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Centre for PG Studies and Distance Education

Centre's Mandate

The centre is mandated to develop a committed and competent cadre of Rural Development Management Professionals in the country and build the capacity of a wide range of stakeholders via full-time and distance mode programmes.

Currently the Centre is offering the following programs in Distance Mode

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Rural Development (PGDSRD)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Tribal Development Management (PGDTDM)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Geo Special Application in Rural Development (PGDGARD)


The objectives of the centre are to enhance

  • Expertise in planning and management of rural development programmes with focus on participatory development and innovation.
  • Competence in revamping the development delivery systems for improved delivery of services.
  • Right attitudes and values necessary for rural development professionals.
  • Positive thinking and leadership qualities.
  • Understanding of the processes of skill building, productivity, quality and value addition.
  • Ability to build rural organisations and develop human resources amongst the rural poor.

Thrust Area

Currently the Centre is organising the following three Distance Mode programmes

  • One Year Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Rural Development (PGDSRD)
  • One Year Post Graduate Diploma in Tribal Development Management (PGDTDM)
  • One Year Post Graduate Diploma in Geo Special Application in Rural Development (PGDGARD)


Dr G Venkata Raju

Professor & Head

Education : M.Sc. (Marine sciences – Marine Biology); Ph.D. (Marine Living Resources); Diploma in Computer Applications
Areas of Specialisation : Application of project management in agriculture and allied sector programmes / schemes for sustainable production'; Action research projects for developing technologies for need based issues in fisheries; Seasonal variations and adoptability of farmers level interventions in coastal livelihoods.;
Email : gvraju.nird[at]
Phone : (+91) 040-24008508
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Dr Aryashree Debapriya

Professor & Head

Education : MA (Economics), MBA, PhD
Areas of Specialisation : 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

Education : M.A. (Social Anthropology), PhD (Sociology)
Areas of Specialisation : 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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Dr Sucharita Pujari

Assistant Professor

Education : M.A. (Sociology), MPS, PhD ( Population Studies) UGC NET (Sociology)
Areas of Specialisation : Gender Inequities and Mainstreaming in Healthcare in Rural India, Women and Child Health, Gender Norms and Gender Violence within Private and Public sphere, Adolescent Girls &Women Empowerment, Program and policies related to Women and Children, Gendered nature of infertility, Research Methods .
Email : sucharitapujari.nird[at]
Phone : (+91) 040-24008523
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