Grameena Vidya is an Intiative of Center for Training, Research and Development(CTRD)
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About

Center for Training Research And Development (CTRD)

Centre for Training Research and Development (CTRD) is a non-for-profit NGO registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 vide Society Registration number 45 of 1987 dated 1st April of 1987 at Srikakulam with 12 Aims and Objectives of helping people in rural, inner-city and others at the bottom of the pyramid.

Our organization has been carrying on various social service activities from its inception particularly during the financial years 2007-2008, 2008–2009 and 2009-2010 as we received grants from Dept. of International Development, Govt. of UK (DFID) and State Aids Control Society (A.P.SACS), etc. We have conducted various training programs, arranged ground level local body discussions, community events, advocacy meetings at various rural centers particularly for the welfare of poor and weaker sections, women and children, Schedule caste and tribes.

CTRD has 12-A and 80-G tax exemption certificates as well as approved under the Foreign Certification Regulation Act (FCRA). Our Board of Directors are seniors, expert academicians, Doctors, and Entrepreneurs from across the world.

The objectives of CTRD are:

  1. To provide Free digital teaching and learning resources for students, teachers and schools catering to economically weaker sections and government schools in Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts or any part of India.
  2. To organize academics and institutions for younger generation to impact social, scientific and engineering skills through information system of education for self-employment and self-sustenance.
  3. To undertake research studies on social, economic and political problems of the State of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and any other state in the country with a view to examine the national priorities, policies and programs and their relevance.
  4. To work for the socio – economic and cultural development of the weaker sections of the society.
  5. To organize, promote, advice, administer and initiative various people’s organizations that are formed for socio – economic and cultural development.
  6. To organize training programs for social workers and people involved in the governance of the country.
  7. To act as liaison between unemployed youth and various employing agencies, both private and public.
  8. To assist in coordinating the activities of and to work in co-operation with people’s organizations and other associations or institutions within the area of operation of the society this subscribes to the same objectives.
  9. To disseminate information which is relevant to the furthering any of our objective.
  10. To take up S.C & B.C Tribal Welfare Programmes.
  11. To take up Women & Child Welfare Programmes.
  12. All the above objectives are incorporated without any profit motive.

From 2013 onwards, we started a new initiative called Grameena Vidya which provides digital education through our “Adopt a School Program” for rural and inner-city schools or to the economically weaker sections. Grameena Vidya (www.grameenavidya.org) provides supplemental learning resources for teaching and learning with a primary focus on reducing digital divide thru education. We believe reducing digital divide will reduce economic and social inequality. Education is perhaps the most important variable for economic growth. About 80% of school going children and schools are in rural areas and they are beset with poor infrastructure, social and economic deprivation, low quality of learning and teaching.

Our goal therefore, is

  1. To improve quality of learning for students,
  2. To assist teachers
  3. To reduce digital divide that can in turn reduce economic and social inequality.

Digital or smart education using ICT technologies can reach masses in a cost effective manner, several studies have indicated that any project in digital education for a country like India will yield the highest social return on investment (ROI), than any other private or government project.