Activities



Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.
Mahatma Gandhi





Unfortunately, when the bureaucracy is consulted on basic issues, the consultation is invariably at the top, at the upper echelons, and not at the cutting edge of development or at the district administration level. However, no matter what earth shattering decisions or direction we might give from the top, the implementation and delivery at the district level. And that really is in your hands. The way that delivery takes place, the efficiency of that delivery is in your hands. While a lot of attention has been paid at the higher level to reforms and other changes, the lover level, where the deliver takes place, has generally been neglected or ignored.
Rajiv Gandhi





India is an Old country but a young nation…I am young and I too have a dream, I dream of India Strong, Independent, Self-Reliant and in the front rank of the nations of the world, in the service of mankind.
Rajiv Gandhi





There is no section of our society more oppressed, more exploited and more neglected than women. In every segment, class or community, women suffer all the disabilities inflicted on that group and, in addition, suffer also the consequences of gender discrimination. Yet, their contribution to economic life, social well-being, cultural continuity and ethical standards is far great than their share of the population. We must make a determined beginning to bring women into the mainstream of the local self-government.
Rajiv Gandhi





If I die a violent death as some fear and a few are plotting. I know the violence will be in the thought and the action of assassin, not in my dying- for no hate is dark enough to overshadow the extent of my love for my people and my country; no force is strong enough to divert me from my purpose and my endeavour to take this country forward.
- Indira Gandhi





Corruption is the enemy of development, and of good governance. It must be got rid of. Both the government and the people at large must come together to achieve this national objective.
Pratibha Patil





Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.
Kofi Annan





Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
Winston Churchill





Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world. It is fear that is the greatest of all superstitions. It is fear that is the cause of all our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment. Therefore, arise, awake and stop not until the goal is reached.
Swami Vivekananda





We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Mother Teresa





Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.
Mahatma Gandhi





To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. For he who renounces everything no indemnity is possible. Such a renunciation is incompatible with man's nature; to remove all liberty from his will is to remove all morality from his acts.
Jean Jacques Rousseau





As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is our responsibility.
Arnold Toynbee





Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.
Voltaire





We live in an age disturbed, confused, bewildered, and afraid of its own forces, in search not merely of its road but even of its direction. There are many voices of counsel, but few voices of vision; there is much excitement and feverish activity, but little concert of thoughtful purpose. We are distressed by our own ungoverned, undirected energies and do many things, but nothing long. It is our duty to find ourselves.
Woodrow Wilson





Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson





Manners are of more importance than laws. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in.
Edmund Burke





We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent can be no longer synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions; and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Prosperity.
Benjamin Disraeli





The presence of a noble nature, generous in its wishes, ardent in its charity, changes the lights for us: we begin to see things again in their larger, quieter masses, and to believe that we too can be seen and judged in the wholeness of our character.
George Eliot





The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.
Thomas Alva Edison





The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.
Dag Hammarskjöld





Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused. Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear and without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied.
Alexander the Great





No society can prosper if it aims at making things easier-instead it should aim at making people stronger.
Ashoka the Great





The Universal Declaration of Human Rights - This great and inspiring instrument was born of an increased sense of responsibility by the international community for the promotion and protection of man's basic rights and freedoms. The world has come to a clear realization of the fact that freedom, justice and world peace can only be assured through the international promotion and protection of these rights and freedoms.
U Thant

SPECIAL PROGRAMMES

Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture

The Academy has instituted the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture in the year 2002, in recognition of the Seventh Prime Minister of India Shri Rajiv Gandhi’s significant contributions and services to the nation in general and Panchayati Raj Institutions in particular, as constitutional bodies. The main objective of the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture is to perpetuate the memory of Shri Rajiv Gandhi’s significant contributions and services rendered to the nation, as the Seventh Prime Minister of India.

The Memorial Lecture is being organised every year on 20 August, i.e., the birthday of Shri Rajiv Gandhi, at Tirupati by the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India, in association with the Rajiv Rural Development Foundation, Tirupati. In addition to the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture, the Academy is organising many special programmes on and Women Empowerment, Youth Development, Anti-Terrorism, Human Rights, National Panchayati Raj Day and AGRASRI Foundation Day Lecture programmes, with involvement of policy makers, administrators and elected representatives of PRI’s.

List of the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lectures, delivered by eminent policy makers and scholars since 2002, is as follows:

1. The First Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture-2002
Theme of the Lecture : Panchayati Raj in India: An Institution for Grassroots Development
Speaker : Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar,Hon’ble the then Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and CWC Member, New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2002.
Chief Guest : Dr. K. Keshava Rao, Former Minister for Higher Education, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.

2. The Second Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture-2003
Theme of the Lecture : Rajiv Gandhi and Modern India: Dreams and Vision
Speaker : Shri Shivraj V. Patil, Hon’ble the then Deputy Leader of Congress(I) Parliamentary Party in Lok Sabha and CWC Member, New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 25 August, 2003.
Chief Guest : Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.

3. The Third Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture-2004
Theme of the Lecture : Rajiv Gandhi: A Visionary for 21st Century India
Speaker : Dr. T. Kutumaba Rao, Eminent Journalist and Former Member, Kendra Sahitya Academi, New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2004.
Chief Guest : Shri B. Karunakar Reddy,the then Chairman, Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA), Tirupati.

4. The Fourth Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture-2005
Theme of the Lecture : Space Technology for Poverty Alleviation & Sustainable Development in India
Speaker : Prof.U.R. Rao, Chairman, PRL Council and Former Chairman, ISRO, Govt. of India, Bangalore, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 23 Septemeber, 2005.
Chief Guest : Shri T.N. Chaturvedi, His Excellency, the then Governor of Karnataka, Bangalore and Chairman, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.

5. The Fifth Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture-2006
Theme of the Lecture : Indian Farmers in 21st Century: Mission and Vision
Speaker : Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, the then Chairman, National Commission on Farmers, Govt. of India, New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2006.
Chief Guest : Shri Rameshwar Thakur, His Excellency, the then Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.

6. The Sixth Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture-2007
Theme of the Lecture : Synthesising New Indian Knowledge and Innovation Systems
Speaker : Dr. R.A. Mashelkarthe then President, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2007.
Chief Guest : Shri R.L.Bhatia, His Excellency, the then Governor of Kerala, Trivendrum.

7. The Seventh Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture-2008
Theme of the Lecture : Financial Inclusion in India: Need for Institutional Changes
Speaker : Dr. C. Rangarajan, the then Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister of India, New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2008.
Chief Guest : Shri N.D.Tiwari,His Excellency, the then Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.

8. The Eighth Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture-2009
Theme of the Lecture : Space Technology Applications for Rural Development in India.
Speaker : Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, the then Chairman, ISRO, Department of Space, Govt. of India, Bangalore, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2009.
Chief Guest : : Smt. Prabha Rau, Her Excellency, the then Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla.

9. The Ninth Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture-2010
Theme of the Lecture : Rajiv Gandhi and Panchayati Raj: Role of Women in Decision-making at the Local Governance in India
Speaker : Dr (Mrs) V. Mohini Giri, , Former Chairperson, National Commission for Women, Govt. of India, New Delhi, at India International Annex Auditorium New Delhi, on 8 March, 2011.
Chief Guest : Shri Murlidhar C. Bhandare, His Excellency, the then Governor of Odisha, Bhubaneswar.
Special Guest : Shri Salman Khurshid,Hon’ble the then Union Minister for Water Resources and Minority Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi.

10. The Tenth Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture-2011
Theme of the Lecture : Energy Technologies, Energy Security and Climate Change.
Speaker : Dr R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Govt. of India, New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 29 February, 2012.
Chief Guest : Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.

11. The Eleventh Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture-2012
Theme of the Lecture : 60 Years Working of the India Parliament: A Temple of Democracy.
Speaker : Dr. Bal Ram Jakhar,Former Speaker of Lok Sabha and Former Governor of Madhya Pradesh, New Delhi, at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, on 20 August, 2012.
Chief Guest : Shri Shivraj V. Patil, His Excellency, the Governor of Punjab, Chandigarh.
Guest of Honour : Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Former Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India, New Delhi.

12. The Twelfth Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture-2013
Theme of the Lecture : Diversity, Disparity and Exclusion: Implications for Inclusive Governance in India.
Speaker : Prof. Sukhadeo K. Thorat, Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Govt. of India, New Delhi, at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, on 20 August, 2014.
Chief Guest : Shri T.N. Chatuvedi, Former Governor of Karnataka and Chairman, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.
Chief Guest : Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Former Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India, New Delhi.

13. The Thirteenth Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture-2015
Theme of the Lecture:Diversity, Disparity and Exclusion : Implications for Inclusive Governance in India.
Speaker: Dr. Bindeswhar Pathak,Founder, Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2015.
Chief Guest: Prof. V. R. Panchamukhi, Former Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
Special Guest: Dr.Rajendra Kumar Pachauri,World renowned Environmentalist and Noble Laureate and, New Delhi.

RAJIV GANDHI NATIONAL AWARDS

In recognition of Rajiv Gandhi’s laudable contributions and significant services to the nation in general and Women, Youth and Panchayati Raj Institutions in particular, as Seventh Prime Minister of India, the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India has instituted the following Awards (established year of the respective award is in parenthesis), in association with the Rajiv Rural Development Foundation, Tirupati. The Rajiv Gandhi National Awards in 7 categories would be conferred by the Chief Guest (Hon’ble Governor/Former Governor/Union Minister/Former Union Minister/Speaker/Judge) every year on the birth day of Shri Rajiv Gandhiji, i.e., 20 August, in Tirupati/New Delhi, at a Special Function.

Name of the National Award and Established Year
  • Rajiv Gandhi Outstanding Leadership National Award (2005)
  • Rajiv Gandhi Best District Panchayat National Award (2005)
  • Rajiv Gandhi Best Taluk Panchayat National Award (2005)
  • Rajiv Gandhi Best Gram Panchayat National Award (2005)
  • Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Shakti National Award (2008)
  • Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Shakti National Award (2008)
  • Rajiv Gandhi Gram Swaraj National Award (2012)

The Rajiv Gandhi National Awards Jury, consisting of eminent scholars and experts, headed by Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap, Chairman, Board of Governors of AGRASRI and Former Secretary-General of Lok Sabha, New Delhi, would select and finalise the recipients of the Rajiv Gandhi National Awards in the afore said categories, purely based on merit and tract record of the nominees, in their respective fields. The Screening Committee would assist the Jury in finalisation of the suitable candidates at all India level, for the Awards, with Dr. D. Sundar Ram, Director of AGRASRI, as Convenor of the Jury.
The following is the composition of the Rajiv Gandhi National Awards Jury:

1) Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap(Chairman), New Delhi;
2) Prof. B.K.Chandrasekhar, Bengaluru.
3) Dr (Mrs) V. Mohini Giri, New Delhi;
4) Dr (Mrs) Jaya Arunachalam, Chennai;
5) Shri K. Chandramouli, IAS (Retd.), Hyderabad;
6) Shri K. K. Patnaik, IAS (Retd.), Bhubaneswar;
7) Prof. S.P. Jain, Lucknow;
8) Prof. G. Palanithurai , Gandhigram;
9) Dr. D. Sundar Ram (Convenor), Tirupati.

ROLL OF HONOUR
The following is the List of Recipients of the Rajiv Gandhi National Awards in 7 Categories since 2005 onwards

Rajiv Gandhi Outstanding Leadership National Award since 2005 onwards
  1. Recipient: Prof. U.R. Rao, Chairman, PRL Council, Indian Space Research Organisation, Department of Space, Govt. of India, Bangalore, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 23 September, 2005.
    Chief Guest: Shri T.N. Chaturvedi, His Excellency, the then Governor of Karnataka, Bangalore and Chairman of the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.
  2. Recipient: Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, the then Chairman, National Commission on Farmers, Govt. of India, New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2006.
    Chief Guest: Shri Rameshwar Thakur, His Excellency, the then Governor Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.
  3. Recipient: Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, the then President, Indian National Science Academy and CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune (Maharashtra) at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2007.
    Chief Guest: Shri R.L.Bhatia, His Excellency, the then Governor of Kerala, Trivendrum.
  4. Recipient: Dr. C. Rangarajan, the then Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister of India, New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2008.
    Chief Guest: Shri N.D.Tiwari, His Excellency, the then Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.
  5. Recipient: Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, the then Chairman, ISRO, Department of Space, Govt. of India, Bangalore, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2009.
    Chief Guest: Smt. Prabha Rau, Her Excellency, the then Governor of H.P., Shimla.
  6. Recipient: Dr (Mrs) V. Mohini Giri, Former Chairperson, National Commission for Women, Govt. of India, New Delhi, at India International Annex Auditorium New Delhi, on 8 March, 2011.
    Chief Guest: Shri Murlidhar C. Bhandare, His Excellency, the then Governor of Odisha, Bhubaneswar.
    Special Guest:Shri Salman Khurshid, Hon’ble the then Union Minister for Water Resources and Minority Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  7. Recipient: Dr R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Govt. of India, New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 29 Februay 2012.
    Chief Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
  8. Recipient: Dr. Bal Ram Jakhar, Former Speaker of Lok Sabha and Former Governor of Madhya Pradesh, New Delhi, at Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, on 20 August, 2012.
    Chief Guest: Shri Shivraj V. Patil, His Excellency, the Governor of Punjab, Chandigarh.
    Guest of Honour: Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Former Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  9. Recipient: Prof. Sukhadeo K. Thorat, Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Govt. of India, New Delhi, at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, on 20 August, 2014.
    Chief Guest: Shri T.N. Chatuvedi, Former Governor of Karnataka and Chairman, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.
    Guest of Honour: Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Former Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  10. Recipient: Dr. Bindeswhar Pathak, Founder, Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2015.
    Chief Guest: Prof. V. R. Panchamukhi, Former Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
    Special Guest: Dr.Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, World renowned Environmentalist and Noble Laureate and, New Delhi.
Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Shakti National Award since 2009 onwards
  1. Recipient: Dr (Mrs) Jaya Arunachalam, President, Working Women’s Forum, Chennai, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2009.
    Chief Guest: Smt. Prabha Rau, Her Excellency, the then Governor of H.P., Shimla.
  2. Recipient: Dr (Mrs) Manju Sharma, President, Indian Institute of Advanced Research, Gandhinagar and Former Secretary to Government of India, (Department of Bio-Technology, MoS&T), New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2010.
    Chief Guest: Prof. B.K. Chandrasekhar, Former Chairman, Karnataka Legislative Council, Bangalore.
  3. Recipient: Dr. V. Shanta, Chairperson, Cancer Institute (WIA), Chennai, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 25 November, 2011.
    Chief Guest: Prof. R. Ramamurthi, Past-General President, Indian National Science Congress, New Delhi.
  4. Recipient: Smt. Nomita Chandy, Secretary, ASHRAYA, Bangalore, at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, on 20 August, 2012.
    Chief Guest: Shri Shivraj V. Patil, His Excellency, the Governor of Punjab, Chandigarh.
    Guest of Honour: Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Former Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  5. Recipient: Prof. Paramjit Khurana, Prof. J.C. Bose National Fellow, Delhi University, South Campus, New Delhi.
    Chief Guest: Shri T. N. Chatuvedi, Former Governor of Karnataka and Chairman, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.
    Guest of Honour: Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Former Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  6. Recipient: Dr. Swati A. Piramal, Vice-Chairperson, Piramal Enterprises Ltd. Mumbai, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2015.
    Chief Guest: Prof. V. R. Panchamukhi, Former Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
    Guest of Honour: Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri,World renowned Environmentalist and Noble Laureate and, New Delhi.
Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Shakti National Award since 2009 onwards
  1. Recipient: Smt. Neelima Khetan, Chief Executive Officer, Seva Mandir, Udaipur (Rajasthan), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2009.
    Chief Guest: Smt. Prabha Rau, Her Excellency, the then Governor of H.P., Shimla.
  2. Recipient: Dr. Rahul Mirchandani, Executive Director, Aries Agro Limited, Mumbai, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2010.
    Chief Guest: Prof. B. K. Chandrasekhar, Former Chairman, Karnataka Legislative Council, Bangalore.
  3. Recipient: Shri Manoj Kumar Mandelia, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Canopus India Ltd., Kharagpur (West Bengal), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 25 November, 2011.
    Chief Guest: Prof. R. Ramamurthi, Past-General President, Indian National Science Congress, New Delhi.
  4. Recipient: Dr. D. Udaya Kumar, Designer of Indian Rupee Symbol and Asst. Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (Assam), at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, on 20 August, 2012.
    Chief Guest: Shri Shivraj V. Patil, His Excellency, the Governor of Punjab, Chandigarh.
    Guest of Honour: Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Former Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  5. Recipient: Smt. Chhavi Rajawat, Sarpanch, Soda Gram Panchayat, Tonk District (Rajasthan), held at Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, on 20 August, 2014.
    Chief Guest: Shri T. N. Chatuvedi, Former Governor of Karnataka and Chairman, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.
    Guest of Honour: Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Former Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  6. Recipient: Shri Dinesh Gajendran, Executive Director, Audacious Dreams Foundation, Gudiyattam, Tamil Nadu, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2015.
    Chief Guest: Prof. V. R. Panchamukhi, Former Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
    Special Guest: Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, World renowned Environmentalist and Noble Laureate and, New Delhi.
Rajiv Gandhi Best District Panchayat National Award since 2005 onwards
  1. Recipient: Shri Pathuri Nagabushanam, the then President, Guntur Zilla Parishad, Guntur (Andhra Pradesh), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2005.
    Chief Guest: Shri K. S. R. Murthy, IAS (Retd.), Former Secretary to Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  2. Recipient: Shri M.V. Balakrishnan Master, the then President, Kasargod District Panchayat, Kasargod (Kerala), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2006.
    Chief Guest: Shri Rameshwar Thakur, His Excellency, the then Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.
  3. Recipient: Shri R. Chidambaram , the then President, Andaman & Nicobar Zilla Parishad, Port Blair (Andaman & Nicobar Islands), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2007.
    Chief Guest: Shri R.L. Bhatia, HE, the then Governor of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.
  4. Recipient: Smt. Amarben P. Merani, President, Surendra Nagar District Panchayat, Surendra Nagar (Gujarat), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2008. Chief Guest: Shri N. D. Tiwari, His Excellency, the then Governor of A.P., Hyderabad.
  5. Recipient: Smt. Vaishali K. Abane, President, Pune Zilla Parishad, Pune (Maharashtra), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2009.
    Chief Guest: Smt. Prabha Rau, Her Excellency, the then Governor of H.P., Shimla.
  6. Recipient: Shri Uday Sankar Sarkar, Sabhadhipathi, Burdhwan Zilla Panchayat, Burdhwan (West Bengal), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2010.
    Chief Guest: Prof. B. K. Chandrasekhar, Former Chairman, Karnataka Legislative Council, Bangalore.
  7. Recipient: Shri T. N. Kandamuthan, President, District Panchayat, Palakkad (Kerala), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2011.
    Chief Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
  8. Recipient: Shri B. M. Rai, Adhyaksha, South District Zilla Panchayat, Namchi (Sikkim), at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, on 20 August, 2012.
    Chief Guest: Shri Shivraj V. Patil, His Excellency, the Governor of Punjab, Chandigarh.
    Guest of Honour: Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Former Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  9. Recipient: Shri Bansode D. Gunderao, President, Latur Zilla Parishad, Latur, Maharashtra, held at Indian Institute of Public Administration Conference Hall, New Delhi, on 20 August, 2014.
    Chief Guest: Shri T.N. Chaturvedi, Former Governor of Karnataka and Chairman, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.
    Guest of Honour: Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Honb’le Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Former Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  10. Recipient: Smt. Gadde Anuradha, Chairperson, Krishna Zilla Praja Parishad, Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2015.
    Chief Guest: Prof. V. R. Panchamukhi, Former Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
    Special Guest Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, World renowned Environmentalist and Noble Laureate and, New Delhi.
Rajiv Gandhi Best Taluk Panchayat National Award since 2005 onwards
  1. Recipient: Shri B. Obul Reddy, the then President, Putaparthi Taluk Panchayat/Mandal Parishad, Anantapur District (Andhra Pradesh), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2005.
    Chief Guest: Shri K. S. R. Murthy, IAS (Retd.), Former Secretary to Govt of India, New Delhi.
  2. Recipient: Shri M. A. Khadar, the then President, Thirurangadi Taluk/Block Panchayat, Malappuram District (Kerala), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2006.
    Chief Guest: Shri Rameshwar Thakur, His Excellency, the then Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.
  3. Recipient: Shri S. Ramalingam, Chairman, Thiruvidaimaruthur Taluk/Block Panchayat, Thanjavur District (Tamil Nadu), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2007.
    Chief Guest: Shri R.L. Bhatia, HE, the then Governor of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.
  4. Recipient: Smt. Shakuntala Meena, Pradhan, Sapotra Taluk Panchayat, Karauli District (Rajasthan), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2008.
    Chief Guest: Shri N. D. Tiwari, His Excellency, the then Governor of A.P., Hyderabad.
  5. Recipient: Shri M. Rama Goud Samala, President, Velpur Taluk Panchayat/Mandal Praja Parishad, Nizamabad District (Telengana), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2009.
    Chief Guest: Smt. Prabha Rau, Her Excellency, the then Governor of H.P., Shimla.
  6. Recipient: Shri P. P. Muhammedkutty Master, President, Pazhayannur Taluk/Block Panchayat, Trichur District (Kerala), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2010.
    Chief Guest: Prof. B. K. Chandrasekhar, Former Chairman, Karnataka Legislative Council, Bangalore.
  7. Recipient: Smt. Sunitatai Gaikwad, President, Shrirampur Taluk Panchayat Samithi, Ahmednagar District (Maharashtra), at Hotel Blisss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2011.
    Chief Guest: Dr.Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
  8. Recipient: Shri M. Kunhammad, President, Perambra Taluk/Block Panchayat, Kozhikode District (Kerala), at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, on 20 August, 2012.
    Chief Guest: Shri Shivraj V. Patil, His Excellency, the Governor of Punjab, Chandigarh.
    Guest of Honour: Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Former Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  9. Recipient: Shri P. K. Anil Kumar, President, Kalpetta Block Panchayat, Wayand District (Kerala), at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, on 20 August, 2014.
    Chief Guest: Shri T. N. Chatuvedi, Former Governor of Karnataka and Chairman, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.
    Guest of Honour: Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Former Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  10. Recipient: Shri C. K. Shivaputrappa, President, Afzalpur Taluk Panchayat, Gulbarga District, Karnataka, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2015.
    Chief Guest: Prof. V. R. Panchamukhi, Former Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
    Special Guest: Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, World renowned Environmentalist and Noble Laureate, New Delhi.
Rajiv Gandhi Best Gram Panchayat National Award since 2005 onwards
  1. Recipient: Shri V. Panduranga Rao, the then Sarpanch, Alagadapa Gram Panchayat, Miryalaguda Mandal, Nalgonda District (Telengana), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2005.
    Chief Guest: Shri K. S. R. Murthy, IAS (Retd.), Former Secretary to Govt of India, New Delhi.
  2. Recipient: Smt. Lakshmamma, the then President, Bellandur Gram Panchayat, Bangalore Rural District (Karnataka), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2006.
    Chief Guest: Chief Guest: Shri Rameshwar Thakur, His Excellency, the then Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.
  3. Recipient: Shri K. Rajamouli, the then Sarpanch, Gangadevi Palli Gram Panchayat, Geesukonda Mandal, Warangal District (Telengana), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2007.
    Chief Guest: Chief Guest: Shri R.L. Bhatia, HE, the then Governor of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.
  4. Recipient: Smt. R. Malarvizhi, President, Manakkudi Gram Panchayat, Mayiladuthurai Taluk, Naapattinam District (Tamil Nadu), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2008.
    Chief Guest: Chief Guest: Shri N.D.Tiwari, His Excellency, the then Governor of A.P., Hyderabad.
  5. Recipient: Shri K. Narayanan, President, Karivellur-Peralam Gram Panchayat, Thaliparamba Taluk, Kannur District (Kerala), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2009.
    Chief Guest: Chief Guest: Smt. Prabha Rau, Her Excellency, the then Governor of H.P., Shimla.
  6. Recipient: Smt. Lingammal Shanmugam, the then President, Odenthurai Gram Panchayat, Oomapalayam Block, Coimbatore District (Tamil Nadu), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2010.
    Chief Guest: Chief Guest: Prof. B.K. Chandrasekhar, Former Chairman, Karnataka Legislative Council, Bangalore.
  7. Recipient: Smt. Deva Deevena Kumari, the then Sarpanch, Jegurupadu Gram Panchayat, Kadiam Mandal, East Godavari District (Andhra Pradesh), at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2011.
    Chief Guest: Chief Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
  8. Recipient: Shri Himanshu N. Patel, Sarpanch, Punsari Gram Panchayat, Talod Taluk, Sabarkantha District (Gujarat), at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, on 20 August, 2012.
    Chief Guest: Chief Guest: Shri Shivraj V. Patil, His Excellency, the Governor of Punjab, Chandigarh.
    Chief Guest: Guest of Honour: Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Former Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  9. Recipient: Shri H. B. Pradeep Master, President, Edavaka Gram Panchayat, Wayand District (Kerala), at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, on 20 August, 2014.
    Chief Guest: Shri T. N. Chatuvedi, Former Governor of Karnataka and Chairman, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.
    Guest of Honour: Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Former Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  10. Recipient: Smt. M.k .Rafeeka, President, Pulamanthole Gram Panchayat, Malappuram District, Kerala, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2015.
    Chief Guest: Prof. V. R. Panchamukhi, Former Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
    Special Guest: Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, World renowned Environmentalist and Noble Laureate, New Delhi.
Rajiv Gandhi Gram Swaraj National Award since 2014 onwards
  1. Recipient: Shri Sooppy Narikatteri, President, Nadapuram Gram Panchayat, Kozhikode District, Kerala, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 August, 2015.
    Chief Guest: Prof. V. R. Panchamukhi, Former Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
    Special Guest: Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, World renowned Environmentalist and Noble Laureate, New Delhi.

CHITTOOR DISTRICT CENTENARY VISISHTA RATNA AND SHIROMANI AWARDS

Chittoor District is one of the largest districts in India. The district has played a leading role in Indian freedom struggle and gifted many legendary personalities and gifted many eminent policy makers, presiding officers, world renowned educationalists, philosophers, jurists, doctors and literary scholars to the nation as well as state, include the President and Vice-President of India, Deputy Speaker and Speaker of Lok Sabha, Premiers of Madras Presidency, Speakers, Deputy Speakers, and Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh.

Chittoor District was constituted on 1st April 1911 by carving out some areas from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka regions. Chittoor District has completed 100 years of its existence on 1st April, 2011, as separate district. To mark the occasion, the Academy has instituted the following Awards (established Year of the respective awards is in parenthesis).

Name of the Award and Established Year
  • Chittoor District Centenary Visishta Ratna Award (2011).
  • Chittoor District Centenary Vidhya Shiromani Award (2014).
  • Chittoor District Centenary Vydhya Shiromani Award (2014).
  • Chittoor District Centenary Nyaya Shiromani Award (2014).
  • Chittoor District Centenary Mahila Shiromani Award (2014).
  • Chittoor District Centenary Yuva Shiromani Award (2014).
  • Chittoor District Centenary Sahithya Shiromani Award (2014).

The awards are being conferred every year on 1 April, the formation day of the district on eminent personalities of the Chittoor District, who have contributed remarkable and commendable services for its growth and development, after duly selected and recommended by the Awards Jury headed by Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap, eminent Constitutional expert and Former Secretary-General of Lok Sabha, New Delhi. The recipient of the Chittoor District Centenary Visishta Ratna Award will deliver the Chittoor District Formation Day Lecture at a Special Function on 1st April every year at Tirupati/ Chittoor.

The following is the List of Recipients of the Chittoor District Centenary Visishta Ratna Award since 2011 onwards
ROLL OF HONOUR

  1. Recipient: Shri N.P. Chengalraya Naidu, Former Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha), Former MLA, Former MLC and First Chairman, District Board, Chittoor, held at Tirupati on 2 April, 2011.
    Chief Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi,Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
  2. Recipient: Dr. Agarala Easwar Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati, on 1 April, 2012.
    Chief Guest: Smt. Galla Aruna Kumari, Hon’ble the then Minister for Mines and Geology, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.
  3. Recipient: Prof. L. Venugopal Reddy, Chairman, AP State Council of Higher Education, Hyderabad, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati, on 1 April, 2014.
    Chief Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
  4. Recipient: Prof. S. Jayarama Reddy, Chancellor, Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Maha Vidyalaya University, Kanchipuram, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati, on 1 April, 2015.
    Chief Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
    Guest of Honour: Dr (Mrs) G. Kuthuhalamma, Former Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
  5. Recipient: Dr. K. Narayana, C.P.I. National Secretary, New Delhi, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati, on 1 April, 2016.
    Chief Guest: Prof. L. Venugopal Reddy, Chairman, AP State Council of Higher Education, Hyderabad.
    Special Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.


The following is the List of Recipients of the Chittoor District Centenary Shiromani Awards since 2014 onwards
ROLL OF HONOUR

Chittoor District Centenary Vidhya Shiromani Award since 2014 onwards
  • Recipient: Prof. K. Venkata Reddy, Former Vice-Chancellor, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati on 1 April, 2015.
    Chief Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwar Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
    Guest of Honour: Dr (Mrs). G. Kuthuhalamma Former Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
  • Recipient: Prof. P.V. Arunachalam, Founder Vice-Chancellor of Dravidian University, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati, on 1 April, 2016.
    Chief Guest: Prof. L. Venugopal Reddy, Chairman, AP State Council of Higher Education, Hyderabad,
    Special Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.

Chittoor District Centenary Vydhya Shiromani Award since 2014 onwards
  • Recipient: Prof. V. Krishnamurthy, President, Andhra Pradesh State Ophthalmologists Association, Vijayawada, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati on 1 April, 2015.
    Chief Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwar Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
    Guest of Honour: Dr (Mrs). G. Kuthuhalamma, Former Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
  • Recipient: Dr. Cipai Subramanyam, Past-President, Indian Medical Association, Andhra Pradesh Chapter, Tirupati, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati, on 1 April, 2016.
    Chief Guest: Prof. L. Venugopal Reddy, Chairman, AP State Council of Higher Education, Hyderabad,
    Special Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.

Chittoor District Centenary Nyaya Shiromani Award since 2014 onwards
  • Recipient: Shri Justice D. Reddeppa Reddi, Former Judge, AP High Court and President, Forum for Good Governance, Hyderabad, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati on 1 April, 2015.
    Chief Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwar Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
    Guest of Honour: Dr (Mrs). G. Kuthuhalamma, Former Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
  • Recipient: Shri Justice P. S. Narayana,Former Judge, Andhra Pradesh High Court, Hyderabad, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati, on 1 April, 2016.
    Chief Guest: Prof. L. Venugopal Reddy, Chairman, AP State Council of Higher Education, Hyderabad,
    Special Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.

Chittoor District Centenary Mahila Shiromani Award since 2014 onwards
  • Recipient: Smt. N.P. Durga, Former Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), New Delhi, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati on 1 April, 2015.
    Chief Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwar Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
    Guest of Honour: Dr (Mrs). G. Kuthuhalamma, Former Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
  • Recipient: Smt. S.Lakshmi, Project Director, Sarva Shikha Abhiyan, Chittoor, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati, on 1 April, 2016.
    Chief Guest: Prof. L. Venugopal Reddy, Chairman, AP State Council of Higher Education, Hyderabad.
    Special Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.

Chittoor District Centenary Yuva Shiromani Award since 2014 onwards
  • Recipient: Shri P.V. Midhun Reddy Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), New Delhi, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati on 1 April, 2015.
    Chief Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwar Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
    Guest of Honour: Dr (Mrs). G. Kuthuhalamma, Former Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
  • Recipient: Shri G. Bhanu Prakash Reddy, Former President, BJP Yuva Morcha, Andhra Pradesh and Member, TTD Trust Board, Tirupati, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati, on 1 April, 2016.
    Chief Guest: Prof. L. Venugopal Reddy, Chairman, AP State Council of Higher Education, Hyderabad,
    Special Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.

Chittoor District Centenary Sahithya Shiromani Award since 2014 onwards
  • Recipient: Dr. Medasani Mohan, Maha Sahasravadhani, Tirupati, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati on 1 April, 2015.
    Chief Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwar Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
    Guest of Honour: Dr (Mrs). G. Kuthuhalamma, Former Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
  • Recipient: Prof. Rachapalem Chandrasekhar Reddy, Eminent Scholar and Researcher in Telugu Literature, Tirupati, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati, on 1 April, 2016.
    Chief Guest: Prof. L. Venugopal Reddy, Chairman, AP State Council of Higher Education, Hyderabad,
    Special Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.

Chittoor District Centenary Special Jury Award since 2015 onwards
  • Recipient: Dr. G. Jagadesh, Director, BIRRD Hospital, TTD, Tirupati, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati, on 1 April, 2016.
    Chief Guest: Prof. L. Venugopal Reddy, Chairman, AP State Council of Higher Education, Hyderabad.
    Special Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.




CHITTOOR DISTRICT FORMATION DAY LECTURE

The Academy has instituted the Chittoor District Formation Day Lecture in the year 2011, on the eve of the Centenary Celebrations of the Chittoor District (1911-2011). The recipient of the Chittoor District Centenary Visishta Ratna Award will deliver the Chittoor District Formation Day Lecture every year on 1 April, i.e., the formation day of the Chittoor District. The main aim of the Chittoor District Formation Day Lecture is to map the spectrum of new vision for inspiring journey as role model district in Andhra Pradesh.

List of the Chittoor District Formation Day Lectures, delivered by eminent policy makers and scholars since 2011, is as follows:
  1. The 101 Chittoor District Formation Day Lecture-2011
    Theme of the Lecture: 100 Years of Chittoor District: Birth Place of Many Legendary Personalities
    Speaker: Shri N.P. Chengalraya Naidu, Former Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha); MLA & MLC and First President of the District Board, at RASS Conference Hall, Tirupati, on 2 April, 2011.
    Chief Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
  2. The 102 Chittoor District Formation Day Lecture-2012
    Theme of the Lecture: Significance of Chittoor District in Polity and Governance at the National and State Levels.
    Speaker: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad, at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati, on 1 April, 2012.
    Chief Guest: Smt. Galla Aruna Kumari, Hon’ble the then Minister for Mines and Geology, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.
  3. The 104 Chittoor District Formation Day Lecture-2014
    Theme of the Lecture: Higher Education in Chittoor District: Achievements and Future Agenda for Inclusive Growth.
    Speaker: Prof. L. Venugopal Reddy, Chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati, on 1 April, 2014.
    Chief Guest: Prof. S. Jayarama Reddy, Chancellor, Sri Chandrasekarendraswamy Viswa Maha Viswavidyalaya (Deemed University), Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu.
  4. The 105 Chittoor District Formation Day Lecture-2015
    Theme of the Lecture: ‘Sustainable Development of Chittoor District- Avenues and Opportunities’
    Speaker: Prof. S. Jayarama Reddy, Chancellor, Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya (Deemed University), Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, held at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati, on 1 April, 2015.
    Chief Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
    Guest of Honour: Dr (Mrs) G.Kuthuhalamma. Former Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
  5. The 106 Chittoor District Formation Day Lecture-2016
    Theme of the Lecture: Inclusive Growth in Chittoor District: Future Plans and Vision
    Speaker: Dr. K. Narayana, CPI National Secretary, New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss (Darbar Hall), Tirupati, on 1 April, 2016.
    Chief Guest: Prof. L. Venugopal Reddy, Chairman, AP State Council of Higher Education, Hyderabad.
    Special Guest:Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad. Guest of Honour: Smt. N.P. Durga, Former Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), New Delhi.
AGRASRI FOUNDATION DAY LECTURE

The Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India (AGRASRI), has instituted the AGRASRI Foundation Day Lecture in the year 2002 and it is being organised every year on the formation day of AGRASRI, i.e., 12 November in Tirupati, with one-day Workshop/Round-Table on thematic issues of contemporary Andhra Pradesh state politics and governance.

List of the AGRASRI Foundation Day Lectures, delivered by eminent policy makers and scholars since 2002, is as follows:
  1. The 1st AGRASRI Foundation Day Lecture-2002
    Theme of the Lecture: Panchayati Raj Institutions in Andhra Pradesh: The Case of Devolution of Finances, Functions and Functionaries.
    Speaker: Dr. K.Keshava Rao, Former Minister for Higher Education, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 14 November, 2002.
    Chief Guest: Prof. K. Venkata Reddy, Former Vice-Chancellor, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur.
  2. The 2nd AGRASRI Foundation Day Lecture-2003
    Theme of the Lecture: Good Governance in Andhra Pradesh: People’s Aspirations & Expectations
    Speaker: Prof. G. Raghava Reddy, Chairman, Society for Rural Development, Tirupati, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 12 November, 2003.
    Chief Guest: Shri K. Satyanarayana Raju, Former Minister for Forests and Environment, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.
  3. The 3rd AGRASRI Foundation Day Lecture-2004
    Theme of the Lecture: Municipal Administration in Andhra Pradesh: Role of TUDA
    Speaker: Shri B. Karunakar Reddy, the then Chairman, Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA), Tirupati, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 18 November, 2004.
    Chief Guest: Shri K. Rami Reddy, IAS (Retd.), Chairman, Tirupati Elder’s Forum, Tirupati.
  4. The 4th AGRASRI Foundation Day Lecture-2005
    Theme of the Lecture: Women in Local Self-Government Institutions: Powers and Responsibilities
    Speaker: Shri Solipeta Ramachandra Reddy, Former Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 22 November, 2005.
    Chief Guest: Prof. P.V. Arunachalam, Former Vice-Chancellor, Dravidian University, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh.
  5. The 5th AGRASRI Foundation Day Lecture-2006
    Theme of the Lecture: Right to Information and Decentralised Governance in Andhra Pradesh
    Speaker: Shri R. Dileep Reddy, the then State Information Commissioner (RTI), Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 1 November, 2006.
    Chief Guest: Shri Solipeta Ramachandra Reddy, Former Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), New Delhi.
  6. The 6th AGRASRI Foundation Day Lecture-2007
    Theme of the Lecture: Role of Legislators in Social Development
    Speaker: Dr (Mrs) G. Kuthuhalamma, the then Hon’ble Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 26 November, 2007.
    Chief Guest: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad.
  7. The 7th AGRASRI Foundation Day Lecture-2008
    Theme of the Lecture: Classical Status for Telugu Language: A Review
    Speaker: Dr. A.B.K. Prasad, the then Chairman, Andhra Pradesh Official Language Commission, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, at SVETA Bhavan , TTD, Tirupati, on 22 November, 2008.
    Chief Guest: Dr. Turlapaty Kutumba Rao, the then Member, Kendra Sahitya Academi, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  8. The 8th AGRASRI Foundation Day Lecture-2009
    Theme of the Lecture: Fifty Percent Reservations for Women in Local Government Institutions: A Way Forward for Inclusive Growth.
    Speaker: Smt. Kuchipudi Vijaya, the then Chairperson, Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Mahila Shakti Abhiyan, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, at RASS Conference Hall, Tirupati, on 22 November, 2009.
    Chief Guest: Prof (Mrs) G. Sarojamma, the then Vice-Chancellor of Sri vathi Mahila Viswavidyalayam, Tirupati.
  9. The 9th AGRASRI Foundation Day Lecture-2010
    Theme of the Lecture: Role of Women Empowerment in Panchayati Raj Institutions: An Era of Good Governance and Inclusive Growth
    Speaker: Prof. B.K. Chandrasekhar, Former Chairman, Karnataka State Legislative Council, Bengaluru, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 20 November, 2010.
    Chief Guest: Shri Solipeta Ramachandra Reddy, Former Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), New Delhi.
  10. The 10th AGRASRI Foundation Day Lecture-2011
    Theme of the Lecture: Cancer in India: From a Period of Incurability to Curability
    Speaker: Dr. V. Shanta, Chairperson, Cancer Institute, Chennai, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 25 November, 2011.
    Chief Guest: Prof. R. Ramamurthi, Past-General President, Indian National Science Congress, New Delhi.
  11. The 11th AGRASRI Foundation Day Lecture-2012
    Theme of the Lecture: Elected Representatives of PRI’s in Andhra Pradesh: Delivery of Service
    Speaker: Dr. Agarala Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hyderabad, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 26 November, 2012.
    Chief Guest: Dr. P.V. Sesha Reddy, the then District Panchayat Officer, Chittoor.
  12. The 12th AGRASRI Foundation Day Lecture-2013
    Theme of the Lecture: Participation of Women in Decision-making: The Case of Andhra Pradesh
    Speaker: Smt. K. Shanta Reddy, Former Member, National Commission for Women, New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati, on 22 November, 2013.
    Chief Guest: Shri Solipeta Ramachandra Reddy, Former Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), New Delhi.