National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) is an Indian institute for research in rural development, located in Rajendranagar near Hyderabad. The National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), an autonomous organization of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, is the apex body for undertaking training, research, action research and consultancy assignments in the rural development sector in India.
NIRD offers one year PGDRDM course. Its mission is to develop a committed cadre of rural development professionals trained to deal with the challenges in rural areas. It is an autonomous organization under Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.
The NIRD provides training to the rural development functionaries in the policies and programmes of Ministry of Rural Development, in the democratic decentralization process and promotes technology transfers through its Rural Technology Park. The NIRD also engages itself in Research and Consultancy assignments for various National and International organizations with a view to gaining the most recent knowledge from the field. The Institute’s services are available to different Ministries / Departments of the Central and State Governments, banking institutions, public and private sector undertakings, voluntary bodies, nongovernmental organizations and international agencies concerned with rural development.