IGNOU SYLLABUS Master of Arts (Rural Development) (MARD)

2.Master of Arts (Rural Development) (MARD)

School of Continuing Education (SOCE)

The discipline of Rural Development is of vital significance for understanding the development issues related to rural society. The syllabus of M.A. Programme in Rural Development is designed to include such diverse academic contents as are essential in the making of this discipline in the Indian context. An essential component of this programme is dissertation based on empirical research in rural areas.The programme will be useful to personnel working in various Government Departments/agencies, NGO’s, cooperative banks and other institutes engaged in rural transformation. It will also be beneficial for fresh graduates interested in pursuing career in the disciplineof rural development.

Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree or a higher degree from a recognized University.

Medium of Instruction: English & Hindi


Duration: Minimum 2 years and Maximum 5 years; offered in both January & July cycle of admissions

Fee Structure: Rs. 10,800/- for full programme to be paid year wise @Rs. 5,400/- per year




Programme Details:
Course Code Title of the Course Credits
I Year (Compulsory)
MRD 101 Rural Development – Indian Context 6
MRD 102 Rural Development Programmes 6
MRD 103 Rural Development – Planning and Management 6
MRD 4 Research Methods in Rural Development 6
MRDP 1 Dissertation 12

II Year (Choose any five)
RDD 6 Rural Health Care 6
RDD 7 Communication and Extension in Rural Development 6
MRDE 101 Rural Social Development 6
MRDE 2 Voluntary Action in Rural Development 6
MRDE 3 Land Reforms and Rural Development 6
MRDE 4 Entrepreneurship and Rural Development 6

Total Credits 66

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