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The Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), an autonomous research institute, was registered as a scientific and educational charitable society under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860, in the Union Territory (UT) of Chandigarh in July, 1978. The CRRID Society was collectively conceived by a group of like-minded friends drawn from different disciplines and backgrounds to promote research, publication, development, training and similar creative activities in the northwest region.
Chandigarh, the dream city of India's first Prime Minister, Shri Jawahar Lal Nehru, was planned by the famous French architect Le Corbusier. Picturesquely located at the foothills of Shivaliks, it is known as one of the best experiments in urban planning and modern architecture in the twentieth century in India.Chandigarh derives its name from the temple of "Chandi Mandir" located in the vicinity of the site selected for the city.