Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development

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The course of the program is designed in a way that focusses on all the aspects of Rural Development. The delivery method comprises of- Classroom, Village Fieldwork, Development Internship and management traineeship. The topics covered in the classroom are basically concepts, skills, and knowledge pertaining to rural development.

Students are guided by the faculty who have practice of many years and have achieved excellence in their respective subjects.


Below is an overview of the syllabus for Post Graduate Diploma in rural Development. 




Rural Planning & Development

Concepts, Principles and Approaches: Concept of development: Indicators of development; Conceptual framework, Strategies; Rural development in India: A retrospective; Policies, Programs: Techniques of planning: Detail steps in district and block level planning: Area Development Planning: Definition, purpose, Area development plans.

The basics of Rural Development are covered in this subjects, with detailed study of all issues.

Panchayati Raj & Rural Administration

Administrative Structure: bureaucracy, structure of administration; Panchayati Raj Institutions and Voluntary Agencies: Functions of government and non-government organizations for rural development; Agricultural Extension Services; Emergence and Growth of Panchayati Raj Institutions in India; People and Panchayati Raj; Financial Organizations in Panchayati Raj Institutions; Devolution of finance and power (11th Schedule); Generation and Mobilization of rural finance (revenue); Interface in Panchayat System Relevance of interface in sustainable development of State; Interfaces - Panchayats and Govt. Officials; Government & Non-Government Organizations / Community Based Organizations.

In this, the students study about all the governing bodies in detail.

Natural Resources Development & Management

Natural resources: Inexhaustible natural resources – the atmosphere and water in its cycle; Replaceable and maintainable natural resources – water in its place, Soil, Land in its spatial sense, Forest, Forage and other cover plants, Wild Animal life, Human powersbody & spirit; Irreplaceable natural resources – Minerals, Land in its natural condition. Natural resources- Evaluation and Assessment, Utilization, Conservation- principles and practices.

Students learn how to use various natural resources and reuse and recycle non renewable resources

Rural Marketing & Management

Rural production and products: agricultural and non-agricultural products; types of rural production and products; Market functionaries: Concept of supply chain management and Value Addition; Involved in marketing of agricultural and non-agricultural products (with special reference to artisanal products); Problems of marketing; Role of co-operative agencies in marketing of agricultural and non-agricultural product.

Production strategies with their marketing and management techniques is taught in this subject.

Rural Energy Planning

Energy sources - conventional, non-conventional-wind, bio-gas, solar; Energy audits: Energy conversion & conservation program, elements of energy accounting, Energy accounting indices, energy budgeting. Energy planning: demand and supply forecasting.

Providing energy resources, tools and equipment used for energy efficiency are the main topics covered in this subject.

Transfer and Management of Technological Innovations

Transfer of Technology - Concept, Technology Transfer and Appropriate Technology, different Models, Systems involved, factors in Transfer of Technology. The process of technological innovations, process of Technology Transfer, models. Barriers of Technology Transfer, characteristics of barriers of innovations, stimuli for innovation. Technology diffusion – innovation, communication, social system and time Culture and diffusion – Role of culture on diffusion, importance of norms, modern and traditional and their role in diffusion. Adoption process – concept, stages in adoption process

Technological knowledge, modernization and cultural and traditional knowledge is imparted through this subject.

Rural Community Facilities & Services

Types of Community Facilities and Services: Water, sanitation, electricity; Provider of Community Facilities: Government, Non-Governmental Organisations, Philanthropic Organisation; Various Program under Community Facilities and Services; Various Models in Providing Drinking Water and Sanitation in India and abroad. Rural Transportation system - modes of transportation - rural economy. Rural Health Care and Delivery Systems.

Common facilities like sanitation, drainage etc and their provision is taught in this subject.

Development of Tribal Communities

Tribal Development: Historical perspective, demography and tribal organization, Social Status of Tribal and related problems (exploitation, land alienation, marketing; Problems: unemployment, linguistic difference, caste barrier, cultural transformation/women, prostitution); Legislations: Constitutional provisions and legislations, constitutional amendments; Role of Government Agencies: Government, voluntary & non-governmental organizations; Recommendations of various committees on tribal development.

The tribes in the rural areas are studied carefully in detail and schemes for their development are formed.

Crop, Soil & Water Management

Crop ecosystem and crop classification; Crop production strategies in tropical regions, Agro-climatic regions and crop cultivation, modern techniques of raising field crops, cropping system- its theory & practices, input management in cropping system; Understanding soil resources, chemical, physical, physicochemical systems & environment; Land capability evaluation & classification, management of arid, semi-arid & humid subtropics & tropics; Problem of reclamation & wastelands, physical management of soil for maximizing agricultural production; Soil water system & water resource management; Plant-soil-water relationship; Water requirement of crop; Irrigation & drainage in crop production.

Judicious use of Crop, Soil and water is the key mains of this subject.

Livelihood Issues and Problems

Transition of Rural Livelihood; Micro and Macro Perspectives of Rural Livelihood; Risks and Opportunities for Livelihood Security; Gender Issues in Livelihood Development; Livelihood System in Transition: Research and Practice

Basic living and lifestyle related issues are dealt in this subject.

Women and Child Development, Health, Nutrition; Gender and Society

Concepts, Social Hierarchy; Human Development and Gender Development: Human Development Indices; Status of Women in India: Historical perspective; Justice and Women Empowerment: (a) International Scenario – Grass Root Women’s Movements; Different International movements in gender justice; Empowerment: Parameters, Women and Health: Health Status of Women; Nutritional Anaemia; Child Development: Status, education, health, Governmental Programmes for children development.

Health and well being of the rural occupants is taken in account in this subject.

Social Security-Problems, Policies and Program

Concept and definition of Social Security, Economy and Social Security, Role of Govts. Reasons of Govt.’s involvement in providing Social Security, Components of Social Security, experiences and difficulties of Different States.

This subject is concerned with social status of the rural habitats and the law and order in the area.

Networking and Communication

Introduction to networks and Layered Architecture. Data Communication Concepts. Transmission Media and Topology, Noise. Encoding and error detection. Synchronous and asynchronous Transmission, Multiplexing and switching. Error Control and Flow Control Techniques. Medium Access Control. IEEE standard for LANs. High Speed LANs. Routing Algorithms. Congestion Control Techniques. WAN, Frame Relay, ATM Interworking. IP protocol. Network Management and Security.

Increasing mode of Communication and Networking through making provisions of installment of wires and cables in rural areas is covered in this subject.

Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development : 9 answered questions


Ques. Which college is better for a rural management course, IRM Jaipur or the KIIT School of Rural Management?

● Top Answer By Admin on 15 Jul 21

Ans. One of my friends is an alumnus of KIIT School of Rural Management. So, I am going to share the details as per his experience. MBA (RM): The MBA (RM) program is divided into four semesters and field segments. The fee and placements information is given below. Fee INR 7.59 Lakhs Average Package INR 6.75 LPA Highest Package INR 8 LPA Placement Percentage 100% Field Segments: There are three Field Segments spread across these four semesters: Action Research Segment Case Study Research Segment Management Trainee Segment Here, you get to work every two months with different organizations on multiple ranges of projects. These segments give practical exposure to the actual challenging environment outside books and classrooms. After the program, students feel confident and have hands-on experience that many don’t possess. The organizations that visit on campus for field segments and final segments are Bank of Baroda, Myntra, Axis Bank, AP Moller – Maersk, Agribusiness Systems International, Ambuja Cement Foundation, L&T Finance, Lupin Ltd, PepsiCo, CABI, DuPont Pioneer, IndusInd Bank, Tata Chemicals, UNICEF, Edelweiss Financial Services, FCI, and more. The institute has a legacy of students known for their hard work and dedication in their respective organizations.Read more
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Ques. I've got two options, TAPMI PGDM and IRMA PRM. What should I choose?

● Top Answer By Dummy test on 19 May 21

Ans. If you are interested in working with the organizations that work for the rural sector and are engaged with rural communities, then choose IRMA PRM.  IRMA: IRMA is very much interested and concerned in the development and management of the rural communities and this perspective makes it different from other colleges.  Choosing IRMA PRM doesn't only mean that you have to work in the rural sector. There are various kinds of job roles available in this field. You can choose to work in sales in sectors like diaries and for agricultural products.  You can work in the finance sectors like Microfinance and Agrifinance.  There are also various organizations like HDFC Bank, Yes Bank, Fullerton that come to campus for interviews and recruit students for various job roles.  Apart from these, some rural agricultural businesses and rural marketing organizations also recruit students from this college.  TAPMI: The MBA at TAPMI is just a general MBA that has a more traditional approach. Also, TAPMI has a great campus.  Here’s a brief highlight of 2021 placements at the institutes. Parameters  IRMA PRM  TAPMI Average CTC 10.76 LPA 11 LPA Highest CTC 19 LPA 25 LPA Hence, choosing for IRMA PRM will be a better choice as there are various kinds of job roles related to the rural and agricultural sector and also has less competition than courses like general MBA and PGDM.Read more
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Ques. Is it worth investing 11 lacs in Rural Management from XIMB? Can the amount be recovered after 2-3 years of placement?

● Top Answer By Admin on 20 Apr 21

Ans. XIMB-RM lands under the umbrella of XUB, the brand. Xavier University, Bhubaneswar is ranked tenth among the Top 50 Private State Universities in India by the Outlook ICARE University Ranking 2020. Winning Status: Apart from the general business management program, it is worth investing the fee of INR 11 Lakhs in the rural management program. Reasons: There is an increase in the scope of this field because of change in the socioeconomic factors and government policies on rural upliftment. The rate of recovering the ROI on the performance of the students in the campus placements. The placement figures are below. Average Salary INR 8 LPA Average of Top 50% INR 9.33 LPA Average of Top 20% INR 10.84 LPA Average of Top 10% INR 12.65 LPA Highest Salary (Domestic) INR 15 LPA The placement is in different fields covering, NGOs, banks, consulting firms, and FMCG companies. Therefore, it depends upon the student’s area of interest. It is possible to repay the loans in approximately a year and a half. The brownie points of joining the RM program are that there are nearly around five thousand management professionals in competition to five lakh HR & BM professionals. The amount invested in the institute can be quickly recovered before two years of the job after the course, but only if the student is inclined towards the branch. There are lucrative growth prospects in RM that is higher than any other branch. The reason being, the way the government is trying to develop rural India.Read more
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Ques. Has the course of Rural Management at XIMB deteriorated?

● Top Answer By Komal Yadav on 20 Apr 21

Ans. Xavier Institute of Rural Management which is also a part of XIMB Bhubaneswar offers MBA in rural management program. This program gives the student a MBA Plus orientation along with a regular MBA program. This program offers practical exposure to the rural management along with the classroom programs. There are flagship programs like gramotsavam which are conducted every year by the college. In this event the students get exposure to villages and this helps them to develop their communication and marketing skills while speaking with rural people. The performance of this program can be evaluated from the placement reports of 2018 and 2020. Particulars Placement report of 2018 Placement report of 2020 Highest salary offered 13.75 LPA. 13.20 LPA. Average salary 7.67 LPA. 7.78 LPA. Median annual compensation 7.40 LPA. 7.50 LPA. Average annual compensation of the top 20% of the batch 10.05 LPA. 10.85 LPA Average annual compensation of the top 50% of the batch 8.70 LPA. 9.33 LPA. Number of participating recruiters 33 35 It can be seen from the above comparison of placement reports that overall the performance in placement of 2020 has been better as compared to the placements of 2018. Although the highest salary has been little less as compared to 2018 but overall the performance was good. New recruiters were also added as well. Healthcare sectors in placements were also added. BFSI and financial inclusion sectors offered the highest salaries and showed a 41.44% rise in the total numbers of offers being made.Read more
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Ques. Is rural management from XIMB - 3 years work experience with TCS worth it?

● Top Answer By Dhruv Kaushik on 20 Apr 21

Ans. Firstly, it is important to understand what management means to you. Yes, just like People going to Microsoft or Google post-Engineering were passionate about coding/computers vis-a-vis those who opted for say a TCS/Wipro. Therefore, if a Management education is an escape route from the monotonous coding life, do not go for this degree. Simply because after a few years of working, you might find yourself in a regretful situation. Now coming to XIMB, Bhubaneswar as a college, these are the key highlights. The colleges have an impeccable infrastructure. The faculty is great. Great campus culture Good placements However, check the following reasons why you should not go for the Rural Management course. The Rural Management course requires a lot of fieldwork and expedition which won’t suffice the basic ROI model. The course is shifted to the other campus which is situated in a suburban area. This is a huge downfall as you might be curtailed from important facilities and infrastructure. Placement may not be that great, having invested 13 lacs as the course fee itself. With mediocre placement records, this might not be a good return on your investment. With a 3 year experience in TCS and a continuous C band, the salary you have now will be more or less equal to what you might get after placements. Hence, it won’t make a huge difference. Undoubtedly, the scope for courses like Rural Management is limited, that’s why most people who acquire an RM degree go for corporate jobs at last. Categories Rural Management in XIMB Course Fee 13.80 lakh Highest CTC 13.2 LPA Average CTC 9 LPA Overall, if you are very much into the management sector, go for courses like MBA and other PGDM courses instead of Rural Management. Limited scope, extensive fieldwork, mediocre placements is not a good return when you pay such a high fee. Hence, choose wisely.Read more
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