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Centre for Development Studies and Activities is situated at Survey No. 58 & 49/4 Bavdhan Khurd, Bhandarkar Rd, Pune, Maharashtra, India- 411021 in Pune.

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  • 2 Years
  • M.Sc.
  • Sciences
M.A. in Development Planning and Administration
  • 2 Years
  • Master of Arts-M.A.
  • Management - BBA / MBA / Diploma

Centre for Development Studies and Activities - CDSA

CDSA began its activities in 1976 when planning meant physical town planning and management meant commercial management. CDSA was and remains the pioneer institution which proposes that learning must be field based, in micro contexts and using local institutions which are self organized and self managed. CDSA has always proposed a rational balance between the roles of government and private entities, and remains the only social science research institute in South-Central Asia to be independent of government finance and control.  The focus of CDSA has always been on poverty alleviation, equality and sustainable development, and how these three goals integrate into development strategies. CDSA students not only undergo a rigorous academic programme, but are also immersed in selected field exposures where sensitization, knowledge accumulation and testing hypothesis are in the "laboratory of life". In the same vein the research, training and action projects are field based policy experiments with the people who are undergoing transitions in the development process.  CDSA is a multi-disciplinary research and training body addressing itself to problems of poverty and environment in the development process both in rural and urban contexts. With a greater emphasis placed on decentralisation, participatory decision making, Gramsabha and Wards Committees as primary statutory decision making bodies, district level, block level and watershed planning, there is a shortage of trained professionals. SDP (School of Developement and Planning) sponsored by CDSA, is concerned with filling up this gap by creating a cadre of professionals who have the skills, knowledge and sensitivities in the areas of planned change at the local level. This is a unique University level Masters Degree Course of its kind in the country. While focussing on rural and regional development, it emphasizes the inter-disciplinary nature of critical issues (social, economic, political, environmental and technical) pertaining to planning and development.

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The college has an excellent infrastructure which is spread over the area of 14 acres.



3 Type Courses Available

  • 2 PG Courses
  • 1 Diploma Courses

Centre for Development Studies and Activities Placements

CDSA graduates generally take up professional jobs in national and international research, training and development organizations. The nature of their jobs vary from policy research, training and consultancy, working with Development Authorities and other governmental and parastatal organizations; management and implementation of development projects; to establishing their own NGOs, 1900 of such agencies are members of the "Development Network" of CDSA. This Professional Degree is also recognized as the legitimate degree in the profession for higher studies by many renowned universities abroad.


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Centre for Development Studies and Activities

The campus of the institute is a meeting place for the thoughtful and deliberative activities of the Centre’s members. These include members from many disciplines and the students of the School of Development Planning.

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