MPhil – Eligibility and Application

Eligibility and Selection Procedure

                 A holistic understanding of socio-economic reality and of the various stages and levels of expertise involved in the formulation and implementation of development policies can bring about a sustainable, stable, and desirable development. There is a paucity of such personnel in India at present. It is in this context that the HSS Department has launched its multidisciplinary M.Phil. programme. The programme aims to educate and train personnel in various aspects of Development Policy in the Indian context. In the course of the M.Phil. programme, students will be trained to help steer national, state and regional plans.

Admission to this programme is open to those who qualify in MET/GATE/UGC-JRF/UGC-Lecturership examinations. A Master's Degree in Arts / Commerce (with 55% marks), or M.Sc. / B.Tech (with 60% marks with adequate background in the Social Sciences) is essential. Those appearing for the above exams may also apply. Those who are in service can apply as sponsored candidates. The selection will be based on the qualifying test and interview.

Information about MET

MET is a written examination of a duration of 3 hours conducted by IIT Bombay (with objective and essay type questions) to assess the candidate's general reasoning abilities and awareness of important concepts and theoretical and practical perspectives on development and planning.

Programme Objectives

The objectives of the programme are:

(i) To disseminate awareness and appreciation of the complexity of socio-economic interdependence and change

(ii) To increase the understanding of alternative development styles, policies and technologies

(iii) To provide various perspectives on micro level planning for balanced development

(iv) To examine the role of the new economic policy in the light of the overall plan framework

(v) To expose students to firsthand experience of the issues involved in development work through field visits

(vi) To train personnel for model building, analysis interpretation and formulation of development policies

Programme duration

The duration of the programme is four semesters.

Semester 1: 4 courses + Seminar I

Semester 2: 3 courses + First stage of the dissertation

Semester 3: 1 course + R & D project

Semester 4: Second and third stages of the dissertation 

Teaching Method

The methods of teaching and training include lectures, case studies, quantitative analysis and the use of computers for policy-making, discussion sessions, seminars, field visits to cooperatives, mini-projects, project dissertation and regular interaction with public/private corporations and voluntary organizations.

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