BA in Rural Development
BA in Rural Development is a 3-year undergraduate program, essentially involving effective implementation of substantial changes in the livelihood of people living in the rural areas by improving their quality of life and economic well-being. The course, in general, is used to denote the actions and initiatives taken to improve the standard of living in rural areas or remote villages.
Eligibility: The candidate should have completed higher secondary education (10 +2) successfully from any recognised higher secondary education board from any stream with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.
Admission Process: Most institutes and colleges offering the course admit students based on performance in a relevant entrance examination, conducted mostly at institutional level, followed by a round of personal interview. Some of the major entrance exams conducted in the country for admission to the course are:
- DU (Delhi University) BA Entrance Exam
- JMI (Jamia Millia Islamia) BA Entrance Test
- JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) BA Entrance Exam
- BHU (Banaras Hindu University) BA Entrance Exam
- Indian Institute of Rural Management (IIRM) Entrance Test
- Xavier Institute of Management BA Entrance Test.
A few institutes also provide direct admission to candidates on the basis of the aggregate score at the 10+2 level.
Colleges offering BA in Rural Development: Some of the top institutes offering the course in the country are:
- Institute of Rural Management (IRM)
- Xavier Institute of Management
- Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRD)
- Xavier’s College
- Christ University
- G.B. Pant Social Science Institute
- Kalinga School of Rural Management
- Madras Christian College (MCC)
- Hindu College
- Indian Institute of Rural Management (IIRM)
- Fergusson College
- Presidency University
- Jai Hind College
- KIIT Deemed University
- Tata Institute of Social Services (TISS)
Career Prospects: In India, there is a lot of scope for job opportunities for professionals of Rural Development, as India is a developing country and there is a large number of programs initiated by the Government of India for the development of rural and backward areas, where such professionals are in great demand. Some of those programes are:
- National Food for Work Program
- National Rural Employment Guarantee Act
- Sampoorna Grammena Rozgar Yojna
- Swarna Jayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojna.
Some of the job profiles for the gradutes of this course are:
- Area Executive
- Marketing & Sales Manager
- Research Head
- Sugar Analyst
- Territory In-charge
Academic Options: Graduates interested in pursuing higher studies in the discipline may go for courses such as M.A., Ph. D., M. Phil., etc. and other research related studies in the subject.