Post Graduate Diploma in Geospatial Technology Applications in Rural Development(PGDGARD)

Aim & Strategy

In view of rapid changes in communication and technology and increasing need of massive trained manpower in rural development, NIRD has established a Distance Education Cell. The Cell is mandated to initiate a number of programmes for capacity building of development personnel of Governmental Organisations, elected representatives and educated youth to function as change managers.

A GIS application in rural development is thought to comprise of all information of rural areas in a comprehensive manner, present, past and probable future scenarios, for empowering people at local level through planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of rural development projects.


A GIS application in rural development is thought to comprise of all information of rural areas in a comprehensive manner, present, past and probable future scenarios, for empowering people at local level through planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of rural development projects. GIS will be an affordable tool in the e-governance, it would also be possible to implement G-Governance (GIS Governance) at all levels, anytime, anyplace, making information flow and decision making a real time dynamic process ensuring total participation and involvement of local people. The Post Graduate Diploma in Geospatial Technology Applications in Rural Development (PGD-GARD) Programme is designed for Development Functionaries from all sectors directly concerned with planning and implementation of Projects and Programmes for Rural Development viz. Sectoral Activities like Education, Health, Forestry, Agriculture, Engineering, Roads, Infrastructure, ICT, Irrigation, Drinking Water, Disaster Management, Planning, Monitoring, Fishing, Animal Husbandry and the like. The officials working in India and Overseas as Managers of Rural Development Programmes/ Projects Finance by World Bank, UNDP, FAO, IFAD and various other International organizations. The One year Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Geospatial Technology Applications in Rural Development (PGD-GARD) in Distance Mode is being offered by NIRD and PR commencing from August 2015.


The Programme would broadly cover the tools and application techniques of GIS, Remote Sensing, GPS and details of related software and data products specific to spatial data mining, planning, monitoring, decision making and modelling of various programmes and projects in rural development sector. The operating methodologies would be taught and various inbuilt features would be covered, so as to aim at them to use in Geospatial technology in local level planning and decision making.

The PGD-GARD Programme aims at the following:

  • To expose the Geospatial Technology
  • To expose various application potential of Geospatial technology
  • To give a Hands-on experience to various processes of Geospatial technology
  • To familiarize the Geospatial technology related Software, tools, technology and applications in Rural Development


Admission Procedure

The candidates selected for admission will be intimated by email individually. The list of selected candidates will also be displayed on the notice board at the Distance Education Cell, CGARD and the institute’s website ( Only those, who pay the fee within the stipulated date, are treated as admitted. Mere receipt of admission offer letter does not entitle any right to claim admission. Students, who do not furnish full information and proof by attaching attested (by a Notary/ Gazetted Officer or a person holding equivalent rank), Xerox/Photo copies of documents Academic Certificates, Mark Sheets and Service Certificates (clearly showing the number of years of service and the field of work) about their Academic Professional Records are liable to be rejected. Irrespective of the claims made by an applicant on the application form, marks weightage would be given only on the basis of Certificates and Transcripts that are attested. Any document sent separately after submission of the application, will not be considered. Verification of all the Original Certificates / Marks Memos / Experience Certificates will be done at the time of contact cum handholding Session at designated Contact Centers. The students are therefore required to bring their Original Certificates when they attend Contact cum Handholding Classes. Students will be permitted to attend Contact cum Handholding Session only after this verification. Until then, their Admission will be Provisional.


Graduates in any discipline from a recognised University. Those who are in the final year and expect to complete all the requirements of graduation before enrolment date are also eligible.

Duration :

18 months (Semester System), maximum three years (Registration is valid for 3 years from the year of enrollment)

Medium of Instruction : English

Student Support System

  • Self Instructional Study Material
  • Web-based on line learning resources
  • Networked video conferencing at selected centre
  • Personal Contact and handholding Sessions at a contact centre
  • Regular uploads on the website

Admission of Sponsored Candidates

The Government Departments / Organisations / Institutions / NGOs/ International Organisations etc may sponsor their officials for admission to his programme by duly forwarding their applications and paying full Programme Fee for their admitted candidates.

Submission of Application Forms

The application brochure can be downloaded from NIRDPR’s website( The filled in online application accompanied by a payment gateway for Rs. 500/- (Fro Gen, OBC and EWS) and Rs. 300/- (for SC,ST and PH candidates) towards application fee along with attested copies of required certificates as mentioned in the application form should be uploaded through online process.

Filled- in Application Forms/Queries to be sent to

Programme Director,

Distance Education Cell,

National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj,


Hyderabad – 500 030 (India).

Tele Fax:040-24008585,


Website :

Programme Coordinator, PGD-GARD,

Prof. & Head, CGARD

National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj,


Hyderabad – 500 030 (India).

Tele Fax:040- 24008447,


Programme Fee

Admitted students will deposit Rs 19,800/-(Rs 16,500/- for SC /ST /PH) in three equal installments at the commencement of each Semester. The Sponsoring Organisations, however, have to deposit full fee at the time of registration of their candidate(s). Fee once paid will not be returned under any circumstances.

Course Structure

The Programme will be offered in two semesters and have 34 credits. First semester has 18 credits and second semester has 16 credits. One credit is equal to 30 hours of study. The learning material for each course has been divided into Blocks and each block will have a number of units. For each course of four credits, a student is required to spend 120 hours for self learning including assignment (30 marks). There will be contact and handholding Sessions at contact centre, which will be conducted by CGARD Faculty and well known experts and will be followed by final examination (70 marks). Each of the Courses and the Project Work will be evaluated for 100 marks.

1st Semester

  1. GARD-501 :Geographic Information System
  2. GARD-502 :Satellite Remote Sensing-I
  3. GARD-503 :Global Positioning System
  4. GARD-504 Rural Development: Concepts, Practice, Policies & Programmes
  5. GARD-505 Project Planning and Management
  6. GARD-506 GIS Application in Rural Development and LAB Practice

2nd Semester

  1. GARD-507: Satellite Remote Sensing –II
  2. GARD-508: Spatial Data Analysis and Modeling
  3. GARD-509: Spatial Decision Support System for Rural Development
  4. GARD-513: Project

Elective (One to be Taken)

  1. GARD-510: Rural Infrastructure Management
  2. GARD-511: Natural Resource Management
  3. GARD-512: Disaster Management

Scheme of Evaluation

The evaluation system is designed to assess the student’s progress systematically though internal assessment as well as semester – end examinations. Following evaluations will be made for each course offered.

Theory courses

Assignments : 30 Marks

Semester-end final exam : 70 Marks

Total 100 Marks

Major Project

Dissertation : 70 Marks

Comprehensive Viva Voce : 30 Marks

Total 100 Marks


Dr P Kesava Rao

Associate Professor & Head

Education : B.E. (Civil); M. Tech (Remote Sensing); Ph.D (Remote Sensing)
Areas of Specialisation : Remote Sensing; GIS; GPS; Digital Image Processing applications to Land use Planning; Watershed development and Monitoring; Rural Infrastructure development; Resource planning; Large scale Mapping; LIS; Terrain Modelling and Change detection studies.
Email : kesava.nird[at]
Phone : (+91) 040-24008449
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Dr M V Ravibabu

Associate Professor

Education : M.Tech (Remote Sensing), PhD (Geomatics Engineering) - IIT Roorkee
Areas of Specialisation : Geospatial Applications towards Natural Resource Management, Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Rural Development.
Email : mvravibabu.nird[at]
Phone :
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Dr N.S.R.Prasad

Assistant Professor

Education : M.Sc(Geology); M.Tech (Remote Sensing & GIS); Ph.D (Earth Sciences)
Areas of Specialisation : Geospatial Technologies (GIS, Remote Sensing and GPS); Application of Geospatial Technologies for Planning and Management of Watersheds; Natural Resource Management; Infrastructure Planning; Environmental Studies ; Rural Water Supply; LIS; Terrain Modelling and Change detection studies; Large scale Mapping; Web GIS and Village Level Planning.
Email : nsrprasad.nird[at]
Phone : (+91) 040-24008539
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Contact Us

Dr S Jyothis

Professor and Head

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

National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj

Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-500030

TeleFax : 040 - 24008585

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