School: School of Rural Development
Present economic policies are increasingly threatening the right to livelihood based on access to natural resources of many poor and ordinary Indians. Private and corporate control over natural resources and consequent overexploitation is an issue of major concern for development field. Developing livelihoods strategies and achieving sustainability of livelihoods are central to most development progammes in India. Fair and transparent natural resource governance is integral to the sustainable livelihood development. Government has developed a range of policies and programmes which have immense potential to contribute to the goal of sustainable development, but it is felt that there is a great need of knowledge generation and skilled livelihood professionals. Civil Society Organizations have developed many successful initiatives in natural resource based sustainable livelihoods for rural and urban poor. With the help of government policies and learnings from grassroot initiatives, sustainable livelihoods can be achieved for large number of marginalized and disempowered people across India. The analysis of the current situation indicates that there is a great need for trained professionals, who understand the theory as well as practice of sustainable livelihood development, dynamics and paradox and are able to use the government’s policies and programmes in a better manner. The larger aim of this programme is to enhance peoples’ well being through education, research, knowledge, skills, innovations and transformative actions.
This M.A / M. Sc. programme aims at developing livelihood professionals, strong democratic value oriented practitioners, with in-depth knowledge of theory and practice of sustainable livelihoods as well as Natural Resource Governance, and their interdependence. The combination of courses in this programme focuses on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches that include understanding the society, ecology, environment, sociology, economy, politics, governance and policy. This will provide reflexive learning, give a unique perspective and enhance capacity to work as Livelihood Professional in current global scenario. This programme is oriented towards action research for betterment of society, and particularly towards equitable and just development for the poor and women. This programme will develop sensitive, secular, and intelligent cadres of professional in livelihoods sector and engage them in creating innovative forms of sustainable livelihoods approaches especially for the poor and disadvantaged sections of society.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Name of Course
Understanding Indian Society
Introduction to Political Economy
India’s Development Experience
Livelihood Perspectives and Approaches to Sustainable Development
Political Economy of Development and Livelihoods
Skills & Tools for Sustainable Livelihoods and Natural Resources Governance
Environment, Climate Change and Development
Fieldwork Module I: Understanding Rural and Urban Societies
State, Democracy and Polity
Social Aspects of Poverty and Theories of Justice
Governance of Natural Resources and Sustainable Livelihoods
Ecology and Sustainable Livelihoods
Livelihoods: Policies, Practices and Challenges
Fieldwork Module II : Working with Civil Society Organizations
Decentralized Planning in Rural Livelihoods
Food Security, Rural and Urban Livelihoods
Project Formulation, Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation
Fieldwork Module III: Working with Governmental & Non-Governmental agencies, Cooperatives, Mission Programmes etc.
Linkages in Livelihoods
Livelihood Promotion, Innovations, Conservation and Practice (Workshop)
Dissertation/ Project Work and Viva-Voce
Project Development: Visiting Models of best practices in NRM & Governance
Non Credit Compulsory
*Institute reserves the rights to revise the Fees Structure of programme if necessary.
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