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Rural Development recognizes that the cutting edge to the development is the quality of the key personnel implementing the developmental programmes. Its efforts are directed towards development of these human resources. Over the years it has sharpened its tools and techniques by developing appropriate training material.
Rural Development which is concerned with economic growth and social justice, improvement in the living standard of the rural people by providing adequate and quality social services and minimum basic needs becomes essential. The present strategy of rural development mainly focuses on poverty alleviation, better livelihood opportunities, provision of basic amenities and infrastructure facilities through innovative programmes of wage and self-employment. The above goals will be achieved by various programme support.Being implemented creating partnership with communities, non-governmental organizations, community based organizations, institutions, while the Department of Rural Development will provide logistic support both on technical and administrative side for programme implementation. Other aspects that will ultimately lead to transformation of rural life are also being emphasized simultaneously.Rural Development is a school for practicing managers engaged in rural development. Over 150 programmes involving about 3000 participants are organized annually mostly sensitizing policy makers, elected representatives of the people, young civil servants and media professionals. It also trains functionaries from the Government, development banking institutions and community based organizations to help carry forward and spread the message of all-round rural development.
Curriculum development, preparation of training manuals and training guidelines are its forte. Custom-made training programmes were conducted for the senior officers of Bangladesh, Ethiopia Nigeria, Uganda, in recent years. Besides, it offered study visits to rural development functionaries from some of the countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
The strength of NIRD lies in its well qualified and experienced faculty having international exposure. It is divided into various Centres of specialization ranging from sustainable economic development, women's development to human resource development, organizational development and extension and transfer of technology, besides planning and evaluation.

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