Master of Arts in Rural Development and Governance
School: School of Livelihoods and Development
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.
In pursuance of the 73rd Amendment 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 the 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, microfinance 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.
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:
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.
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
The programme is open for young graduates who have a Bachelors's 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.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
|Year||Types of Courses||Credits|
|Field Based Internship / Research Dissertation||8|
Note: 1 Credit = 15 Hours Classroom teaching or 30 hours lab / field experience / workshop / self study
|Semester||Course Code||Course Title||Credits|
||FC 1||Understanding Society||2|
|FC 2||Understanding Economy||2|
|FC 3||Understanding Politics||2|
|CoM 1||Philosophy and Methods of Social Research - 1||2|
|CoM 2||Understanding Nature, Eco-system and Natural Resources||2|
|RDG 1||Introduction to Livelihoods||4|
|WS||Conflict over Natural Resources||0|
|EL 1||Understanding Rural Society||4|
|II||CoM 3||Contemporary Indian Economy||2|
|CoM 4||Philosophy an Methods of Social Research - 2||2|
|CoM 5||Theores of Development||2|
|CoM 6||Social Justice and Social Exclusion||2|
|CoM 7||Natural Resource Based Livelihoods||2|
|RDG 3||Political Economy of Agriculture, Land and Labour||2|
|RDG 4||Public Policy and Local Governance||2|
|RDG 5||Working With Rural Communities||2|
|WS||Analysis of Development Data||2|
|III||RDG 6||Law, State and Institutions||2|
|RDG 7||Poverty : Approaches and Measurement||2|
|RDG 8||Gender and Development Practice||2|
|RDG 9||Project Management||2|
|RDG 10||National Rural Development Programmes||2|
|Courses from other Academic Programmes||4|
|IV||RDG - 11||Institutional Analysis and Design||2|
|RDG - 12||Social Entrepreneurship||2|
Note: The Total number of credits, list of CBCS courses and semester - wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes. Due to current pandemic situation courses may be shifted or taught acorss semesters.
|Components||M.A. In Rural Development and Governance (RDG)|
|Fees||Sem I|| Sem II
||Sem III||Sem IV
||Field Education / Internship / Experiential Learning Charges||2,000||2,000||2,000||2,000|
|Other Charges( ID Card, Convocation & Misc.) *||2,500||0||0||0|
|FUNDS||Students' Competency Fund||4,000||4,000||4,000||4,000|
|Lab / Studio Fund||0||0||0||0|
|Students' Union Fund *||500||500||500||500|
|Alumni Fund *||0||500||0||0|
|Health Care Fund*||2,000||0||2,000||0|
|DEPOSITS||Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate)||10,000||0|
|Semester wise Course Fee||51,500||27,500||39,000||27,000|
|Total Course Fee||1,45,000|
|Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.|
|Expenses related to Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, if any, will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.|
|No fee concession is available for self-finanaced programmes.|