Centre for Studies in Rural Development


Rural development, one of the prime agenda of development programmes and policies has been always an attention of the academicians and concerned institutions. Keeping this view in mind and hoping for a better livable and lovable India, Dibrugarh University, the easternmost university of India has been trying to impart rural development awareness and knowledge among the selected students. Centre for Studies in Rural Development (CSRD) is a specialized way to that premier goal. It’s an inclusive way to teaching, learning, experiencing and expanding knowledge education and understanding of Rural India, the Real India. The Centre is continuously trying to give students not only the concerned knowledge and degree but also implanting the culture of rural responsibility and indomitable servicing spirit among the eager young hearts for a developed future.
As a self financing centre CSRD has already completed its successful six years starting from September 6, 2007. The passed out students have been successfully established in different government and non-government organizations and educational institutions. Besides many of them have been undertaking different rural based entrepreneurial works independently and generating further employment opportunities along with gainful self employment. The centre is well endowed with efficient, enthusiastic and trained teaching stuff. The main premise of the centre is located in the second floor of the building of Economics Department of Dibrugarh University.



M.A. in Economics (Specialization-Agricultural Economics) Agricultural Economics and Rural Development.

Programmes Offered
The centre is currently offering a one year PG Diploma course in Rural Development (PGDRD). The programme provides comprehensive knowledge and understanding about the concept of rural development, development initiatives in India and socio-economic factors affecting the transformation of rural sector. The course curriculum is designed to impart an integrated understanding and firsthand experience of the crucial dimensions of rural development. It aims at developing skills relating to planning formulation, monitoring and evaluation of rural development projects and programmes with special emphasis on the economy of the North East India in general and Assam in particular. Besides, the programme also gives special emphasis on farm management study.

Programme Eligibility Criteria
Candidates, who have passed the Bachelor Degree Course in any stream (excluding fine Arts) from this University or any other University recognized by the UGC with at least 45% marks, will be eligible for admission to the PGDRD course. Relaxation of 5 percent marks for scheduled caste/scheduled tribes/other backward classes (including MOBC) candidates shall be as per existing rules of the state government.The selection will be made on the basis of merit. Candidates must also fulfil the conditions regarding age as per rules formulated by the university/government from time to time.

The PGDRD course duration is one year.

Intake Capacity
Intake capacity is 45 with the provision of reservation seat for sponsors. Dibrugarh University reserves the right to increase the intake capacity.

Programme Objectives
1. To create a pool of confident manpower to take up key responsibilities in the development of rural areas in particular and our nation in general.
2. To develop entrepreneurial ability among the youth so as to use the local available resources in an efficient way.
3. To create awarness on health care, hygiene, sanitation, education, modernisation of agriculture, child welfare, women empowerment etc. in rural areas.
4. To induce leadership quality in the learners and motivate them for self employment.
5. To increase awarness among the people about the various rural development schemes and about the role of PRIs, DRDA, NGOs etc.

Other Information
Seminars and Group Discussions
Lively and conceptual seminars and Group Discussions (GDs) are an important aspect of the course curriculum. Seminars and GDs on various topics are encouraged among the students. Presentation by both individuals and groups are directed towards improving the student’s communication skills and personality.

Field Visit
As a part of the academic curriculum, field visit is compulsory for the students. Students are taken to various places in order to have practical knowledge and first hand information on various rural development issues, problems and activities.

Project Work
To make the course applied in nature each student has to undertake a project work on different issues and problems relating to rural development/rural sector. It gives students the vital initiatives as well as incentives for upgrading their researching capabilities in the field of rural areas. Further through this project work students get a chance to come in contact with different organisations working in the field of rural development.

Visiting faculties
Experts from different institutions/organisation/universities/govt. dept. are invited to impart their respective knowledge in the concerned fields of rural development to enlighten the students.

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1. In the last session 2013-14, the CSRD,Department of Economics, Dibrugarh University has completed field work on two broad areas of Rural Development-

(a) Credit and Saving Behaviour of Rural Households.
(b) Economics of Vegetable Cultivation.

2.Under Project Works of the course PGDRD, the students have worked on different areas of rural development. The soft copies of some the selected works will be available in September. 

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