Centre for Integrated Rural Development (CIRD)
Realizing its social responsibility, GITAM has established the Centre for Integrated Rural Development (CIRD) with the aim of bringing about integrated rural development through active dissemination of available knowledge, data and know-how to the farming community.
Though the focus of the centre is on human and community development, yet it also aims towards technology transfer to the farmers for improvement in agricultural production and quality of life. The centre focuses on injecting new technological inputs in agricultural and agro-based industries related to biotechnology, biodiversity, eco-technology, etc., and also on encouraging the farmers to grow tree-born oil-seeds for bio-diesel production.
Many districts in Andhra Pradesh consist of dryland belt. The technologies developed by the centre will help several farmers to fruitfully utilize their lands for cultivation of treeborn oil-seeds for production of bio-diesel. It will help increase the income of rural population and the landless families will be benefited by supplying pods with oil-seeds to oil mills. The cultivation of medicinal plants and herbal drug production will supplement the income of the villagers.
The centre would act as a catalyst to improve the quality of human life in rural India through its pilot demonstrations and extension programmes. The approach is based on the principle of social inclusion in access to technologies to bridge the gap between the rich and poor.
To sum up, the centre would strive to promote, plan, undertake, develop and support projects/ schemes aimed at all-round development, creation of employment opportunities, promotion of self-reliance, generation of awareness, organization and improvement in the quality of life of the people in rural areas.
Objectives:With the sole aim of “poverty alleviation and improvement of standards of life” for the rural community which constitutes nearly 70% of Indian population, the centre aims at :
- Dissemination of improved technical know-how through participatory research to enable the targeted group to acquire better skills for their work.
- Showing newer income generating means through utilization of the resources available around them by organizing training programmes, workshops and seminars.
- Encouragement of farmers in dry belts to cultivate plants which give oil-seeds for bio-diesel production.
- Cultivation of medicinal and herbal plants.
- Promotion of environmental quality and management in relation to public health in rural areas.
- Development of technology for production of bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides and organic farming.
- Building knowledge society through information and communication technologies.
- Energy plantation and power generation.
- Development of renewable energy parks such as solar and wind in the rural areas.
The centre supports the research programmes of GITAM related to integrated rural development and a number of faculty members and research scholars from different disciplines work on the projects of the centre.