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Centre for Information and Communication Technology

Centre's Mandate

To introduce Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) in NIRD&PR, facilitate adoption and effective utilisation of ICT by faculty members and other staff members of various schools and centres of the institute, organise training programmes to various national and international rural development functionaries on ICTs and, develop /deploy, install, implement and maintain state-of-the-art hardware and software infrastructure required for various applications in the institute.


  • Conduct training programmes on ICTs and its applications to National and International personnel working in Rural Development and related departments.
  • Conduct training programmes to faculty members and other staff members working in various schools and centres of NIRD&PR on utilisation of hardware and various software applications such as MS Office, SPSS, etc., as per the need.
  • Provide ICT solutions and state-of-the-art infrastructure (hardware and software) at NIRD&PR.
  • Provide access to internet and online information, benefiting all schools, centres, departments, wings and end-users.
  • Facilitate automation of training, research and all other activities to bring in greater efficiency in its operations.

Thrust area & scope

Information Communication Technologies are ever evolving and emerging technologies. In view of this there is a need to constantly keep ourselves abreast of the latest ICTs and its applications. ICTs facilitate effective implementation and management of programmes, projects and schemes. Training for capacity building on various components and aspects of ICTs facilitates the process of re-engineering and change management. Digital India Initiative launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi is giving emphasis and allocated huge money for development of ICT infrastructure across the nation for enhancing employment opportunities and providing good governance through digitalisation and thereby better standards of living and quality of life.

Ministry of Rural Development and other Ministries of GOI are conceiving and implementing several Rural Development programmes namely MGNREGS, IAY, NRLM, NSAP, PMKSY, PMGSY, IWMP, SAGY, SBM, SSA, NRHM etc., across the nation by earmarking and expending thousands of crores of Rupees annually. These programmes need to be effectively managed for ensuring expected results.

Training to various stakeholders of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj on ICTs and its applications is the need of the hour. Information Education and Communication (IEC) and awareness building to various stakeholders are also required so that demand for RD programmes increases and also it facilitates enhanced implementation level of rural development programmes. ICTs have the potential as good tools for IEC and awareness building. This helps in higher awareness building, better implementation of the rural development programmes, better realisation of targets and reducing gap between targets and achievements.

ICTs also facilitate documentation of various initiatives and innovations that are taking place in the domain of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj. ICT tools and internet can be utilised primarily for documentation of various initiatives, success stories and best practices in the domain of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.


Dr M V Ravibabu

Associate Professor & Head

Education : M.Tech (Remote Sensing), PhD (Geomatics Engineering) - IIT Roorkee
Areas of Specialisation : Geospatial Applications towards Natural Resource Management, Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Rural Development.
Email : mvravibabu.nird[at]
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