Pradesh Academy of Rural Development (APARD), located in
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, has been working relentlessly
in building capacities for sustainable development of the rural poor for over 54 years
It is the apex training institute in Andhra Pradesh for Rural Development
officers and Panchayat Raj (Rural Administration) elected
representatives and functionaries. The
institute caters to the capacity building requirements of
around 2.61 lakh elected representatives of Panchayat Raj (Rural
Administration) Institutions and around 50 thousand officials from
rural development department. The Academy also extends its capacity
building services to
various other government departments.
We also consistently focus on research that helps us offer high
quality consulting services in rural development.
The academy also
has a consistent focus on research and innovation in rural
development, it undertakes need-driven research and
evaluation studies as part of its own operations strategy and
also for other organizations and agencies working in the field rural
With in-depth understanding of rural conditions, problems and
opportunities, and its extensive experience working with rural
communities, APARD also provide high quality development
consulting and project management services in rural development to
government and leading national and international clients.
With an aim to generate efficient and high quality manpower
working towards the cause of rural development, APARD has now
forayed into education services by offering comprehensive educational
courses in Rural development.
This Academy extends its presence to other regions through its 5 extension training centres at Rajendra Nagar, Hasanparthi, Kalahasthi, Bapatla and Samalkot. APARD also has its outreach centres at District level (District Livelihood Resource Centres) and CLRCs (Cluster level resource centres) at Mandal Level. To further strengthen its network, APARD will be adding more centres in other regions for greater impact, enhanced reach and more efficient service delivery to the rural poor.
The Institution was started in the year 1954 as "Development Officers Training Centre" by Ministry of Community Development and Cooperation, Government of India. The Institute has gone through several evolutions and is presently called as the AMR - APARD since 2002. The centre has 10
multi-disiplinary centers working on diverse areas in rural development and a registered society called the Centre for Development Studies.