Central Soil and Water Conservation Research and Training Institute(CSWCRTI) has roots from 1954 and functions under ICAR since April 1st, 1974 to tackle problems of soil-water conservation and promote Integrated Watershed Management (IWM) through various modes of research and training. The CSWCRTI with its headquarters at Dehra Dun and 8 research centers across the country, viz. Agra, Bellary, Chandigarh, Datia, Koraput, Kota, Udhgamandalam and Vasad has the national mandate to conduct research and imparting training on soil and water conservation, Natural Resource Management (NRM) and IWM. The Institute has developed many successful watershed models like Sukhomajri, Relmajra, Fakot, Sainji, and Kalimati in different locations of the country.
Central Soil and Water Conservation Research and Training Institute have been training various clients including local, regional, national and international farmers, technocrats, scientists, planners and students through regular (5½ months biannually) and many demand-based short term (1-30 days) training programs since its inception during the 1950s. A total of over 10,000 beneficiaries from various organizations directly beside an equal number through indirect ways have been trained on soil-water conservation and watershed management by the Institute.