Rural Development

Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Dean Prof.K.Chandra Kumar
College University College of Arts, Commerce & Law- Departments / Centres
Established Year 1992-93
Email -
Head of the Department Dr.K.Somasekhar
Telephone No. 0863 - 2346566
Ph.D awards 07
MPhil awards 04
Courses Offered M.A. M.Phil/Ph.D. in Rural Development
Sanctioned Intake 25


Department of Rural Development has been established during 1992-93 academic year. It offers M.A Rual Development, M.Phil and Ph.D research Programmes. It is a field work oriented programme. All the students had to go to field work once in a week. Department had organized awareness camps in the selected villages to disseminate rural development programmes among the villagers. Department had organized National/ International / Workshops on various themes of Rural Development.

Particulars of Teaching staff

Name of the teacher Designation Qualification
Dr. V. Divya Thejomurthy Associate Professor M.A., B.Ed., M.Phil.Ph.D.
Dr. K. Somasekhar Associate Professor M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D

Details of MOU

University /Institute/Industry MOU entered
Date of signing of MOU
Purpose of MOU
ASSIST, Chilakaluripet.
22 Feb, 2003
Manasika Vikasa Kendram, Vijayawada.
24 Feb, 2003
S.P.Rural Poverty Reduction Programme (Project Director, Velugu, Vijayawada.)
27 Feb, 2003
Research Activities    
Apart from producing M.Phil / Ph.Ds Department has undertaken Majar Research Projects and Minor Research Projects with the financial Assistance of DRDA, Guntur and UGC ICSSR New Delhi, Faculty has provided consultancy services to NGOs in imparting training to the staff. It also organized awareness camps to disseminate information an rural development programmes in the selected villages. Faculty members of rural development has participated in the National and International seminars across the country and abroad and presented various papers on rural development Faculty has also chaired the technical sessions in the National and International seminars and also delivered invited Talks.
Academic Achievements    
? Department brought out 3 Edited volumes ? Department organized International National Seminars ? 70% of the students got placement in NGOs and Government organization connected to Rural Development ? Faculty has received Best Research paper Awards.