Doctor of Philosophy in Rural Development (PHDRD)

Updated on 11 Jun, 2015

Doctor of Philosophy in Rural Development (PHDRD)

Minimum Duration: 2 Years
Maximum Duration: 5 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 14,000
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


(i) Those possessing MARD with B grade are included as a category eligible for enrolment in Ph D Programme in Rural Development, provided they submit two papers on their chosen subject for Ph.D and subject to their acceptance by the Doctoral Committee.

(ii) Those who possess M.Phil in any subject, (other than Rural Development) may take three compulsory course; namely;

However, the Doctoral Committee may exempt a candidate from taking the Research methodology course, if they feel so.

(iii) Those from other streams (other than Rural Development) not having M.Phil will have to undergo three compulsory courses and also submit two papers as outlined in item (i) above.


Mode of Selection


There is no entrance test for enrolment to PhD in Rural Development. The mode of selection is as follows:

The doctoral studies programme in Education aims at training professionals in education in the skills and competencies related to systematically organizing investigations into various concerns and problems in education. To begin with, the programme is offered mainly to those who possess the degree of MPhil (Education). This programme consists of only thesis work and involves no course-work.


CourseCode     Course Name Credits 
 MRD-101  Rural Development - Indian Context  3
 MRD-103  Rural Development - Planning and Management  3
 MRD-004  Research Methods in Rural Development  3


Teleconferencing is a one-way video and two-way audio facility. Teleconferencing will be held every month. During teleconferencing session, you will get an opportunity to interact by phone in facility or fax with the resource persons/experts who participate in teleconferencing session and clear your doubts immediately.

The teleconferencing facility will be available at the Regional Centre and Selected Study Centres. The teleconferencing schedule will be sent to the Programme In-charge and Regional Director who would inform the students. Teleconferencing is done through Gyan Darshan Channel. You must regularly attend these sessions. These will help you to clarify doubts and interact with other learners all over the country.

Radio Counselling


Radio counselling will be held through F.M. and you can ask questions free of cost with phone in facilities right from your home. A toll free telephone number 110012345 has been provided for this purpose.




The programme will also be telecasted through D.D. metro channel and schedule will be informed to students in advance.

Audio-video Programme


Audio and video programmes for each course have been prepared to support your learning. These Audio-video programmes in the form of cassettes are available at all Programme Study Centres. These Audio and video cassettes will be provided for viewing and listening. You can also hire the cassettes for viewing and listening.



 You will be required to complete 75 % attendance in theory counselling to become eligible for appearing in Term-end Examination. Similarly, you will be required to complete 90 percent attendance in practical contact sessions to become eligible for appearing in practical examination.
Continuous Evaluation of Theory Component








 Assignment is a means of continuing assessment of theory and practical. Assignments will help you to recapitulate the theory and go back to the text again in case you are unable to answer a particular question. Thus assignments also help to reinforce learning in distance learning system of education. These assignments consist of a set of questions and activities that you will answer at your own place by referring your blocks. The assignments will cover all types of questions (long answer type, short answer type, objective type, multiple choice questions and case studies).

The assignments will carry 30% weightage. You will be required to obtain 50% marks as pass percentage in each assignment separately. Each assignment will carry 100 marks. In the final result assignments will carry thirty percent weightage.

Term-end Examination


 As stated earlier, term-end examination is the major component of the evaluation system and if carries seventy percent weightage in the Final result. The University conducts term-end examination twice a year i.e., in June and December.

You can take the examination only after completion of the course, failing which you can take the same in December or June of subsequent years years within the total span of the programme. In case you fail to get a pass score in the Tern-end Examination, you will be eligible to reappear at the next Term-end Examination for that course as and when if is held, within the total span of the programme.

Programme Co-ordinator :

Dr. R.P. Singh, [email protected] (29572952)




Regional Centres: