PMRDFs: Talented young professionals with a desire to participate and initiate a larger change

"Heartening to see young men and women turning problems into opportunities for innovative solutions!"

- Shri Anup Mukerji, PMRDFs Mentor and Former Chief Secretary, Bihar

"PMRD Fellows...are making a sincere effort to bring effectiveness in the flagship programs of Government by involving the target community and ensuring their active participation in the program. Additionally, the Fellows are trying to bring convergence among the government programs across departments. I have seen the Fellows have won the confidence of the community in the remotest areas by building a friendly rapport with them."

- Mr.Achintya Ghosh, PMRDFs Mentor, North-Eastern States and Head, KABIL India

"Change taking place is evident... Amidst usual flurry of activities of people seeking remedy to their problems like Pension transfer, BPL card preparation, Solar panel installation near a particular cluster of villages, formations of Self Help Group (SHG) for certain income generation activity in remote blocks of Khunti district of picturesque Jharkhand like Arki, Torpa, Murhu, etc., you may also encounter one or two young highly qualified persons selected under PMRDFs trying to solve such problems."

- Mr. Sudeep Ghosh, PMRDFs Mentor – Jharkhand and Fellow, IIM Calcutta, Former Faculty Member, IRMA, Anand

About us

Allocation of Responsibilities

The PMRDF Scheme is executed and supervised by several institutions and organisations. The Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India is the administering agency; responsible for personnel related matters of the Fellows and engagement of agencies. The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), the knowledge partner, is responsible for recruitment, orientation, academic programme, on-field mentorship and other support to the Fellows. The Rural Development Department of the State is the nodal agency of their respective State. The District Collectors are responsible for supervising the work of Fellows in the field and on issues concerning their immediate well-being.


The PMRD Fellowship is anchored in the twin goals of providing short-term catalytic support to the district administration in underdeveloped, isolated and remote areas of the country to improve programme delivery and interface with the marginalized sections of the population, as well as developing a cadre of committed and competent development leaders and facilitators, who are available as a resource for rural development over the long term.


In pursuance of its objectives, the Fellows engage with many stakeholders such as the government, public sector institutions, and civil society actors in promoting the efficiency of social protection programs. The Fellows also enroll in Masters in Development Practice, offered by the TISS, a mix of e-enabled distance learning and contact sessions during the two years of their fellowship. While the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) enables the Fellows to work on the ground and gain valuable field lessons, the TISS ensures that the Fellows hone and develop a strong theoretical framework both, before and during the Fellowship process. This backing enables them to effectively engage with all the key stakeholders with greater insight and sensitivity.

PMRD Fellows as development facilitators:

  • Work with institutions of the poor to build their capacity and help them access their rights and entitlements;
  • Facilitate capacity building in Self-Help Groups (SHGs), and in institutions of local democracy, like panchayats;
  • Conduct socio-economic analysis of the local areas at Block level and contribute in ascertaining the felt needs of the people;
  • Help the district administration in local area planning;
  • Assist in better implementation of poverty alleviation programmes, particularly MGNREGA, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, NRLM, NRDWP, IWMP, NSAP, ACA, ICDS, NRHM SSA/RMSA, etc;
  • Undertake action-research to discover more appropriate ways of programme delivery by the district administration;
  • Design and implement innovative projects;
  • Provide feedback on rural development initiatives.

The job requires PMRD Fellows to have a strong commitment to the values of equity and social justice and a passion for making a difference in the lives of the people.

Programme Implementation and Support Cells

Given the wide spread of the programme, 18 states and 111 districts, TISS has 5 Programme Management Units (PMUs) located in Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Raipur to ensure effective support to the Fellows. Each centre has been allocated a number of PMRDFs states as given below:

Allocation of States among Five Programme Management Units
Delhi Guwahati Hyderabad Mumbai Raipur
  • Jammu and Kashmir
  • Uttar Pradesh
  • Arunachal Pradesh
  • Assam
  • Manipur
  • Meghalaya
  • Mizoram
  • Nagaland
  • Tripura
  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Odisha
  • Telangana
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Maharashtra
  • Bihar
  • Chhattisgarh
  • Jharkhand
  • West Bengal
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