Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi

Ph.D Rural Development Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi

Also known as: IGNOU

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Course Details

  • Mode: Distance
  • Duration: 2 Years

Ph. D Rural Development is minimum 2 years and maximum 5 years distance program offered by Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.

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Admission Process

There is no entrance test for enrolment to PhD in Rural Development. The mode of selection is as follows: The candidate is expected to identify a topic for pursuing PhD degree in Rural Development, after thorough review of literature on the subject. The candidate then prepares project proposal on the topic, either independently or with the help of a local supervisor to be identified by the candidate. (A brief note for facilitating applicants to write PhD proposal is available under SOCE at IGNOU website). The proposal along with the application form is sent to the Research Unit, IGNOU. The Research Unit, after initial scrutiny forwards the proposal and application to the School of Continuing Education. The proposal is then subjected to initial examination by the Ph.D. Coordinator/in-house faculty and if found unsuitable, returned to the candidate with the comments and candidate is requested to resubmit. If the proposal is cleared by the initial scrutiny, or resubmitted by the candidate after incorporating the suggestions as mentioned above, it is then sent to an expert member of the Doctoral Committee for examination. The proposal along with the comments of the expert is then placed before the PhD Doctoral Committee for its examination and recommendations. The Doctoral Committee may ask a candidate to make proposal presentation before the Doctoral Committee, if it feels so. The recommendations of the Doctoral Committee are then placed before the School Board and subsequently before the Research Council.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Those possessing MARD with B grade are included as a category eligible for enrolment in Ph.D. Programme in Rural Development, provided they submit two papers on their chosen subject for Ph.D. and subject to their acceptance by the Doctoral Committee. 
  • Those who possess M.Phil in any subject, (other than Rural Development) may take three compulsory courses; namely; MRD-101 Rural Development-Indian Context MRD-103 Rural Development Planning & Management MRD-104 Research Methods in Rural Development.

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