Welcome to the

Department of Rural Development


The Department of Rural Development was established in 2012 at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU) under the faculty of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development. The department offers a variety of courses for the students of Bachelor of Science, Master’s Degree. The department will offer MS in Rural Development very soon and after that it will offer PhD as well. Some of the courses of the department offering now are as- Principles of Rural Sociology, Government and Politics, Anthropology, Microfinance, Rural Development I, Rural Development II, Poverty Studies, Gender Studies, Social Demography

Rural development means the development of the villagers/villages. Bangladesh is a land of villages and around 70% of the people lives in village areas. So, prosperity of the country depends on the welfare of the villages not only the urban development. We should give more attention to the people of the remote areas, their lives and activities. Rural development is synonymous as agricultural development.  Although agricultural development constitutes a major part of it, rural development is a much broader process which aims at the development of rural economy as a whole. Farmers are the hub of this economy. So, we must improve their lot by rural development studies and research.


The vision of the department is to be the “Center of Excellence” in the field of rural development.


Sustainable rural development through education and research-

-Produce qualified graduate for the development of rural & agriculture and

-Develop more practical and applicable theories, models, systems by research.