Primarily, the programme has a dual purpose: to train high calibre development professionals who will provide sterling leadership first, in research and scholarship in NGOs and community development, and second, effective and efficient management of their programmes. Essentially, the programme will be tailored to meet the research/academic, technical and managerial expertise required by professionals (i.e. academics, researchers, and practitioners) to effectively function in the ever-changing community development arena. Furthermore, this will ensure that, first, development practitioners do not lose sight of the fundamental philosophy and spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism in promoting the cause of especially the poor, marginalized, women, and children. Second, it will create and maintain a collegial environment for research and scholarly work in NGOs and community development studies.
Candidates seeking admission into M.Phil. in Non Governmental Studies and Community Development must have obtained a good baccalaureate degree at least Second Class Lower Division or better from a recognised institution or Cumulative Grade Point (CGPA) of 2.5 on a 1 - 4 scale or its equivalence in agriculture or related field. Considerable working experience preferably in Agriculture is desirable but not required. A considerable working experience will be an advantage but not a prerequisite.