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Rural Development (RD)

Rural Development is a one year, part time course with English and Gujarati as its medium of instructions. It aims to build the perspectives to develop skills in the students in rural development and to plan career for rural development in various ways like job, consultancy and project based activities. This course has been recognized by U.G.C. (University Grants Commission) and launched as Career Option Programme (COP) since year 2006.. This course intends to equip students with knowledge regarding Human Rights, Indian Constitution, understanding Indian Society, natural resource management, micro finance strategies for rural development, etc.

 

This course is St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad provides certificate for this course; it is recognized by UGC and Gujarat University.

Aims and Objectives:

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         1. Perspective building and skill development on RD: The student learns theory and acquires practical knowledge on ‘rural development’.

 

         2. Career building: The student can plan career for rural development in various ways like job, consultancy, and project-based activities.

 

1.      Importance of the course:

This course is of 300 hours (20 credits of which 1 credit = 15 hours) course. The course has inbuilt provision of theory and practice based learning with ration of 60:40, that is, 60% in class (12 credits) and 40% (8 credits) through practical experiences, such as field visit, exposure trips, interviewing government officials and interaction with non-government organizations (NGOs).

Eligibility:  H.S.C. passed candidates

  Course content:

   1.            * What is Rural Development (RD): In the context of development debate, difference between urban and rural development

 

          * Agents of Change for RD: State, Market and Civil Society, Various Interventions for RD, Role of NGOs in RD

 

          * Human Rights: International Human Right Declaration, Child rights in India

 

          * Indian Constitution: Indian polity, fundamental rights and duties, affirmative actions and safeguards for backward communities

 

          * Understanding Indian society: Characteristics of Rural Society, role of caste ideology and strategies for equity and equality, Panchayati Raj and Rural Governance, social issues

 

          * Natural Resource (land, water and forest) Management for RD: Rights, Management and Marketing of natural resources, movements for control over natural resources, rights of tribals over forest lands, interventions for water like watershed management and participatory irrigation management, interventions for land like land reforms, land improvements, managing salinity, organic farming and its marketing

 

          * Micro-finance Strategy for RD and Economic Empowerment: Rural Credit Cooperative Societies, Self-Help Groups and role of micro insurance

 

          * Skills Required as Rural Development Cadre: Mobilization and Organization of people, training as trainers, Human Resource Management Techniques, Facilitation processes, Advocacy and Social Movement related activities

 

Till date 2 batches have graduated from this course (as of April 08) and 35 students have launched themselves in development sector.

 

Academic courses by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

The Ahmedabad St. Xavier’s College Society (TASXCS) has been running St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad. Under the newly launched ‘Convergence Scheme’ of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Xavier’s College has been selected as a Partner Institute to collaborate with IGNOU in reaching higher education to the doorsteps of those who never had a chance to be part of the Xavier’s College Tradition. Time flexibility, self reading education materials at one’s doorstep, counseling sessions and an affordable fee structure are attractive features of distance education; coupled with these, is the experience of learning the Xavier’s College way. TASXCS will conduct these courses in collaboration with Behavioural Science Centre (BSC).

The Behavioural Science Centre (BSC), with it’s long experience of working with grass-root communities in the areas of Development, Rights and Empowerment of the marginalized communities like Dalits, Tribals, Other Backward Classes, Women and children; has successfully trained cadre for the social sector over 25 years. BSC’s essential principle is to create and promote People’s Organizations and Cadre for Development Sector from the marginalized communities.

The following courses are being offered by TASXCS under the Convergence Scheme of IGNOU in collaboration with the Behavioural Science Centre and St. Xavier’s College from June 2008.

   1. Masters of Arts (Social Work - MSW)

   2. Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights (PGDIPR)

   3. Diploma in Women’s Empowerment and Development (DWED)

   4. Certificate in Human Rights (CHR)

These courses include the emerging areas in Development, Empowerment and Social Work for just and equal society. Students are equipped with necessary expertise to function as specialists, trainers and community organizers in addressing issues in society, especially with the marginalized communities.


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