State Institute of Rural Development, Kottarakkara was
established as an autonomous body under the auspices
of the Government of Kerala in 1987 with the objective
of developing managerial skills, organisational abilities,
leadership qualities and decision making skills among
different categories of Government officials, elected
representatives of Panchayats and members of non-governmental
organisations who are engaged in developmental activities
in the State. It is also a major research and consultancy
center on various facets of rural development.
objectives for which the society is established are:
To impart training to various official and non-official
functionaries, directly or indirectly involved in the process
or rural development with a view to equip them...
With the sociological and behavioral perspectives and techniques
for being able to sensitively understand the problems of the
(b) With the managerial skills for efficient designing, implementing,
monitoring and evaluating rural development programmes
(c) With the technique for enlisting community action in support
of rural development programmes.
To carry on research and formulate operational policies
To evolve ideas and concepts appropriate for rural development
activities and to formulate policy alternatives,
(b) To bring about development in the spheres of appropriate
technology for strengthening the qualitative and quantitative
aspects of the production processes of rural artisans.
To create awareness on the potential of modern management
services as a major instrument for rural development.
To take up such other programmes pertinent to rural development
as found necessary from time to time.
part of the VIth Five Year Plan, Government of India
introduced a Central Sector Scheme to establish State
Institutes of Rural Development for imparting training
to rural development functionaries at manifold levels
and for creative and imaginative implementation of various
Rural Development Programmes throughout the country.
programme has to be financed by the Central Government and
the European Economic Community. The Government of Kerala
also implemented the Central Scheme by establishing the SIRD
at Kottarakkara on 1st January 1987 under the Rural Development
Department of Kerala Government. Later it was registered as
an autonomous body under the Travancore Cochin Scientific
and Charitable Societies Act (Act XII) of 1955.
SIRD, Kerala is the apex body undertaking training and research
in multifaceted disciplines which truly reflect the commitment
of the Institute to the changing social, financial, administrative
and environmental, output requirements. Adequate focus has
also been given to traditional thrust areas like decentralised
planning, women empowerment, Panchayathi Raj, etc. Above all,
the institution plays a pivotal role in organising conferences,
symposia, workshop and seminars on various aspects and dimensions
of rural development, Panchayathi Raj, People's Planning,
women empowerment etc.
SIRD serves as a connecting link between the National Institute
of Rural Development at the national level and Extension Training
Centers at the regional level. With the advent of Panchayathi
Raj System, the institution has been catering to the training
needs of official and non-official functionaries of the State
Government, Local Bodies, Rural Development Department and
The day today affairs of the Institute is managed by a Director appointed from the Joint Development Commissioners of the Rural Development Department. The present Director is Sri. Ajayakumar .V who has been at the helm of affairs since 16-01-2014
The SIRD, Kerala has close links with the National Institute of Rural Development – Hyderabad, National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management-Hyderabad, UNICEF, SIRDs of other states, CAPART etc. This enables the faculties to take up collaborative training and research programmes. Delegates from Asian and African countries and representatives of developmental agencies visit SIRD and participate in various training programmes.