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 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 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 Yercaud and Pulicat in Tamil Nadu and at Nayagragh in Orissa.
The Centre implements programmes sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and State government departments.
Dr. K.M. Shyamprasad Dr. Shyamprasad is a renowned expert in the field of medical and health Sciences education and socio medical & developmental work and has been closely associated with policy level discussions and decisions in the health sector for many years.
The broad objective of CReNIEO for 30 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 implement development projects for the underprivileged communities in rural India.
CReNIEO celebrated its 30th year on August 6th 2010.
CReNIEO is a registered society under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act 1973, (No.233 of 22.8.1985). The CReNIEO is registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) with No. : 075 900362.
The Centre established in 1992 a Training Centre for Development Ecologist at Muttukadu on the New Mahabalipuram Road with excellent residential facilities of international standards, for stay and for holding of conferences and seminars. The Center's Rural Development and Management Course was conducted at this Centre at Muttukadu which has also excellent class room facilities and residential facilities for students. A survey was conducted by the students in ten villages in and around Muttukadu on the socio economic situation in the villages. The Centre responded by training girls in computer applications from the weaker sections in and around Muttukadu.
The Centre at Muttukadu, trained 40 girls from the weaker sections as Library Assistants and Computer Operators sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology Government Of India. In November 2006 the Centre trained 8 boys and girls from the nearby regions in basic BPO practices and spoken English, which was aimed at increasing their employment potential in the nearby by BPOs and call centers. See www.crenieomuttukadu.in
CReNIEO has an extensive library, located at the Training Centre for Development Ecologist. The collection of books running to a few thousands relate to studies in Economics, Developmental Economics, Environmental Economics, Ecology, Women Studies, Tribal and dalit Studies, etc. We also have a large number of standard scientific journals related to these areas. These journals and books cater to teaching and research needs of the faculty, research scholars and RDM students. The reference section is well equipped with a comfortable reading room. Social Science Research, Ethics, Religion, History and other interests are well taken care of.
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 the school has standards from LKG to X with the total strength of 590 children both boys and girls and nearly 80% of them belong to the fisherfolk and coastal community.
In the Tamil Nadu State matriculation 10th STD examinations held for the year 2009-2010 20 PNMS students appeared for the examination and all of them passed with 16 of them passing with first class! The school has adequate classrooms and other fixtures for the children.
The Centre for Research on New International Economic Order (CReNIEO) is committed to the total development of the socially and economically weaker sections of the Indian Society -with focus on women and children of the Fisherfolk, Dalit and Tribal communities. CReNIEO's development plans include promoting better health, formal education, skills for natural resource management and entrepreneurial skills for economic self-reliance and at the same time ensuring permanence of social change by capacity building and motivating the poor for upholding their rights in the society. Community action for social change is the key tool in the armory of development methodology. Gender equity and Environmental care is the umbrella for sustained development of people around the lakes as well as in the forests who are the target groups of CReNIEO's schemes of development.