Centre for Agrarian Studies

Centre's Mandate

  • Understand agrarian relations from a policy perspective and changing agrarian relations from ecologically and economically sustainable livelihoods angle;
  • Generate workable solutions for small and marginal farmers to enhance income from agriculture and allied sectors through institutional linkages; and
  • Sensitise the functionaries to help landless households in accessing programmes of agriculture and rural development to improve their resource base and thereby economic and social well-being.


  • Design and organise training programmes / workshops and research projects with a focus on agrarian issues such as a) Ownership of land and tenancy aspects b) Productivity and access to natural resources c) Promotion of institutions and their sustainability and d) Equity and access in promoting livelihoods.
  • Conduct capacity building programmes for senior level functionaries responsible for implementation of programmes such as RKVY/PMKSY, NRLMP etc.
  • Carry out policy research on land and its unequal distribution and its impact on poverty alleviation.
  • Contribute to the formulation of policies and strategies of agriculture and natural resource based programmes of MoRD and other Ministries.
  • Documentation and dissemination of successful cases and best practices evolved in both government and non-government sectors and also best practices in Farmers’ Cooperatives, Water Users Associations and Farmer Producer Organisations for horizontal and vertical upscaling.
  • Collaborate with national and international organisations for consultancy services in training and research.

Thrust Area & Scope

  • Land Acquisition Policies
  • Tribal Land Rights
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Institutional Aspects of Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Agrarian Unrest
  • Agrarian Distress and Farmers Suicides
  • Tenancy
  • Agri-Entrepreneurs
  • Social, Institutional and Gender Dimensions in Agrarian Sector
  • Agriculture and Nutrition Security linkages


Dr Surjit Vikraman

Associate Professor & Head

Education : Ph.D (Economics)
Areas of Specialisation : Agrarian Studies, Development Economics, Value Chain Analysis and Development, Food and Nutritional Security Analysis, Farming Systems and Agriculture – Nutrition Linkages, Agricultural Policy and Impact Assessment.
Email : surjitvikraman.nird[at]
Phone :
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Dr Ch Radhika Rani

Associate Professor & Head, NRLM and Centre for Rural Marketing & Promotion of Rural Products

Education : Ag M.Sc. Ph.D (Agrl Economics)
Areas of Specialisation : Institutions in Agriculture, Agrarian Relations, Agriculture and Nutrition Security linkages and Natural Resource Management.
Email : radhikarani.nird[at]
Phone : (+91) 040-24008559

Dr Nithya V G

Assistant Professor

Education : MSc (Agricultural Economics) IMRD (International Master of science in Rural Development), Ph.D (Agricultural Economics), Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Areas of Specialisation : Agricultural Economics, Agricultural value chains, Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Farming, Food and Nutritional Security issues in Rural Development and Policy Advocacy.
Email : nithyavg.nird[at]
Phone : (+91) 040-24008564
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