KIIT School of Rural Management, KIIT University, is a young institution established on 20th November, 2006. Beginning with MBA programme in Rural Management, KSRM has further consolidated its standing in the field of Rural Management. We have initiated the process of diversifying into short term programmes namely “Financial Inclusion” targeted at the State Livelihood Mission and “Basic Banking” to facilitate hiring of entry level executives for DCB Bank. This has been possible because KSRM’s approach placed equal emphasis on research to constantly update its knowledge domain to upgrade academics.

Besides research KSRM also relooked its experiential learning components of MBA programme to make it more objective and meaningful to the students as well as the host organizations. These experiential components namely Action Research Segment (ARS), Case Study Research Segment (CSS) and Management Traineeship Segment (MTS) allow the students to move up the learning curve step by step.

Our faculty members have put in extra ordinary effort to diversify KSRM portfolio beyond academics to consulting and Management Development Programmes (MDPs). KSRM faculty has worked on number of exciting consulting assignments which include areas like Comprehensive District Planning, establishing Value Chains in number of commodities, establishment of hubs in perishable products, Forestry, Land Governance and Coastal Livelihoods etc.

So far the MDPs are offered on customized basis. Soon we wish to make it a round the year activity. KSRM has made and imprint in disseminating the work done by our students and faculties through our in-house publications namely “KSRM Working Paper Series” and “Students Research Compendium”.

I invite younger generation to join this movement called ‘KSRM’ to become Change Managers and improve the quality of life of disadvantaged rural people in India.

Prof. (Dr.) L. K. Vaswani

Director, KIIT School of Rural Management

KIIT University, Bhubaneswar