MSc Sustainable Rural Development

MSc (Sustainable Rural Development)

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Program Overview

Over the years, the failures of the market and the poor delivery of services by the government have been considered important for the current dismal situation of rural areas and village communities. In some cases, in the absence of appropriate solutions and approaches in addressing the issues related to basic services, semi-market solutions were attempted through the introduction of some alternatives like people’s organizations, such as NGOs, co-operatives, federations, self-help groups and so on.

The issues and problems that have emerged over the decades due to inequitable and unfair development practices have not taken away the fundamental questions of rural areas. However, of late, there has been an increasing interest among development agents and the youth at large with regard to improving the socio-economic status of the rural population taking the markets into consideration; and they have shown curiosity about the business, commerce and market in rural context.

Today under the new economic regime, the corporate houses are also required to initiate special programmes aimed at social development. The symbiotic relationship between business and society has triggered off new economic and social opportunities. There is now a pressing need to bridge the corporate sector and rural society. This is one of the market segments, which the programme intends to cater to, apart from the social development sector comprising of co-operatives, NGOs, government development agencies, and national and international donors engaged in promoting rural development.

Program Objectives

The course will provide the blend of rural development and management with ethics, values, and the rights of the most vulnerable. The major objectives of the program will be:

To create a cadre of competent and trained management experts and development planners who can contribute to and provide alternatives to the existing set of knowledge and practices in management of rural development program, initiatives and strategic ventures.

The Program aims at,

  • Sensitizing students about the complexity of rural society, factors influencing rural realities, interface between various sectors and interaction between the state, market and society in production of development,

  • Impart among students the blend of a cutting edge knowledge of modern management science and skills, critical thinking and practices needed for rational, equitable and effective planning for utilization and management of human and other valuable scarce resources, from micro (grass-roots) to macro levels,

  • To train students in application of appropriate knowledge and technology, and develop among them a critical talent and wisdom to analyse and plan holistically and rationally with a humane approach.

Teaching Pedagogy

The method of teaching will be highly creative and innovative in nature adopting towards seeking knowledge:

  • The teaching will follow an iterative method of learning the basic paradigms, concepts, theories, practices and facts.

  • Besides, the class room teaching sessions will follow a path of logical sequence of practical knowledge seeking mode. The students will engage in a variety of modes and means of seeking information and transferring them into knowledge sets.

  • The process of learning will mostly engage the students in field work based activities and interactive sessions with various stakeholders starting from government organisations, corporate sectors, a small entrepreneur to a community leader.

Eligibility of Candidates

  • Candidates having a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent (under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a recognized university are eligible to apply.

  • Preference will be given to students who have already gained some experience while working with any social sector projects or any other development projects involving rural, urban or semi-urban areas in collaboration with any local organizations, PRIs, NGOs, CBOs etc.

Admission Requirements

Candidates having a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent are eligible to apply. The experience of candidates in working with the social sector, civil society institutions, in livelihood programmes, on policy advocacy, project planning and monitoring will be given due weightage.