Welcome to AGRASRI
The Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India (AGRASRI) was established in the year 2001 on the initiative of a group of academicians, scholars and administrators across the nation, under the leadership of Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap, eminent Constitutional expert and Former Secretary-General of Lok Sabha. The AGRASRI is an autonomous, independent, non-political, non-profit and Professional Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), being headquartered at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, under the nurture of social activist couple Dr. D. Sundar Ram and Mrs. D. Bharathi Sundar, Founder and Co-founder of the Academy. The motto of AGRASRI is Sarve Bhavanthu Sukhinaa [Prosperous Life with Inclusive Growth by all]. It is founded to provide an environment suitable for the study and promotion of academic research, training, policy advocacy and networking in grassroots democratic institutions for self-sufficient Village Republics in India. Many distinguished policy makers, administrators and scholars have been associated with the Academy as Members of its Board of Governors, Board of Advisers, Executive Council and Research Council.
The Academy was formally inaugurated by the champion of decentralisation movement Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, the then Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), on 20 August, 2002 at Tirupati. As grassroots level research organisation since its inception, it aims to promote research, training, consultation, and change of scholarship and information dissemination in the state of Andhra Pradesh and beyond. Additionally, it has conducted training programmes for capacity- building among several stakeholders in the development sphere at the grassroots level. AGRASRI has been working in the following thematic areas for last one and half decades: Panchayati Raj and Rural Development; Women Empowerment; Social Justice; Micro-planning; Good Governance; Grassroots Democracy; Information Technology; Society and Environment and Youth Development.
The Academy is recognised as Nodal Agency/Technical Support Institute by the Govt. of India and Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, for imparting Capacity Building and Training Programmes for the elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions, Youth Leaders and Self-Help Group Members, in the Year 2010. The Academy is also registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act of 2010 (FCRA) to receive the foreign contributions and donations for ongoing activities and programmes of AGRASRI at the grassroots level.
Key Policy Makers of AGRASRI
Hon. Visitor of AGRASRI
Dr. C. RANGARAJAN
Former Governor of AP and RBI
Hon. Chief Patron of AGRASRI
SHRI MANI SHANKAR AIYAR
Former Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India.
Chairman, AGRASRI Board of Governors
Dr. SUBHASH C.KASHYAP
Former Secretary-General of Lok Sabha
Chairperson of AGRASRI Hon. Board of Advisers
Dr. (Mrs) V. MOHINI GIRI
Former Chairperson, NCW, GoI
Founder of AGRASRI
Dr. D. SUNDAR RAM
Formerly Reader in Public Administration
Co-founder of AGRASRI
Mrs. D. BHARATHI SUNDAR