Central University of Bihar, Patna

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Centre for Development Studies


Centre for Development Studies

This multidisciplinary programme aims to train the students in critical reasoning, and also help them building analytical as well as practical skills to make them eligible to work in developmental organizations, be it international or national; government, non-government, financial institutions, banks for rural development, etc.; as well as for such professions as teaching.

The students learn to critically look at different paradigms of ‘development’ — theoretical perspectives as well as approaches — the contemporary debates, and also the research method (both quantitative and qualitative). This 80-credit programme includes core courses, courses on ‘method’, optional special courses, dissertation writing, and practicum in field-setting and summer internship. Among the taught courses are: ‘Society, state and governance’; ‘Development economics: Theory, history and experience’; ‘Research methods’; ‘Gender and development’; ‘Quantitative methods’; ‘Human development’; ‘Third world perspective of development’; ‘Socio-psychological and anthropological perspectives of development’; ‘Urbanization and urban development’; ‘Principles and practices of public policy’; ‘Contemporary development discourses’; ‘Environment and development’; ‘Indian agrarian system’; ‘Rural development’; ‘Demography and population dynamics’; ‘Industrialization, globalization and labour’; ‘Development communication’; ‘Strategies for social intervention’; ‘Public health’; ‘Micro finance’; and, ‘Food security and nutrition’. The faculty is drawn from various appropriate disciplines and all of them have considerable research experience.


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