Department of Rural Development (Established Year: 1977)

About Rural Development

To promote higher education and to attain overall development of rural areas in terms of social, economical and cultural in the backward areas, the Government of Andhra Pradesh established Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University erstwhile A.U.P.G centre which was established in 1977-78 with two P.G Courses namely M.A Rural Development and M.A Economics. This is an interdisciplinary programme. The main objective of masters in Rural Development is to train students to become specialists in integrated rural development and focus on socio-economic and institutional aspects both in developed and developing countries. The aim of this programme is to build capacities to strengthen development and Rural Development work through a strong cadre of young professionals who will have a comprehensive grip on theoretical understanding along with analytical skills and experimental learning over the two years of the academic programme. India is the country having numerous rural areas. This will open a plenty of career paths for the candidates interested in this field. The course study helps the students to formulate a range of strategies that is meant to meet the social, Economic and personal needs in rural areas. The course study helps the candidate to identify the socio –Economic aspects of Rural Development.


  • To impart better education with values and transformation of knowledge from class room to common man.
  • To attain inclusive growth and reduce regional imbalances and income inequalities.
  • To bring awareness and conduct campaigns relating to women empowerment and remove gender disparities


  • To examine and analyze the factors contributing to the improvement of economic and social well being of people in rural areas on a sustainable basis with focus on the rural poor through project work and extension work.
  • To facilitate the rural development efforts with particular emphasis and focus on the rural poor by improving the knowledge, skills and attitudes of rural development through conducting class room training programmes, workshops, seminars, conferences and extension activities.

Succession List of Chairman, Board of Studies (BOS) - Department of Rural Development

  • S.No.
    Name of the Chairman
  • 1
    Prof. M. Chiranjeevulu
    Department of Rural Development
    2015-Till Now
  • 2
    Prof. M. Chandraiah
    Department of Rural Development

List of Teaching Staff of Department of Rural Development:

  • S.No.
    Name of the Head/Course Coordinator
  • 1
    Dr. B. Muralidhara Rao
    2021-Till Now
  • 2
    Dr. M. Ramesh
  • 3
    Dr. D. Tata Rao
  • 4
    Dr. G. Appala Naidu
  • 5
    Prof. P. Chiranjeevulu
  • 6
    Prof. M. Chandraiah


  • To organize and promote interest among the villagers in the utilization and consumption of different agriculture, animal husbandry and social welfare policies and programmes on local needs for supporting development process.
  • To make the students knowledgeable and skilful to help the society on awarding the rural development scheme.
  • To undertake programme for the poor, especially tribal, scheduled caste , women and children for their livelihood security.
  • Organize conferences, seminars, workshops and extension activities for the development of rural areas.
  • Undertake, aid, promote and coordinate academic and research on its own and/or collaborate with NGOs, State National and International development agencies.


  • The course has various advantages with regard to social upliftment especially in rural areas.
  • Interested candidates can undergo higher education programmes after completion of the course. Doctorate in Rural Development increases the chances to obtain a high profile job in future.

The candidate can seek and apply for jobs in public as well as private sector enterprises

Programme Educational Objectives(POE's)

  • To focus on the analysis of management, planning and policy-making issues in Rural Development.
  • To pursue career development in higher studies in the discipline of Rural Development and Economics such as M.Phil. & Ph.D.
  • To work in rural enterprises in form of policy makers, managers, analysts and consultants advising on operational efficiency and improvements
  • To provide employment in educational institutes, Rural Development Banks, trade centers, agriculture sector, dairy farms, banks, NGOs, research institutes, etc
  • To able to work in income and employment generating programmes, wage and infrastructure development programmes and area development programmes, etc...
  • To provide placements in national and international institutes like NIRD, RBI, World Bank, UNDP, IMF, NABARD, CESS, SERP, DRDA, DWDA, ITDA, etc.
  • To acquire knowledge to compete competitive examinations both in state and central level.

Programme outcomes/Course Outcomes:

  • To help in prediction, formulating suitable policies, simplify mass of figures, facilitate comparison of data, learn software programmes to analyze the statistical techniques.
  • To understand different categories of rural development policies and programmes and its impact on rural poverty and unemployment.
  • To inculcate about the scope, importance and sources of micro finance, SHGS and women empowerment.
  • To know the importance, structure, significance, resources of Indian rural economy.
  • To learn basic mathematics to analyze and understand economic problem to estimate Marginal value, rate of change, maxima and minima value, profit maximization and cost minimization, consumer and producer surplus, etc.
  • To know different theories of international trade and finance and its impact on Indian economy.
  • To understand the problem of rural sector, backwardness, income inequalities, regional imbalances, gender disparities and remedial measures.
  • To understand the economic behaviour of consumers and producers at micro and macro level.
  • To analyze social structure, stratification, different theories and factors of social change on Indian rural sector.
  • To grasp the knowledge on the sources of public revenue and expenditure and its impact.
  • To acquire the knowledge on rural industries and entrepreneurship.
  • To appraise the value of participatory rural appraisal and conventional methodology in solving human problems.
  • To understand the impact of pre and post economic reforms on LPG
  • To understand the structure and problems of AP economy after bifurcation.

Faculty Members