Rural development is the key to overall development of the country.

The State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD), Previously known as the Center of Rural Studies has been an integral part of YASHADA since its inception. It is jointly funded by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India and Rural Development Department, Government of Maharashtra.

Rural Development is one of the important components of YASHADAs mission. At the State Institute of Rural Development, we firmly believe that development can only be achieved by building human capital. Today, in the rural sector, there is vast unfulfilled scope for doing so by way of capacity building of officials of government department and of the Panchayati Raj institution, NGOs and other professionals in the agriculture and animal husbandry sectors, in co-operation, rural micro finance and self-help groups.

SIRD is committed to capacity building, research and consultancy in the entire spectrum of development activities in the rural sector. Documentation of innovation work done also forms an important part of our mission. Our training programmes are intended to create a knowledge base, to disseminate information so gathered and to develop the human resource management skills and the financial project management skills, which are so important to success in a wide variety of tasks. For government officials in particular, our focus is on sensitizing them to the importance of community participation and to their role as facilitators in the developmental process. We also emphasis the need for convergence across departments and the importance of co-ordination among agencies for success in development works. In addition to the conduct of training progrmmes, we also disseminate information through journals, books, reports, newsletters, CDs, Films and other publications.

Main themes of Training :
  • GPDP involving plan and new initiatives of trainings of EWRs under Krantijoti.
  • Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) and evaluation of CB&T activity
  • Integrated Watershed shed Management Programme
  • NIRD, ETCs and Regional GTCs/PRTC/CTC
  • Community Participation and Micro Planning.
  • Information and Communication in Rural Development.
  • Financial Management.
  • Entrepreneurship and Marketing in Rural Areas.
  • Rural Micro Finance and Self Help Groups.
  • Empowerment of Women. / Sustainable Development.
  • E-Governance for Rural Development.
  • PESA and building awareness amongst the functionaries in scheduled areas.
  • Centre for Co-operative Training and Research (CCTR)
  • Studies on nutritional states and cognitive developemtn
  • Workshop on BFHI of Children PGDRM
  • Module Preparation on NRM Capacity Building & Training in water supply & Sanitation Child Friendly Panchayat.
  • SAGY Training
  • NIRD Networking Programmes
  • Achievements and Milestones
  • During the 2015-16 Rural Development have been conducted 1129 training programmes on which around 6500 official & non official were trained
  • Watershed component is now a part of PRADHAN MANTRI KRISHI SINCHAYEE YOJANA (PMKSY). The Illustrative Activities of PMKSY are : (A) Water Harvesting Structures such as Check Dams, Nala Bund, Farm Ponds, Tanks etc. (B) Capacity Building, Entry Point Activities, Ridge Area Treatment, Drainage Line Treatment, Soil and Moisture Conservation, Nursery Raising, Afforestation, Horticulture, Pasture Development, Livelihood Activities for the Asset- less Persons and Production System & Micro Enterprises for Small and Marginal farmers etc. (C) Effective Rainfall Management like Field Bunding, Contour Bunding/Trenching, Staggered Trenching, Land Leveling, Mulching etc.
  • The Backward Regions Grant Fund is designed to redress regional imbalances in development. The fund will provide financial resources for supplementing and converging existing developmental inflows into 12 identified districts of Maharashtra. SIRD being nodal agency for BRGF is playing a leading role to identify capability building needs and other components relative to National Capability Building Framework.
  • SATCOM - Interactive Satellite based training uses a dedicated satellite channel (provided by the ISRO) for beaming programmes to specified centers for being viewed by trainees.
  • Unique distinction of producing syllabus for various trainees conducted in 9 GTCs, 11 PRTCs & 1 CTC for grassroots level functionaries covering induction courses, foundation courses, workshops, seminars, specific training programmes on gender issues.
  • Workforce of 252 master trainers has been developed for G.P.D.P.
  • A comprehensive training plan for capacity building of various stakeholders under GPDP campaign has been conceived designed and planned by SIRD, YASHADA. It was presented at a write stop at KILA, Thrisur, Kerala and appricated by MoPR, GoI.
  • Working guidelines for GPDP prepared by SIRD
  • Which was based on Pilot Project of Micro Plan at Nandurbar and Yawatmal District in Maharashtra

  • Net working with other organisation
  • Apart from SIRD there are 21 training Institute engaged in training of functionaries as well elected representatives in rural sector since more than last 60 years.
  • Out of them there are 09 Gramsevak Training Centres GTCs (08 have a status of ETC), 11 Panchatat Raj Training Centres PRTCs and 01 Composite Centrte CTC.
  • Regional Training Insttute at Amravati and Paithan (Dist Aurangabad)
  • SIRDs, Madhya Pradesh, , Rajasthan, (Udaypur & Jaipur) Kerala, Karnataka (under IWMP Project)