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Amarpurkashi Project in India: Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Resource Management

students in a tutorial

students in a tutorial

students attending a lecture in the open air

the college is set in beautiful grounds

Gramodaya degree college building

the degree college

Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Resource Management in India

This innovative course is based on 50% socio-economic case studies, and prepares value-enriched managers and executive officers to be sought after by international development funding agencies, UN developmental programmes, multinational and private farm houses, large and medium industries, voluntary developmental organisations and their national and regional networks, district and block panchayats and large cooperatives.

Students not only learn about rural economics, resources and problems but they also go out into the field, working with selected village families to formulate feasible proposals to help solve their difficulties. Thus students learn both the theory and the practice of sustainable rural development. After graduation, these students will be well-equipped to take up jobs in rural industries and government departments or to set up their own enterprises. This is a 1-year course followed by a 1-year placement in a recognised NGO.

The first batch graduated in October 2003 with outstanding results. All eight students passed, five with First Division and three with Second. All eight students have obtained jobs in respected NGOs and are earning good salaries. Six students gained 1st division in 2003/4 and the students from 2004/5 all passed too. The course did not run in 2005/6, but but has run successfully every year since.

The course is given by the Gramodaya College and Research Institute, affiliated to MJP Rohilkhand University.

The degree college is set in beautiful grounds where pupils can study outside in the winter sunshine or, in summer, inside in the cool, spacious lecture rooms. It boasts a large, well-stocked library with subscriptions to over 30 journals and four daily newspapers in Hindi and English as well as text books for all subjects and a wide range of English and Hindi novels. The library opens daily from 6.30 to 8.30 morning and evening for private study under the supervision of a resident lecturer. It is also open from 10 am until 4 pm every day for regular students to use. Residential students have access at all times. There is also a computer laboratory which includes a section for typewriters which students can practise on at any time and a specially constructed cubicle for modern computers.

Entry qualification:
Graduate of any Indian university established under prescribed statutes and laws.
Interest in figures preferred.


For more information about Gramodaya College and about the course, see Gramodaya College website

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