Sri Aurobindo Institute of Rural Development (SAIRD) a non-profit, non-sectarian, voluntary and an autonomous charitable organization, was established in 1973 by Mahatma Gandhi Lift Irrigation Cooperative Society under society act, 1972 with registered No. 429.
- The institution is dedicated to the social, economic, educational, economic and spiritual development and welfare of farmers, farming community and rural people, particularly the unemployed youths.
- The institution aims at improving the skills of rural people in various vocations through training and field demonstrations. It emphasizes on the realistic and scientific approach to the development of self reliant programmes and community cooperative activities.
- The institute believes that rural people have the indigenous instincts and talents, but by providing proper and appropriate skills and scientific development tools help them to upgrade their potentials. Benefits of cooperative efforts for welfare of the family and the community need to be demonstrated in harmony with their environment. The institute concentrates on skill training in various fields including educational and health in rural areas.
- The institute trained 300 rural youth and school drop-outs selected from 18 lift irrigation Societies for a period of six months to one year in various farm skills like operation and maintenance of heavy duty electric motors and pumps, repairs of tractors and farm implements and formal education for employment by the societies for efficient management of the societies and also for self employment under a grant from the central government.
- To bring about a swift technological and production revolution in agriculture and allied fields in the country hundreds of thousands of agricultural technicians are trained in specialized fields like farm mechanics, farm power and machinery, land development, water technology, crop production, plant protection, horticulture, sericulture, dairy, poultry, piggery and several other occupations related to agriculture and agro based industries.
- With a view to intensify and expand the training facilities for youth for bringing about technological revolution in all the regions of the district, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Rural Development submitted a proposal to the Government of India for establishing a Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) at Gaddipally in 1983. In recognition of such a need and good work done by the institute, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Government of India, New Delhi sanctioned the establishment of a KVK at Nalgonda district in the year 1985.