MA in Gender and Development Studies (MAGD)

Updated on 19 Jun, 2018

MA in Gender and Development Studies (MAGD)

Minimum Duration: 2 Years
Maximum Duration: 5 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 10,800
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


Graduation in any discipline.


Note :Rs. 5,400 is course fee per year and total course fee is Rs.10,800/-

The MA programme in Gender and Development Studies was launched in the ODL mode in July 2010. After successful completion of the first year courses, a learner has an exit option and would earn a Postgraduate Diploma in Gender and Development Studies.

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Target Group  

The programme is likely to be of interest to academics and researchers; trainers, facilitators, supervisors; staff of organizations working in the area of gender and development; government personnel; personnel working in banks/ financial institutions/ Corporate sectors.

Introduction to the Programme

Development policies and practices have a differential impact on women and men. This necessitates an understanding of the “gender gap” in access to resources, privileges, entitlements and choices. Consensus has evolved around the need to explore the “gender gap” in key development sectors and how this gap can be bridged. There is now greater emphasis on mainstreaming gender perspectives into the development process. This will contribute to building a gender-sensitive rubric of development, recasting development theory and action in the “direction of improved living standards, socially responsible management and use of resources, elimination of gender subordination and socioeconomic inequality as well as to promote the organizational restructuring required to bring about desirable change.”


Exploration of gender issues has become an important activity for most non-governmental organizations. Increasing emphasis is being laid in Governmental agencies on establishing gender-differential impacts and taking positive, affirmative action towards gender equality and equity. It is now widely acknowledged that gender considerations need to be reflected in all development plans, programmes and policies. There is growing concern over the isolation of women in so-called “soft” sectors in education, employment and development rather than mainstreaming gender concerns across all organizations, institutions and activities. While the concerns are clearly articulated, national goals and the UN Millennium Development Goals, Sustainable Development Goals (as also earlier identified) cannot be achieved without concrete effort towards gender equality.


Achieving gender equality and gender equity requires multi-pronged approaches and strategies. One of the key approaches and strategies revolves around design and development of suitable educational programmes that equip practitioners and policy makers with the requisite knowledge and skills to make a valuable contribution in this sphere. The Master’s programme would provide an excellent foundation for analyzing, critically assessing existing development interventions and promoting gender-sensitive/gender-based research and action. The strong focus envisaged on positive affirmative action would be of considerable significance.

 Programme Objectives

 The programmes seek to enable learners to: 

  • analyze extent of gender-sensitivity of development interventions;
  • conduct gender analysis;
  • critically analyze gender differentials in selected development sectors;
  • identify appropriate research designs and methodologies for a range of research problems;
  • suggest positive affirmative action in development planning and practice to promote gender equity and equality

Programme Cordinators

Prof. Annu  J  Thomas  Email : [email protected]

Prof. Savita Singh Email : [email protected]


Programme Structure
The Year I courses, if successfully completed, would earn the learner a Postgraduate Diploma in Gender and Development Studies. If the learner continues with the Year II courses and successfully completes them, the learner would earn a Master of Arts degree in Gender and Development Studies. Specializations according to the learner’s interest could be chosen from a range of optionals using a choice-based credit system.
Year I: Compulsory Courses
Learners would be required to complete six compulsory courses over a year in the ODL mode. They would complete 36 credits in the first year (ODL mode).  The six courses include a 4 credit component on Internship-I/ Field-based Research Project-I.
Year II: Course Electives
Learners would be required to complete one compulsory course and eight optional courses (Out of 10 courses on offer) over one year (ODL mode). They would complete a total of 36 credits in the second year including a 4 credit component on Internship-II/ Field- based Research Project-II.
Teleconferencing is a one-way video and two-way audio facility. Teleconferencing will be held every month. During teleconferencing sessions, you will get an opportunity to interact by phone- in facility or fax with the resource persons/experts who participate in teleconferencing sessions and clear your doubts immediately.
The teleconferencing facility will be available at the Regional Centres 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 the Gyan Darshan Channel. Students should regularly attend these sessions. These sessions will help them clarify doubts and interact with other learners all over the country.
Interactive Radio Counselling (IRC)
Interactive radio counselling will be held through FM and students can ask questions free of cost with phone - in facilities right from their homes. A toll free telephone number has been provided for this purpose.
Google Groups
Google groups (MAGD) will be created by the Programme and Course Coordinators every academic year. Email id of all enrolled learners will be added in the google groups for fruitful and effective academic interaction.  
The Programme will also be telecast through DD Metro channel and the schedule will be informed to students in advance.
Audio-video Programmes
Audio and video programmes for each course have been prepared to support learning for the students. These audio-video programmes in the form of cassettes would be available at all Study Centres activated for the programme. These audio and video cassettes will be provided for viewing and listening. They can also hire the cassettes for viewing and listening.
Evaluation is conducted through (a) assignments and (b) term-end-examination. While the former constitutes continuous assessment, the latter constitutes summative assessment.
Assignments are a means of continuous assessment of knowledge and skills for theory and practice courses. 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 the distance learning. These assignments consist of a set of questions and activities that you will answer at your own pace and place by referring to Blocks and Units (course material). The assignments may cover all types of questions (essay type, short answer type, objective type, multiple choice questions and case studies). 
Course requirement such as assignments
Students will be required to obtain forty percent marks as pass percentage in each assignment separately. One assignment has to be completed for each theory course.  Each assignment will carry 100 marks. In the final result assignments will carry thirty percent weightage.
Project Report or Internship Report
In the case of MGSP-001 and MGSP-002, you have a choice of selecting either internship or field- based  research project. On completion, you would be required to submit an Internship Report or Project Report which would be evaluated. There are no assignments for MGSP-001 and MGSP-002.   
Term-end Examination
As stated earlier, the term-end examination is the major component of the evaluation system and it carries seventy percent weightage in the final result. The University conducts term-end examinations twice a year i.e., in June and December. Students  can take the examination only after completion of the prescribed courses, failing which students can take the same in December or June of subsequent years within the total span of registration for the programme.
In case any student fails to get a pass score in the Term-end Examination, the person will be eligible to reappear at the next Term-end Examination for that course as and when it is held, within the total span of registration for the Programme.
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