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MBA- Rural Management (with multiple specializations)

In view of the burgeoning demand for development professionals who can hit the ground running in a variety of sectors, the MBA in Rural Management is committed to developing a cadre of trained professional managers who are capable of managing rural development organizations and programme's, both in the public and the private sectors.

The primary objective of the coursework is to facilitate integrative learning in the deepest sense of the term, so that graduates are able to walk into professional roles with ease, and play a vital role both at the operational and strategic levels in their jobs. Furthermore, the course will allow students to specialize in domains such as Financial Inclusion, Rural Health, and Livelihood Enhancement, all of which are areas of high demand.

Objectives of the Programme

The programme aims at preparing professionals for a challenging career in rural management for public and private sectors, NGOs, National and Inter-national organizations.

The Programme is Designed to Enable Students to:

  • Understand the concepts and techniques of modern management and their application in rural management
  • Develop skills in diagnosing and solving management problems in rural area.
  • Develop skills in planning, building and managing organizations in rural areas.
  • Develop consultancy skills in rural management.
  • Enlarge the outlook and vision of participants about the larger background and context of rural management in their practical process.

Structure of the Programme(Duration 2 years)

First Year

Introductory Courses

The Introductory Courses are non-credit course

  • Communication Lab

  • Essentials of Computers and Information Technology

  • Human Process lab

Core Courses:TERM-1 and 2

  • Principles of Management
  • Organisation Behaviour
  • Information Communication Technology in Rural Development
  • Understanding an Organisation
  • Communication Planning and Management
  •  Human Resource Management
  • Essentials of Economics for Rural Managers
  •  Development Theory and Praxis
  •  Quantitative Analysis for Development Practitioners
  •  Rurban Society and Polity
  •  Rural Marketing
  •  Public Governance and System Management
  •  Financial Accounting
  •  Financial Management

Experiencing Field Realities

Two Weeks of Field Work Preparation. This time will be spent on workshops related to ethnographic and quantitative research methods, reflective writing, and perspective building.

Six Weeks of Village Stay: Students will spend time learning about the ground realities of rural life, the changing character of the rural economy and culture, and will use their time in the village to document these experiences. Preliminary skills in research and writing will be developed through these experiences.

Two weeks of reflective and analytical writing on prescribed themes: On their completion of the village stay, students will analyze and share their findings.

These experiences and findings will be evaluated by faculty committees at the end of the term.

Summer Training

Each student works with an organisation, on a project for a period of a minimum of eight weeks at the end of the first year. The objective is to allow students an intense day-to-day interaction with organisations. Summer Training provides exposure to the student in working of an organisation in the real time. It also helps students to develop managerial skills and competencies, and facilitates an informed career choice by the students. At the end of summer training, they will be assessed on the basis of their performance during the period by way of report and poster presentation.

Second Year

Core Courses: TERM-3and4

• Rural Livelihood System

• Legal Environment for Development

• Gender and Development

• Agricultural Based Livelihood and Food security

• Credit Flows and Financial Inclusion

• Basic Services and Entitlements

• Production and Operation Management

• Strategic Management

• Management Information System

• Social Entrepreneurship and Ethical Leadership

• Data Management

• Corporate Social Responsibility

• Project Management

• Disaster Management

• Rural Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Dissertation and Internship

Each student is required to submit a dissertation involving personal research in his/her area of interest. The dissertation includes a critical review of literature pertaining to the specific area of interest, data collection and analysis on the selected problem besides other components of the dissertation. The dissertation must be completed in the Second year to qualify for the degree.

Specializations in MBA Rural Management

As the students reach the end of the third term, they will be required to choose any one among three “baskets” of specialization. They may choose from any one of the areas listed within the three baskets, each one designated as Management Domain, Development Studies, and SectoraI Specialization.

Domains and Themes

Management Domain (MD) Development Studies (DS) Sector Specialization (SS)
Organization Behavior and Human Resource Management Political Economy of Development

Rural Livelihood Systems

Basic Services and Entitlements

Rural Health,

Water Sanitation and Hygiene
Marketing Finance Banking and Credit Globalization and Development Corporate Social Responsibility


Tentative Courses for Specializations:

  • Managing Collectives
  • Natural Resources and Sustainability
  • Understanding an Organization
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Ethical Leadership
  •  Migration, Rural Urban Continuum and Marketable Skills
  •  Agriculture Based Livelihood and Food Security
  •  Crafts people, Production and Markets for Handmade Products
  •  Livelihoods, Quality of life and Well Being
  •  Disaster Management
  •  Credit Flows and Financial Inclusion
  •  Political Economy of Development
  • Globalization and Development
  •  Gender and Development
  •  Corporate Social Responsibility