Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management-Executive)


The programme structure consists of Classroom and Fieldwork Segments.

Classroom Segment:

The classroom segment has four terms consisting of 84 credits, which cover basic, common and advanced courses distributed among core and optional ones. Basic courses are part of the first three classroom terms, with courses like Financial Accounting, Rural Society, Culture, and Polity, Organization Behaviour, Operations Management, Principles of Marketing, Organizational Structure and Design, Collective Action and Cooperation, Marketing Analytics, Strategic Management, among others included.

The fourth term includes elective courses totalling 12 credits. A few indicative elective courses are Big Data Analysis, Brand Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Management of Change, Microfinance, Public Policy Analysis, among others.

Village Fieldwork Segment (VFS):

It exposes participants to the realities of rural life. Under this induction, participants 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. The members of the group stay in the identified village and interact directly with the villagers. Besides conducting an exploratory study of the village, they execute a small action-oriented task assigned to them by the host organisation. IRMA faculty members interact closely with participants at all stages of the fieldwork segment. The performance of participants in this fieldwork segment is evaluated on the basis of reports and presentations.

Project Work Module (PWM) - Internship:

This long duration fieldwork has been designed with an objective of providing exposure participants to experiential learning and practical application of the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom segments.

The programme has a capstone project. It's akin to a consulting project, which is based on an issue identified by a client or the organization from where the candidate has been sponsored. A faculty guide is assigned to the project who provides all the intellectual support required for designing and delivering it. The project work involves investigation of a specific issue for the organization, innovating, or providing a solution for an existing organisational problem. This may include, developing a new strategic plan for the organization, introduction of new product in the market, solving operational problems like routing of trucks for milk procurement, developing a new business plan for a producers' organization, etc. The projects can be both domestic and international.