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Xavier School of Rural Management (XSRM) will be hosting its annual RLLE (Rural Living and Learning Experience) MELA 11th January, 2019

Xavier School of Rural Management (XSRM) will be hosting its annual RLLE (Rural Living and Learning Experience) MELA which is a flagship event for the students of rural management on 11th January, 2019. It is a one-day event where students display stalls of various states spread all over India based upon their respective RLLE locations.

As part of the RLLE, students of Rural Management went to different places to experience the diverse rural livelihoods, and undertake various activities like preparation of a village report, working on the development project with the host organization (NGO’s and many other renowned organisations involved with the betterment of rural areas), and develop a case study. During the RLLE programme students of XSRM stayed in 45 villages, covering 12 States and one Union Territory spread across India. The RLLE MELA every year is able to display a diverse range of cultural and social aspects of rural society, and this time the event would be flaunting various stalls where students will be displaying the following aspects of rural life:


  • Various artifacts collected from the respective villages
  • Unique food materials and food habits
  • Attires and other cultural aspects
  • Models of village depicting the landscape
  • Ongoing development interventions in the villages
  • A slide showing photos of rural India.
  • Towards the end, the students will also be performing a skit on a social issue.


XSRM believes in offering a platform for a quality learning experience on emerging issues and trends in the rural world. The school organizes a plethora of events to enrich the students with multifarious experiences. One of the deliverables of RLLE MELA, and the most pertinent one at that is to provide an opportunity for the students’ creativity to reach its summit and thereby express the culture, costumes, developmental activities, challenges and opportunities from across rural India.


Rural Management-PGDM-RM started with the commitment to reach the rural society and serve them with better available and evolved management tools. In 1995, this practice based knowledge was used to design and launch the one year Post Graduate Diploma Program in Rural Management for graduates students and NGO members. In 1999, the diploma program was upgraded to the two year Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management-PGDM-RM) program. In 2013, the program again evolved and was housed as an independent school – XSRM. The school provides the dynamic space and the ideal platform of learning for students, working professionals, researchers and faculty, enabling them to make a difference in the social space they are engaged in. It focuses on nurturing reflective professionals and enlightened knowledge leaders who would enable the effective management of rural institutions, businesses, development programs and civil society organizations, engaged in progressive economic development and social transformation work.