In the last two decades, our country has witnessed significant changes in several spheres and at increasingly rapid speed. The economic reforms and the policies of liberalization, globalization, and privatization have resulted in momentous changes in perspectives, policies, and practices pertaining to technology, development, and the interrelationship between the two. To address the challenges posed by these changes, CTARA has created a new masters program in Technology and Development.

Objectives of Master's Program

  1. To train professionals to work in diverse fields, playing different roles at the interface between technology and development, through public, private, and civil society organizations
  2. To provide, through course and field work, perspectives and skills to students, necessary for resource-based, region-specific technology planning and implementation
  3. To train students for academic as well as research and analysis oriented careers, by developing competence in use of quantitative and qualitative methods

 Content of the Program

This four-semester program is focused on providing inputs to students in the following key areas through core & elective courses, field work and master's dissertation project:

  1. Perspectives on the relationships between technology and development
  2. Policy analysis in key sectors and governance issues in technology and development
  3. Understanding of role of technology in key economic sectors, viz., energy, water, and soils and agriculture, in view of their expected contribution to sustainable development
  4. Skills in quantitative analysis, social science research methods, systems dynamics, and project management
  5. Exposure to ground reality at the grassroots-level as well as field reality in key sectors
  6. Introduction to contemporary issues related to "Technology and Development" , such as Climate Change, WTO Agreements and Intellectual Property Rights, Energy Security, Perspectives on the relationships between technology and development