Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Rural Development(PGDSRD)

Aim & Strategy

In view of rapid changes in communication and technology and increasing need of massive trained manpower in rural development, NIRD has established a Distance Education Cell. The Cell is mandated to initiate a number of programmes for capacity building of development personnel of Governmental Organisations, elected representatives and educated youth to function as change managers.

The sustainable rural development is basically the development which meets the need of present generation of rural people without compromising the capacity of future generations to fulfill their own needs. This entails sustained efforts to raise the quality of life of rural people.

The sustainable rural development is basically the development which meets the need of present generation of rural people without compromising the capacity of future generations to fulfill their own needs. This entails sustained efforts to raise the quality of life of rural people. Huge efforts are being made in India and so also other developing countries to develop their rural areas in order to reduce Urban-Rural divide by creating conducive environment for resource development and utilisation through up -grading knowledge and skills of the people to make the best use of available resources. What is required is large capable human resource who will function as change managers, which this P.G. Diploma Programme sets out to produce. The enrolled students will have unique opportunity to access best learning resources for developing strong perspective and technical capability for developing and managing rural development projects on their own. They will be trained to be professionals with difference.


To prepare competent rural development professionals who will be well-equipped with:

  • Concepts, approaches and opportunities of sustainable development.
  • Knowledge about the human and natural / non-natural resources and their sustainable use.
  • Knowledge about policies and programmes of Central and State governments pertaining to rural development.
  • Best practises in institutional arrangements for sustainable development in developing countries and ;
  • High skills to develop and implementprojects for application of sustainabilityconcepts to accelerate rural developmentefforts in India and other developingcountries.



The candidates selected for admission will be intimated by email individually. The list of selected candidates will also be displayed in institute's Website's News and Events column Only those, who pay the fees within the stipulated date are treated as admitted. Mere receipt of admission offer letter does not entitle any right to claim admission.Applicants who do not furnish full information and proof by attaching attested xerox copies of certificates and their applications are liable to be rejected. Verification of all the original certificates/marks certificates/experience certificates will be done at the time of Ist Semester contact classes at designated contact centres. The students are, therefore, required to bring their original certificates when they attend contact classes. Students will be permitted to appear for the Semester-end examination only after this verification. Until then, their admission will be provisional.

Reservation for SC / ST / PH Students :

In accordance with the policy of the Government of India, the reservation for different categories will be implemented with a provision for inter changeability between these categories,wherever necessary. Students applying for this programme should submit, along with their application, a copy of their caste/tribe certificate from a Revenue Officer not below the rank of Tehsildar/Mandal Revenue Officer.

Submission of Application Forms :

The application brochure can be downloaded from NIRDPR’s website( The filled in online application accompanied by a payment gateway for Rs. 500/- (Fro Gen, OBC and EWS) and Rs. 300/- (for SC,ST and PH candidates) towards application fee along with attested copies of required certificates as mentioned in the application form should be uploaded through online process.

Programme Coordinator, PGD-SRD

Distance Education Cell

National Institute of Rural Development,

Rajendranagar, Hyderabad - 500 030, India.


Students admitted to this Postgraduate Diploma Programme have to pay the fees in three equal instalments or as a single amount by the prescribed date mentioned in the email.

Gen / OBC / EWS: Rs 16,500 , SC / ST / PH : Rs 14,850 /-

Mode of Payment: All payments should be made through online mode(SB Collect, SBI).

Note: Fee once paid will not be returned by the NIRD under any circumstance. All disputes are subject to the Greater Hyderabad Jurisdiction.

Reimbursement of Tuition Fee for SC/ST Students: Students from the above category admitted to the Programme are required to pay their Programme Fee first and claim reimbursement from the Social/Tribal Welfare Departments of their respective States & Union Territories (UT) on their own The Programme does not take any responsibility towards rembursement of Fee.


Framework of Courses for Semesters – I & II

Course. No Semester Name of the Course

Rural Society and Sustainable Development

Block-1: Understanding Rural Communities: Structure, Culture and Polity.

Block-2: Development Theories.

Block-3: Sustainable Development.

Block-4: Rural Development and Poverty : Concepts and Strategies.

Block-5: Decentralised Governance.

SRD 502

Development: Methods and Techniques

Block-1: Approach, Theory and Methods.

Block-2: Quantitative Techniques.

Block-3: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods.

Block-4: Various Steps in Research.

SRD 503

Policies and Programmes for Rural Development

Block-1: Vision for India's Rural Development.

Block-2: Planned Rural Development.

Block-3: Rural Development Programmes for Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation.

Block-4: Vulnerable Groups and Rural Development.

Block-5: Rural Development and Quality of Life.

SRD 504

Resources and Livelihoods

Block-1: Livelihoods.

Block-2: Resources.

Block-3: Environment.

Block-4: Farm based Livelihoods.

ne Block-5: Non-Farm Livelihoods.

Block-6: Value-addition and Marketing.


Project Planning and Management

Block-1: Project Planning.

Block-2: Project Management.

Block-3: Management Functions and Conflict Resolution.

Block-4: Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation.

SRD 506

Stakeholders in Rural Development

Block-1: Rural development and its Stakeholders.

Block-2: Cooperatives and other Formal and Informal Organizations.

Block-3: Credit and Micro-finance.

Block-4: Conflicts and Conflict Management.

SRD 507

Appropriate Technologies and Practices for Sustainable Development

Block-1: Energy and Development.

Block-2: Water & Development.

Block-3: Rural Infrastructure.

Block-4: ICT & GIS for Rural Development.

Block-5: Technologies for Sustainable Agriculture.

SRD 508

Project : Guidelines for Formulation & Execution of Rural Development Projects

Block-1: Research and Action Research.

Block-2: Guidelines for Preparation of Concepts Notes and Research Proposal.

Block-3: Indicators,Case Studies and Evalution of Sustainable Rural Development Schemes.


The evaluation system of the Diploma Programme is designed to test systematically the student's progress in the courses offered, through internal assessments as well as Semester-end Examinations.

Semester - end Examinations: Performance will also be assessed through a Semester-end Examination at the end of each semester to be conducted at the contact centre, which will be evaluated out of 70 Marks. Student should score at least 25 Marks in the final. Only those students who satisfactorily complete the contact sessions(optional) (or submit their Semester Paper/ Lab Test in case of Foreign/NRI students who are exempted from the contact classes) and submit assignments before the stipulated date are eligible to take the Semester-end Examinations.

Internal Assessments (Assignments): Internal Assessment will be done through evaluation of assignment which will be sent along with the course material.The completed assignments have to be sent back to the concerned Regional Coordinator, by the stipulated date.They will be evaluated for 30 Marks of the total Marks

Project Report: All Students required to submit synopsis for their project to the concerned Regional Coordinator before the onset of contact session for the first semester. After approval of the his/her synopsis, student will work on the Project Report and submit Project Report to the Regional Coordinator. The student Project Report will be evaluated for 100 Marks, which will include Viva/Voice Examination during Contact Session for the Second Semester.

Examinations for Foreign Students / NRIs: Efforts will be made to conduct term-end exams for NRI/foreign students with the help of the Indian Embassies/Indian High Commission situated there. In case it is not feasible to conduct exams in the country of their residence, they should be prepared to come and appear for examinations at the National Institute of Rural Development, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, India.

Contact Sessions for Foreign Nationals / NRIs: All foreign nationals and NRIs staying abroad will be exempted from contact sessions on their specific request but they should submit a term paper on a specified topic at least 15 days before the commencement of the examinations. The theme of the term paper will be intimated to the students, if he/she applies for exemption well in advance. The term paper/lab test carries a weightage of 30 Marks.

Results: The final results for the Programme are determined on the basis of (a) internal assessment, (Assignments) (b) performance in the Semester - end examination, in the ratio 30:70. The final result in each course will thus be calculated on the basis of continuous assessment, in the following manner.A students is declared passed only if he/she secures a minimum of 40 Marks (Internal assessment,contact classes, and Semester-end Examinations put together) March course provided that he/she secure a minimum of 25 Marks at the Semester-end Examinations. Students with less than 40 Marks may appear for re-examination in the course concerned in the Semester-end Examination of next batch Candidates failing in any course/paper to appear in the subsequent Examinations

S.No. Test Types Marks
1 Internal Assessment (Assignments) 30
2 Term-end Examination 70
3 Project Report (Report + Viva) 100


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 & Head(i/c) for Centre for Development Documentation & Communication

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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Dr.S Jyothis

Professor and Head

Center for PG Studies & Distance Education (CPGS&DE)

National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj

Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-500030

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