M.Sc Course

The study of rural economics, agribusiness, planning, organising, and managing co-operatives and companies in rural regions, as well as related topics, is referred to as rural management. For individuals who want to enhance the country's agriculture industry and make it a key contributor to the economy beyond farming, this profession provides a wide range of job prospects. In today's India, new technology is being used in every area to make better use of resources and increase quality and productivity. The agriculture industry is the only one that is falling behind. Masters of Rural Studies provides the most up-to-date approaches and procedures, which will help to develop the sector significantly.

The Master in Rural Studies is a master's degree programme in the arts. This programme is designed to prepare graduates to work in the field of rural development. Preparing students to create approaches for the progress of communities around the country, as well as visiting and resolving their concerns, issues, and obstacles, is critical. Masters in Rural studies is a post-graduate programme that focuses on rural development theories, strategies, and planning, agricultural concerns, rural industrialization challenges, fisheries development, horticulture development, and other areas of enhancing the income of rural people.

The programme attempts explicitly to:

  • The programme has been designed to provide participants a knowledge and hands-on experience with several facets of rural development.
  • Provides a comprehensive view of central government schemes/programs in general and state government schemes/programs in particular.
  • Develop competence in rural development programme design and management, with an emphasis on participatory development.
  • Students can work as Social Workers or Community Mobilizers in Rural Development Organizations / Institutions
  • Students can learn how to start a Small-Scale Industry in rural regions with the help of State Government Institutions.
  • Gain an understanding of rural development strategies and philosophies
  • Learn to develop rural development concept, indicators, and methods
  • Gain insight into other countries' rural development experiences by explaining diverse rural development projects throughout the pre-independence period.
Innovative Features of the Program
  • Global benchmarking, industry partnership and many faculties from the industries.
  • Ensure that all content areas have access to high-quality, standards-aligned programming.
  • The course is offered in both Gujarati and English.
  • Utilize pedagogical approaches aligned with current understandings of bilingual language and literacy development.
  • Obtain critical theoretical information in order to better grasp contemporary rural development concerns, as well as how to use this knowledge to successfully interact with communities and related organisations.
  • Develop crucial research and policy skills to help you advance your career and become a rural sustainability specialist.
  • Significant field exposure to give hands-on experience and action orientation.
  • Short and precise lecture content that gives a new prospective towards environmental sustainability.
  • Provides a diverse range of career options in a variety of fields. Individuals can work for the government, the financial sector, as well as private businesses and institutions.
  • It offers a variety of field-related job opportunities to its students, ranging from agronomist to researcher to rural officer and banker.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To get an exposure to a new rural area and the socio-economic condition of people
  • To provide knowledge from ancient to modern agricultural practices
  • To face the rural reality during the rural living and learning experience
  • To impart in-depth practical knowledge in crop cultivation practices
  • To cope with adverse situations during their rural staying at different remote parts of rural Bengal.
  • To provide knowledge on working of different farm implements
  • Detailed knowledge on various agri-business activities
  • To build the manpower for serving the rural community
  • To disseminate recent agricultural technologies through extension.
  • To have a hand on experience in some rural project related to their curriculum. The project work will be given by the organisation according to their requirement. The students will learn through this assignment while organization may be benefitted with the results of the project.
Scope of the Program

Students have the ability to work in a variety of industries after graduation, whether public or private. Postgraduates with an MA in Rural Development can work in a variety of settings, including NGOs, government organisations, academic institutions, welfare organisations, rural industries, the welfare ministry, and teaching. They can serve as Panchayat Officers, Village Development Officers, Rural Managers, and Rural Development Officers, among other positions. Talented students who complete the MA Rural Development programme can work as documentation experts for big global development service organisations and indigenous development analytics firms, as well as various private agricultural development enterprises and finance centres. Many private agricultural development enterprises, as well as government-aided Rural Development initiatives and Rural Development centres, employ MA Rural Development graduates.

Job Profile

Career options after completing masters in rural studies -

  • Analyst
  • Development Manager
  • Human Relations Manager
  • Project Head
  • Public Relations officer
  • Consultant
  1. Candidate wishing to get admission in this program need to apply at the website www.iisg.ac.in
  2. For other enquiries visit to www.iisg.ac.in
  3. Also visit www.gujaratuniversity.ac.in

Fee: 23410 INR/Semester

Duration- 2 year

Eligibility criteria

Only those students who satisfy the qualifying standards are admitted to the Master of Rural Development programme. Candidates must have earned a bachelor's degree. The training is open to people of all ages. Students must pass college entrance tests in order to get admitted to top government colleges in India for masters in Rural Studies.


The courses are delivered through a mix of modern teaching techniques such as Case Study Method, Lecture Method, Seminars, Field Visits, Group Projects, Role-Playing, Experiential Learning and simulated exercises to give the students an opportunity to learn by doing. The actual mix varies with the nature of a course. For effective learning, this requires students to play an active role in the class sessions. The students will be required to do a fair amount of practical work by the way of project work, field investigation and case analysis besides library reading and contact hours. Students’ participation in the programme inside and outside of class will be evaluated on a continuous basis.