Advantages of Distance Learning:

  • Study when you have time at your convenience
  • Complete the course over an extended period of time (2 years) if needed
  • Receive expert tutoring and advice through telephonic counseling/Skype sessions
  • Join anytime you wish open all throughout the year
  • Counseling sessions at campus once a year (you have to reach on your on to ICECD campus at Bopal, Ahmedabad and accommodation will be provided to you free of charge. Only pay food biils)
  • You will be given ICECD Diploma at the end of successful completion of course

But you do require:

  • Some computer skills and technology friendly attitude
  • Flair to think out of box and learn from innovative methods
  • Strong study skills, self discipline
  • Serious commitment of your time to course and study materials reading

Scope after Course

  • Develop better conceptual clarity and analyzed abilities
  • New learnings and experience of latest development management practices
  • Add to your knowledge and skills to advance your career prospects

1. EBM (Entrepreneurship and Business Management)

2. RDM (Rural Development Management)

3. NGOM (NGO Management)

4. SE (Social Entrepreneurship)

Course Objectives

The Entrepreneurship and Business Management (EBM) course aims to

  • Develop fast-track entrepreneurs as leaders and catalysts in various industry segments, equipping them with global perspective and contemporary knowledge in business and management.
  • Instill an attitude for employing creative thinking and generating original or innovative solutions.
  • Provide wide range of career options with flexibility to move across different functional roles and industries.
  • Develop skills for organizational and team leadership capabilities, to meet current and future challenges.

For Whom

  • Any person who wants to launch/join/manage small and medium industry or business unit.
  • Families owning businesses, who want to develop their potential successors (daughters / sons) or associates in professional skills for Business Management and Development.
  • Individuals, who already have an existing business, and wish to expand/diversify
  • Corporate sector may nominate suitable candidates.

Course Design

This EBM provides unique opportunities to students to start their own business/enterprises or to expand/diversify their existing/family business. The course would empower students to deal with intricacies of current industrial scenario, and develop their ideas into growth oriented business through five main concentration packages:

  • Integrated SME Management
  • Strategic Marketing and Communication
  • Leadership in Family Business Management
  • Corporate Venturing and Management for SMEs
  • Managing Growth

Course Objectives

The Rural Development Management (RDM) course aims to

  • Develop a cadre of sensitized professionals for Institutions (NGOs / GOs / Banks / etc.) skilled in assessing needs, conceptualizing, implementing and managing rural development, to achieve economic, social and political empowerment.
  • Sensitize students towards the need for development of rural areas and execute effective interventions for socio-economic development of the poor/ rural/deprived people.

For Whom

  • Any person already working or interested in working as Development Resource Person, Trainer, Facilitator, Decision Maker with NGOs, Government Departments or the Corporate Sector.
  • Any person working as or wanting to work as a professional in the field of rural / women development.
  • Developmental Organizations (GOs, NGOs or Corporate Sector) may sponsor their candidates to take this course.

Course Design

The Post Graduate Diploma course is structured to provide basic focus on conceptual understanding of rural and gender development for immediate practical applications. The course would enable students to become well acquainted with planning, implementing and monitoring developmental initiatives. The course would cover 5 main concentration packages:

  • Integrated Rural Development
  • Rural Economic Development Management
  • Social development Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Development Management

Course Objectives

The Non–Government Organizations Management (NGOM) course aims to

  • Develop knowledge and skills required for well managed, people oriented Non-Government Organizations.
  • Help in understanding and planning need based innovative development programmes to be implemented by GOs, NGOs, corporate.
  • Facilitate NGOs to contribute effectively in the socio-economic & political empowerment of the underprivileged.
  • Help adopt good governance and build institutional capabilities for NGO management and growth.

For Whom

  • This course will benefit representatives of NGOs as well as fresh aspirants who wish to enhance their managerial capabilities to perform better
  • Candidates sponsored by government departments or other donor agencies
  • Rural functionaries/community workers/ social leaders
  • Companies and corporate (managerial staff) involved with corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Course Design

The course covers concepts, theories, practices and international experiences of NGOs comprehensively designed to cover the following major subjects:

  • The role of NGOs
  • Development components of NGOs
  • NGO project management and development
  • Organizational capacity building and HR development
  • Sustainability, growth, change and development

Course Objectives

To create social enterprises which are addressing the issues related to development (whether social, economic or political) through distance learning. It focus on various aspects of how to start and manage a for profit social enterprise.

For Whom

  • Those who wish to create own social enterprise as well as create impact in development sector in society.
  • Those who want to earn and serve at the same time.
  • Rural functionaries/community workers/ social leaders
  • Companies and corporate (managerial staff) involved with corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Course Design

It comprise of detailed and comprehensive learning material covering a set of modules including:

  • Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
  • Development Initiatives
  • Development Interventions
  • Creating a Social Enterprise


The course will be implemented through self instructional study materials, assignments, field visit and counseling by expert faculties.


1 year.

Medium of instruction

The medium of instruction is English.


Students can enroll any time of the year. Application form can be downloaded from the website which needs to be duly filled and submitted along with a Demand draft for Rs.500/- in favour of ICECD, Ahmedabad.


  • Registration Fee of Rs.1,000/-
  • Course Fee of Rs.16,500/- (To be paid in one lumpsum or can be paid in two installments of Rs.8250/- each by cash or DD in favour of ICECD Ahmedabad; payable at Ahmedabad).
  • Examination fees are Rs.200/- per paper (To be paid before the due date of examination.


Graduation from a recognized university or its equivalent with minimum of two years work experience in the field of rural development, non-government organizations or similar institutions. Alternatively minimum work experience of 5 years in any organization.

Award of Diploma

The award of diploma is based on the assessment of field work report, assignments, project work and semester exam.

The past students comprise of youth from allover the country (Rajasthan, Orissa, Bihar, Gujarat, UP) as well as countries like Nigeria and Ethiopia. Today they are well on their way to fulfill their mission having been placed with prestigious National and International Development Organizations, Government Organizations, Corporate houses and NGOs, while some have started their own enterprises. Our students have been placed at organizations like

Some of the Organization:

  • Taleem Research Foundation
  • Helpage India
  • Supath Gramodhyog Sansthan
  • District Rural Development Agency [(DRDA)
  • Palanpur
  • Bhilwara and Junagadh and Bihar
  • National Rural Livelihood Mission
  • Water and Sanitation Management Organization (WASMO)
  • Aajeevika Bureau
  • Development Support Centre (DSC)
  • Motivation Engineers
  • Abhigam Consultants
  • Agakhan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP)
  • ICECD & many more…
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