Functions of The School of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj:
To promote studies and research in the area of enhancing participation, strengthening, decentralization, developmental activities, etc of Panchayat Raj.
To submit proposals to the appropriate authorities to organize orientation/ refresher programmes to the people representatives of PRIs, government officers, NGOs, etc.
To undertake the study of bottlenecks in the implementation of the provisions of the Constitution and the laws relating to PRIs and to suggest reforms.
Evolve strategies to ensure participation of the women, the weaker sections and the marginalized.
To map the best practices of the PRIs and arrange for dissemination of the same through publication and other means of communication.
To study communication development.