Activities



It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.
Morarji Desai





Poverty is multidimensional. It extends beyond money incomes to education, health care, political participation and advancement of one's own culture and social organisation.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee





My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to young people.
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam





Democracy is not merely a form of Government. It is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards our fellow men.
B.R. Ambedkar





Work is undoubtedly worshiped but laughter is life. Any one who takes life too seriously must prepare himself for a miserable existence. Anyone who greets joys and sorrows with equal facility can really get the best of life.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel





Success in science and scientific work come not through the provision of unlimited or big resources, but in the wise and careful selection of problems and objectives. Above all, what is required is hard sustained work and dedication.
Lal Bahadur Shastri





Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Albert Einstein





DISTINGUISHED VISITORS TO AGRASRI

Apart from several senior Professors and Experts on Panchayati Raj and Rural Development, the Academy is a good fortunate to invite a large number of distinguished policy makers, civil servants, parliamentarians, legislators, elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions, academics and researchers for its various academic and research programmes, as Chief Guests, Guests of Honour, Chairpersons, Special Invitees and Resource Persons.

The following is the list of high profiled dignitaries, who visited to AGRASRI since 2002 onward (Visited Dates are in Parenthesis):

  1. Dr. Bal Ram Jakhar, Former Speaker of Lok Sabha, Former Governor & Former Union Minister, New Delhi (20 August, 2012).
  2. Shri Shivraj V. Patil, Former Speaker of Lok Sabha, Governor and Former Union Home Minister, New Delhi (25 August, 2003 and 20 August, 2012).
  3. Shri T.N. Chaturvedi, Former Governor of Karnataka and Chairman of IIPA, New Delhi (23 September, 2005 and 20 August, 2014).
  4. Dr. C. Rangarajan, the then Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister of India, New Delhi (20 August, 2008).
  5. Shri Rameshwar Thakur, the then Governor of Andhra Pradesh (20 August, 2006).
  6. Shri R.L. Bhatia, the then Governor of Kerala (20 August, 2007).
  7. Shri Murlidhar C. Bhandare, the then Governor of Odisha (8 March, 2011).
  8. Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Member of Parliament and Former Union Minister, Govt. of India (20 August, 2002, 20 August, 2012 and 20 August, 2014).
  9. Shri Salman Kurshid, the then Union Minister for Water Resources and Minority Affairs, Govt. of India (8 March, 2011).
  10. Shri P. Upendra, Former Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India (23 September, 2005).
  11. Shri M. V. Rajasekharan, the then Union Minister of State for Planning, Govt. of India (20 August, 2006).
  12. Shri V. Narayanaswamy, the then Member of Parliament and Former Union Minister, Govt. of India (20 August, 2002).
  13. Shri N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, the then Chief Whip of Govt. of AP and former Chief Minister of AP (19 January, 2005).
  14. Prof. M. S. Swaminathan, the then Chairman, National Commission on Farmers, Govt. of India (20 August, 2006).
  15. Prof. U.R. Rao, Former Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation, Bengaluru (23 September, 2005).
  16. Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, Former Director-General of CSIR (20 August, 2007).
  17. Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, the then Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, Bengaluru (20 August, 2009).
  18. Dr (Mrs) V. Mohini Giri, Former Chairperson, National Commission for Women, New Delhi (8 March 2011).
  19. Smt. Prema Cariappa, the then Chairperson of the Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi (20 August, 2008).
  20. Dr. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to Govt. of India, New Delhi (29 February, 2012).
  21. Dr. A. Chakrapani, Chairman, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council, Hyderabad (20 August, 2007).
  22. Prof. B.K. Chandrasekhar, Former Chairman, Karnataka Legislative Council, Bengaluru (20 August, 2010).
  23. Dr. A. Easwara Reddi, Former Speaker, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly (20 August, 2009, 20 August, 2011, 29 February, 2012 and 1 April, 2012).
  24. Prof. Sukhadeo K. Thorat, Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Govt. of India (20 August, 2014).
  25. Dr (Mrs) G. Kuthuhalamma, the then Deputy Speaker of AP Legislative Assembly (26 November, 2007).
  26. Smt. Galla Aruna Kumari, the then Minister for Mines and Geology, Govt. of AP (1 April, 2012).
  27. Shri K. Keshava Rao, Former Minister, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh (20 August, 2002 and 19 January, 2005).
  28. Dr. Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, the then MLA and Former Minister, Govt. of AP (19 January, 2005).
  29. Shri K. Satyanarayana Raju, Former Minister, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh (25 August, 2003).
  30. Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap, Former Secretary-General of Lok Sabha, New Delhi (8 March, 2011, 20 August, 2012 and 20 August, 2014).
  31. Dr. A.N. Tiwari, IAS (Retd.), the then Chief Information Commissioner of India (20 August, 2009).
  32. Dr.S.S. Meenakshi Sundaram, IAS (Retd.), Former Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India (20 August, 2009).
  33. Shri K.S.R.Murthy, IAS (Retd.), Former Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India (20 August, 2005).
  34. Dr (Mrs) Manju Sharma, Former Secretary, Deptt. of Bio-Technology, Ministry of Science &Technology, Govt. of India (20 August, 2010).
  35. Dr. S.K. Pachauri, IAS (Retd.), Former Secretary to Govt. of India (20 August, 2012).
  36. Dr. Rakesh Hooja, IAS (Retd.), the then Director, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi (20 August, 2012).
  37. Shri Rajan, IFS (Retd.), Former Indian Ambassador to Nepal (20 August, 2012).
  38. Prof. L. Venugopal Reddy, Chairman, AP State Council of Higher Education, Govt. of AP (1 April, 2014).
  39. Prof. S. Jayarama Reddy, Chancellor, SCSVMV University, Kanchipuram (1 April, 2014).
  40. Dr. Jayaprakash Narayana, IAS (Retd.), the then Member, Second Administrative Reforms Commission, Govt. of India (24 April, 2007).
  41. Shri T. Janardhana Naidu, Former Collector and District Magistrate, Chittoor (24 April, 2007).
  42. Shri R. Dileep Reddy, the then State Information Commissioner (RTI), Govt. of AP (1 November, 2006).
  43. Shri Manoranjan Bhakta, the then Member of Parliament -Lok Sabha, New Delhi (20 August, 2007).
  44. Shri Suresh A. Keshwani, the then Member of Parliament -Rajya Sabha, New Delhi (25 August, 2003) .
  45. Shri Solipeta Ramachandra Reddy, Former Member of Parliament-Rajya Sabha, New Delhi (1 November, 2006, 24 April, 2007, 20 August, 2010).
  46. Dr. Bidhu Bhushan Datta, Former Member of Parliament-Rajya Sabha, New Delhi (8 March, 2011).
  47. Shri N.P. Chengalraya Naidu, Former Member of Parliament-Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha, Chittoor (2 April, 2011).
  48. Smt.N.P. Durga, Former Member of Parliament-Rajya Sabha, New Delhi (9 March, 2014).
  49. Dr. V. Shanta, Chairperson, Cancer Institute and Magasaysay Awardee, Chennai (25 November, 2011).
  50. Smt. K. Shantha Reddy, Former Member, National Commission for Women (24 November, 2009, 20 August, 2010, 26 November, 2012 and 9 March, 2014).
  51. Dr. Padma Seth, Former Member, National Commission for Women, New Delhi (8 March, 2011).
  52. Smt. Rajinitai Satav, the then Chairperson, Maharashtra State Commission for Women, Mumbai (20 August, 2008).
  53. Smt. Karumanchi Ramadevi, the then Chairperson, AP State Social Welfare Board (20 August, 2008).
  54. Smt. K. Vijaya, the then Chairperson, AP State Panchayat Mahila & Yuva Shakti Abhiyan (22 November, 2009).
  55. Smt. Shanta Singh, the then Chairperson, Andaman & Nicobar Islands Social Welfare Board (20 August, 2007).
  56. Shri Pathuri Nagabhushanam, the then Chairman, Guntur Zilla Praja Parishad, Andhra Pradesh (20 August, 2005).
  57. Shri M.V. Balakrishnan Master, the then President, Kasargod District Panchayat, Kerala (20 August, 2006).
  58. Smt. D. Jyothi Reddy, the then Chairperson, Kadapa Zilla Praja Parishad, Andhra Pradesh (19 August, 2006).
  59. Smt. T. Kavitha, the then Chairperson, Anantapur Zilla Praja Parishad, Andhra Pradesh (19 August, 2006).
  60. Shri R. Chidambaram, the then President, Andaman & Nicobar Islands Zilla Parishad (20 August, 2007).
  61. Smt. Amarben P. Merani, the then President, Surendra Nagar District Panchayat, Gujarat (20 August, 2008).
  62. Shri Venkatrao Y. Ghorpade, Former President, Bellari Zilla Panchayat, Karnataka (19 August, 2009).
  63. Shri G.V. Srinatha Reddy, Former Chairman, Chittoor Zilla Praja Parishad, Andhra Pradesh (1 April, 2011).
  64. Shri T.N. Kandamuthan, President, Palakkad District Panchayat, Kerala (20 August, 2011 and 20 August, 2014).
  65. Shri B.M. Rai, the then Adhyaksha, Sikkim South District Zilla Panchayat, Sikkim (20 August, 2012).
  66. Shri B. Karunakar Reddy, the then Chairman of TUDA (20 August, 2004, 19 January, 2005, 20 August, 2005 and 6 February, 2006).
  67. Prof.K.Venkata Reddy, Former Vice-Chancellor, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur (20 August, 2002).
  68. Prof. P.V. Arunachalam, Former Vice-Chancellor, Dravidian University, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh (1 April, 2011).
  69. Prof. C. Ratnam, the then Vice-Chancellor, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh (20 August, 2008).
  70. Prof. S. Sudarshan Sarma, the then Vice-Chancellor, SV Vedic University (22 November, 2008).
  71. Prof.(Mrs)G.Sarojamma, the then Vice-Chancellor, Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswavidyalayam (22 November, 2009).
  72. Prof. R. Ramamurthi, Former Vice-Chancellor, Sri Venkateswara University (25 November, 2011).
  73. Dr (Mrs) B. Vengamma, Director & Vice-Chancellor, SVIMS University (26 November, 2011 and 1 April, 2012).
  74. Prof. Harekrishna Satapathy, Vice-Chancellor, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth (1 April, 2012).
  75. Prof. V. Prabhakar Rao, the then Vice-Chancellor, Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University (1 April, 2012).
  76. Prof. K. Ramakrishna Reddy, the then Vice-Chancellor, Sri Krishnadevaraya University (1 April, 2014).
  77. Prof (Mrs) S. Ratna Kumari, Vice-Chancellor, Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswavidyalayam (1 April, 2014).
  78. Prof. W. Rajendra, Vice-Chancellor, Sri Venkateswara University (1 April, 2014).
  79. Shri N. Phani Kumar, IAS (Retd.), the then Commissioner, APARD, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh (28 January, 2010).
  80. Shri M.G. Gopal, IAS, the then Secretary to Governor of Andhra Pradesh (20 August, 2006).
  81. Dr. B.P. Syam Roy, IAS (Retd.), Former Special Secretary to Govt. of West Bengal (20 August, 2011).
  82. Shri S.B. Raval, IAS (Retd.), the then Chairman, District Development Authority, Surendranagar (20 August, 2008).
  83. Shri V. Seshadri, IAS, the then Collector and District Magistrate, Chittoor (6 October, 2010).
  84. Shri M.K. Singh, IPS, the then Chief Vigilance and Security Officer, TTD (21 May, 2010).
  85. Prof. N. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Council of Gandhian Studies (25 November, 2006).
  86. Shri M. Venkataramana, Member of Legislative Assembly, Andhra Pradesh (19 January, 2005).
  87. Shri B. Chengalrayulu, Member of Legislative Council, Andhra Pradesh (26 November, 2007).
  88. Shri Y. Srinivasulu Reddy, Member of Legislative Council, Andhra Pradesh (10 March, 2014).
  89. Shri Justice D. Reddeppa Reddi, Former Judge, Andhra Pradesh High Court (1 April, 2015).
  90. Dr. Medasani Mohan, Maha Sahasravadhani and Eminent Telugu Scholar (1 April, 2015).
  91. Prof. V. Krishnamurthy, President, Andhra Pradesh State Ophthalmologists Association (1 April, 2015).
  92. Prof. V. R. Panchamukhi, Former Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, New Delhi (20 August, 2015).
  93. Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, World renowned Environmentalist and Noble Laureate in Peace, New Delhi (20 August, 2015).
  94. Dr. K. Chandramouli, IAS (Retd.), Former Commissioner, Andhra Pradesh Academy of Rural Development, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad (20 August, 2015).
  95. Smt. Gadde Anuradha, Chairperson, Krishna Zilla Praja Parishad, Machilipatnam, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh (20 August, 2015).
  96. Dr. V. Varaprasada Rao, IAS (Retd.), Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), New Delhi (5 February, 2016).
  97. Dr. K. Narayana, CPI National Secretary, New Delhi (1 April, 2016).
  98. Shri Justice P.S. Narayana, Former Judge, Andhra Pradesh High Court and Member, Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal, Govt. of India, New Delhi (1 April, 2016).
  99. Shri K. Penchala Kishore, Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Praja Parishad, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Chittoor (24 April, 2016).
  100. Shri K. L. Prabhakar Rao , District Panchayat Officer, Govt of Andhra Pradesh, Chittoor (24 April, 2016).