The Andhra Pradesh State Institute of Rural Development (APSIRD), located in Andhra Pradesh, India, has been working relentlessly in building capacities for sustainable development of the rural poor for over 60 years now.
APSIRD is formed consequent to bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, from the erstwhile AMR-APARD. APSIRD is inherited by a rich and glorious past as a APEX training institute for Rural Development, Panchayat Raj departments. It has got a 60 long years of varied expertise in the fields of Rural Development, Panchayat Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Disaster Management, Poverty alleviation, etc. APSIRD jurisdiction covers 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh and it has 3 regional Extension Training Centers catering to the needs of coastal Andhra, South Andhra and Rayalaseema.
APSIRD caters to the needs of 1.58 lakh Elected Panchayat Raj Representatives and around 35,000 official functionaries in PR & RD. It also extends its capacity building services to various other line departments.
The objective of APSIRD training is to develop professional, impartial and efficient official machinery that is responsive to the needs of the citizens. In doing so, care is taken to emphasize the development of proper ethics, commitment to work and empathy for the vulnerable sections and finally improvement in the performance of government functionaries.
APSIRD caters primarily to the training needs of department of Panchayat Raj, Rural Development and also to other government departments like: Primary Education, Social Welfare, Tribal Welfare, Women and Child Welfare, Social Audit, SERP, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, Disaster Management, etc., International organizations (UNDP / UN WOMEN / UNICEF), NGOs of repute, Corporates, etc.
The State SIRD is the nodal agency for the implementation of PR &RD policy and issues appropriate guidelines to amplify and facilitate its implementation.
The State SIRD provides technical support to the PR&RD department in the development of need based training schemes through creation/augmentation of training infrastructure, faculty development and out-sourcing of training. It supports training of government functionaries at the lower levels to improve delivery of services by upgrading their skills and knowledge and improving their responsiveness in meeting citizens’ needs.