Sri Sivakumara Swamiji Center for Management of Rural Development(SCMRD)

Sree Sree Sivakumar Swamiji Centre for Management of Rural Development (SCMRD) was conceived during November and December 2005. The centre was established after the initial deliberations involving a team consisting of Prof. M. N. Channabasappa, then Principal, SIT (Now, Director, SIT) Sri. S.R.Umashankar, Deputy Commissioner, Sri.H.V.Hirannaiah, CAO, Prof. Ramesh G Tagat, Professor Emeritus, Sri. Pranav Kumar, Faculty and Dr. S Shiva Ramu, the then Director, PGDMS. This idea was presented to Sree Sree Sivakumar Swamiji who was kind enough to bless the Centre.


While addressing the members of both, the Legislative Assembly and Council of Karnataka, His Excellency the then President of India, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam mentioned about the promotion of PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) as one of the strategic missions for Karnataka for its prosperity. He presented a conceptual framework for implementing the PURA concept in rural areas of Karnataka State.


One of the missing links in the rural development institutional networking is the active participation of academic and research institutes, specifically those which are devoted to promotion of management education and training. It is the identification of this gap which generated the idea of setting up a Centre for Management of Rural Development in SIT, under the Post Graduate Department of Management Studies.

Objectives of SCMRD
  1. SCMRD is a teaching, training, research and consultancy wing of PGDMS of SIT.
  2. It is a professional forum of academicians, researchers, practitioners, professionals, governmental agencies, corporate houses and NGOs associated with the rural development activities and projects.
  3. SCMRD will act as a facilitator for all the major participants in the rural development activities to come together and interact and share their views and experiences on the present and future programmes, particularly with the focus on PURA concept.
  4. SCMRD is purely an academic body trying to bridge the gap between theory and practice in rural development projects and programmes.
  5. As a Research wing of PGDMS, initially SCMRD has no separate legal locus standi.
  6. Under the leadership of PGDMS, all the other engineering departments will be networked to focus on SCMRD activities.
  7. Initially, the focus of SCMRD will be specific to Tumkur District in Karnataka state. The activities of SCMRD will be extended to other areas gradually.

SCMRD will focus on the following activities to start with:

  1. To provide a forum for the major participants in rural development.
  2. To come together and interact and share their views and experiences on the present and future programmes, particularly with the focus on PURA concept.
Thrust areas of SCMRD
  1. Rural activities which generate income.
  2. Providing quality education at all levels to the rural areas.
  1. To build a platform for interaction amongst active participants in rural development process and programmes.
  2. To focus our management resources (faculty and students) on analyzing the managerial aspects of rural development and identify alternative solutions.
  3. These solutions will be communicated to the governmental and non-governmental participants to take suitable and timely actions.
  4. To impart rural development training.
  5. Conducting research activities and providing consultancy services.
  6. To provide a data base for rural marketing activities and on consumer profiles through consumer research or through field surveys.
  7. To design short term programmes / workshops on management of rural development projects.
  8. To network with the national and international institutions already working in this area.
Proposed Action Plan
  1. To identify and list all the ongoing rural development projects by government and non-governmental agencies.
  2. List the NGOs operating in Tumkur district.
  3. List the corporate initiatives (e-chaupal, STRI SHAKTI etc.).
  4. List the projects undertaken by international organizations.
  5. To organize seminars on rural development scenario in Tumkur district periodically.
  6. Bring out publications on concepts and practices of rural development.
Our advantages for setting up SCMRD
  1. Strong brand image of SIT
  2. Faculty and Students
  3. Infrastructure
Organizational Structure

Our Rev. President Dr. Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamiji will be the Hon. Chairman. Needless to mention here that he has been the guiding force for several decades in the rural areas of the society particularly in the state of Karnataka in particular and the country in general. He is the pioneer in the establishment in innumerable schools and colleges in the country and revolutionized for the cause of education.

SCMRD is a distinct wing of PGDMS. The Director will be over all incharge of its functioning who will be reporting to the Principal, SIT. A senior professor will be the Mentor for planning and designing the programmes of SCMRD.

Two of the faculty members of PGDMS who are keenly interested in these specialized areas will be the members of SCMRD who in turn will directly involve in the implementation of the programmes and activities of SCMRD. They will be supported by other faculty members and students of SIT in general.

SCMRD will be guided by an Advisory Board comprising the Principal, Director, Special Officer, Mentor, faculty members and one representative each from Governmental agency, Cooperatives, NGOs and Corporates. One of the two faculty members will be the Secretary of the Advisory Board. Hon. D C will be the Advisor for SCMRD.


SCMRD will have minimal seed money funded by the Management of SIT. In addition to this, the source of fund for SCMRD activities will be generated through conducting

  1. Training programmes
  2. Organizing the rural technology fair
  3. Consultancy
  4. Research funding by outside states, central and international organizations
  5. Corporate memberships
Initial Focus: Tumkur District

Tumkur District is identified as initial focus for the following reasons

  1. SCMRD is located in Tumkur and has the geographical advantage in speedy communication and quick interaction.
  2. Tumkur District is idenfied as backward district in Nanjundappa Committee Report and needs specific attention.
  3. Tumkur has the immense potential for development as a satellite town.
  4. Almost all the rural development projects and programmes of the Centre and State Governments are in operation in Tumkur District at various levels.
  5. Quite a few NGOs, Financial Institutions and corporates are playing an active role in promoting rural development process in Tumkur District.
  6. Sree Siddaganda Education Society , under Presidentship of His Holiness Sree Sree Sivakumar Swamiji and Vice-Presidentship Sree Sree Siddalinga Swamiji had been in the vanguard in promoting rural development welfare activities particularly in the area of rural education and technology.
SCMRD has achieved the following progress so far:
  1. A written constitution of SCMRD identifying specific objectives and activities.
  2. SCMRD released its first publication: "Rural Development in India - Management Aspects"(editors: Ramesh G Tagat and S.Shiva Ramu) on April 7, 2006 which was brought out on the occasion of Sree Sree Sivekumar Swamiji’s 99th Birthday Celebrations for which Hon.President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was Chief Guest . Dr. Kalam showed keen interest in the contents of the publications.
  3. SCMRD organized a seminar on "Rural Development in Tumkur District - Partners in Progress" (co-ordinators: H.V.Hirannaiah, Ramesh G Tagat and S.Shiva Ramu) on 28th May 2006 sponsored by Karnataka Land Army Corporation Ltd., Bangalore. The publication of the seminar is released by Sri. N R Jagadish, which is funded by Sri Sogadu Shivanna, MLA.
  4. The seminar on "Rural Entrepreneurship Development - Challenges and Opportunities" (co-ordinator: Prof. Y.B. Yalawar) is the second in the series.
SCMRD's future plans include:
  1. A seminar - " Managing Primary Education in Tumkur District - Challenges, Threats and Opportunities" (to be co-ordinated by Prof.Manu N Kulkarni ) during September 2006.
  2. Workshop on "Promoting Appropriate Technology in Rural Areas (PATRA) in Tumkur District " (to be co-ordinated by Prof. Ramesh G Tagat) during Nov/Dec.2006. As a part of the workshop, a technology exhibition will be scheduled with participation of relevant corporates, NGOs and Institutions.
  3. SCMRD is designing appropriate short-term training programs for the participants in rural development.
  4. Active participations of Faculty and students of Management Department is enlisted in the socially oriented projects on different aspects of rural development in Tumkur District. This will be initiated this academic year as a continuing activity.
Seminars Organized by SCMRD:
  1. Rural Development in Tumkur District: Partners In Progress . 28.5.06 Participants: Representatives from: Government, Zilla and Taluk Parishad, NGOs, Corporates, Financial Institutions and Academic Institutions. Sponsored by : Karnataka Land Army Corporation Ltd., Bangalore Publication: Seminar Proceedings released on 7th July 2006.
  2. RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Challenges and Opportunities (Focus: Tumkur District) 7 & 8 July 06 Participants: Representatives from: Government, Zilla and Taluk Parishad, NGOs, Corporates, Financial Institutions and Academic Institutions. Sponsored by : Zilla Panchayat, Tumkur and Ministry of Rural Development, Karnataka Publication.
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