About Us

NIRDA - NATIONAL INTEGRATED RURAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY    the Voluntary Organization was formed by a group of students of Community Development in the year 1987.

The Two Year Post-Graduate study on Community Development at Gandhigram Rural Institute [Deemed University] Gandhigram – Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu provided an opportunity to understand the rural communities in India and learn the techniques and strategies for rural development.

The two year study and the associated field placement training in the Rural Areas enable the founders of NIRDA to experience the problems faced by the rural community and from the Developmental Departments, understand the developmental process of programme planning and implementation.

From the analytical and assessment study they were able to assess – the gap between the two sectors –“People” and “Developmental Process” which motivated them, to form a third sector – an NGO [Non-Governmental Organization] to bridge the gap, promote peoples’ participation, and to supplement and complement the developmental needs of the underprivileged, marginalized and minorities and formed NIRDA –National Integrated Rural Development Agency in 1987.


NIRDA is registered as Trust at the Office of Sub-Registrar of Registration –Palani, Dindigul District as Registration No. 22/1987 dated 5th March 1987.

The subsequent ‘Amendments and Supplements’ are registered at Sub-Registrar of Registration at Dindigul.

NIRDA is also registered with Ministry of Home Affairs – Government of India under FCRA [Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 1976]

Registration No.075890154 Date of Issue: 17 -11 -1991 
NIRDA is registered with Department of Income Tax under section 12A & 80G


The Philosophy

The Philosophy behind NIRDA’s work is that the people should actively participate in the developmental process that should contribute for the formation of socially just and equitable, economically development and progressive, politically participative and empowered and environmentally sustainable society.

The underprivileged, marginalized, vulnerable and minority communities should be empowered to achieve ‘this sustainable society’ by means of peaceful education, communication and motivation.

And it should be the imperative goal to promote the collective responsibility of the state, private sector, civil society and individuals- towards the achievement.