M.A. in Rural Development is a 2-year postgraduate course in rural development, focusing on:
|Master of Arts in Maharashtra||Master of Arts in Uttar Pradesh||Master of Arts in Karnataka||Master of Arts in Madhya Pradesh|
Popular areas of employment for such postgraduates include:
The average course fee in India ranges between INR 30,000 - 5 lacs for the total duration. The average annual salary offered to successful postgraduates of this field lies between INR 3-10 lacs.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||Graduation from a recognized university|
|Admission Process||Merit-based/ entrance exam in some cases.|
|Course Fee||INR 2,000 -30,000|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2-4 lacs|
|Top Recruiting Organizations||Tata Teleservices, Amul, Monsanto, Shriram Group, NABARD, ICICI Bank, Aditya Birla Group, National/International NGOs, Hero Group, Mahindra and Mahindra. National NGOs like Nandi Foundation, PRADHAN, CARE, SEWA, BAIF, Seva Mandir, etc.|
|Top Recruiting Areas'||Human Resource Development, General Management, Finance, Project Implementation, Marketing, Purchase, in all segments of rural based enterprises.|
|Top Job Profiles||Research Officer, Rural Executives, Rural Manager, Senior Program Officer, Project Co-ordinator, and such.|
The course is essentially about effecting positive changes in the structure and dynamics of rural India. The program is also open for:
Students enrolled to the course are taught about:
Skills ideally required in aspiring candidates for the course include:
Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees per annum in INR|
|Indira Gandhi National Open University||Delhi||3,650|
|Dr. B. R Ambedkar University||Agra||15,000|
|Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya||Sonepat||12,500|
|Dr. Hari Singh Gour University||Sagar||5,380|
|Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramoday Vishwavidyalaya||Chitrakoot||11,400|
|Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth||Varanasi||2,515|
|Nehru Gram Bharti University||Allahabad||4,200|
|Rani Durgavati University||Jabalpur||2,700|
|Sri Venkateswara University||Tirupati||36,000|
|Swami Vivekananda University||Sagar||8,000|
Candidates aspiring for admission to the course are required to fulfill the following minimum eligibility criteria.
|Master of Arts in Andhra Pradesh||Master of Arts in Rajasthan||Master of Arts in West Bengal||Master of Arts in Assam|
Most institutes offering the course in India admit students based on their performance in a relevant entrance test, followed by a subsequent round of counselling. The round of counselling consists of two additional rounds of group discussion and personal interview, wherein the candidate’s general aptitude for the course is examined.
Some institutes conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission. Admission process generally varies across colleges. A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s score at the level of graduation.
Mentioned below are some of the major entrance examinations conducted in the country for admission to the course.
A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Rural Development: Concepts and Dimensions||Rural Industrialization and Entrepreneurship|
|Indian Rural Economic Scene||Rural Development Institutions and Strategies|
|Indian Rural Social Scene||Working with people: Techniques and Processes|
|Economics for Rural Development||Social Research and Computer Applications for Rural Development|
|Natural Resources Management: Land||Micro Finance, Self Help and Women Empowerment|
|Natural Resources Management: Water||Rural Project Planning and Management|
|Natural Resources Management: Vegetation||Rural Credit and Marketing|
|Human Resource Development in Rural Sector||Voluntary Action for Rural Development|
In the recent times, Panchayat Raj institutions have been given importance in the government system of India. This has resulted in:
Interested postgraduates may go for pursuing higher education, namely M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Rural Development.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Salary in INR|
|Senior Program Officer||They are responsible for a variety of high-level organizational planning schemes intended to benefit a certain class of people. They typically possess outstanding interpersonal and organization management skills to interact with all levels of staff.||3-6 lacs|
|Rural Manager||Rural Managers work under advisory, research, and consultancy subheads, and with private & public organizations.||4-6 lacs|