, The Hindu, 21 August, 2002.
  10. Local bodies need more devolution of powers, The New Indian Express, 21 August, 2005.
  11. Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture: Rate of progress not much in India: UR Rao, The New Indian Express, 24 September, 2005.
  12. Time for 2nd generation panchayat raj reforms, The New Indian Express, 24 August, 2006.
  13. Scientists exhorted to have social sensitivity, The Hindu, 24 September, 2005.
  14. Space mission to aid local bodies, The Hindu, 21 August, 2009.
  15. National Colloquium: Call to strengthen gram panchayats, The New Indian Express, 20 August, 2009.
  16. Rangarajan favours micro credit for poor, The Hindu, 21 August, 2008.
  17. Political empowerment of women essential: Prema Cariappa, The Hindu, 21 August, 2008; Women’s Empowerment: Call for fair deal to fair sex in decision-making, The New Indian Express, 21 August, 2008.
  18. Rajiv’s dream of villages not fulfilled: Shivraj Patil, The New Indian Express, 25 August, 2003.
  19. Need for establishing Gandhian society stressed, The New Indian Express, 27 November, 2006.
  20. ‘Mere structural changes cannot sustain PR system’, The Hindu, 20 August, 2009.
  21. Norwegian team lauds PR system, The New Indian Express, 12 November, 2007.
  22. Rajiv laid the foundation of India’s scientific resurgence: Mashelkar, The New Indian Express, 28 August, 2007.
  23. AGRASRI aims at village republics, The New Indian Express, 2 November, 206.
  24. Satellites to play proactive role in classrooms: ISRO chief, The Hindu, 31 August, 2009.
  25. Women dominate in Indian public life, says SPMVV V-C, The Hindu, 23 November, 2009; AGRASRI MEET ON WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP BEGINS IN TIRUPATI: Plea to empower women politically, The New Indian Express, 23 November, 2009.
  26. Rajiv Gandhi awards conferred on women representatives, Sakshi, 21 August, 2008.
  27. Achieve Rajiv dreams of India, Andhra Jyothi, 26 August, 2003.
  28. India achieved progress in defense and space with Rajiv Gandhi’s vision: Shivraj Patil, Eenadu, 26 August, 2003.
  29. ‘Rajiv Gandhi was the architect of modern India’, The Hindu, 21 August, 2007.
  30. Panchayati raj bodies strengthened through devolution of powers alone: Mani Shankar Aiyar, Eenadu, 21 August, 2002.
  31. Scientists carrying research based on social approach, Andhra Bhoomi, 24 September, 2005.
  32. Look at farmers as partners in development: Swaminathan, The Hindu, 21 August, 2006.
  33. Puraskar for UR Rao, The Hindu, 1 October, 2005.
  34. TIRUPATI DECLARATION: Give women more say in policy-making, The New Indian Express, 3 September, 2008.
  35. Scientific knowledge play a key role in nation’s progress: ISRO Chairman Madhavan Nair, Andhra Bhoomi, 21 August, 2009.
  36. Local bodies yet to get full powers: Chakrapani, The Hindu, 20 August, 2007.
  37. Rajiv Gandhi best panchayats awards launched, The New Indian Express, 20 January, 2005.
  38. Cheque drawing power of sarpanches: meet for status quo, The Hindu, 9 February, 2006.
  39. State hesitant to devolve powers to PRI’s, The Hindu, 25 April, 2007.
  40. It is difficult for a dalit woman sarpanch, The New Indian Express, 11 June, 2007.
  41. Women should be part of S&T drive: Manju Sharma stresses role of women scientists, The Hindu, 20 August, 2010.
  42. QUOTA IN LOCAL BODIES: Women told to assert their power, The New Indian Express, 22 August, 2010.
  43. ON LINE AND OFF LINE: From empowerment to growth with S&T, The Hindu, 6 September, 2010 (Editorial Page)
  44. Capacity building programme for gram panchayats held, The Hindu, 27 October, 2010.
  45. APARD-AGRASRI INITIATIVE: Training camp for dy. sarpanchs concludes, The New Indian Express, 8 November, 2010.
  46. ‘Ensure implementation of women’s quota in PR bodies’, The Hindu, 14 March, 2011.
  47. NP gets Visishta Ratna award, The Hindu, 6 April, 2011.
  48. Strong gram sabhas can check graft, The Hindu, 21 August, 2011.
  49. Tirupati team invited to national meet on governance, The Hindu, 3 June, 2012.
  50. Indian Parliament is a quintessence of democracy : Jakhar’, The Hans India, 24 August, 2012.
  51. Three students from village attend national colloquium, The Hindu, 13 March, 2013.
  52. Women can discharge duties to bring about change in local Admn: Agarala, The New Indian Express, 11 March, 2014 and Women’s role in Governance stressed, The New Indian Express, 13 March, 2014.
  53. APSCHE Chairman hails Chittoor’s role in Education, The New Indian Express, 2 Apri, 2014 and ‘Chittoor, suitable place for establishing Central University’, The Hindu, 3 April, 2014.
  54. AGRASRI Puraskarala Pradhanam, Andhra Jyothi, 2 April, 2015
  55. Awards Presented to ‘Sons of Chittoor Dist. for Services’, New Indian Express, 3 April, 2015
  56. Need for Change in Human Life Style in India- Environmentalist Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Andhra Jyothi, 21 August, 2015
  57. Sanitation is Possible only through Positive Attidute of Citizen- Noble Peace Prize Winner Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Eenadu, 21 August, 2015.
  58. Capacity Building Training is a boon to SC and ST Elected Representatives, Former Deputy Speaker of AP Assemby Dr. G. Kuthuhalamma, Eenadu, 6 Feb.2016.
  59. Sustainable Development through Gram Swaraj- Former Speaker of AP Assembly Dr. A. Easwara Reddi, Sakshi, 10 Feb. 2016.
  60. Judicious Use of Human Resources for Inclusive Growth- CPI National Secretary Dr. K. Narayana, Andhra Jyothi, 02 April, 2016.
  61. Utilisation of Natural Resources for Sustainable Development- Dr. K. Narayana, Sakshi, 2 April, 2016
  62. Inclusive Growth Needed to Develope Chittoor- Narayana, The Hindu, 2 April.2016
  63. Technology is Key Factor in Achieving Financial Inclusion: NITI Aayog Member Dr. VK Sarawat, Sakshi, 21 August, 2016
  64. New Technology is Crucial in Financial Inclusion: NITI Aayog Member Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Eenadu, 21 August, 2016.
  65. Inclusive Growth is possible through Self-Help Groups: Former Speaker of AP, Sakshi, 22 August, 2016.
  66. Panchayati Raj Institutions playing a crucial role in Rural Development: Former Deputy Speaker Dr. G. Kuthuhalamma, Eenadu, 2 April, 2017.
  67. Nation’s Progress is possible through Panchayati Raj Institutions: Prof. MM Goel, Andhra Prabha, 20 August, 2017.
  68. Panchayati Raj Institutions are Foundations for the National Development, Eenadu, 20 August, 2017.
  69. Devolution of 3 F’s to Panchayati Raj Institutions is Need of the Hour: Former Speaker of AP Shri Nadendla Manohar, Eenadu, 21 August, 2017.
  70. Achievers owe it Rajiv Gandhi: Women Power to the Fore at AGRASRI Awards Distribution, The Hindu, 21 August, 2017.
  71. Awardees Hail Chittoor Contributions, The Hans India, 2 April, 2018.
  72. Doing Useful Research for the Future Generation, Andhra Jyothi, 2 April, 2018.
  73. Active Participation of Youth in District Development, Eenadu, 2 April, 2018.
  74. Emulate Chittoor District’s Legendary Sons, Youth told, The Hindu, 2 April, 2018.
  75. Drafting a Perspective Plan for Village Development, Sakshi, 20 February, 2018.
  76. Central Government Team Assess the Human Resources at Korukonda GP, Andhra Bhoomi, 7 March, 2018.
  77. Central Government Team Visits the CMs Adopted GP Pedalabudu, Andhra Bhoomi, 15 March, 2018.


The multi-faceted programmes of AGRASRI have been uploaded in Youtube for immense benefit of the elected representatives of PRI’s, SHG Members, NGO representatives, Women leaders and researchers.
The viewers can watch the following AGRASRI programmes through Youtube Videos:


The All India Radio, Tirupati Kendra has widely disseminated the Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, Women Empowerment and Social Development programmes of the AGRASRI, for immense benefit of the elected representatives of PRI’s, Women leaders, Social Activists, Grassroots leaders, Youth Volunteers and researchers.
The following list of All India Radio talks were delivered by Dr. D. Sundar Ram, Director of AGRASRI :

  • Capacity Building for Sarpanchs in Andhra Pradesh: Review, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, 13 February, 2006.
  • Rural Development in 60 Years of Independent India, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, 15 August, 2006.
  • National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme in India: Implementation and its Emerging Challenges, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, 28 January 2008.
  • Fifteen Years Journey of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act in India: A Review, All India Radio, Kadapa Station, 23 April, 2008.
  • Gramasthayi Pranalikale Desapragatiki Moolam- Interview with AGRASRI Director Dr.D. Sundar Ram, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, 24 August, 2009.
  • Mahilasadhikarata Disaga Sthanika Samsathallo 50% Reservations-Interview with AGRASRI Director Dr. D. Sundar Ram, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, 8 December, 2009.
  • Sthanika Samsthallo Mahilalaku 50 Satham Reservations-Interview with AGRASRI Director Dr.D.Sundar Ram, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, 30 August, 2010.
  • Chittoor Zillalo Sangeetha Sourabham, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, 8 April, 2011.
  • National Panchayati Raj Day-AGRASRI Round Table Meeting on PRIs, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, 26 April, 2011.
  • Anti-Terrorism Day- AGRASRI Symposium Report, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, 24 May, 2011.
  • Rajiv Gandhi Utthama Panchayati Puraskarala Pradanam- Interview with AGRASRI Director Dr. D. Sundar Ram, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, 24 August, 2011.
  • Jaateeya Panchayati Raj Dhinotsavam Karyakramampai AGRASRI Nivedika - Dr.D.Sundar Ram, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, 27 April, 2012.
  • Rajiv Gandhi National Awards-2012: Interview with AGRASRI Director, Dr. D. Sundar Ram, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, 1 September, 2012.
  • NCW Sponsored Regional Seminar on Women Empowerment in PRI’s - A Report, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, October 10, 2014.
  • ICSSR Regional Seminar on Partnership and Participation of Women in Decision-making Process in PRI’s- A Report, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, March, 2015.
  • 105th Chittoor District Formation Day Celebrations and Chittoor District Centenary Awards – A Report, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, April, 2015.
  • Eevaram Adtidhi Dr. D. Sundar Ram- Pramuka Samajika Saathravetha, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, 2 May, 2015.
  • National Panchayati Raj Day Celebrations-Interview with AGRASRI Director Dr. D. Sundar Ram, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, 5 Mayl, 2016.
  • 106th Chittoor District Formation Day Celebrations and Chittoor District Centenary Awards – A Report, All India Radio, Tirupati Station, 2 May, 2016.