Brief about the centre:
India lives in villages and Development of village means development of the country. The Centre for Integrated Rural Development of Banaras Hindu University was established in 1980 in reponses to the National Programme of Integrated Rural Development, initiated in 1979 by the Government of India.
IRDP is committed to inter organizational collaboration and works to establish links between organizations concerned with rural development both in India and abroad.
Structure and membership:
The Centre is recognized unit of Banaras Hindu University and is under the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences in conjunction with other related departments of the University.
The Centre is funded through a small allocation created out of the University Maintenance Grant and from inputs received from the relevant Faculties and Departments. The development of the potential capacities of the Centre and its programme vital to rural development, requires a stronger funding base and support.
Development of a Model village:
On the request of the then C.M. of U.P. Mr. V.P.Singh, the IRDP Centre took the challenge for the development of a model village of Bhisampur (Chakia block) During the period of two years i.e. 1982-84 all the developmental activities were implemented. It was not a easy task to seek the cooperation of each & every department of U.P.Govt. but however, It was made possible. Presently due to unavailability of transportation & other supporting resources, the Centre for IRDP has been withdrawn it self from grass root level programs
Result Oriented Action Programme:
Centre for I.R.D. has developed a unique Educational Package of Rural Health through Cultivation, Collection & Procurement of Locally available Herbs. “ Gram Banaushadhi Utpadan Sahkari Samittee” is functing sine 1987 in Amoli village of Chiraigaon Block under the supervision of I.R.D.P.
Samarth Gram Abhiyan (http://bhu.ac.in/sga/)