About the Programme


MA in Development Studies

The M. A. Programme in Development Studies is a multi-disciplinary programme and was initiated in the year 2009. The programme is designed to provide an understanding of various perspectives of development issues, through rigorous course works and guided research. The perspectives are drawn from different disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences.


The programme has a maximum of 48 seats. The admission is conducted through an entrance test for which the announcement is made around the month of February, March. We follow reservation norms as per government rules. The test is conducted in the month of June. A part of the test consists of multiple choice questions. The other part is descriptive. The areas which are covered are current affairs, contemporary economy, politics, society, as well as logical reasoning. Currently the only centre for taking the test is IIT Guwahati.

 The results are announced and the list of selected candidates is published in the departmental webpage in due course of time. Admission normally starts towards the end of July, after which the classes start. Information about eligibility and other relevant details are announced on the institute website at the time of advertisement of admission.



Announcement of Chaliha Foundation Scholarship


(i) The topper of the MA(DS) examination at the end of first year will be eligible for "Jadav Prasad Chaliha Award for Academic Excellence". The value of the Award is INR 20000.

(ii) The topper of the MA(DS) programme, amongst those students with yearly family income lower than Rs 4.5 lakh, will be awarded ‘Jadav Prasad Chaliha Merit-cum-Means Award’, with a cash award of Rs 20,000/- each.

(iii) In case the same student qualifies for both ‘Jadav Prasad Chaliha Award for Academic Excellence’ and ‘Jadav Prasad Chaliha Merit-cum-Means Award’, then the latter will be given to the student with the second highest CPI in that category.


Institute Silver Medal

The Institute Silver Medals, for Master of Arts (MA) programmes of the Institute will be awarded to each year to the student who ranks first, obtaining the highest Cumulative Performance Index (CPI) among all graduating students in his/her discipline in that year. In case of a tie in the CPI, the medal will be awarded to the student who has earned the highest number of credits with 10 grade points.








MA Course structure


MA Development Studies programme structure:


Semester Courses L T P C
First Semester HS 501 Essentials of Political Theory 3 1 - 8
HS 515 Introduction to Economics 3 1 - 8
HS 516  Study of Society 3 1 - 8
HS 519 Economic History of Colonial India 3 1 - 8
Elective I 3 - - 6
Total Credit 15 4 - 38
Second Semester HS 502 Development and Growth: Theoretical Perspectives 3 1 - 8
HS 503 Sociology of Development 3 1 - 8
HS 505 Research Methods in Social Sciences 3 1 - 8
HS 517 Comparative Politics of Developing Countries 3 1 - 8
Elective II 3 - - 6
Total Credit 15 4 - 38
Third Semester HS 504 Economic Problems and Policies in Developing Countries 3 1 - 8
HS 514 Agriculture and Rural Development 3 1 - 8
Elective III 3 - - 6
Elective IV 3 - - 6
Elective V 3 - - 6
HS 698 Dissertation: Phase I - - 8 8
Total Credit 15 2 8 42
Fourth Semester HS 699 Dissertation: Phase II - - 38 38
Grand Total Credits   156



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