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Academic Blocks

SK Dey Block

This is one of the main Academic blocks housing faculty members. The block comprises 35 rooms at ground floor, 25 rooms at first floor and 31 rooms in second floor allotted for centres of the Institute. The office of the Director General and meeting hall is at the second floor of this block.

Dr BR Ambedkar Block

This block houses the Library (2 floors), 4 faculty rooms in Ground floor and 8 in first floor allotted for centres of the Institute. It also has 4 Conference halls. Further, two computer labs for staff/participants and one for PG students are available in second floor of this block.

Mahatma Gandhi Block

This block has rooms in Ground floor (17) and second floor (24) allotted for centres of the Institute. There are 3 Conference halls in this block. A computer lab is available exclusively for Centre for Geo-informatic Applications of the Institute.

Administrative block

This block houses the Administrative and Accounts officers and staff. There are 8 rooms at ground floor, 9 rooms at first floor and 8 rooms at second floor including the Office of the Deputy Director General and a meeting hall. The office of the Registrar & Director (Admn.), who is head of Administration of the Institute is located at the first floor of this block. This block also houses the Office of the Financial Advisor of the Institute.

A new second administrative block behind the SK Dey block houses the officers and staff of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushal Yojana (DDU GKY). It also has a mini meeting hall in ground floor of the block.


NIRD&PR has an auditorium with 350 seats capacity and two adjacent rooms for huge gathering of staff / VVIPs for inauguration of important Training Programmes/National workshops etc.

Community Hall

There is a Community Hall with two rooms for facilitating the staff and family members' gathering and functions of marriages, birthday parties etc.


Success of rural development programmes, among other things, depends on access to information which is one of the critical inputs in the process of rural development. Provision of timely and relevant information to different stakeholders is of prime importance for effective implementation of development programmes and achieving desired results. Centre for Development Documentation and Communication (CDC) at NIRD&PR with a view to providing information support to the research and training activities of the Institute and also to other members of development community, has been engaging itself in identifying and collecting rural development literature and systematically documenting the same for effective and wider dissemination. A rich collection of books, journals and CDs/VCDs on rural development and allied aspects gathered over the years is the strength of the NIRD&PR and constitutes the information resource base for disseminating the information. The Institute brings out various publications and offers information services in its endeavour to effectively disseminate rural development information to the stakeholders.

Information Sources


Books, reports and other institutional publications form major source of information. During the period under review, Institute added a total of 461 books and other documents to its collection.


The Institute subscribed to 142 Indian and foreign journals during the period under review. 45 journals are received on exchange and complimentary basis and about 60 newsletters are received from different rural development institutions. CDC also subscribed to on-line databases viz.,, JSTOR and ProQuest-Social Science Journals and ebrary Social Science Collection (e-Books).

CD Rom/Video Cassettes

Audio-visual materials form a major input in the training programmes organised by the institute. A total of 33 CDs/DVDs were added to the collection during the period under review.

Hindi Section

The institute maintains a separate collection of Hindi books for the benefit of participants and staff. Based on necessity and demand there is regular addition of books in this section.

Updation of Databases

Computerised databases of books and journal articles updated and maintained on a continuous basis form the major strength of NIRD&PR. Based on these databases, the institute provides various information services. Presently the books database consists of 93240 books and 125188 references in journal articles database.

CDC Information Products/Services

CDC Alerts, CDC Index and Newspaper clippings are the information products through which CDC disseminates information. All these publications were brought out regularly during the period under review. In addition, CDC provides services like literature searches, photocopying, inter-library loan, etc., to its users.

Institutional Membership

NIRD&PR Institutional Membership offered to rural development organizations and institutions is maintained by CDC. The members are entitled to free subscription to Journal of Rural Development, NIRD&PR Newsletter and all un-priced publications and 50% discount on all priced publications of NIRD&PR.

Library statistics from April, 2015 to March, 2016

1 Total stock as on 31-3-2016(Including books, Hindi books and bound volumes of periodicals) 1,20262
2 Total intake during the year ending 31.3.2016 461
3 A.V Material (Video Cassettes & CDs) 33
4 Periodicals subscribed 142
Periodicals received on exchange 25
Periodicals received on gratis 20
Newsletters 60
Total periodicals intake 247
Number of Newspapers subscribed 28
5 Utilisation of CDC Library Facilities
Number of borrowers 952
Number of documents lent to participants 979
Number of visitors to Library 5383
6 Research Scholars visited library 26
7 Documentation Services
Number of articles indexed during the year 1037
Number of CDC Alerts issued 10
Number of CDC Index issued 12
8 CDC Database
Number of entries in the database (books) 93240
Number of articles 125188
Number of literature searches carried out from the database 147

Conference Halls

There are 12 Conference Halls in NIRD&PR with capacities ranging from 15 to 100 persons, for conducting training sessions/workshops /seminars by centres to the various stakeholders like State Government functionaries, Officials from State Institutes of Rural Development, NGOs etc, involved in the implementation of various Government schemes.

Guest Houses

There are four guest houses in NIRD&PR. 1. Himachal (61 rooms ); 2. Vindhyachal (45 rooms) 3.Nilgiri (54 rooms) and 4. Aravalli block (59 rooms). The guest houses provide accommodation for national and international participants of the training programmes as well as participants of national workshops/seminars etc, that are conducted all round the year.

Computer Centre

NIRD&PR has an excellent state-of-the-art Computer Centre with latest technological facilities for dedicated connectivity of internet and intranet, recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the DoPT.

The NIRD&PR network provides online services for the effective academic, administration functions, e-office, e-journals, NIRD&PR e-JRD, IPKN and has links to vast resource links of top ministries and departments, state and districts and SIRDs/ETC , Institutes, Research Organisations etc, with 1000-odd hosts in its network range.

NIRD&PR gets uninterrupted internet services through its National Knowledge Network connectivity of 100 mbps and with a redundancy of 22 mbps dedicated link availed from M/s Railtel Corporation of India. NIRD&PR's network is technology-intensive providing domain by NIC, e-office, and caters all the services to the International and National Participants in campus.

Wi-Fi facilities are available across office Buildings and Guest Houses. There are two well equipped Computer Labs for Training, evaluation, hand holding, etc, for the International and National participants, field functionaries, Ministry Officials, students etc. These labs meet the current requirements of the office, catering to training and research activities of the Institute and are at par with industry and meet the emerging needs of the Institute.

Health Centre

NIRD&PR has a Health Centre on campus that caters to the medical requirements of its officers and staff. It has its rolls, one Lady Medical Officer (Senior Medical Officer i/c), male medical officer, dresser, pharmacist, staff nurse, Physiotherapist and attendants. The medical centre provides timely first aid and emergency as well as regular medical care to the staff and their families of NIRD&PR and also participants attending the training programmes.

Sports Complex

NIRD&PR has an indoor Sports Complex constructed in 1999. The sports centre is equipped with a Gymnasium on the first floor, a Table tennis and Shuttle badminton halls on the ground floor and a Swimming pool with washrooms for the benefit of participants of the training programmes and PG students. Staff of the Institute and their family members are also permitted to use this facility based on their membership. There are special coaches who provide training to participants/staff for the Gymnasium and Swimming activities.

Gym center

Swimming pool


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