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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 (Subject to Change)

  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Human Process Lab
  • Essentials of Computers (Elective)

Core Courses:TERM-1

  • Essentials of Economics for Rural Managers
  • Principles of Management
  • Culture and Power in Modern India
  • Development Theories and Praxis
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Public Governance and Systems Management

Term 2

  • Financial Accounting
  • Quantitative Analysis for Development Practitioners
  • “Rurban” Society and Polity
  • Managerial Analysis and Communication
  • Marketing Management
  • Human Resource 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 Week s 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.

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

Term 4

  • Financial Management
  • ICT in Rural Development
  • Understanding An Organization


Second Year

Term 5

  • Livelihood Systems
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Basic Services and Entitlements
  • Specialization (Course 1)
  • Specialization (Course 2)

Term 6

Summer Training

At the end of the first year each student works with an organization, on a project for a period of a minimum of eight weeks. The objective is to allow students an intense day-to-day interaction with organizations. Summer Training provides exposure to the student in working of an organization 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.

Term 7

  • Project Management
  • Strategic Management
  • The Legal Environment
  • Specialization (Course 3)
  • Specialization (Course 4)


Dissertation and Internship

Each student is required to submit a thesis involving personal research in his/her area of interest. The thesis 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 thesis. The thesis 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 Sectoral Specialization.

Domains and Themes

Management Domain (MD) Development Studies (DS) Sector Specialization (SS)
Organization Behavior and Human Resource Management Political Economy of Development Rural Livelihoods
Marketing Globalization and Development Basic Services & Entitlements (Health, Education, Water and Sanitation)
Finance, Banking, and Credit   Corporate Social Responsibility


Tentative Courses for Specializations:

  • Managing Collectives
  • Natural Resources and Sustainability
  • Understanding an Organization
  • Managing NGOs
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Ethical Leadership
  • Migration, Rural Urban Continuum and Marketable Skills
  • Agriculture based livelihood and food security
  • Craftspeople, Production and Markets for Handmade
  • 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