Rural management is the study that relates to planning, organizing, directing and controlling of co-operatives, agri-business and allied fields. It includes the knowledge of management studies and applying it in the rural context and the most of the courses in this field are designed in a way in which the concepts are applied in real life through training in rural areas through diverse case studies and interaction with rural people. Rural development has been the prime focus of our Government since the attaining of independence. Apart from the Government of India, many voluntary agencies and private companies are also supporting rural development and rural management.
INSTITUTIONS AND COURSES
A prestigious institute named Indian Institute of Rural Management has been setup by the Government of India at Anand in Gujarat so as to cater to the growing needs of professionals in rural management. The course is of 2 years duration and is divided into 4 semesters. The minimum qualification to qualify for the written exam conducted by the institute is graduation with fifty percent marks. The common general knowledge and the mathematical ability of the students are tested in the entrance exam. Additional knowledge about rural management is advantageous for the aspirants as it is used to check whether they are genuinely interested to pursue the course. The entrance test is the first stage after which there is interview which is conducted as a formality. After the successful completion of the course, students are placed with the Government of India’s Rural Development Projects or with some voluntary agencies or with any international level Non-Governmental Organization or NGO’s. The other options for a Rural Management Professional are the research institutes. The Rural Management Professional’s main work is the planning of systematic development of the region where one is working. Secondly, the person is expected to gather necessary data on several topics like illiteracy rate, nourishment rate, development of women and socially relevant information. The entire development of any projects depends entirely on the rural development professional whose accuracy and perfection is very important. So, for all those who are deeply concerned about the nation’s development, a career in rural management can fulfill their desire.
Although, the pay package of this field of work is not as lucrative as that of other management professions, but there is tremendous satisfaction involved with work in this field. One can expect a starting salary of about Rs.8, 000 – Rs.15, 000 per month but the pay package may increase after you gain more experience and you could get a shift to a metro or city for planning and development work and it may be with higher pay package.
Nature of Work:
After passing out from the institute, a student is placed appropriately with the Government of India’s rural development projects or with some voluntary agencies or any international level Non-Government Organization (NGO). Non-Government agencies like Action Aid and Organization of Rural Development advices worldwide government for their rural development. Their function is backed by high-end research facilities and case study module back up for international sources. The countries like America and the United Kingdom provide many of the non-governmental organization funds. Their funding is further supplemented by some development work in the particular region. There are many institutions and projects which corporate houses fund the rural development. This gives the company some kind or brand equity and extra mileage. The other avenues open for rural management professional are the research institutes. There are also equal opportunities in agencies like United National and its subsidiary social research agencies.
For a course in rural management, irrespective of the institution, the entrance test is the first step towards screening. The next stage is the interview. Though the entrance test is open to all, but it is better proposition for the humanities students to go for rural development course. To embark on this course, you would do well to have acquired a basic graduate degree.