Developing HRD Professionals and enhancing HRD professionalism

The History & Legacy behind AHRD

Academy of Human Resources Development (AHRD) is India’s premier institution specializing in human resources development for all organizational forms. Academy was founded in 1990 by National HRD Network with the active support of some of the professors of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, including Dr. T. V. Rao, Dr. Udai Pareek, Dr. D. M. Pestonjee and a number of HRD professionals and people-management oriented corporations. It was later registered as a trust and society.

Over the years, the Academy has launched and nurtured a number of activities and programs in pursuance of the objective of knowledge generation and dissemination and capacity building for making HRD a vital part of a comprehensive management strategy. This objective has assumed tremendous importance in the context of competitive challenges facing industry and the opportunities that globalization has opened up. Academy’s activities consist of running high quality HRD related academic and management development programs, conferences, seminars and conclaves, research and publication, collaborative diploma programs and consultancy and provides services for the NGO Sector.

Conceived at the National HRD Network Workshop held on 25th Feb 1990. Commenced in 1990, supported by Ravi Matthai Center of IIM, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), Bank of Baroda Staff College, Ahmedabad and the Ahmedabad Management Association and Registered under Societies Act (Reg. No: GUH/4103/ Ahmedabad) and Bombay Public Trust Act (Reg. No. F/ 3963 Ahmedabad) in Dec 7, 1993.


The Academy membership is now open to organizations, individual HRD professionals, HRD students and all other managers and professionals who are keen to learn about HRD and apply it in their work and life. The membership with the Academy will be a catalyst for staying in touch with the field and contribute to the field of HRD by sharing experiences in various forums/publications.


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