About Us

The days of distinction between ruler and ruled are long gone. We must annihilate cast discriminations. In today’s India no one should consider oneself superior to others. In political life everyone has a vote; in economic matters everyone has equal opportunities; in our panchayats also everyone should be considered equal; there should be no distinction between man and woman, high and low. We are all children of one country. Whatever our religion, we should all live like brothers. We should respect all our religions. We have to march ahead in spirit of unity and brotherhood. We should have courage to complete our work and faith in ourselves.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru


The main objectives of the Academy are to:
  • promote and conduct research on a multi-dimensional facets of the human development in rural India;
  • provide facilities for research, training and extension work related to the development and welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Women, Youth, Children and other Weaker Sections of the Society;
  • develop a professionally managed well equipped Village Resource Centre with data base to fulfill a long standing demand for establishment of Rural Skills Development Centre in Andhra Pradesh;
  • organise and facilitate Conferences, Seminars, Colloquiums, Special Lectures, Symposia and Round-Table Meetings on grassroots studies and contemporary issues for the dissemination of knowledge from the innovative study and research at the micro and macro levels;
  • organise and conduct a Diploma and Certificate Courses in Panchayati Raj and Rural Management, leading to Diploma/Certificate in Grassroots Governance and Public Affairs Management;
  • undertake development studies and research projects sponsored by the Union and State Governments, International Agencies and Foundations;
  • institute fellowships and awards in honours of distinguished policy makers and scholars;
  • organise and conduct Capacity Building & Training Programmes, Workshops, Orientation & Refresher Courses for the elected representatives of PRI’s and Municipal bodies to create knowledge base, develop skills and understanding of various dimensions of rural and urban transformation;
  • invite social scientists and researchers to the Institute to pursue their own advanced research and/or to contribute to research and other activities of the Institute ;
  • publish research works of high standard in the form of books, monographs, working papers, occasional papers, reports, and other literature on Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, Women Empowerment, Youth Development and Grassroots Governance in particular and social sciences in general;
  • forge close functional relationships with sister institutes, centers of higher learning and research foundations in India and abroad;
  • bring out The Grassroots Governance Journal (Bi-annual), for the advancement of knowledge in social sciences and to encourage dialogue on developmental problems of grassroots democratic institutions;
  • organise the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture, Chittoor District Formation Day Lecture and confer the Rajiv Gandhi National Awards (in 7 Categories) and Chittoor District Centenary Awards (in 8 Categories) every year to the distinguished policy makers, scholars, personalities and elected representatives of PRI’s, in recognition of their laudable contributions and services to the nation as well as the Chittoor District;
  • accept any grants, gifts, donations and subscriptions whether in cash or securities and of property, either movable or immovable, in furtherance of the objectives of the Institute; and
  • undertake all such lawful activities as are conducive or incidental to the attainment of the above - mentioned objectives.