MPhil PhD Admissions

MPhil programme in Rural Development

Location: Tuljapur

Intake: 10


Candidates are requested to check the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. Candidates found ineligible will be rejected at any stage in the admission process and no grievances will be entertained in this regard.

Applicants will be shortlisted for the Research Aptitude Test (RAT) on basis of them meeting the following considerations with regard to educational qualifications, work experience and research proposal:

  • Educational Qualifications: The minimum academic qualification for admission to the M.Phil. & Ph.D programmes is a Second Class Master’s or equivalent degree in the relevant subject awarded by a recognised university in India or abroad, with at least an average of 55 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.5 under the seven-point scale of the University Grants Commission (UGC). In the case of SC/ST/OBC(non-creamy layer)/differently-abled candidates, the minimum eligibility is an average of 45 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 2.50.

  • Candidates who are likely to complete all the requirements of their final year Master’s Degree examinations by July 1, are also eligible to apply for M.Phil, provided they have successfully completed their first year Masters degree. In such cases, admission will be provisional. If a provisionally admitted student successfully completes the admission formalities such as clearing the Research Aptitude Test, but fails to score the minimum required mark/grade at the end of the final year examination of his/her Master’s degree, the offer of provisional admission will be automatically cancelled.

  • Work Experience: A minimum of five years of post graduation work experience is required for Ph.D. programmes. In case of the M.Phil. Programme, there is no requirement of work experience. However, candidates with one to two years of work experience, will be preferred.

  • Research Proposal:

    Submission of a research proposal is a compulsory requirement for admission to the M.Phil and Ph.D. Programme. A research proposal consisting of approximately 1,000 words should accompany the proposal and indicate the Specification of the broad field of study, Statement of the research problem and scope and objectives of the study, rationale for and the significance of the study, methodology to be followed, references, and the candidate’s research/work experience in that area, if any.

  • Candidates who have an M.Phil or equivalent degree awarded by a recognized university in India or abroad are also eligible for a PhD




The MPhil Programme in Rural Development is a two year programme. The first year of Programme will consist of two semesters of course work followed by one year for completing MPhil dissertation. The coursework for the programme is on theories and practices in development and research methods. The dissertation topic selected by students will specifically be on Rural Development. The broad research areas that the students of the Programme can work on are:

  • Rural development in the context of globalization, Human and Institutional Development

  • Developmental Social Work, Community Organisation and Development Practice

  • Rural Livelihoods, Food Security, Natural Resources Management, Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Rural and Inclusive Marketing

  • District and Micro Planning, Issues of Local Governance

  • Communal Harmony and Peace; Marginalisation and Identity, Anthropology of Religion

  • Sociology of Caste, Social exclusion, Tribal Development, Nomadic and Denotified Tribes

  • Social Movements and Social Action

  • Peasant Studies and Agrarian Relations

  • Public Health Management, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Maternal and Child Health, Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases

  • Gender studies

  • Rural Credit Market

  • NGO and Rural Development

Faculty Research Areas:


Dr Babasaheb Kazi

Social Work

Dr Gunvant Achutrao Birajdar

Fractional Partial Differential Equations,Numerical Analysis, Mathematical modeling of Social problems.

Dr. Byasa Moharana

Caste, Gender, Education, Development Question of the Margins

Dr Kalpana Dixit

Political Science

Dr Manoj Joseph

Social Work


Dr. Sai Thakur

Caste, Gender, Social Exclusion, Peasant mobilization, Folk songs

Dr. Niladri Sekhar Dhar

Agrarian Relations in India, Labour and Employment, Production conditions in informal sector

Dr Shahaji Narwade

Rural development, Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods

Dr. Sridhar M

Institutionalisation of science – special reference to Agriculture; Modern Indian History; Scientific Innovations and the public

Dr Neelam R Yadava

Agriculture/ Agriculture Extension and communication/ Social sciences/ Entrepreneurship Development/ Training and Capacity Building/ Human Resource Development/ Environment, Natural Resource Management, Climate Change, Sustainable Development/ Media Studies/ Development Communication / Rural Development/ Gender Development

Dr Ramesh Jare

Social Work


Sociology of Rural Development Agrarian Structure and Social Change, Sociology of Dispossession & Social Movements Democratic Decentralization & Rural livelihoods Public Policy research & people centered advocacy, Sustainability studies and well being of society, Studies on land, water and forest, Studies on DNTs and Nomadic Tribes, Studies on Civil Society Organizations, Neo-liberal State and Food Security Displacement & Dispossession,Globalization and Marginalized sections,Rurban Studies on Sustainable Livelihoods, Neo-liberal Political economy of Natural Resources

Dr Sri Krishna Sudheer Patoju

Agricultural Economics, Production Economics and Farm Management,Economics of Organic Farming, Social Entrepreneurship and Rural Entrepreneurship, Rural Development and Rural Technologies, Corporate Social Responsibility and Rural Development

Dr. Roopesh Kaushik

Institutional Economics, Environment & Resource Management, Sustainable Development, Rural Development, Financial Inclusion, Financial Management, Project Management/Evolution, Development studies, Entrepreneurship,Impact Studies. (Environmental Impact Assessment), Cost Benefit Studies, Econometric Modeling, Industrial Organization/ Economics, Health Studies, Energy/Power Economics, Climate Change, Marketing Research, Law and Economics, Corporate Social Responsibility, FDI, International Trade

Distribution of Credit Hours:

The duration of the M.Phil. Programme in Rural Development shall be two years, spread over four semesters coinciding with the academic calendar of the Institute.

The M.Phil. programme shall carry a total of - 46 credits - and will have four components:

  • Compulsory Courses (CC): 16 credit

  • Auxiliary Courses (AC) (non-credit): - one course provide/enhance skills in the use of scholarly writing,

  • Survey of Literature (SL) (6 Credits): As a prelude to embarking on the study proper, the student is helped to familiarise herself with the literature available on the problem chosen for study, and identify the gaps in it and/or formulate alternative hypotheses.

  • Dissertation (DI) (24 Credits): Provides an opportunity for the student to practice the craft of research by using the knowledge acquired during the course work. Embodying the outcome of the practise or process of research, the dissertation constitutes the product of research. The dissertation shall be evaluated and graded by the guide and an examiner external as per the Institute rule.

Semesterwise Courses:

MPhil Programme

  1. Semester I Courses: There will be four courses (14 credits) provide the foundation for theoretical understanding of development, research methods and one non-credit course in research writings

  2. Semester II Courses: There will be two courses (8 credits) – one on Statistical Application in research (2 credits) which will impart basic statistical skills and software packages to students and other on Survey of Literature (6 credits) which will familiarizes students with the existing literature on the area the research and help students to develop their research proposal

  3. Semester III & IV- Dissertation: The coursework in the first year of the Programme intended to prepare students for research, and the research undertaken by students in the second year culminate into a dissertation thesis (24 credits) submitted by the students at the end of the Programme. The usual process of MPhil dissertation evaluation rule will be applicable.

Proposed Courses for MPhil Programme in Rural Development

Description of paper/activity


Stage -I

Semester I


Compulsory Course 1: Philosophy of Development


Compulsory Course 2: Approaches to Development


Compulsory Course 3: Aspects of Rural Development


Compulsory Course 4: Research Methods


Semester II


Compulsory Course 5: Computer based statistical application in Research


Auxiliary Course 1: Research Writing


Survey of Literature (SL)


Semesters III & IV - MPhil Dissertation (DI)





Note: Students can audit the course(s) of their interest in any of the semesters from the pool of courses offered to MA Students

Fee Structure:

Fee Structure for M.Phil and Ph.D Programme

(Prices in INR and subject to revision)

The full fees and deposits should be paid within the stipulated time after the announcement of the admission results. In addition, Rs. 50/- towards bank processing charges should be paid in any branch of the State Bank of India. If students fail to pay the fee on time, their candidature can be cancelled. Once the students details have been entered into the Online platform, a scanned copy of the fee receipt must be submitted via the online platform. Non-adherence to the above will be considered as equivalent to non-payment of fees.

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Identity Card







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Development Fund



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For Ph.D. per Semester for 2 Years

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Thesis submission



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Thesis resubmission




Degree certificate replacement




Issue of duplicate Identity Card




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