Master of Arts (Rural Development) (MA(RD))

Updated on 19 Jun, 2015

Master of Arts (Rural Development) (MA(RD))

Minimum Duration: 2 Years
Maximum Duration: 5 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 9,000
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


Graduates from any discipline are eligible.

Medium:  English and Hindi

School of Continuing Education has launched Master's Programme in Rural Development, M.A.(RD) from July, 2005.

The syllabus of M.A. Programme in Rural Development is designed to include such diverse academic contents as are essential in the making of this discipline in the Indian Context. A critical component of this Programme is dissertation based on empirical research in rural areas. The Programme will be useful to personnel working in various Govt.

Departments/agencies, NGOs, Cooperatives, Banks and other institutions engaged in rural transformation. It will also be beneficial for fresh graduates interested in pursuing career in the discipline of rural development.

First Year

CourseCode     Course Name Credits 
 MRD-101  Rural Development - Indian Context  6
 MRD-102  Rural Development Programmes  6
 MRD-103  Rural Development - Planning and Management  6
 MRD-004  Research Methods in Rural Development  6
 MRDP-001  Dissertation - MRDP-001  12

Second Year

CourseCode     Course Name Credits 
 RDD-6  Rural Health Care  6
 RDD-7  Communication and Extension in Rural Development  6
 MRDE-101  Rural Social Development  6
 MRDE-002  Voluntary Action in Rural Development  6
 MRDE-003  Land Reforms and Rural Development  6
 MRDE-004  Entrepreneurship and Rural Development  6

Credits:  66 credits (1 credit = 30 hours of study)




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 FM. 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 DD 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 seventy-five percent attendance in theory counselling to become eligible for appearing in Term-end Examination. Similarly, you will be required to complete ninety percent attendance in practical contact sessions to become eligible for appearing in practical examination.


Continuous Evaluation of Theory Component




Assignment is a means of continuous 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 thirty percent weightage. You will be required to obtain fifty percent marks as pass percentage in each assignment separately. Each assignment will carry 100 marks. In the final result assignments will carry thirty percent  weightage. 


 A learner must complete total of five optional courses during Second Year.


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 : Ms. Santosh Tanwer
[email protected], [email protected] (29572955)

Regional Centres: