Panchayat Raj System existed in Indian since long. After independence a number of committees were constituted to make recommendations for its revival. Conflicting interest and various levels eclipsed the concept as well as its practice. It was only after long debate spread over decades that the constitutional (73rd Amendment) Act 1992, outlined the task of rejuvenating the Panchayat Raj System in India


Panchayat Raj, as a system of governance at the gross root level in rural India, has rightly been conceived as the most viable and proper mechanism of realizing the goals of democracy and decentralization. There are excercies/activities entrusted to the Panchayat need expertise and coordinated action by various development functionaries. This certificate course in Panchayat Raj Institution is addressed towards fulfilling this task.

Objectives Of Course

To equip panchayat level functionaries with necessary knowledge, skills and talents needed for strengthening local democracy and the process of decentralised planning.

Help them to work with elected representatives in a cooperative and coordinated fashion.

Facilitate people's participation through positive approach, attitude and action by the panchayat level functionaries.

Duration of the course

40 Hours.


Eligibility and intake capacity

PUC/10 + 2 pass

Selection of the Students is based on entrance test (descriptive exam) and oral tests.

Maximum 50 Students are allotted for a batch.


Mode of teaching

Theory Classes


Medium of instruction

Kannada/ English


Programme Structure

Scheme of Examination

The Certificate Course consists of a total Six Units with total of 100 marks. An Examination will be held at the end of the course.

  Examination Internal Assessment
Theory Paper I 70 Marks 30 Marks
  Total 100 Marks

The candidate should secure at least 40% of marks to successfully complete the certificate course.


Course Syllabus

Unit 1

  • The Genesis of Local Self- Government.
  • 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act of 1993.

    Unit 2

  • Gram Panchayats: Election of the President and Vice President, meetings of the Gram Panchayat- their powers and

    Unit 3

  • Finance Commission and Grants from the State and Central Government

    Unit 4

        Field visits

  • Preparation of questioning data collection.
  • Grievances Redressal System.

    Unit 5

  • Report writing: Use of style manuals.
  • Books for Reference

    Panchayat Raj: Information Resource Book (Bombay, The Foundation for Research in Community Health, 1996).

    Democracy and Decentralization: Indira, Anuradha and others (Bangalore, ISEC, 2004)

    Engendering Government - A study in the state of Karnataka: N Shivanna and G.K. Gayatri Devi (A Collaborative study by ISEC Bangalore and Tata Institute of Social Science Bangalore 2012)

    Women Development and Panchayat Raj : Roshni Nandal (Rohtak, Spellbound Publications Pvt. Ltd., 1996.)

    Bhargava B.S.

    Model Question Paper

    The composition of marks shall be as under

    Each paper shall have 70 marks for semester End Examination and 30 marks for internal marks.

    Duration of examination shall be of 2 hours.

    Internal assessment shall be conducted by arranging two class Tests of 10 marks each.

    Each paper shall consist of (MCQ) Multiple choice questions (50 Questions) and Essay on the subject concerned of 20 marks.

    Calendar of test shall be notified in the first week of semester.

    Marks secured in this paper shall be considered for the award of Class/ Rank.