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Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development (PRDRD) is a 1 year course that focusses on training learners to become equipped professionals in the field of Rural Development. The program involves complete know-how and research that covers all aspects of Rural Development.

The course is structured in a way that integrated knowledge of how to plan strategies for development and management of rural areas and their implementation is provided to the students. For students, who have a zeal to work in Rural Cooperatives and Development Organizations, this is the right course.

The approximate tuition fee of Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development is approximately 1.6 lakhs for General category and 1.5 lakhs for SC/ST.

Students participating in this course get well placed in Local, National and International Cooperatives, NGOs, development organizations and Funding Agencies.

What is Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development (PRDRD) about?

Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development is all about making students aware of the different domains that need assistance in Rural Development so as to formulate and evaluate better functioning of the rural areas and providing better amenities to the habitats of those areas.

The program aims at imparting knowledge on technical skills required for managerial support and anticipation of Rural progress.

PRDRD also takes the topics like socio-economics, governance, project planning and management, financial management into account.

Developing in house rural organizations and enterprises by making strategies to acquire funds is also taught in Post Graduate Diploma program in Rural Development.

PGDRD is recognized as equivalent to Master’s degree in Rural Management by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and is approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).


The duration of this course is 1 year (2 semesters), in some colleges there is one semester more which is the training or internship period.

Who should opt for Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development?

India being a country of villages and farmers, there is a need to develop a large part of the country as yet, which in turn would contribute to nation’s development. So, this course is for everyone who is concerned about nation’s growth and the rural community.

Anyone who possesses leadership skills, ability to handle masses and a friendly attitude can opt for this course.

What do you learn?

Students are taught to interact with the beneficiaries and local administration in order to get approval for their project, prepared for the betterment of the rural community. In addition, they are also taught to make presentations that have relevant research and facts to present to the agencies that would provide funds for the progression of their projects.

Students learn about the issues and their causes that need to be resolved which include making the rural areas sustainable.

Spontaneous and dynamic ways are to be introduced every now and then in this field, to earn more and more profits that this program also provides training for.

The main objectives of the program are making students aware of the concepts, approaches and opportunities of sustainable development. In addition knowledge about the human and natural/ non- natural resources and their sustainable use is also an integral part of the course structure.

High skills to develop and implement projects is also a main objective covered in this course.

Where to study?

There are a number of colleges that offer Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development. Some of the top colleges in India are:

·        National Institute of Rural Development, NIRD, Hyderabad 

·        Centre for Distance Education University of Hyderabad, CDEUH, Hyderabad 

·        HDF School of Management, HDFSM 

·        Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, MGAHV, Wardha 

·        Aastha Institute of Management and Technology

·        Dibrugarh University

Eligibility Of the Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development

The basic eligibility for PGDRD is a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Some colleges like Pondicherry University,Pondicherry, University of North Bengal, Darjeeling ask for at least 50% marks in Undergraduation.

How to Get Admission in Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development

The Admission Process for the post graduate diploma in Rural Development is as follows:

  • Fill in the Application Form 
  • Clear the entrance exam 
  • Clear the GD/PI round
  • Admission to the Program

The National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) conducts an All India Entrance Exam, which is followed by a Group Discussion Round and Personal Interview round. The various parameters that are tested in this examination is:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • English Comprehension
  • Communication Ability
  • Analytical Ability

Some Seats are reserved for International In-Service candidates. They should apply through the Secretariats of AARDO and CIRDAP. Candidates are selected on the basis of the above mentioned parameters including the 3 stages of admission test, group discussion and personal interview.Colleges like Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, St. Peter's College, Kolkata have the same way of application, but written examination is different.

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