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Andhra Pradesh Academey of Rural Development (APARD)

Mission :

The Academy endeavours to provide human resource development support to the functionaries and the partners in Panchayat Raj and Rural Development organisations through training, action research, monitoring and evaluation and facilitate convergence to meet the objectives of local self governance for sustainable rural prosperity.

Vision :

To build this Academy into a centre of excellence to meet the current and emerging needs for sustainable rural development.

Activities & Programmes :

This Academy is a Nodal Agency for Training and Capacity Building activities for Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Departments.

  • Training of officials and Elected Representatives of 3 tiers of PRIsStudies on evaluation of Training Programmes

  • Organizing workshops on Devolution of Powers and other issues related to local self governance

  • Documentation of Best Practices in local self governance, Rural Development, People Centred Participatory approaches

  • Training Programmes & Studies on Drought, Tsunami and Disaster management for PR Functionaries, Revenue functionaries and NGOs.

  • SHG Management, HIV/AIDS awareness, health and Nutrition of Women, Child Labour, Gender sensitization and women Development.

  • Water shed construction, Programme Evaluation and process monitoring, Livelihood Programmes, Water and Sanitation, Land related issues, Management of Cluster Livelihood Resource Centres (CLRCs), District Livelihood Resource Centres (DLRCs), expansion programmes of Andhra Pradesh Rural Livelihoods Project, Management of NGOs consortium and Training Revenue officials on Land Related issues.

The Seven Study Centres :

AMR-APARD is the Apex institute for Training and Capacity Building of PR &RD functionaries in Andhra Pradesh and recognized as head of the department, which is headed by a Senior Level IAS officer. The Academy has a mandate to organise training to all Rural Development functionaries including Officials and elected representatives of Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) in A.P.

The Government, vide G.O.Ms. No. 633, dated 29-9-1994 has sanctioned 7 centers in AMR APARD i.e.

  1. Centre for Decentralized Planning and Administration (CDP&A) organizes training programmes for the officials and elected representatives of Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs). The centre has also taken up research activities on Panchayat Raj issues. The centre is assisting the Government in finalizing the activity mapping for devolution of powers to PRIs.

  2. Centre for Management of Environment and Disaster (CMED) organizes training on disaster management for officials of various development and regulatory functionaries, NGOs and PRI representatives. This Centre conducts studies on Drought, Tsunami, Cyclones and floods. The Centre has prepared policy paper for use by the Government on disaster management.

  3. Centre for Women and Child Development (CW&CD) organizes training and action research studies relating to Women Development, Child Labour, Self Help Groups Management, Health and Nutrition and Awareness Programmes on HIV-AIDS etc.,

  4. Centre for Transfer of Technology (CTT) is proposed to be renamed as Centre for Youth Development and Employment for conducting training and research on the development of the youth and enhancement of employment opportunities for the Youth.

  5. Centre for Information Management (CIM) conducts computer training to various officials and also conducts training programmes on Management of Information System (MIS). This Centre undertakes maintenance and updation of the official website of AMRAPARD. The maintenance of all electronic equipment and software needs of the Academy are taken care by this Centre. This Centre also functions as a hub of information and maintains a data bank.

  6. Centre for Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (CMER) conducts research and Evaluation on various programmes relating to Panchayat Raj and Rural Development. This Centre also undertakes training on research methods for the faculty of ETCs and APARD in addition to Development departments and NGOs.

  7. A ‘Centre for Development Studies’ (CDS - APARD) is constituted within AMR APARD. The CDS-APARD a Registered Society, would access resources (both Human and Institutional) from across the State and the Country to suit the requirements of the clientele organizations.

  8. Extension Training Centres (ETCs) catering to the regional training needs numbering 5 are brought under the administrative control of AMR-APARD. The ETCs have the mandate to train functionaries at the cutting edge level. At present there are five Extension Training Centres functioning under the administrative control of the Academy. They are located at Samalkot, Bapatla, Srikalahasti, Rajendranagar and Hasanparthy.

These Centres are equipped with wellqualified staff drawn from available experts in the filed, Research and Academics. Each Centre conducts training and research on various aspects of the Rural Development such as issues in Panchayat Raj, Women and Child Development, Disaster Management, Poverty Alleviation, Natural Resource Management, Water and Sanitation, Information Technology for Rural Development, Capacity Building of NGOs, etc. Consultants are also engaged on a long-term basis in specific areas of training.

Centre for Natural Resource Management (CNRM) conducts training and research activities on land related issues, Water and Sanitation, Watershed construction, evaluation and process monitoring of watersheds and management of NGOs consortium. This centre is now working as nodal agency for Andhra Pradesh Rural Livelihoods Programme (APRLP) expansion activities.

As a part of the expansion of this center’s activities, it is proposed to create separate cell for the Land Management Issues. This Cell will conduct the training for all revenue officials from the top to bottom.

New Vistas 2004-05 :

  • Aids prevention Education Programme (APEP)- HIV/AIDS awareness Campaign Training programmes for School children, College students, SHG women, Adolescent Girls and Youth in the villages.

  • Using Media for Training at Various Levels.

  • Water conservation Programmes

  • New initiatives of APRLP expansion

  • State level Workshop on Land and Poor

  • Convention of SC Women Elected Representatives

  • Workshop on “Coping Mechanisms by spouse in families where farmer husbands /Bread earners committed suicide”

  • Institution building for expansion APRLP programmes

  • Data Collection and interpretation methods


Apart from the budgetary provisions made by Government of Andhra Pradesh, the Academy also gets resources from the Government of India. Several other programmes are sponsored by Institutions like UNICEF, The National Commission For Women, Andhra Pradesh State Aids Control Society (APSACS) etc.