About the Programme

The Rural Development Practices (RDP) program will help in developing competencies, knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to work effectively as a change agent to add value to community development practice by exploring and coordinating networks and partnerships, conducts community-based research to inform interventions, aligned to relevant legal and regulatory frameworks, plans, designs and manages community interventions through the application of appropriate leadership and management styles.

The purpose of this programme is to prepare the learner to operate as a Community Development Practitioner while on the job i.e. learn while you earn. The program is offered in blended mode (online and offline) with continuous monitoring of the work assigned to the students (in service) by their host organization.Non-working students will be attached with one of our partner organizations for one year to complete their experiential learning in an organizational setting.

Theory classes will be conducted in the evening preferably over the weekend through online mode. However, admitted students have to attend the compulsory seven days on campus orientation programme at the beginning of both 1st and 2nd semesters. They may also be invited for offline classes in between the semester if and when necessary (that will be informed to students in advance).


  • Blended Learning (Online and Offline mode classes).
  • Classes will be over the weekends, in the evening.

Benefits of studying the programme

Do you want to work in the community settings or managing development projects, but don’t want to leave your current job to study? Are you currently working in this area and want to upgrade your skills and knowledge? Then this is the programme for you!

Programme Outcomes

  • Develop personal values and motivation as a community worker.
  • Capacity to serve in a variety of grassroots community organizations.
  • Expertise in community work roles ranging from planning, advocacy and organizing.
  • Work with groups to identify their own needs.

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