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Diploma Programmes

Diploma in Panchayat Management

Decentralised governance is one of the key factors contributing to the development of a society. There are many standing examples in the world to prove this fact. The Governance in India has a long history. From the epics and ancient literatures we can find evidences of highly decentralized governance practices in India especially in southern parts. Over a period during the Vijayanagara Dynasty, governance system was centralized in order enforce rules over a vast kingdom. It helped the King to do effective administration of his country. This system was continued during the British rule. During the later periods of British rule the then British Government realized the importance of local governance and efforts were taken to revive the system. Since independence there are many amendments are made regarding creating local governsnce structures and delegating powers to them. The 73rd amendment made in 1993 was a milestone in the history of local governance. It compelled all the State Governments to delegate powers with Panchayatiraj Institutions. Despite of enactment of the law still the Local Governance is found to be ineffective in most of the States. The ignorance of the powers of the Panchayat system and the role of Public and the Panchayat functionaries is the major factor for the failure of Panchayat system. Hence large scale literacy is the need of the hour through which the public and the functionaries of Panchayat know their rights and responsibilities. As part of this literacy movement, the Center of Governance Studies of Dhan People Academy offers a Diploma in Panchayat Management through distance learning.

The course is offered in Tamil. Course materials are developed in other languages as per the PRI laws and procedures of respective states. Soon the programme will be offered in vernacular languages and in English.

Objective of DPM

  • To know about the structure and functions of Panchayati Raj Institutions
  • To know important laws, rules and Government Orders related to PRIs
  • To know various development programmes implemented through PRIs
  • To know the roles, rights and responsibilities of the members and functionaries of PRIs
  • To know about the effective administration of PRIs


  • Those who are playing or willing to play the role of Panchayat functionaries (All elected members)
  • Members and leaders of Self Help Groups (this would help them to work in collaboration with PRIs)
  • Interested volunteers (individuals) or employees of Voluntary Organisations who are interested in PRIs


Should be able to read and write

Course content

Module 1: History of Local Governance in India
Module 2: Laws related to PRIs and Administration of PRIs
Module 3: Self governance and Self Sufficiency of PRIs


One year


The course is offered through distance learning method. Upon enrollment, text books will be sent to the candidate. They can go through the simple and easy to follow text books. Three seminar classes will be organized during the course period in different places. The number and places for seminar classes will be decided based on the applications from a particular locality/region/ district. The participants may also write their queries to the Coordinator of DPM. at the following address

Course fee

Rs.1000 (Rupees one thousand only)

How to apply?

Send your bio-data along with the course fee (Add Rs.50 for Application fee and add DD charges). Send the fee in the form of Demand draft drawn in favour of DHAN Foundation, payable at Madurai. Send it by post or in person to the following address

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The Coordinator
Diploma in Panchayat Management

Dhan People Academy
Pulloothu (Po)
Ellisnagar (Via)
Phone: 91-452-2475440, 2475305.

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