Rural Development: Principles, Policies and Management comprehensively addresses the basic concepts, elements, paradigms, determinants, policy instruments, strategies, programs, and management of rural development. The book emphasizes, in particular, the pivotal role of human resources as both a means and an end of development. New pedagogical featuers have been added in the Third Edition, including 'Learning Outcomes' at the start of each chapter, and 'Main Points' summaries and 'Questions for Discussion' at the end of chapters.

Rural Economy of India

Rural economy of India

Learning Outcomes

After having gone through this chapter, students should be able to

  • identify the major segments and indicators of the size of the rural economy of India;
  • list the major characteristics of the rural sector of India's economy;
  • illustrate the role of the agricultural sector in India's overall development and the reasons for its decline in the recent past;
  • examine the role of non-agricultural sector in rural development and list the major initiatives taken by the government for its development at a faster pace and
  • identify the major challenges and opportunities confronting the rural sector at present and in the foreseeable future, especially in the context of globalisation and liberalisation.


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