NIRDPRNational Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India; Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, Telangana-500030, has invited applications for admission to the  Diploma Programme on Panchayati Raj Governance & Rural Development (DP-PRGRD) to be conducted in association with University of Hyderabad, through distance mode. 

The Programme offers an opportunity to the elected representatives, Panchayat functionaries and others, to acquire additional knowledge and skills on rural local governance and will be offered

Eligibility: Applicant should hold Graduate Degree in any discipline. Current and former elected representatives of PRIs; Officials of PRIs, existing trainers associated with SIRDPRs/Partnering Institutions of NIRD≺ Academicians and students who desire to have knowledge on PR Governance; Retired and Current Government Officials and NGO functionaries are encouraged to apply for the programme.

Course structure: The program will be of one year duration (two semesters) with 28 credits in total. There will be 7 courses including a course on Project Work. One credit will be equivalent to 15 hrs of learning which include going through course content and working on assignments. The medium of instruction of the programme is English. The details of the seven courses are given in the Notification at

Those who are not in a position to complete all the papers in the two terms at a stretch can defer a term or a part thereof, provided they complete the programme within a total period of three years, including the year in which the students are enrolled.

Student Support Services include, Self-instructional Study material, Soft Copies of study materials to be sent by email; Contact Sessions; Assignments; FAQs and Regular uploads in the Website.

The topics of assignments will be given at the end of each unit and the participants have to submit the written assignments. Submission of Assignments is compulsory to appear for term-end examination. The assignments will be evaluated and awarded with marks by the NIRDPR programme coordinators.

Performance of the participant will be assessed through a term-end examination. The candidates should score minimum of 40 percent in the term end exam. Only those candidates who satisfactorily complete assignments before the stipulated date are eligible to take the term-end examinations.

Project Work: All the candidates shall have to submit a Project Report to fulfil the requirement for award of diploma. The participants are free to select the topic of field study / project work from out of the list of the projects prepared by the programme coordinators. The project report will be evaluated by a team of experts of NIRD&PR. The broad outline of the format and the method of field study will be explained during contact sessions. The maximum marks for Project Report is 100.The participants have to score minimum 40 percent marks in the project work.

Evaluation: The evaluation system is designed to test the participants’ progress systematically through internal assessment as well as term-end examination. The candidates will be evaluated for 100 marks for each course. The evaluation system will consist of 10 percent for the attendance during contact classes, 30 per cent assignments (hands on exercises) and 60 per cent for the semester end/ year end written exam based on reading and learning materials (Total 100 Marks).

Results: A candidate will be declared passed in the programme only if he/she secures a minimum of 40 percent marks in all, provided he/she secures a minimum of 40 percent marks in the term end examinations. Candidates with less than 40 percent marks in aggregate in any course may appear for re-examination in the next term-end examination. The conduct of examination, evaluation, declaration of results, issue of marks sheet, provisional certificate and other related matters will be as per norms of UGC Guidelines. After successful completion of the Programme the candidate will be awarded Diploma from University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad and the National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad.

Reservation: Reservations for SC/ST/OBC/Physically challenged students will be in accordance with the policy of the Government of India and the guidelines of the University Grants Commission.

Programme Fee: The fee of the One Year Diploma Programme on Panchayati Raj Governance and Rural Development is Rs 10000/-. Candidates admitted have to pay the relevant fee in two equal instalments or in one lump-sum within the prescribed date mentioned in the Admission Offer Letter. All payments should be made Online. Fee for Foreign Students/NRIs Admitted students will deposit a Programme Fee of US$ 1700 at the commencement of First Semester itself.

Application: Applications can be registered online at latest by 10th December, 2018.

Applicants should upload attested Xerox Copies of marks sheets, degree certificate and other relevant academic / professional record. Weightage in selection would be given only on the basis of certificates and transcripts that are attached. The Information Brochure can be downloaded from NIRD&PR’s Website

Application Fee: Application fee of Rs. 500/- (for Gen/OBC) & Rs. 300/- (for SC/ST/PH candidates) towards Application Fee has to be paid through the payment gateway.

Admission: The candidates selected for admission will intimated by post. The list of selected candidate will also be displayed on the NIRD&PR website. Only the applicants who pay the fees within the stipulated date are treated as admitted. Verification of all the original certificates will be done at the time of contact classes. Candidates will be permitted to appear for the term-end examination only after the verification of relevant original certificates, until then their admission will be provisional.

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