Thirteen Convocation of PGDRDM of NIRD&PR
Hyderabad, 27 th December 2017: The 13 th convocation ceremony of Post Graduate
Diploma in Rural Development Management (PGDRDM) of the National Institute of Rural
Development and Panchayati Raj was held at NIRD&PR campus on December 27, 2017. A
batch of 37 students who graduated, received their diplomas from the Chief Guest of the
occasion, Shri M. K. Raut , IAS, State Chief Information Commissioner, Government of
Chhatisgarh. The Gold Medal for the best academic performance was awarded to Mr. G.
Praveen Krishna, while the Silver and Bronze Medals were awarded to second and third best
performing students i. e. Ms. Lakshmi Aparna R and Mr. Shitiz Kashyap respectively.
Dr. W. R. Reddy, IAS, Director General, NIRD&PR, presided over the function. Dr.
Franklin Laltinkhuma , IAS, Registrar , NIRD&;PR welcomed the Chief Guest.
Dr. W. R. Reddy, IAS, Director General, NIRD&PR who administered the
convocation oath to students, congratulated the entire 13 th batch of PGDRDM. In his
inaugural address, the Director General said that it is a new innings for students and advised
them to work with commitment and passion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest Shri M. K. Raut, IAS, State Chief
Information Commissioner advised the students that for better output, rural development
professionals should visit the villages, interact with the people and make night halts in the
villages. He also shared the open defecation free’ model and Hamar Chhatisgarh model of
rural development in Chhatisgarh in his speech.
Dr. C. S. Singhal, Professor and Head, Centre for PG Studies and Distance Education
while presenting the course report of the thirteenth batch of PGDRDM, shared the
programme objectives and main highlights of the 13 th batch. He informed that 99 per cent of
the graduating students have secured good placement in reputed organisations. The vote of
thanks was given by Dr. A. Debapriya, Associate Professor, Centre for PG Studies and