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Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development(PGDRDM)

Aim & Strategy

To develop a committed and competent cadre of Rural Development Management Professionals in the country. Offer a range of courses that addresses key policy and management issues in rural development. Provide students with core development and management insights and impart analytical skills for planning and managing Rural Development Programmes. Develop students' capacities and infuse right attitudes, values and ethics.


On completion of the Programme, the students will have developed:

  • Expertise in planning and management of rural development programmes with focus on participatory development and innovation
  • Competence in reorienting the development delivery systems for improved delivery of services
  • Sensitivity to the issues of equity and gender
  • Appreciation of the rights and entitlements of the rural poor and the socially disadvantaged groups
  • Right attitudes and values necessary for rural development professionals
  • Positive thinking and leadership qualities.

Programme Design

The PGDRDM design rests on the tripod of (i) Rural Development Philosophy, Concepts, Principles, Policies, Programmes and Organisations (ii) Rural Development Management Practices, and (iii) Rural Social Sector. The Programme consists of three major components, namely, (a) Classroom teaching and interactive learning (b) Fieldwork (short visits and long visit) and (c) Field Attachment (Rural Organisational Internship). The first Component envisages exposure to attitudes, skills and knowledge relevant to the rural society, rural development philosophy and concepts, and rural development management theories and practices. The second one primarily revolves around understanding the rural society, its people, dynamics of interaction, institutions, relationships and livelihoods by way of intensive fieldwork. The last Component seeks to equip the students with skills of managing organisations/enterprises through organisational internship for 'hands on learning and applications'. Programme Duration : One year - Three Trimesters

Programme Framework

The classroom component is offered in the First Trimester (14 weeks); a large part (10 weeks) of the Second Trimester is devoted to classroom followed by eight weeks of rural organisational internship also called as 'field attachment (FA)', and the rest of the Third Trimester (12 weeks) caps up the classroom learning. In effect, the programme envisages twenty courses with 52.5 credits. The courses and the related field and project work cover the essentials of rural society, economics, people and organisations; good governance; natural and human resource development; rural development management principles and practices; project planning and management; management accounting and financial management; IT and ICT; small and medium rural enterprises; rural organisations; rural credit; micro-finance; livelihoods; rural product marketing; infrastructure; social sector services; development communication; skill development; corporate social responsibility; geographical information system, flagship programs and related fields. Based on the programme design and its objectives, the following courses, as shown in the next page, seek to fulfil the objective of the classroom component that is presented in three parts. Field visits and Field Attachment / organisational internship (6 weeks) are interspersed with the classroom component. Other associated academic activities equalling ten weeks duration at different time points include short field visits, seminars, workshops, fortnightly forum presentations, special lectures, thematic assignments, quizzes and examinations. Special lectures, exposure visits, panel discussions, games and case studies comprise the pedagogy and learning methodology. Student seminars, theme-specific assignments and project work are expected to further aid the process of self and interactive learning, both in and outside the classroom.

Admission Process


The minimum qualification for admission to the programme is Graduation in any discipline from any recognised University.

Reservation : Reservations for the SC, ST, OBC and Persons with Disability (PWD) will be made as per Government of India's policies.

Selection of Candidates

The Selection of candidates will comprise of an All India Entrance Examination followed by a Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

All eligible candidates should appear for the Entrance Test (off-line paper-pencil test) that will comprise: English Comprehension and Essay writing, Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, Reasoning and Analytical Skills. The Entrance Test will be of about two and half hours duration. The number of questions may range between 90 and 120. The test will be conducted twice in the year (i.e. May and October) at Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Dimapur, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Lucknow, New Delhi, Patna, Pune and Thiruvanantapuram. The Test Centres are subject to change depending on the availability of a minimum number of candidates. Candidates selected on the basis of the Entrance Test will be invited for Group Discussion and Personal Interview in some major cities or at NIRD, Hyderabad. No TA / DA will be paid for any candidate attending the test or group discussion and personal interview. The Indian in-service candidates are required to apply through their employers. They may however, send an advance application.

Selection – (Foreign candidates)

The international candidates should apply through the secretariats of the respective international organisations viz., AARDO, CIRDAP etc. Organisational sponsorship for all the in-service candidates is essential. They may however, send an advance application. The eligibility parameters for international students are placed on the website of NIRD.

How to Apply?

Application form to be filled through online from our website ( The applications sent by post will also be accepted through downloadable form available in our website. The filled in online (Hard copy) /downloaded application form should be submitted along with the Application Fee of Rs.400 (Rs.200/- for SC/ST and PWD candidates) through an Account Payee Demand Draft drawn in favour of NIRD- PGDRDM, payable at Hyderabad. The filled in application form should be sent to The Coordinator (Admissions), Centre for Post Graduate Studies, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-500030, India, so as to reach on or before given date in the advertisement. Last date for receipt of applications from the students of North Eastern States, Jammu & Kashmir, Andaman & Nicobar Island and Lakshadweep is also mentioned in the advertisement form. Applications received after the cut-off date shall be rejected. NIRD&PR reserves the right to make changes to the Diploma Programme, its design/content and the process of selection, depending upon the exigencies without assigning any reasons whatsoever.

Programme Fee and other Costs

Tuition Fee

The Tuition fee payable by the students is Rs.1.25 lakhs for SC, ST and PWD category, Rs.1.60 lakhs for Open & OBC category. The tuition fee can be paid in three trimester.

Board and Lodging Charges

Board and lodging arrangements are made in the Institute’s well-furnished Hostel. International and Indian In-service students are accommodated in semi-furnished residential quarters in the campus. The annual board and lodging expenses will be approximately Rs 1.00 lakh for Indian students. This is payable in three instalments on the first day of each Trimester.

Caution Deposit

A refundable Caution Deposit of Rs 10,000 towards Mess Deposit @ Rs 7,000; Library Deposit @ Rs 1,000 and Hostel Deposit @ Rs 2000 is a requirement.

Seat Registration Fee

Upon selection, a non-refundable Seat Registration Fee of Rs.25,000 should be paid by the candidates. The same shall be adjusted in the first trimester fee. The balance of 1st Trimester Fee should be deposited before the commencement of the Programme.

Other expenses

Students will bear the cost of books, stationery, toiletries etc

Internal Faculty

Dr. C. S. Singhal

Professor & Head

Educational Qualifications : Ph.D. (Psychology), PGDHRM, PGDJ & MC, PDM (AIM Philippines)
Areas of Interest : Specialisation in Educational Psychology; Behavioural & Organisational Development, Human Resource Management; Gender and Development; Civil Society Organisation, NGOs, Youth Development;
Email : singhal.nird[at]
Phone : (+91) 040-24008456
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Dr Aryashree Debapriya

Associate Professor

Educational Qualifications : MA (Economics), MBA, PhD
Areas of Interest : Rural Product Marketing, Rural Credit, Micro Finance, WTO & International Business, Product & Brand Management, Cooperative Management.
Email : debapriya.nird[at]
Phone :
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Dr Akanksha Shukla

Associate Professor

Education : MMC(Mass Communication)MPA (Public Administration), Ph.D Public Administration & PhD Mass Communication(Submitted) Post Doctoral Fellow (ICSSR), Post Doctoral Fellow (UGC).
Areas of Specialisation : Development Communication, Opinion making, Political Communication, Communication theories and Administrative Theories, Behaviour change Communication, Women Empowerment.
Email : akanksha.nird[at]
Phone : 040-24008572
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Dr Sonal Mobar Roy

Assistant Professor

Educational Qualifications : M.A. (Social Anthropology), PhD (Sociology)
Areas of Interest : Sociology of Education and Health; Culture and Tribal Studies; Social Exclusion and Inclusion related to Gender; Research Methods and Methodology, IT in Education and Health; Monitoring and Evaluation; Social networks and Crowdsourcing.
Email : sonalmobarroy.nird[at]
Phone : (+91) 040-24008540
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External Faculty

S.No Name Phone No/e-Mail Address
1 Dr.A. Patrick 9247799257 Associate Professor Department of Commerce and Business Management, Osmania University Tarnaka, Secunderabad Residence: H.No-2-15-30/1A Veerappagada, Behind Little Flower College, Second Left from Reliance Fresh, Uppal
2 Dr. P. Kanaka Durga 9494279379 Research Associate MANAGER, Rajendranagar Hyderabad-500 030 Residence: Flat No. 208, PNR Apartments Opp. Pillar No.183 Upparpally, Hyderabad
3 Mr. G. Muralidhar Lead, CB [HR-IB-CB-SI/SD-FI], NRLM 9394843008 040-66638651
4 Prof. R. Siva Prasad 9848497665 Prof. & Head Department of Anthropology University of Hyderabad Hyderabad Residence: Door No. 3-3-108/67, New Friends Colony-2 Near Janapriya Utopia Complex Hyderguda, Hyderabad
5 Prof. B. Raja Shekhar Dean 9866699983 School of Management Studies University of Hyderabad Residence: A-26, Faculty Quarters University of Hyderabad Hyderabad
6 Dr. S. Glory Swarupa Consultant, NFDB Ph: +91-40-23633225; (M) 9912564767 Fax:+91-40-23608547 Residence: Villa No.38, Dream Valley Opp. Pillar No. 306 Sivarampally, Hyderabad
7 Dr. P.L. Panda, FIE 9985577530 Jt. Hon. Secretary The Institution of Engineers (India) Residence: Flat No.505 ‘B’ Block, Kushal Towers, Opp. Syndicate Bank Khairatabad, Hyderabad-500 004
8 Prof. S.V. Rangacharyulu 9848622487 Chief Executive Officer Poverty Learning Foundation Tarnaka, Secunderabad Residence: H.No.2-4-226 Road No. 9A, Behind Community Hall Snehapuri Colony, Nagole Hyderabad
9 Dr. N.V.N. Chary 09866610429 Reader in Commerce Kakatiya Govt. College, Hanamkonda, Warangal
10 Mr. G.V. Krishnagopal 9440901140 Chief Executive Officer Access Livelihoods Consultancy Pvt. Ltd. (ALC) Plot No. 4 , Matrunilayam, Telephone Office Lane, Sai Nagar Colony, Picket, Secunderabad-500009
11 Ms. Taru Golla 9705044177 Sr. Project Officer Access Livelihoods Consultancy Pvt. Ltd. (ALC) Plot No. 4 , Matrunilayam, Telephone Office Lane, Sai Nagar Colony, Picket, Secunderabad-500009
12 Prof. Anil K. Saxena 24015151 – 58 Ext:4435 (O) 5535 (R) 24014937 (R) 9396771113 Consultant SVP National Police Academy, Shivrampally Hyderabad-500 052
13 Ms. Padma. J 9666732672 Independent Consultant
14 Ms. G. Sunanda, PMP 9491159810 6-3-612/6, Anand Nagar Khairtabad Hyderabad-500004
15 Dr. P. Manikandan, (Retd.) 9440508079 Director (HRD Division), NAARM
16 Prof. Haribandhu Panda, Ph.D. 93373 88801 0674-2473701 Pro-Vice Chancellor School of Management Centurion University of Technology and Management Bhubaneswar Ramachandrapur, PO: Jatni, Khordha - 752050 Residence: G083, COSMOPOLIS, Dum Duma, Near Khandagiri Square Bhubaneswar, 751019

Field Attachment

Field Attachment (FA)-Rural Organisational Internship

As part of the PGDRDM curriculum requirement, the students are sent on short and long field visits for field work and field attachment (Rural Organisational Internship) of six weeks at the end of the second trimester in small groups. This component carries a weightage of 2.0 credits. The short field visits of 2-3 days duration numbering 25-30 visits (about 12 weeks) are arranged across the courses throughout the Programme. The short and long field visits of two-three days spread over all the three trimesters provide the students with core development and management insights while imparting analytical skills for planning and managing rural development programmes. The Six- week Field Attachment (Rural Organisational Internship) component seeks to sensitise the students to the hard core problems of the rural society, its dynamics, its realities and institutions. Also, the FA component focuses on Institutions, organisational structures, organisational culture, management systems, HRD, finance, production processes, marketing, value addition, etc. The students, under the guidance of the CPGS Faculty, designated faculty members of other Centres of NIRD, the PGDRDM guest faculty and Heads / Supervisors of the host organisations, are expected to focus on the stated objectives, understand the processes, analyse the outcomes and reflect and report on the overall learning drawn from the FA-Rural Organisational Internship. The FA is scheduled during the period after the end of the second trimester and commencement of the third trimester. Specific learning and application oriented tasks / projects will be generated both by the CPGS and the host organisations for individual or group work. Though the students are given a chance to choose an organisation short-listed by the CPGS for FA, the CPGS reserves the right to attach a student to any organisation considered important from the viewpoint of the objectives of the PGDRDM.

Project Work

The students are required to undertake project work on specific themes of their choice. A major part of the project work will revolve around electives and Fieldwork and Organisational Internship. The project work will run throughout the Second and Third Trimesters.


The NIRD CPGS takes pleasure in announcing the placement event for the 1st and 2nd batch of the PGDRDM. The list here shows the names of the candidates with details of educational qualification, work experience, courses taken, field attachment (Internship) projects and sites, age etc.

  1. PGDRDM : Batch-13 Placement Scenario
  2. PGDRDM : Batch-12 Placement Scenario
  3. PGDRDM : Batch-11 Placement Scenario
  4. PGDRDM : Batch-9 Placement Scenario
  5. PGDRDM : Batch-8 Placement Scenario
  6. PGDRDM : Batch-7 Placement Scenario
  7. PGDRDM : Batch-6 Placement Scenario
  8. PGDRDM : Batch-5 Placement Scenario
  9. PGDRDM: 2011-12: Batch-4 Placement Scenario

Contact Us


Professor and Head

Center for PG Studies & Distance Education (CPGS&DE)

National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj

Telephone No. : +91-40-24008442; +91-40-24008522;

Email : pgdrdmadmission[at]

Fax : +91-40-2408522

Postal address

National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Rajendranagar, Hyderabad - 500030. India


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