Rural Management Colleges in India

Rural Management is a subject that is gaining prominence in India. With millions of Rupees being spent by the central and state governments for rural development programmes, there is a great requirement of professionals for managing such programmes.

Rural Management is a term coined by the Institute of Rural Management, Anand, which was the very first institute to train and prepare Rural Managers in India. Realising the importance of this course many institutes have now come up that offer post graduate courses in Rural Management.

Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA)

IRMA is the first name that comes to one’s mind while talking of rural management in India.IRMA was established way back in 1979 at Anand, in Gujarat, India. Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), the Government of India, the Government of Gujarat, National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) joined hands in establishing this institute with a goal of providing management, training, research and consultancy support to rural organisations and rural development organisations in India.

Programmes in IRMA


IRMA offers a two-year residential course which awards Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM). It provides placement support and achieves 100% placement with attractive salaries offered to its students.

Fellow Programme in Rural Management (FPRM)

FPRM is a doctoral programme the duration of which is between 3 and 6 years. It requires compulsory stay at the campus for at least 3 years. The objective of this programme is to promote research work in rural management and to develop scholars and teachers in this field.

KIIT School of Rural Management (KSRM)

KSRM was established in 2006 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. It is a result of the vision of Dr Verghese Kurien, the father of White Revolution and Dr A. Samantha, founder (KIIT & KISS). The two visionaries wanted to establish a rural management institute in the eastern part of India to contribute to its development and hence KSRM was established.



KSRM offers an MBA in Rural Management through a two-year residential programme. This course is divided into classroom lectures and field segments. The distinguishing feature of MBA-RM offered by KSRM is that it involves 3 internships of 10 weeks each which helps the students get a practical exposure to the rural development projects.

Financing Agricultural Value Chains

KSRM also offers an e-course on financing agricultural value chains in association with the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).

National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD)

NIRD is located in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. It is an organization of the Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India.


NIRD offers a Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Development Management (PGDRDM). The programme duration is one year (Three trimesters).

  1. Classroom component (14 weeks)
  2. Classroom (10 weeks) and rural organisational internship/Field Attachment (8 weeks)
  3. Classroom (12 weeks)


Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development Management is a flagship programme offered by the government institute.

FMS – Institute of Rural Management

Institute of Rural Management (IRM) or FMS-IRM is a premiere Rural Management institute located in Jaipur, Rajasthan. IRM is led by The Society for Indian Institute of Rural Management (SIIRM), a non-profit institution. IRM was launched in 1994 and has made a mark in Rural Management education in India since then.


IRM has designed the course for rural management leading to PGDM-RM with specializations in Rural Banking and Finance (RBFM) and Agribusiness Management (ABM). The course is spread across 4 semesters in 2 years

Admission is through Management Aptitude Test (MAT)

FMS-IRM, Jodhpur

This is another branch of IRM located at Jodhpur, Rajasthan. IRM, Jodhpur also offers a two-year post graduate programme in rural management and is a reputed institute which is promoted by CANGANS family and led by SIIRM just like IRM, Jaipur.


Rural Management graduates have a great scope to work for governments, NGOs, International Development Organizations, Commodity trading companies and many more. Most of the government programmes are implemented with the help of NGOs and hence rural management professionals are in great demand to handle the projects.

Disclaimer : This list of colleges is not exhaustive, and it is not a qualitative comparison of the institutes.

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