Centre for Sustainable Rural Development & Research Studies

Date of Establishment: 1st December, 2005
Inaugurated-by : Bharat Ratna Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, former President of India
Presided by: Dr.G.Viswanathan

The CSRD & RS was inaugurated by Bharat Ratna Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, former President of India on 1st December 2005. The centre acts as a bond between VIT and society, to provide better and effective services for the development of rural areas through various innovative initiatives. VIT students, under the guidance of the faculty and staff, engage in social upliftment activities to foster rural community development through various projects and programs.

VISION:To improve the quality of the life of rural people by meeting their rudimentary needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations through participative planning and implementation of sustainable practices and improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people living in the rural area.

MISION:Promote and implement the sustainable rural development practices through participative planning, education, capacity building, effective networking, research techniques, and knowledge management through innovative methods to enlight the rural community for self – reliant rural development.

Extension Works:

  • Adoption of villages for holistic development.
  • Entrepreneurship development activities.
  • Skill Development and Women Empowerment.
  • Higher education for all in Vellore District.
  • Agriculture and allied activities to promote organic farming.
  • Youth development activities.
  • Entrepreneurial development activities for SHGs.
  • Promotion of health and sanitation in rural areas.
  • Green Vellore- protection of the environment.
  • Clean River Palar for efficient water management.
  • Infrastructure development and environmental enhancement in Government schools.
  • Livelihood development activities linked to economic development.
  • Credit linkage to Tribal Farmers for holistic development.
  • Organic farming.
  • Digital literacy campaign.
  • Financial literacy promotion.

Our Partners

  • Ministry of Human Resource and Development - UBA.2.0 - Govt.of India
  • DST –NIMAT – Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India - Gujarat
  • National Research Development Corporation – New Delhi
  • National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development– NABARD
  • National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises - (ni-msme) – Govt.of India
  • MSME – Development Institute (MSME-DI), Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India
  • State Planning Commission (SPC) – Govt of Tamil Nadu
  • District Panchayat / District Planning Cell (DPC) - Vellore and Tiruvannamalai
  • Entrepreneurship Development and Innovative Institute (EDII), Govt. of Tamil Nadu
  • Indian Bank Self Employment Training Institute (INDSETI)
  • Tamil Nadu Corporation For Development of Women (TNCDW - Mahalir Thittam)
  • Tamil Nadu State Rural Livelihoods Mission (TNSRLM)
  • District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) – Vellore and Tiruvannamalai District
  • District School Education Department ( DSED)
  • District Industrial Centre (DIC) – Vellore
  • District Forest Department - Vellore

Where We Work

Vellore District

Tiruvannamalai District

Contact Us

Centre for Sustainable Rural Development and Research Studies (CSRD&RS)

Dr. C R Sundara Rajan
Deputy Director - CSRD&RS