About School of Rural Management

The KIIT School of Rural Management (KSRM), KIIT University, Bhubaneswar came into existence with the laying of the foundation stone jointly  by  Dr. Verghese Kurien, Father of the White Revolution and Dr. A. Samanta, the Founder of KISS and KIIT Group of institutions on 20th November 2006. In the last 15 years of its existence, KSRM has emerged as one of the best schools in the country in rural management, through its imprints in teaching, research and consulting. Besides unique changes in the MBA (RM) Programme design, KSRM has now started diversifying its programme portfolio to certain niche fields in the development Sector. It started PG Diploma in Community Development (PGDCD) in 2016 and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in 2017.  To cater to the ever-growing need for professional managers of the Agri. business sector, KSRM has started the programme MBA in Agri-business management – MBA (ABM) from 2019. KSRM also has a doctoral programme, Ph.D. in rural management. This growth has been facilitated through the ever expanding base of its partner organizations, crossing 350 all over the country, which provide a learning platform to all the students.

The KSRM’s research collaboration have scaled new heights through partnership with National and International organizations like World Bank (livelihoods and land governance), FAO (financing value chain), Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (cereal productivity improvement), TISS (local urban planning) and TERI (energy, forestry) and others.  The UNICEF funded Centre for Children Studies produced interesting insights on children’s issues with its work on ‘WASH in Government run Health Centres’ in three high priority district of Odisha. Currently we are working on the research project on Urban Sanitation with the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi on a Bill and Melinda Gates foundation funded project on sanitation in urban slums .  Since 2011, this Centre has produced interesting insights in this area of research with its work on “WASH” receiving accolades from Government of Odisha.

The KSRM continues to excel in its consulting abilities as evident from a growing demand for its services from many key departments of Govt. of Odisha extending from revenue, cooperation, agricultural marketing, planning and control and horticulture, forestry and others. It has also made its imprint at various levels by offering consulting services to World Bank, WaterAid, Ministry of Forest and Environment, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Land Resources and Ministry of Heavy Industries and Textiles and others. It is also engaged in training of senior and middle level executives of very high profile organizations like World Bank, PPL, CSISA, OFSDP, NHDC, MSSRF, ICZMP, NDDB, Harsha Trust, Reliance Foundation and others. KSRM has conducted several management development programmes (MDPs) to cater to the capacity building needs of various government and development organizations, which included programmes on developing managerial effectiveness of field professionals and project management programme for both national and international participants.

15 years of Academic Excellence

KSRM – A dedicated school for Rural Management and Agribusiness Management offering triple benefits – Knowledge, Experience and Career


To use knowledge driven approach to become a leading global academic institution in the field of Rural Management and Agribusiness Management.


  • Nurturing professional managers with the necessary knowledge, skills, values and attitude.
  • Instilling leadership qualities in students to bring about a positive impact on society and business.
  • Catalyzing the process of holistic and sustainable rural development, and minimizing rural-urban divide.
  • Maintaining a knowledge hub to aid policy formulation through research and dissemination.