National Council of Rural Institutes under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, in Government of India strives to promote resilient rural India through Higher Education interventions. NCRI designs, develops and promotes curriculum inputs for higher education programmes offered by Universities and Autonomous Institutions in India. The higher educational streams of focus for NCRI include: Rural Studies, Rural Development, Rural Management, Social Work and Education. The curriculum inputs are both theoretical and practical field-related relevant to rural India.
To involve higher education curriculum in India in the process of building resilient rural India i.e., Uthkrisht Gram for Unaat Bharat
Formulate and recognise curricular inputs and accredit courses and higher educational institutions, which enable development of sustainable, climate and disaster resilient rural livelihoods.
Livelihoods in rural India covering 70% of population are subjected to vagaries of climate and disasters. Without building resilience in them it is always a first step and not higher step in their path of development. In spite of years of hard work it continues to be a hardship ridden life. Rural India was the source of civilisational growth and it has to regain its prime place in the nation building and placing India on the top in the comity of nations in the world. In today's climate vagaries and disaster prone world, it is not enough to develop livelihoods but it is also essential to make them sustainable by continuous attempts to make them resilient. Higher educational institutions in the country have an important role in formulating and building curriculum for promoting continuous student and institutional engagement in study, research and improvement of the resilience of rural livelihoods and rural critical infrastructure.
Established in 1995 by the Government of India under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, the NCRI, founded by the Late Prime Minister Sri P V Narasimha Rao, seeks to usher in rural change and inclusive growth as a catalyst organization.
The NCRI interfaces with rural institutes of higher learning like Rural Universities, Rural Development Institutes, National Rural Livelihoods Mission and State Livelihood Action Units.
Human Resource Development is our operational framework and Human Development is the goal. Sab Ka Sath Sab Ka Vikas would be the guiding philosophy and strategy of NCRI, as enunciated by the Prime Minister of India, Sri Narendra Modi.
Development of higher education curriculum addressing the needs of backward rural areas and their representative higher educational institutions, boosting the flagship social and rural development programmes with focus on education, skill development, employment, livelihoods and Swacch Bharat comprise the core initiatives.
The NCRI seeks to strengthen the rural higher education curriculum and the faculty members transacting it. Empowerment of the functionaries will be a well designed corollary.
Capacity building and professionalization of Rural Institutes, skill development, entrepreneurship, livelihoods, community initiatives, creativity of local groups and proactive development action constitute the core content of NCRI research and interventions.
The curriculum development programmes of NCRI mainly include Workshops and Rural table discussions.
As part of its proactive and continuing Research and Training endeavour, the NCRI has to date initiated Research Projects in different parts of the country. Between 1995-2016, 115 such projects have been completed and appraised by the specialists.
The NCRI's governance structure includes the Council and the Governing Body, that are supported by specially constituted committees for planning and monitoring.
Dr. W. G. Prasanna Kumar is the Chairperson. Dr. R. Manoj Kumar is the Member Secretary.
A Small team of research staff, consultants and administrators offer support services.