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Centre for Human Resource Development

Centre's Mandate

Building committed, motivated professionals in the area of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj for effective implementation of development programmes and initiatives with the focus on human development and capacity development. To ensure sustainable leadership and managerial skills among the functionaries of rural development & Panchayati Raj through quality training and research in the field of human resource development.


Enabling People's participation in development process through

  • Understanding analyzing and attempting strategies for Behaviour modification, in the context of Rural Development.
  • Focus on study of attitudes, perceptions, motivations, abilities and aptitudes for sustainable human development.
  • Study of the discrepancy between the felt and articulated needs critical.
  • Leadership, group dynamics, motivation- key to participation.
  • Development of training and resource material including simulation exercises for behavioural and attitudinal changes.

Thrust area & scope

  • Training : Training Need Assessment, Systematic Approach to Training, Evaluation of Training and training methods and skills.
  • Research Methodology : Qualitative and Quantitative techniques
  • HRD Process & Activities: Capacity Building; Assessing the needs of HRD; Designing and Developing HRD programmes; Evaluation of HRD programmes.
  • HRD Applications and Trends: Psychometric Techniques, Coaching and mentoring; Competency mapping,
  • Organisational Behaviour: Behavioural Dimensions (Leadership, Motivation, Team building, Stress Management and communication skills of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj functionaries.
  • Education: Planning, Development and Management of Education Sector.
  • Community Health: Planning, Development and Management of Health sector.


Dr R Murugesan

Professor & Head

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D(Economics), MBA, LL.B
Areas of Specialisation : Rural Micro Enterprises Development, Skill Development (NRLM), Rural Marketing, Franchise Development and Networking, SHGs, Women / Youth Empowerment, Panchayat /Local Finances, Micro-Finance, Project Management, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) , Village Adoption (SAGY): Inclusive Village & Infrastructure Development, PURA – Public-Private Partnership, Technology Transfer, Energy Resources Management, Rural Electrification and Environmental Concerns
Email : murugesan.nird[at]
Phone : (+91) 040-24008445
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Dr Lakhan Singh

Assistant Professor

Education : Ph.D. (Population Studies), MPS, MA (Psychology), UGC-NET for lectureship.
Areas of Specialisation : Social-psychological aspects of change and development, behaviour change theories- Indian context, women health - issues of accessibility, availability, affordability to health care services, nutrition and Rural Development programmes, psychosocial health of disadvantaged people, Indian demography, demographic dividend, social science research methods, large-scale surveys-NFHS series, Census of India.
Email : lakhan.nird[at]
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Dr Sucharita Pujari

Assistant Professor

Education : M.A. (Sociology), MPS, PhD ( Population Studies) UGC NET (Sociology)
Areas of Specialisation : Gender Inequities and Mainstreaming in Healthcare in Rural India, Women and Child Health, Gender Norms and Gender Violence within Private and Public sphere, Adolescent Girls &Women Empowerment, Program and policies related to Women and Children, Gendered nature of infertility, Research Methods .
Email : sucharitapujari.nird[at]
Phone : (+91) 040-24008523
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