It is a post graduation degree in rural development. M.A. with specialization in Rural Development is a new initiative taken by India and it is for India. It makes their students capable to take initiative and strong action for the development of rural area of India. They learn about the details of standard of people living in remote villages and non-urban areas, their problems and solutions.
The basic eligibility criteria required for pursuing M.A. Rural Development degree is a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university. The minimum required marks may vary from one institute to another. Other specific information can be collected from that particular institute's websites with application details. The previous specialization is not mostly considered for this course and candidates from any relevant field can apply for this course.
Admission will be either through entrance examinations conducted on institute level or can be on the basis of previous qualification and makes. Some institutes may take interview of short listed candidates.
The minimum duration of M.A. Rurl Development course is about 2 years which is divided into four semesters. The students need to qualify each semester. This course is also available as distance learning program and in that case, the duration is extended till 4-5 years depending upon institute.
Further study options
Candidates can pursue M.Phil or Ph.D after completion of this course. This will give them opportunity to learn the research aspects of their field. They can also go for MBA and can get job in some good companies working for rural development.
Departments / agencies which are working for rural development want these candidates. NGOs, Cooperatives Banks and many other institutions which are engaged in rural transformation / development always recruit candidate having this specialization. Many corporate companies like Tata, Mafatlal, Arvind Mills etc. have their own rural development units where they require these professionals. The main working areas for these students are Government Development Agencies, Voluntary Organizations, State Resource Centers and International donor Agencies. Candidates can also go for Self - Employment if they want to run their own organization.
The course includes study of Rural Health Care in Indian context. Students learn about how to take Voluntary Action in Rural Development, their Planning and Management.
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