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General Council

  1. There shall be a General Council of the Institute and it shall be composed of all the members of the Institute;
  2. The annual general meeting of the General Council shall be held at such date, time and place as may be determined by the President;
  3. The General Council shall meet at least once every year;
  4. For the purpose of the last sub-rule, each year shall be deemed to commence on the first day of April and terminate on the thirty first day of March of the following Calendar year;
  5. The President may convene a special meeting of the General Council whenever he thinks fit, and shall do so on the written requisition of not less than one third of the members of the Institute;
  6. Every notice calling a meeting of the General Council shall state the date, time and place at which such meeting will be held and shall be served upon every member of the General Council not less than twenty one clear days before the day appointed for the meeting;
  7. The accidental omission to give notice to, or the non-receipt of notice by, any member or other person, to whom it should be given, shall not invalidate the proceedings at the meeting;
  8. In the absence of the President, the Minister in charge of Rural Development or related subject or in his absence, the Secretary to Government of India in the Department of Rural Development, who are Vice-President shall preside.
  9. Nine member of the General Council present in person shall form a quorum. No quorum shall be required for an adjourned meeting;
  10. All disputed questions at meetings of the General Council shall be determined by vote;
  11. Each member of the Institute shall have one vote;
  12. In case of an equality of votes the person presiding over the meeting shall, in addition, have a casting vote;
  13. The president may invite any person other than a member, to attend a meeting of the General Council, such invitee shall not, however, be entitled to vote at the meeting;
  14. The General Council shall function notwithstanding any vacancy therein and notwithstanding any defect in the appointment, nomination or election of any member and no act or proceedings of the General Council shall be invalidated or nullified merely by reason of the existence of any vacancy therein or any defect in the appointment, nomination or election of any member; and
  15. Where for any reason it is not possible for the General Council to meet, any business which it may be necessary for the General Council to perform may be carried out by taking the approval of the President after due recommendation by the Executive Council, provided that the ex-post-facto approval of the General Council shall be obtained at its next meeting.

Functions and Powers of General Council

The General Council shall have the following powers and functions, namely, to:

  1. Observe the Provisions of the Memorandum of Association, these Rules and such instructions of the Government of India in the Department;
  2. Exercise general control and issue such directions for the efficient management and administration of the affairs of the Institute as may be necessary;
  3. Nominate members of the Executive Council in accordance with clause (i) of Rule X;
  4. Approve the annual budget of the Institute for submission to the Government of India for sanction of Government Grants;
  5. Consider the Annual Report and audited Annual Accounts, of the Institute for the immediately preceding financial year along with the Audit Certificate, the Audit Report, and replies of the Institute to the observations contained in the Audit Report;
  6. Add to, amend, vary or rescind, with the prior approval of the Government of India, any of these rules:
  7. Frame Bye-laws not inconsistent with these Rules and the Memorandum of Association, for the management, administration and regulation of the business of the Institute for the furtherance of its objects;
  8. Constitute an Academic Committee to advise on all Academic matters, i.e., matters relating to training, research and action research, and such standing committees as required, with or without the power of co-opt, for disposal of any business of the Institute or for advice on any matter pertaining to the Institute; and
  9. Perform such other functions as are entrusted to it under these Rules.


S.No Category/Rule Description Sl.No. as per Rules Present Incumbent Names
1 III.1. The President of the Institute 1 Shri Giriraj Singh, Hon'ble Union Minister for Minister of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj
2 III.2.Two Vice-Presidents of the Institute. 2 Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Rural Development, Department of Rural Development Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi - 110 001.
3 2 Shri Nagendra Nath Sinha, IAS, Secretary Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Rural Development Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi - 110 001.
4 III.3. Four persons from non-official Institutions in India working in Rural Development / reconstruction and allied fields. (Three year term) 3 VACANT (Non-official)
5 3 VACANT (Non-official)
6 3 VACANT (Non-official)
7 3 VACANT (Non-official)
8 III.4. Nine eminent persons who have made noteworthy contribution in the field of Rural Development including one or two non-officials functioning of Zilla Prashad level with long experience (Three year term) 4 VACANT (Non-official)
9 4 VACANT (Non-official)
10 4 VACANT (Non-official)
11 4 VACANT (Non-official)
12 4 VACANT (Non-official)
13 4 VACANT (Non-official)
14 4 VACANT (Non-official)
14 4 VACANT (Non-official)
16 4 VACANT (Non-official)
17 III.5.One person each from the All India Panchayat Parishad and the National Co-operative Union. 5 VACANT (All India Panchayat Parishad)
18 5 Chief Executive, National Co operative Union of India 3, Siri Institutional Area, August Kranti Marg (Khel Goan Marg) New Delhi - 110 001.
19 III.6. Chairman of the University Grants Commission, President, Association of Indian Universities. 6 Chairman, University Grant Commission UGC Building, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi - 110 001.
20 6 President of Association of Indian Universities, AIU House, 16 Comrade Indrajit Gupta Marg (Kotla Marg), New Delhi -110002
21 III.7. Secretary (DWS), Joint Secretary as well as Financial Adviser in the Ministry / Department of Rural Development, Government of India dealing with the Institute and Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture. 7 Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Room No.247, 'A' Wing, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi-110001 .
22 7 Additional Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Department of Rural Development, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi - 110 001.
23 7 Shri Prasant Kumar, IFS Joint Secretary (A&C) Ministry of Rural Development Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi - 110 001.
24 7 Smt. Seema Bahuguna, IAS Special Secretary & Financial Advisor Ministry of Rural Development Krishi Bhavan New Delhi - 110 001.
25 7 Secretary Department of Agriculture Ministry of Agriculture Government of India Krishi Bhavan New Delhi - 110 001.
26 III.8. Secretaries in the Ministries of Education and Welfare, Department of Personnel & Training and Planning Commission or their nominee not below the rank of Joint Secretary. 8 Secretary Ministry of Human Resource Development Department of Higher Education Government of India Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi - 110 001.
27 8 Joint Secretary Department of Personnel and Training Room No.304, IIIrd Floor, Block IV Old JNU Campus, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi - 110 067.
28 8 Advisor ( Rural Development), Planning Commission, Room No. 232, Yojana Bhavan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi - 110 001.
29 III.9. Five Secretaries to State Governments Union Territories incharge of Rural Development / Reconstruction or Development Commissioners, in rotation. (Three year term) 9 Principal Secretary, Rural Development & P.R.Department, Government of Assam, Dispur, Guwahati - 781037 Assam
30 9 Principal Secretary, Rural Development Department, Government of Kerala, Thirvananthapuram - 695001 Kerala.
31 9 Secretary, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, Government of West Bengal, Jessop Building, 1st Floor, 63, N.S.Road Kolkata - 700 001. Phone No.033 - 22424422..
32 9 Secretary, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Government of Maharashtra, Mantralaya, Mumbai - 400 032.
33 9 Secretary, Rural Development Department, Government of Bihar, Main Secretariat, Patna - 800 015
34 III.10.Seven members of the Union, State and Union Territory Legislatures; 2 from Lok Sabha, 1 from Rajya Sabha, 4 from State and Union Territories ( to represent four Zonal Councils by rotation). 10 Vacant
35 10 Vacant
36 10 Vacant
37 10 Vacant
38 10 Vacant
39 10 Vacant
40 10 Vacant
41 III.11. Three Vice-Chancellors of Universities. (Three year term) 11 Vice-Chancellor, Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Udaipur- 313 001. Rajasthan.
42 11 Vice-Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Maidan Garhi, New Delhi - 110 067.
43 11 Vice-Chancellor, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. - 641 046. (Tamil Nadu). a
44 III.12. Three academic staff members of the Institute - One Director, One Deputy Director and One Assistant Director, and also one representative of the non-academic staff to be nominated by the Director General, by rotation, each one holding the office for a period of two years. 12 Vacant
45 12 Vacant
46 12 Vacant
47 12 Vacant
48 III.13.Director General of the Institute 13 Director General, NIRD&PR, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad - 500 030.

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