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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.

Selection of Candidates for Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management)PGDM (RM) Approved by AICTE, New Delhi


Bachelor's degree (minimum three years duration) with minimum 50% marks (45% marks for SC / ST and PWD candidates) or equivalent grade are eligible to apply.

Valid Score in CAT / XAT / MAT / ATMA/ CMAT for 2019 admissions. The weightage of the scores are is as follows:

  • CAT-1.5
  • XAT- 1.5
  • MAT-1.2
  • ATMA-1.2
  • CMAT1.2

Students who are in the final year and expect to complete all the requirements before June, 2019, may also apply.

Selection of Candidates

Should have valid score in any of the qualifying exams: CAT / XAT / MAT / ATMA/ CMAT during the year 2019 have to apply through online from in web portal i.e.

Two years

Selection Process

The students will be selected on the basis of valid scores in CAT / MAT/ XAT / ATMA/ CMAT followed by a Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

Candidates who are interested for admission into the NIRDPR-PGDM (RM) and don't possess any of the test scores viz. CAT / MAT / XAT / ATMA or CMAT are encouraged to write the ATMA test for this year.

Selected Candidates will be invited for Group Discussion and Personal Interview at NIRD&PR, Hyderabad. No TA / DA will be paid for any candidate attending the group discussion and personal interview.


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

Fee Structure

Trimester wise PGDM - RM : Admission Fee & Other Fee details
S.No. Particulars Confirmation fee 1st Trimester 2nd Trimester 3rd Trimester 4th Trimester 5th Trimester 6th Trimester
1 Seat Registration Fee 20,000 - - - - - -
2 Boarding & Lodging - 25,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000
3 caution Deposit - 10,000 - - - - -
4 Tuition fee - 40,000 60000 60000 60000 60000 60000
Total 20,000 75,000 95,000 95,000 95,000 95,000 95,000

How to Apply?

  • Applications are to the submitted by online only at Downloaded application shall not the accepted.

Before applying the candidates must have the following in hand:

  • A valid Registration/Application Number of any one of the Management Admissions Tests(CAT/XAT/MAT/ATMA/CMAT)
  • Valid and active personal Email-Id
  • Valid Mobile Number for verification and future correspondence
  • A Application fee in the form of Demand Draft of Rs.400/- (Rs.200/- for SC/ST and PWD candidates) the same is to be posted to Coordinator (Admissions), Centre for Post Graduate Studies and Distance Education, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-500030 mentioning the details of your on line Application Number, Name and Mobile Number on back side of the DD before sending.
  • Last date for online submission is 10th April, 2020. Applications received after the last date shall not be accepted.
  • NIRDPR 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.

Internal Faculty

Dr S Jyothis

Professor & Head

Education : Ph.D. (Economics) Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, M.Phil (Economics) University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
Areas of Specialisation : Wage Employment and Natural Capital (Biodiversity, Fishery, Forestry).
Email : jyothis.nird[at]
Phone : 040-24008463
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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]
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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 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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External Faculty

S.No Name Affiliation
1 Dr. Anthony Patrick Associate Professor, Department of Commerce and Business Management, Osmania University
2 Mr. G. Muralidhar CEO, Akshara Foundation
3 Prof. R. Siva Prasad Former Professor & Head, Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad
4 Prof. B. Raja Shekhar Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad
5 Dr. N.V.N. Chary Reader in Commerce Kakatiya Govt. College
6 Dr. Prajna Paramita Mishra Assistant Professor, University of Hyderabad
7 Prof Sushanta Kumar Mohapatra Professor, ICFAI Business School
8 Dr. E. N. Reddy Former General Manager, NDDB
9 Dr. K. V. Raju Former Director, DMI, Patna
10 Dr. G. Krishnamurthy Former Professor, IRMA
11 Ms J Padma Communication Expert
12 Prof K. Prathap Reddy Former Director, IRMA

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.

Contact Us

Dr S Jyothis

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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