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Master of Arts in Rural Development (MARD)

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Programme Name : Master of Arts in Rural Development
Programme Code : MARD
Programme Fee : Rs. 5000/- (Per Year)
Min Duration : 2 Years
Max Duration : 5 Years
Medium of Study : English,Odia
Eligibility : Graduation
Programme Coordinator :
S T Rehman
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Programme Details:
Programme outcomes:
  • Can join in NGOs, CBOs, Projects of Funding Agencies (UNDP, World Bank, JICA,DFID,CARE,CRY,USAID,Action Aid),CSR Units of Corporate/Business houses.
  • Can join in Rural Development Organizations / Institutions as Social Worker, Community Mobilizer.
  • Can set up Small Scale Industry in rural areas supported by State govt. institutions like ORMAS, DDUGKY (Aajeebika), Indian Red Cross Society, District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) or District Industry Centre (DIC) of any district.
  • Can join in State /National Livelihoods Mission under Panchayati Raj Dept / Rural Development Dept. of the State / Nation as Manager or Programme Coordinator.
  • Can start a Non- Governmental Organization or Voluntary agency to serve for the welfare of the rural poor. Currently NGOs play a very crucial role in rural development, by organizing poor people in villages. The funds for running of such NGOs will be available from both Central and State governments on the basis of the projects and requirements of the NGOs.
  • After completing the course, a student will have the ability to conduct Research on Rural Development.
Highlights of the Course:
Duration of the Course: Minimum: 2 years, Maximum: 5years.
Conduct of Classes: Weekend for 4 hours (preferably on Sundays)
Course Fees: Rs 5000/Year
Eligiblity Criteria : Graduation or +3 PASS in any discipline
Evaluation: Based on Assignments, Term end Examinations and Project work (viva voce + Report) Course Coverage – Theory, Practical and Project Work.
Target Group: Students who want to pursue Rural Development Specialist / Analyst as a career.
  • Students pursuing Post Graduation courses in any discipline can join in this course for enhancement of knowledge about rural development.
Pedagogy: The Course shall be taught through the interactive, Self-guided Learning Materials, OERs as reference materials, Week-end Counseling Classes, Video Lectures, Project Works.
Programme Structure
Course No. Course Title Credits
Semester -1
RD-01 Rural Society 6
RD-02 Rural Development in India 6
RD-03 Rural Social Problems 4
RD-04 Rural Development Institutions & Entrepreneurship 6
RD-05 Rural Resource Management 6
RD-06 Rural Development in Odisha 4
Semester - 3
RD-07 Soft Skill Development 4
RD-08 ICT and Geo-Informatics for Rural Development 4
RD-09 Communication and Extension in Rural Development 4
RD-10 Project Work 4
Semester -4
RD-11 Financial Management 4
RD-12 Rural Health Management 4
RD-13 Entrepreneurship and Rural Development 4
RD-14 Voluntary Action for Rural Development 4


Note : Please refer to Annexure 1 for list of study centre activated for this particular Master programme
Programme activated in following Study Centres:
  1. Govt. Autonomous College, Angul (0101)
  2. Fakir Mohan Autonomous College, Balasore (0201)
  3. Bhadrak Autonomous College, Bhadrak (0401)
  4. Rajendra (Auto) College, Bolangir (0501)
  5. Ravenshaw University, Cuttack (0703)
  6. Sri Krushna Chandra Gajapati (Autonomous) College, Paralakhemundi (1001)
  7. S.B.R. Govt. Women's College, Berhampur (1101)
  8. State Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Bhubaneswar (1905)
  9. Vikram Deb (Auto) College, Jeypore (2001)
  10. Nayagarh (Autonomus) College, Nayagarh (2401)
  11. G.M. University, Sambalpur (2801)