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Centre for Rural Development

(Financial support from Science & Technology, ICSSR, UGC and NABARD)

The Centre for Rural Development was established in 1989 and it acts as a Nodal Agency in coordinating developmental activities to ensure overall Rural Development in the rural neighborhood of the University with the active involvement of the rural communities. The Centre also promotes research programmes in micro level planning, waste land development, employment generation, women and child development, health and family planning etc. The Centre is devoted to training young men and women to take up Rural Development as a mission.

Highlights of the Programmes
  • Functioning as a Rural Technology Centre to promote technical know how and skills
  • Organization of periodic field visits and village stay programmes
  • Achievement of total literacy in the rural community
  • Creation of Rural Industries through industrial co- operatives
  • Functioning as a central nodal agency in promoting integrated Rural Development.
Research Thrust Areas
  • Rural livelihood
  • Rural Energy
  • Rural Health
  • Environment & Water Resources
  • Sanitation & ICT
  • Rural Industries
Job Opportunities
  • Government Institutions: Colleges, Universities, Welfare Ministry, NIRD, NABARD, CSWB, SIRD, etc.
  • NGO’s: SEWA, RATAN, PRADAN-Child Line foundation - CINI
  • Industry : BHEL, SAIL, GAIL, ONGC, Coal India, Indian oil corporation
  • Corporate Bodies: Aditya, Birla, ITC, Satyam, Wipro, Jindal
  • International Organization: UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, World Bank, CARE, CRY, USID, Oxfam, WHO, SEEDS, UNIFEM, Water Aid, Action Aid



  • MRS Rural Studies (Five Year Integrated)
  • MRS Rural Studies (Two Year Integrated)
  • M.Phil. Rural Studies
  • Ph.D in Rural Studies (Full Time, Part Time & External)

The Professor and Head
Centre for Rural Development
Annamalai University
Annamalainagar-608 002
Tel: 91-4144-238 282 Ext.-346, 7368
Mobile: 9443665758, 9894985074
e-mail : mothermmr@gmail.com