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Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India(AGRASRI), Chittoor

Add : 11, Sri Venkata Sai Nilayam, Thummalagunta, SV University, Tirupati
Andhra Pradesh
Tel : 0877-2244777
Mobile : 94412 45085
Email :
Website :
Contact Person : Dr. D. Sundar Ram
Purpose : Local self governance (panchayati raj), youth.
Aim/Objective/Mission : Academy is in the areas of grassroots governance (panchayati raj), urban governance (nagar palikas), women empowerment, youth development, socio-economic development and allied subjects. The Academy shall strive to open new vistas of development dialogue between the micro and macro approaches on the grassroots democracy support initiatives for generating new ideas and dissemination of its knowledge for fulfilling people’s aspirations for genuine village republics in india, through research, training, workshops, seminars, orientation and refresher courses. Aims the main aims of the Academy are: cater the needs of elected representatives of panchayati raj institutions, municipal bodies and administrative personnel of panchayati raj institutions and nagar palika administration, bridge the communication gap between the officials and non-officials of the panchayati raj and nagar palika institutions, conduct innovative study and research on contemporary political and socio-economic issues and problems in an inter-disciplinary perspective and to make available its findings and recommendations to the key policy makers at the helm of affairs for an appropriate action, open a new vistas of the academy’s programmes to various professional organisations in Indiaand abroad for strengthening grassroots democratic theories and ideas, and build a regional, national and international networks with organisations working on grassroots studies and research. Objects the following are the major objects of the Academy: promote and conduct research on a multi-dimensional facets of the human conditions in rural india, 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 level, organise and conduct a post-graduate diploma courses in panchayati raj and rural management, leading to p.g. Diploma in grassroots governance and public affairs management, undertake development studies and research projects sponsored by the central and state governments, international agencies and foundations, organise and conduct a training programmes, workshop, orientation and refresher courses for the elected representatives and functionaries of panchayati raj and municipal bodies and educated youth to create knowledge base, develop skills and understanding of the various dimensions of rural and urban transformation, offer consultancy services to the local, state and union governments of Indiaand other funding agencies organisations, publish research works of high standard in the form of books, monographs, working papers, occasional papers, reports, pamphlets and other literature on panchayati raj and grassroots governance, bring out a bi-annual research journal, namely, the grassroots governance journal and a telugu quarterly news letter agrasri sameeksha, for the advancement of knowledge in panchayati raj and to encourage on developmental problems of grassroots democratic institutions, and orginise the bharat ratna rajiv gandhi memorial lecture every year on 20th august and confer the bharat ratna rajiv gandhi outstanding leadership, bharat ratna rajiv gandhi mahila shakthi, yuva shakthi, best district, best taluk, best gram panchayat and gram swaraj national awards to the distinguished personalities and representatives of pri’s, in recognition of their laudable contributions and services, for strengthening grassroots democratic institutions in india.

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