|The eight-week long Village Fieldwork Segment after the first term of classroom segment exposes the students to the realities of the lives of the rural people. It attempts to develop in them sensitivity to the concerns of the rural people; helps them in appreciating constraints and possibilities for development; and gives them a flavour of community work at the grassroots level. For the purpose of village fieldwork, the students are divided into small groups and sent to rural areas in different parts of the country. Each group is attached to a local host organisation and the members of the group stay in the identified villages. The students interact directly with the villagers as well as execute a small action-oriented task entrusted by the host organisation. The students are also expected to participate in collaborative research work with faculty members in identifying issues, challenges and strategies for the management of rural organisations.
Village Fieldwork exposes the students to the diverse problems the rural professionals face in their roles and the ways through which experienced rural managers cope with such problems. Such an exposure enables the students to develop the skills and attitudes required for actions in which they, in their careers as rural managers, will have major stakes. The IRMA faculty closely interacts with students at all the stages of the Village fieldwork Segment. They participate with students during a portion of the village fieldwork to guide and help them; they work with them in structuring their learning from the field for classroom discussions and presentations, and in writing their field reports. Students' learning from village fieldwork is evaluated on the basis of their presentations and discussions in the seminars, reports submitted at the end of village fieldwork, feedback from the host organisations, feedback from the faculty guides and, where necessary, individual interviews.