Swamy Ramananda Tirtha Rural Institute (SRTRI)
was established in 1995 at Jalalpur Village, Pochampally Mandal of Nalgonda District, Andhra Pradesh, which is the present headquarter of the Institute. The then Prime Minister of India Sri P.V.Narasimha Rao laid the foundation for the Institute with the noble objective of creating an appropriate platform for pro-active rural development initiatives in Andhra Pradesh. Within a short span of time, the Institute has emerged as one of the leading institutions in India working for cause of rural empowerment through suitable educational and vocational training initiatives.
The philosophy of the Institute rests upon holistic approach wherein the rural people are provided with unhindered access to skills in latest sustainable technologies using improved tools and equipment for enhanced productivity and quality dimensions. Special emphasis is laid on capacity building and income generating of those who are underprivileged, downtrodden, women, unemployed youth, and other vulnerable sections of the rural community. The prime focus is on smaller technologies, which are sustainable and rural friendly so as to enable the rural poor earn sustainable incomes and lead quality of life, and thus bring in confidence among them to trigger off to a greater heights. Every initiative of the Institute represents a smaller step towards realizing Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of making rural India the focal point of holistic development.