Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development

The Academy was established in 1959 to train government officials and representatives of the local government and village organizations on various subjects relating to rural development. The Founding Chief executive of BARD was Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan- an internationally renowned social scientist. It is an autonomous institution governed by a Board of Governors of which the Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperative is the Chairperson. Administratively, it is attached to the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives. The Director General acts as the Chief Executive of the Academy and he is assisted by the Additional Director General and nine Directors. The activities of the Academy are carried out by its Faculty working in 9 Divisions each of which is headed by a Director. The Academy is famous for its evolved model “Comilla Approach to Rural Development” which is well-known at home and abroad, BARD received National Award in 1986 for its remarkable contribution to Rural Development.

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