Students are inducted in the programme with an
orientation session which informs them about the
Institute, the MBA-RD programme, its Mission and
Objectives. It would also involve a week long
stay in one of the Rural Stations of the
Course work or classroom learning comprises of a
total of 27 courses spread over 4 semesters.
Taking into consideration the nature of the
subject, classroom learning is so organized,
that the students are able to relate to the
larger domain of rural development. It is
understood that training development
professionals requires not just imparting
theoretical knowledge but also acquainting them
with the realities of rural India. The pedagogy
of an interactive classroom adopted to provide
participants to build a strong conceptual
foundation. Each student is expected to
contribute to class-room learning and
participate in group/experiential exercises,
field visits and practicals.
Village Work, an integral part of the programme,
is undertaken by students in their first and
second semester. It provides opportunity for
students not just to interact with villagers but
also to live with them and understand in depth
the rural reality. It aims at sensitizing
students to the concerns of rural people, help
them identify the constraints and potentials for
development in the area.
The stay is arranged at the Rural Stations
established by the Institute under its Project
Outreach programme. Any other village of
academic interest or where some intervention is
being executed by any agency or the Institute or
where a successful experiment has been done
could also be visited.
Placement Work: Training in a Development
Immediately after completing the second
semester, each student undergoes on-the-job
training in an NGO or an organization working
for rural development. The training is of 8
weeks duration (15th June – 15th August).
Students are encouraged to manage placement
related activities on their own.
During the course of training, the organization
(where s/he undergoes training) may assign a
task/project to be undertaken by the student.
The student, after completing the stipulated
training period would submit a report to the
organization and the institute which is
evaluated in the viva-voce. Organizations
willing to offer summer placements may kindly
mail the response form.
Research Project Work
Undertaken by each student in the second year of
the programme. Carrying out independent research
is important skill earned by the students of
this programme. Each student works for his/her
project work under the supervision of a core
faculty of the Institute. The Research Project
is divided into three phases:
Phase – I : Formulating Project
Phase – II : Data Collection
Phase – III : Report Writing and
Development Professionals Meet
The development professionals’ meet is
organized annually. It focuses on deliberating
upon how people initiative and participation can
be organized and their capacities built. It aims
to consider how a pool of competent rural
development professionals can be created and the
synergistic role which formal and informal
sectors can play to achieve this objective.
Leading development professionals from the
Government, Corporate, Cooperative and NGO
sector, organizations and academic institutions
of rural management have been participating.