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Ambedkar University, Delhi collaborates with PRADAN to launch an MPhil in Development Practice

The founding inspiration for PRADAN, that educated people need to engage in community development, has come to life over the past 29 years or so. This journey has ushered in over a thousand young people into a vocation they had perhaps not imagined they would pursue. To achieve this PRADAN has systematically evolved processes and curricula that enable such transformation. These experiences also lead us to recognize the need for an educational program that would institutionalize, legitimize, and bring rigour to such community-based practice. This would lead to creation of a new profession of rural development practice, and by creating a valued social identity for such a profession, draw well-educated youth to take up the challenge of transforming rural India. It would also enhance research excellence and contribute to the building of new knowledge. We were also clear that PRADAN itself cannot do it. As a place where practice can be designed, refined and rooted, it can be a champion but it needs an academic partner to collaborate in this endeavour. After a long journey, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) and PRADAN have started a two year inter-disciplinary praxis based MPhil Programme in Development Practice from 2012-13. The MPhil is not the traditional research based bridge degree, but a new scholar-practitioner interpretation given to it by AUD and PRADAN. The course curriculum for 64 credits has been mutually developed building on PRADAN’s experience.

This is supported by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) and Rohini Gadiok Foundation.

ELIGIBILITY: Masters with 55% in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Natural Sciences or professional degrees like law, agriculture, engineering and medicine with 5% relaxation for SC/ST/PD candidates.

ADMISSION PROCEDURE: The Application Form for the programme is available at:

SEATS: 20 (8 seats to be filled as per Reservation Policy of the Govt. of NCT of Delhi; 11 seats open to candidates from all over India and subject to Reservation Policy of the Govt. of India; 1 seat open to foreign national). .

FELLOWSHIP/STIPEND: A stipend of Rs 12,000/- p.m. and a yearly contingency amount of Rs 36,000/- to each student.

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