Institute of Rural Management, Anand 

 Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) is an autonomous institution with the mandate of contributing to the professional management of rural organisations. It was founded in 1979 at the initiative of the National Dairy Development Board and, the support of Government of India, Government of Gujarat and Swiss Development Co-operation. Ever since inception IRMA has been working closely with Co-operatives, NGOs, Governments, National and International agencies.  


·  Creating a new breed of professional rural managers having appropriate values and ethos.

·  Helping rural organizations and institutions in professionalizing their management.

·  Empowering rural people through self-sustaining processes.

·  Building Rural Mgt. knowledge and theories through action-oriented & problem-solving research and consultancy.

·  Influencing public policies .  

Courses Offered

Post-Graduate Programme in Rural Management (PGDRM)

PGDRM is a two-year residential programme, leading to a Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM). This programme is recognized as equivalent to a master's degree by Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and approved by AICTE.

Any graduate with a minimum of 15 years (10+2+3) of education having 50% (45% for SC/ST) aggregate marks (all subjects in all years put together) at graduation can apply. Those who are in the final year and expect to complete all the requirements of graduation by June first week can also apply. IRMA encourages employees of co-operatives, NGOs/voluntary agencies, government rural development agencies and apex rural development funding organisations to apply with sponsorship from their employers. Sponsored candidates should hold a graduate degree in any discipline. Flexibility of doing the PRM in two stages has been introduced as a special incentive for sponsored candidates.

Sponsored Candidates
IRMA encourages employees of co-operatives, NGOs/voluntary agencies, government rural development agencies and apex rural development funding organizations to apply with sponsorship from their employers. Sponsored candidates should hold a graduate degree in any discipline. 

Selection Procedure
All eligible candidates, including sponsored candidates, will have to appear for a written test comprising four sections: English Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, Reasoning and analytical skills and Issues of Social Concern. The test will be conducted on Sunday in December at 25 test centres. These test centres are: Anand, Bangalore, Bhopal, Calicut, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pantnagar, Patna, Raipur, Rajkot, Ranchi, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur, Varanasi, and Vishakhapatnam. Candidates selected on the basis of the written test will be invited for personal interviews with the Institute’s faculty at Anand. About eighty candidates are expected to join the programme. PRM will begin in first week of June and all the selected candidates must report at the Institute by that date.

Fees and Expenses
The total programme cost over the period of two years (inclusive of board and lodging) is estimated to be around Rs. 2,79,500/-. This includes deposits, tuition and computer fee, room rent and electricity cost, entertainment and estimated expenditure of boarding. The institute has a co-operative mess governed and managed by the students.

Fellow Programme in Rural Management

The FPRM is a full time residential programme requiring a minimum of three years to complete.

The course is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge in rural management in general, and the area of the specialisation of the student in particular.  Three types of courses are offered for this purpose—the FPRM level courses, the PRM level courses, and the optional courses.  The FPRM level courses provide knowledge and skills necessary for a research scholar. These are compulsory for all the students. PRM level courses provide grounding to the students in rural context and functional areas of management.

The main objectives of the programme are to:
(i) Establish rural management as a separate discipline;
(ii) Develop researchers and scholars in the field of rural management;
(iii) Create a body of knowledge in the field of rural management; and
(iv) Stimulate academic and research work in IRMA in the field of rural management.

The areas of specialisation available for the FPRM are as follows:

Management of Co-operatives; Agricultural /Rural Marketing;Rural Economics and Natural Resources Management;Rural Development Management; and Water and Irrigation Management.

The candidates fulfilling any of the following qualifications and experience requirements is eligible for admission to the FPRM: PGDRM from IRMA or a two-year full time Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from any recognised Indian or foreign university, with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.60 out of 4.33 or its equivalent and minimum two years’ experience; OR
OYP from IRMA with a GPA of 2.60 and minimum three years’ experience; OR
Post-graduate degree in any discipline with 55% marks in aggregate (or a GPA of 2.60 out of 4.33 or its equivalent) from any recognised Indian or foreign university and two years’ experience; OR
M. Phil. in any discipline with 55% marks in aggregate (or a GPA of 2.60 out of 4.33 or its equivalent) from any recognised Indian or foreign university.

Only full time work experience in managerial cadre or research or consultancy or teaching at degree/PG level will be considered towards experience.

In exceptional cases, a person with a high professional standing and proven competence, not possessing a PG degree but whose experience can measure up to a PG degree might also be considered for admission to the Programme.  In these cases, the FPRM Committee would consider the quality of the published and unpublished work of the applicant and establish its equivalence to the relevant PG course subjects. For the purpose of establishing such equivalence, the FPRM Committee may co-opt members from the concerned area of specialisation.

Selection Procedure
The candidates will be selected through a two-stage process. In the first stage, all the eligible candidates will be required to take the IRMA’s PRM Admission Test normally conducted in December. However, those having IRMA’s PGDRM background are exempted from the written test. Those who qualify in the admission test, along with those exempted from the written test would be called for an interview and personal discussion to be conducted at IRMA. Final selection will be based on the total marks obtained in the written test and interview. The decision of the selection committee is final.

Fees and Expenses
The cost of programme per annum, excluding board and lodging, is estimated to be Rs. 60,000/-.
Including the other expenses the total would be 2,34,750

Financial Assistance
Financial assistance would be given for a maximum period of three years to all the students admitted to the Programme. Each student would be given a monthly stipend of Rs.10,000/-. In addition, they would be paid a contingency grant of Rs.10,000 per year for all the three years.

Management Development Programmes

MDPs is one of the major activities of IRMA, which addresses the in-service training needs of the executives and managers working in the co-operatives, not-for-profit organisations, and government and semi-government organisations engaged in rural development. IRMA believes that in rapidly changing task environment, managers and executives of all types of organisations are being asked to change their approach to running their operations and managing people.  IRMA plays a vital role in fulfilling this need of the rural sector through its tailor-made MDPs since 1981. So far, IRMA has conducted over 462 programmes with an enrolment exceeding approximately 10300 personnel.

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