Department of Rural Development Studies

Department of Rural Development Studies

Department of Rural Development Studies

Department of Rural Development Studies

Dr. Tapati Bhadra (Banerjee)

Head of the Department Assistant Professor

Rural Development has been given immense importance during the last couple of decades by the Government, both central and state, particularly in the process of development of economy by implementing huge number of policies and programmes. After 73rd Constitution Amendment Act, 1992 various functions (as specified in eleventh schedule) are now being done by the rural local governments. As a result the rural institutions as well as the organizations involved in the development process of the economy need well educated professionals to get success of the goal as envisaged. The present department of rural development studies, erstwhile INSPARC, was established against the backdrop of the above in the year 2003 under the faculty of Engineering Technology and Management University of Kalyani. It has two-fold objectives: promotion of academic advancement in general and rural development in particular on one hand and the teaching as well as training of students who will capable of taking challenges in the real world of the rural sector in our country on the other. At present, the department offers two-year Post Graduate programme in Master of Rural Studies and Ph.D programme under the faculty of Arts and Commerce.

Programmes offered

Sl. No. Programme Duration Intake capacity Admission criteria
1 Master of Rural Studies 2 Years 20

B.A.(Hons)/B.Sc.(Hons)/B.Com (Hons) in any subject from any UGC recognized

2 Ph.D 3-6 years As per the available vacancy

Through Research Entrance Test(RET)

Faculty Profile(Alphabetical Order)

Udaybhanu Bhattacharyya
Udaybhanu Bhattacharyya Click here for details
Sudipta Sarkar
Sudipta Sarkar Click here for details
Tapati Bhadra (Banerjee)
Tapati Bhadra (Banerjee) Click here for details

Department Details

  • Panchayati Raj and Governance;
  •  Local government accounting, budgeting and financial management;
  • Decentralised planning through participatory approach
  • Contemporary developmental issues related to local governments, both rural and urban.
  • Issues on Rural and Women Entrepreneurship,
  • Issues on NGOs and Local Governments
  •  Issues on Micro Finance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Development
  •  Rural development and livelihood issues,
  • Gender and women development,
  • Social Sector development.
  • The Department has well decorated buildings with modern classroom set up
  • Central Library facility with a good number of relevant books, national and international journals are available for ready reference.
  • A separate Computer Lab facility is available for students
  • Hostel facilities are available for both boys and girls
  • Internet and wi-fi facility also available in the Department.

Ongoing: ‘Enhancement of Managerial Skill of Members of Women SHG Clusters’, Under Rusa Component 10 (Entrepreneurship and Career Hub)

Completed: ‘An Assessment of Status of Financial Inclusion among Tribal Households in Selected Backward Districts of West Bengal and Odisha’, under ICSSR IMPRESS

  1. Full Time: Number
  2. Part Time: Number: 2(Two)