National Livelihoods Resource Institute (NLRI)

GVT has established a state-of- the art National Livelihoods Resource Institute (NLRI) on the picturesque locale outside the city of Ratlam in Bhadwasa Village in Jaora block of Madhya Pradesh. This flagship initiative of GVT will become a repository of GVT’s experiences of the past two decades that it intends to share with a wider audience through an annual calendar of client responsive activities like interactive training, participatory research and appreciative inquiry into the intricate interlinked world of rural livelihoods. The services on offer are tailor made to suit the emerging needs of the donor projects, public private partnerships, and government programs and last but not the least, local communities and their leadership. NLRI has established its own nursery to meet the requirement of the plants for the Institute and the farmers also.

  • School of Rural Management (SRM):GVT runs a School of Rural Management (SRM) from 2014 and provide PG diploma course. School of Rural Management is approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). School of Rural Management (SRM) is providing two years management course of Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Planning & Management (PGD-RPM) that course is equivalent with MBA and AICTE approved 60 seats in a year. The registration number of SRM is F.No. Central/1-2087920291/2014/LAO dated 30 April 2014. We can see the details of SRM on and communication with us on for more details.
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Lab: GVT uses a field lab facility for its GIS related projects & activities. It uses a software called RVYS 10.1 to develop monitoring and measurement framework and provides GIS based solution for watershed activities.

The NLRI Thrive to address following issues:

  • Capacity development of cross section of stakeholders engaged in Rural Livelihood Initiatives;
  • Project Cycle Management & strategic Institutional Support to all interested in the rural livelihoods especially in the western part of the country;
  • Action Research within the ambit of sustainable rural Livelihood;
  • Media & communication services to all stakeholders engaged in sustainable rural livelihoods across the spectrum;
  • Documentation & Library services;
  • Virtual Knowledge Centre for off campus events;
  • Farmers Field Schools addressing emergent needs of changing agribusiness dynamics across the states;
  • Consultancy supports;
  • Higher education in the field of sustainable rural livelihoods;

NLRI: Infrastructure Capability available for organizing training programs at the Campus: 

A sprawling campus spanning in more than 10.49 ha of land on the banks of a local River “The Malini” is an oasis amid the nude and highly degraded hillocks giving a total contrast to what scientific land and water management strategy could do. The water harvesting structure built by GVT retains enough water to instill the recharge zone, induce growth of natural flora, provides a sustainable source of water year round and adds to the aesthetics of the venue.

The National Livelihood Resources Institute has sprawling campus on the land transferred by State government of Madhya Pradesh in the name Gramin Vikas Trust for 99 year lease. It is 10.49 ha land on the right bank of the river Malini. The campus is surrounded by over 5000 trees of different fruits, flower, forestry species and medicinal value being grown in pure organic regime. The landscape provides a bird’ eye view of a well groomed watershed with variety of soil and water conservation measures and technologies to improve the soil quality and check the erosion. This also serves as practical demonstration for the rural communities, students and the participants visiting the institute.

The civil infrastructure, buildings and landscape is developed under the supervision of Delhi School of Planning and Architect, New Delhi (A renowned architectural school under the aegis of Government of India). The campus is located on the Delhi – Munbai Industrial Corridor on a four lane state highway-31 and stretched parallel with the Malini River and ends with a railway track approaching towards Ajmer, Rajasthan.

The earthquake proof building structure following the stringent building norms of CPWD constructed with very high quality of material, aesthetics and tasteful interior with adequate ventilation, natural and electrical lighting arrangement.

The institution is constructed in four portions:

  1. NLRI Training Centre:
  2. Administrative Block & Three story SRM building (Carpet area 34000 Sqft):
  3. Hostel Block-Meerashray
  4. Hostel & Mess- Balram Bhawan