Rural Development And Rural Management – Courses, Colleges , Placements

If you’re looking for a unique career, a study in Rural Development or Rural Management can be a very good option.

What is Rural Development and Management?

Rural development is study about social and economic development of people living in rural areas

managing rural resources effectively is very important for the development of society and country

A study or rural development and management helps you to address these challenges.

Why to study Rural Development or Rural Management?

In india 60 to 70% of population lives in rural areas and hence there is a great opportunity for people trained in this area to address these challenges and make a positive impact to the society.

This can be a very satisfying career and you know that whatever you are going to do will hugely impact the life of people specifically in our villages and tribal areas.

What are the courses in Rural Management and Rural Development

The courses available in this space are mostly post graduation courses which are equivalent to a master degree like MBA/Msc.

Hence the best way to study Rural Management or Rural development is to apply for post graduate courses in this space. We will list down some of the best institutes in this area. But first let us look at some prominent PG diplomas/degrees available in this space.

Career opportunities in rural management and rural development

Opportunities in this area exists in Government, NGO, Research as well as big corporates. Various roles which are available as listed below for example (these are only few roles which are listed as an example)

  • Researcher
  • Agronomist
  • Social worked
  • Project Coordinator, Project Manager
  • Rural Executive
  • Soil Analyst
  • Sugar Analyst
  • Marketing (manager)
  • Animal feed specialist
  • Rural Manager
  • etc

Average starting salaries are also good in this area with average starting salaries of 2 to 3 Lakhs / Annum.

Big companies like Amul, Cargill, Monsanto, NABARD, Tata Group, Mahindra group of companies, other national and international NGO’s etc recruit people in this area.

What are various courses available ?

There are Post Graduate courses, There are certificate courses and PHD as well.

Post Graduate Courses

Post-Graduates programmes in this area traine students to study the needs of the sector and apply the knowledge in rural development and management projects. Students also go through internship and training and are given a deeper insight into the actual rural scenario.

All good colleges have their own research cell as well as own placement cell. Students from these famous colleges are placed in well performing NGO’s and also get very good corporate job offers. Specifically from companies working in the field of agriculture, food production, Animal feed production, Milk and Sugar industry, Cattle feed, food processing, organic farming etc

The most PG famous courses in this space are

Course NameInstituteFull time / Distance/ ExecutiveAdmission Through
Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM)Institute of Rural Management AnandFull timeCAT / XAT
for selection process
Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Management(Rural) PGDMX(R) Institute of Rural Management Anand ExecutiveCAT/MAT/GMAT

For complete eligibility
Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development(PGDRDM)National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, HyderabadFull time CAT / XAT / MAT / ATMA/ CMAT
Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Rural Development(PGDSRD)National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, HyderabadDistanceOpen
Post Graduate Diploma in Tribal Development Management(PGDTDM)National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad Distance Open
Post Graduate Diploma in Geospatial Technology Applications in Rural Development(PGDGARD)National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad Distance Open

Other colleges offering courses in Rural Management and Development

Indira Gandhi National Open University
Bangalore University – Karnataka
Prin L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research – Mumbai
Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration – Pune

What more. Do you want to do research in this area. You can apply for Fellow program in rural management from IRM Anand. This is equivalent to PHD.

To know more about this program click here

You may also like : Career in Agriculture after 12th

I hope you liked this information. Do write back to me if you have any questions. Or leave you question / comments in the comment box below.

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