Careers in Rural Management
A Rural Management program imparts specific management skills for managing a rural enterprise or co-operative. These graduates are regularly picked up by co-operatives, financial institutions, civil society groups (NGOs), and development & aid agencies (government & private). They are a much sought after lot even in the corporate sector in areas such as agri-marketing, rural procurements and retail. The profession is much in demand in our country for obvious reasons.India lives in villages and development of the country is not possible without paying attention to villages. Similarly from companies perspective, rural consumers have become an important pie in their revenue generation. Students who have been trained into this profession often have better understanding of the rural needs. As such they can help the developmental agencies/NGO’s with their work and at the same time work in the corporate and help them realize their target in rural areas.
Degree and Diploma course in rural management are offered by several management institutes in the country. Admission into these courses is made through all India entrance tests conducted by the institute concerned, which follows group discussion and personal interview. Many institutes also accept the student’s score in CAT. The minimum qualification to appear these tests is a graduation or equivalent degree from any recognized institute in any subject.
Career Prospects in Rural Management
Rural management students after passing out from the institute may get appropriate employment opportunity in government’s developmental agencies and Non-Government Organizations. They can also be hired on contractual basis to manage developmental schemes and programmes. However corporate run developmental agencies are favored destinations for a section of rural managers. Highly talented people can find lucrative job options in UN and its specialized agencies or program run by them. International NGOs are also a preferred destination for many rural managers. Rural Managers also can run their own NGO and thereby directly be associated with rural folk.
A fresh pass out from any rural management institutes can expect somewhere around Rs 8,000-15,000 salary per month. With experience in this field one can expect higher pay packages. Developmental agencies run by big corporate houses offer very high pay packages including other allowances like house rent and medical expenses. Independent rural managers running their own NGOs can get not only monetary reward but also popularity and prestige.
Institutes Offering Courses in Rural Management
Different Institutes in the country offer courses in rural management.Please click here for a list of institutes in India that offer courses in rural Management.