CReNIEO is recognised by the University Grants Commission as a Research Centre. The Centre is affiliated to the University of Madras for M.Phil. in Economics and Ph.D. studies in Economics , History, Sociology and Education. The Centre is also affiliated to Bharathidasan University for Ph.D. studies in Economics. The Centre in 1989 introduced in its M.Phil course on the novel subject of Environmental Economics perhaps for the first time in India. The Centre is affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU) as a Vocational Centre and is accredited to the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) as a community collage.
The Centre has direct development interventions in the villages around Nayagragh in Orissa, Pulicat and Yercaud in Tamil Nadu.
The Centre implements programmes sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and State government departments.
The broad objectives of CReNIEO for last 40 years has been to conduct socially relevant action research, applying research and study to train young leaders in rural development and on environment and from the experiences gained to implement development projects for the underprivileged communities in rural India.
Dr. K. Rajaratnam an eminent Economist and a visionary is the Founder Director of CRëNIEO.
The CReNIEO was established in the year 1979 as a study, research, training and action oriented organisation. Dr. K. Rajaratnam an eminent Economist and a visionary was the Founder-Director of CReNIEO. The Centre has been engaged in developing and implementing rural development models beginning at the community level with a view to handle the fundamental factors of rural poverty. CReNIEO believes that the Gandhian model of development could the ideal tool to ensure the quality of life in India for the rural masses.
CReNIEO is a registered society under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act 1973, (No.233 of 22.8.1985). The CReNIEO is also registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).
In the year 1987 CReNIEO conducted a socio economic survey of the people of Pulicat and during the survey it was found that one important desire of the people was that good quality formal education should be made available for their children. The people in Pulicat requested the Founder -Director Dr. K. Rajaratnam that CReNIEO should start a formal school.
In response, to that request in July 1988 CRENIEO started a School at Pulicat with English as the medium of instruction with standards LKG to third standard. Today 2019 - 20 the school has standards from LKG to X with the total strength of 793 children both boys and girls and nearly 80% of them belong to the fisherfolk and coastal community.
The parents of the children are actively involved in the welfare of their children. The children pay fees as per the government norms and for some children scholarship is arranged. The school follows the Tamil Nadu Government Matriculation syllabus and has been granted recognition by the Directorate of School Education, Tamil Nadu.
Special classes on environment are included in the syllabus and a special curriculum has been framed. The fisherfolk parents and others actively participate and contribute towards the functioning of the school.