National Institute for Rural Banking (NIRB) a registered non-profit "Public Trust" since 1990, has since emerged as a NABARD-recognised and Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (IIBF) accredited, leading Training and Management Development Institute in the Rural Banking Sector.
NIRB, originally known as the National Centre for Management Development in Agriculture and Rural Development Banking (NCMDARDB), was promoted by the National Cooperative Agriculture and Rural Development Banks’ Federation. Initial funding support came from the Rabobank Foundation of the Rabobank, The Netherlands. In 2004, the nomenclature was changed to National Institute for Rural Banking, with a view to bringing about the required focus on the thrust areas of training and skill development in the Rural Banking Sector. Financially, it is a self-supporting organization with no external funding support and operates out of the funds generated from its various training programmes and other activities.
The credit for setting up this institution, initiative and major leap, is attributable to two great visionaries in the field of cooperation and HRD, viz., Dr.B.S.Vishwanathan and Shri P.V.Prabhu, the present Chairman and the Trustee Secretary respectively. Day-to-day administration and academic activities are looked after by the Director, who is normally an ex-senior executive of NABARD, under the overall guidance and supervision of the Chairman / Trustee Secretary.