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Government Of Assam Panchayat & Rural Development State Institute of Panchayat and Rural Development (SIPRD)

What we are ?

What is SIRD?

The State Institute of Rural Development, Assam is the apex body in the broad field of training and research in rural development. The institute was registered under Societies registration Act 1860 during April’ 1998 and thereafter administrative and financial autonomy has been conferred by the government.

Aims and objectives of the training and other activities of the institute.

  • To conduct regular courses in the broad field of panchayati raj & rural development for the officials of the department, panchayats and the line departments.
  • To organize subject specific rounds of training programmes for the elected representatives of PRIs, VCDCs, VDCs and members of Autonomous Councils.
  • To organize training on different subjects for representatives of NGOs, CBOs, social workers, animators, facilitators and other stakeholders.
  • To conduct special courses on IT, e-panchayati raj and application of other softwares and tools.
  • To conduct computer literacy programmes for the elected representatives of PRIs.
  • To organize skill development training programmes for youth, farmers, weavers, artisans etc. for creating self employment avenues and also for livelihood promotion.
  • To organize awareness programmes in the field for participatory development.
  • To under take Research, action research and studies in the broad field of panchayati raj and rural development.
  • To implement special projects for providing self employment.

Research and Action Research:

The institute undertakes research studies on various subjects to identify the gaps, needs, of different programmes and projects in the broad field of Panchayati Raj & Rural Development. Besides the research studies, the institute time to time undertakes action research activities for field testing of various themes or models step by step while actually implementing the project on groups. The institute also undertakes documenting the best practices in the panchayati raj and rural development for replication. The proposes to undertake following research studies during 2016 – 2017:

  • Preparation of Human Development Report in selected blocks in association with OKD Institute of Social Change and Development
  • Study on backwardness of selected villages on the basis of the availability of basic amenities in association with Nanda Talukdar Foundation.
  • Social exclusion in service delivery system – a study in selected districts in association with Rashtriya Gramin Vikash Nidhi.
  • Preparation of GP Development Plan in an adopted panchayats on action research modes
  • Third party evaluation of assisted youth under Chief Minister’s Jeevan Jyoti Swaniojan Yojana.


Institutional building and networking:
SIRD, HQs: The SIRD has already established a network of training centres in the state to organise the training programmes in a decentralised manner. The institute has developed two full-fledged campus in Guwahati one at Khanapara and another at Kahikuchi. Two campuses at the HQs can organise 10 training programmes simultaneously covering atleast 500 participants. Resource Centre in IT & Skill Development: Resource Centre in IT & Skill Development has been functioning in the second campus of SIRD to organise diversified training programmes covering different stakeholders. Special thrust has been given on organising training on skill development to promote self employment oriented activities / livelihood promotion. All IT related training programmes are also organised for the state in this centre.