Post Graduate Diploma in Tribal Development Management(PGDTDM)

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.

To develop a committed and competent cadre of Rural Development Management Professionals in the country. Offer a range of courses that addresses key policy and management issues in rural development. Provide students with core development and management insights and impart analytical skills for planning and managing Rural Development Programmes. Develop students' capacities and infuse right attitudes, values and ethics.

Post Graduate Diploma in Tribal Development Management (PGD- TDM) Article 366 (25) of the Constitution of India refers to Scheduled Tribes as those communities who are scheduled in accordance with Article 342. According to this Article, the Scheduled Tribes are the tribes or tribal communities or part of or groups within these tribes and tribal communities which have been declared as such by the President through a Public Notification. 8.10 percent of the Nation’s total population (about 835.80 lakh), according to the 2011 Census, is what constitutes the tribal population of India. This population lives in concentrations in various parts of the country mainly Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and North Eastern States including Sikkim. However most of these tribal groups have been living in abject poverty since long. In this background, an acute need was felt for developing a well trained set of tribal development professionals who can bring about positive changes and improve the quality of life of the Tribals. However in view of the demand for distance learning courses in as much as to effort an opportunity to the students and working officials it was decided to start a programme on tribal development in distance mode. The Programme is titled “Post Graduate Diploma in Tribal Development Management (PGD-TDM)”. The enrolled students will have a unique opportunity to access the best learning resources for developing a strong perspective and high capability for developing and managing tribal development projects on their own.

The Programme is ideally suited for both working officials as well as fresh graduates. It has been designed under the excellent guidance of a Programme Advisory Committee. It aims to enhance managerial skills, research competence and self – development amongst the participants. Towards the final stages of the PGD-TDM, the student expends three months with a Resource Person in NGOs, CBOs and Research Institutes for preparing a Project Report.


The major objectives are to produce competent professionals who will:

  • Have a strong perspective and in depth understanding of tribal society and culture, ethos, demography, levels of development and contemporary socio-economic issues
  • Be able to assess relative merits of various approaches and strategies of tribal development.
  • Be well equipped to ensure mobilization and capacity building of stakeholders.
  • Have adequate skills to prepare and implement integrated development plan and projects for tribal development.
  • Be competent in project management and financial management.
  • Develop good understanding of tribal development administration with focus on ethics and values.
  • Develop good communication skills and capacity in document preparation and presentation.



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 Fee 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 documents/certificates their applications are liable to be rejected. Verification of all the original Certificates/ Marks Memos /experience certificates will be done at the time of I Semester Contact Session at designated Contact Centers. The students are, therefore, required to bring their original certificates when they attend contact classes. Students will be permitted to attend contact classes 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.

Admission of Sponsored Candidates : The Government Departments/Organizations / Institutions/ NGOs etc may sponsor their officials for admission to this Programme by duly forwarding their applications and paying full Programme Fee for their admitted candidates.

Eligibility Criteria : Graduation in any discipline from a University recognized by the UGC

Duration : 18 months

Medium of Instruction : English

Programme Structure : The 18 months Programme will be offered in three Semesters. First Semester will have four Courses of four Credits each and the Second Semester comprises three Courses of four credits each and third semester a Project work. The learning material for each Course has been divided into Blocks and each Block will have a number of Units. For each Course of four Credits, a student is required to spend 120 hours for self-learning including Contact Session (optional) and Assignment (30 Marks). At the end of each semester, there will be Contact Session (optional) at a Contact Centre, which will be conducted by well known Experts and will be followed by Semester end Final Examination (70 Marks). Each of the Courses and the Project work will be evaluated for 100 marks.

Student Support System :

  1. Self Instructional Study Material
  2. Contact Sessions (optional)
  3. Counseling sessions
  4. Assignment
  5. Library consultations and abstract services including access to J-store to tribal development projects
  6. Study Fora
  7. FAQs
  8. Regular uploads on the Website including Sessions, Assignments etc

Pedagogical Tools : The pedagogical tools include lectures, case presentations cum discussions in contact sessions study material, face to face interactions and counseling.

Chairman Advisory Committee :

Programme Director:

Dr Jyothis Sathyapalan

Professor & Head, Centre for Post Graduate Studies and Distance Education.

Last Date: Duly filled in Application Forms to be received before the due date as mentioned in the application form.

Note : Fee, once paid, will not be returned under any circumstance

Filled- in Application Forms / Queries to be sent to:

Programme Co-ordinator, PGD-TDM

Distance Education Cell

National Institute of Rural Development,


Hyderabad-500 030

Telefax : 040-2400 8585

E-mail :;;

Application Fee

Application Fee : (Rs.500/- for Gen/OBC/EWS, Rs.300/- for SC/ST/PH) to be paid through SB Collect, SBI.

Programme Fee

Students admitted to this Programme have to pay the Fee in three equal installments at the beginning of each Semester or as a single amount for sponsored candidates by the prescribed date mentioned in the admission offer letter.

Gen / OBC /EWS : Rs 16,500 ; SC / ST / PH : Rs 14,800/-

Mode of Payment

All payments should be made through online mode(SB Collect, SBI).

Course Offered

  1. TDM-501: Tribal Society, Culture, Polity and Economy
  2. TDM-502: State and Scheduled Tribes
  3. TDM-503: Tribal Development Administration and Management
  4. TDM-504: Tribal Development: Methods and Techniques
  5. TDM-505: Project Management
  6. TDM-506: Tribal Quest for Rights and Entitlements
  7. TDM-507: Human Resource Management
  8. TDM-508: Project Work


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]
Phone :
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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 Sonal Mobar Roy

Assistant Professor

Educational Qualifications : M.A. (Social Anthropology), PhD (Sociology)
Areas of Interest : Sociology of Education and Health; Culture and Tribal Studies; Social Exclusion and Inclusion related to Gender; Research Methods and Methodology, IT in Education and Health; Monitoring and Evaluation; Social networks and Crowdsourcing.
Email : sonalmobarroy.nird[at]
Phone : (+91) 040-24008540
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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

TeleFax : 040 - 24008585



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