Swamy Ramananda Tirtha rural Institute (SRTRI) was inaugurated on 3 December 1995 by the then Prime Minister of IndiaShri P.V.Narasimha Rao in the august presence of then union ministers Dr.Jagannath Mishra, Shri Madhavarao Scindia, H.E. Krishna Kant, Governor of A.P., Shri N.Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of A.P., Dr.Aram, M.P., etc. for proactive rural development initiatives in the state based on the ideology envisaged in the National Policy on Education (NPE) 1986. The policy basically observes “The new pattern of the rural university will be consolidated and developed on the lines of Mahatma Gandhi’s revolutionary ideas on education so as to take up the challenges of micro-planning at grass root levels for the transformation of rural areas”. In his inaugural address Shri P.V. Narasimha Rao stated “at Pochampally a massive, magnificent movement called Bhoodan Movement was born. Vinobaji passed from that place to so many other places. He went along the road and many people joined him, we all joined him. Later on it became a country-wide movement. That place, we have chosen to have the Rural Institute which will blossom into a big Rural University later”.