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Construction of Water Harvesting Storage at Iewduh Lyngkyrdem VEC, Pynursla Block, East Khasi Hills District
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Construction of Check Dam at Mawryngkneng VEC, Mawryngkneng Block, East Khasi Hills District
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Construction of Check Dam at Mawsmai VEC, Shella Bholaganj Block, East Khasi Hills District
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Construction of water conservation structure at Nongthymmai Lumthangding VEC, Khatarshnong Laitkroh Block, East Khasi Hills District
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Construction of Check Dam at Pingwait VEC, Mawkynrew Block, East Khasi Hills District
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Construction of Check Dam at Pomshutia VEC, Pynursla Block, East Khasi Hills District
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Community Water conservation cum fish rearing at Upper Khamari (Rabha) VEC, Tikrikilla Block, West Garo Hills District

State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD)

The State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) of Meghalaya was established in the year 1986 out of the grant received from the European Economic Community (EEC) Aid Programme and is supported by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India (MoRD-GOI), and Government of Meghalaya (GOM). The new campus was inaugurated on 6th September 1989. The SIRD, Meghalaya was notified as the Apex Level Training Institute in Rural Development of the Government of Meghalaya in the year 1994. It was registered in 1991 under the Societies Registration Act 1960 and thereafter, the SIRD Meghalaya functions as an autonomous organization under the Department of Community and Rural Development, Government of Meghalaya.

The SIRD, Meghalaya is situated at a distance of about 20 k.m. from Shillong, the state capital. It is located on an expanse of 5.89 acres of land at Nongsder village in the Ri Bhoi district close to the Umiam lake. The SIRD Meghalaya operates and coordinates its efforts with the state department of Community and Rural Development, the National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad and its North Eastern Regional Centre, NIRD-NERC, Guwahati, development departments and organizations in meeting its objectives. It also provides opportunity to the faculty members, officers and staff to participate in training, conference and workshops to enhance their skills and experiences in the field of rural development.


Capacity building, training, research and consultancy services are the core functions of the Institute. At present the focus of training is on capacity building of development functionaries, both officials and non-officials who are involved in the implementation of flagship programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) and the Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR). These programmes are carried out as training courses, workshops, seminars and conferences.

Target Groups

Government Officials

  • Officials functionaries from the state, district, block and village levels.
  • Master Trainers and Trainers of Institutions.


  • Elected PRIs (VEC/AEC/MLAs/MDCs) at the district and block level.
  • Volunteers of NGOs.
  • Members of SHGs.
  • Bharat Nirman Volunteers (BNVs).
  • Members of Vigilance and Monitoring Committee (VMCs).
  • Members of Social Audit Committees.
  • Employees of Public Sector Units (PSUs) like Banks and other commercial organizations.
  • Representatives from Universities and colleges.
  • Master Trainers.
  • National Youth Corps (NYC).

Areas of Training

  • Mahatma Gandhi national Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)
  • Lab to Land Initiative
  • Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC)
  • Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP)
  • Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY)
  • National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP)
  • National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM)
  • National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)
  • Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS)
  • Food Adulteration and Food Safety Management
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Land Management and Administration
  • Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC)
  • Disaster Management
  • Entrepreneurship Development

For more information visit http://megsird.gov.in