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Updated on 11 Jun, 2015

Doctor of Philosophy in Rural Development (PHDRD)

Minimum Duration: 2 Years
Maximum Duration: 5 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 14,000
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


(i) 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.

(ii) Those who possess M.Phil in any subject, (other than Rural Development) may take three compulsory course; namely;

  • MRD-101 Rural Development-Indian Context
  • MRD-103 Rural Development Planning & Management
  • MRD-104 Research Methods in Rural Development

However, the Doctoral Committee may exempt a candidate from taking the Research methodology course, if they feel so.

(iii) Those from other streams (other than Rural Development) not having M.Phil will have to undergo three compulsory courses and also submit two papers as outlined in item (i) above.


Mode of Selection


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 PhD 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.

The doctoral studies programme in Education aims at training professionals in education in the skills and competencies related to systematically organizing investigations into various concerns and problems in education. To begin with, the programme is offered mainly to those who possess the degree of MPhil (Education). This programme consists of only thesis work and involves no course-work.