M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts (Rural Development and Governance)

Location: Hyderabad

School: School of Livelihoods and Development


Intake: 30

Eligibility

 

The programme is open for young graduates who have a Bachelors degree with a pass class cleared in one sitting. This is a programme that is suitable for you if you want to work for bringing about changes in rural India. The programme is also open for development practitioners, policymakers, government line ministry staff and programme managers, to engage in complex local governance processes. It is suitable for government officials of different levels, project and programme managers, policy makers, consultants, NGO staff, staff from federations of community organisations or private sector organisations.

Description

Description of Programme

The Master of Arts (Rural Development and Governance) covers recent thinking on decentralisation, local governance, participatory and inclusive rural development and introduces the most up-to-date methodologies and approaches for the facilitation of multi stakeholder processes, social learning and change. This programme will explore new paths of engagement with citizens in governance that is transparent and accountable, and explore new ways of positive engagement with the system, to bring about change together.

The aim of this programme is to build capacities to strengthen development and rural development work through a strong cadre of young professionals who will have a comprehensive grip on theoretical understanding, along with analytical skills and experiential learning over the two years of the academic programme.

Specific Objectives

  • To build perspectives on rights frameworks and en-culture  development ethics
  • To equip with comprehensive understanding and critical analysis on paradigmatic shifts in rural development
  • To impart knowledge on various governance structures comprising state, market, civil society and community and their implications on the livelihoods, especially of the poor
  • To build the capability through various skills and tools to engage in participatory and primary research for a thorough and critical analysis of development and governance scenarios
  • To expose students while engaging in experiential learning to internalise rural environs, institutions  and initiatives

 

Employment Opportunities

In the post-1973 amendment scenario and the strengthening of Panchayat raj institutions there is a huge demand in the planning and implementation of rural development programmes. These programmes include centrally sponsored schemes implemented by different departments. The opportunities with Government sector seem to be ample. Another area that can be tapped into is the banking sector (both public and private) which is hiring rural development officers for their agribusinesses, rural entrepreneurship, micro finance and rural infrastructure support programmes.

Apart from employment in the Government and the NGO sector, several students would have high preparedness to appear for Union and State services examinations as well as to pursue MPhil and PhD. Whichever the path the students may choose to take, the course would have contributed to building critical perspectives in the minds of these students.

All the students of the previous batches have all been placed during campus placement.

Curriculum Framework

The Rural Development and Governance programme will be covered over 4 semesters with 71 credits. The course work for the programme is governed with the following goals to impart:

  • Strong values through a set of foundational courses that provide the basis for understanding policy, programmes and field based issues;

  • Theoretical and conceptual understanding to develop the ability to engage with abstractions and empirical realities with equal ease;

  • Analytical and problem solving, planning and project management skills to facilitate the comprehension of large data sets, unpack policy perspectives, generate sensitive qualitative data and implement programmes;

  • Strong field based learning to comprehend micro, meso and macro issues and

  • Build cadres of individuals with sound knowledge, ability to handle challenges and have the commitment to make a difference to the field of rural development.

The curriculum framework has therefore been envisioned to help build all the above objectives across the four semesters with a fair mix of each of the program requirements.

Programme

This programme is anchored by the School of Livelihoods & Development Studies. For more details on the Curriculum Framework and Faculty who teach the programme visit www.campus.tiss.edu/hyderabad

Distribution of Credit Hours:

Note: Distribution of credit hours may undergo some changes

Semesterwise Courses:

Note: The Semester -wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes

Fee Structure:

Components RDG
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
1 Tuition 12000 12000 12000 12000
2 Examination 800 800 800 800
3 Field Work Coordination Fee (Not Reimbursable) 4000 4000 4000 4000
4 Computer Charges 1000 1000 1000 1000
5 Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2000
6 ID Card 300 0 0 0
7 Medical Insurance Premium Charges 1500 0 1500 0
8 Students' Union 500 500 500 500
9 Dev. Fund / Prog. Fund 8000 8000 0 0
10 Medical Examination Fee 100 0 0 0
11 Caution Deposits ( Refundable at the time of leaving the programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10000 0 0 0
1. Total Fees for Non-Hostellers 38200 26300 19800 20300
12 Hostel & Electricity Charges Rs.10000 & Rs.5000 15000 15000 15000 15000
13 Dining Hall Charges (Advance) 16000 16000 16000 16000
2. Total Fees for Hostellers 69200 57300 50800 51300