27TH POST – GRADUATE PROGRAMME IN RURAL MANAGEMENT (PRM 2006 – 2008) AND 5TH FELLOW PROGRAMME IN RURAL MANAGEMENT (FPRM 2006 – 2009)
The Institute with a Mission
IRMA‘s mission is to promote sustainable, eco – friendly and equitable socio – economic development of rural people through professional management of their institutions. The core of IRMA’s operating philosophy is to build and sustain a partnership between rural people and committed professional managers. IRMA promotes professional management of rural organizations through four inter – related activities of education, training, research and consultancy. Its faculty comprises experienced practitioners and academicians. IRMA uses state – of – the – art pedagogy. It has modern IT infrastructure, internet connectivity in individual hostel rooms and a fully – computerized library with over 41,000 books, 500 periodicals, CD – ROM titles, videos, microfiche and an excellent reprographic section.
Post – Graduate Programme in Rural Management (PRM)
PRM is a two – year residential programme comprising four different segments – classroom, fieldwork, organizational exposure and management training. The programme leads to a post – graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM), which is recognized as equivalent to a master’s degree by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and is approved by the All India Council for technical Education (AICTE).
Graduates with minimum of 15 years (10 + 2 + 3) of education and having 50% (45% for SC / ST) aggregate marks are eligible. Final year students, who expect to meet the above criteria before June 05, 2006, can also apply.
Sponsored Candidates : IRMA has about 650 organizations, which include various co – operatives, NGOs / voluntary agencies, government rural development agencies and apex rural development – funding organizations. IRMA encourages these designated organizations to sponsor their regular employees to apply for this programme. The sponsored candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and at least two years experience in the sponsoring organization. They can join for the full two year programme or can opt for a Certificate in Rural Management (CRM) at the end of the first year. The CRM holders have the option to region within three years to complete second year of the PRM.
Scholarships and Educational Loans: (i) About 30 AMUL – TATA Fellowships of Rs. 1,00,000 each during second year of PRM based on merit – cum – means. (ii) Some scholarships from Sir Ratan Tata Trust during 2nd year of PRM. (iii) Some scholar ships for SC / ST candidates from the National Dairy Development Board, Anand. (iv) Educational loans at concessional rates from public sector banks. (v) “SECTOR INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIPS” of Rs.1, 00, 000 each for those serving an eligible designated organization for three years immediately after completion PRM.
Placement : IRMA has an excellent placement programme. Its students are highly valued in local, national and international co – operatives, NGOs, development organizations and funding agencies. The placement programme is, however, not open to sponsored candidates.
Fellow Programme in Rural Management (FPRM)
The FPRM is a unique doctoral level residential programme of normally three years duration. The programme comprises course work, a comprehensive examination, a research / teaching module, and a thesis.
Areas of Specialization : (a) Management of Co – operatives (b) Agricultural / Rural Marketing (c) Rural Economics and Natural Resources Management (land, water, forests) (d) Development Management and (e) Micro – finance.
Eligibility: Candidates with (i) PRM from IRMA or a two – year full time Post – Graduate Diploma in Management from any recognized 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 (ii) One Year Programme (OYP) from IRMA with a GPA of 2.60 and minimum three year experience OR (iii) 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 recognized Indian or foreign university with two years experience OR (iv) 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 recognized Indian or foreign university. Only full time work experience in either managerial cadre, research, consultancy or teaching at degree / PG level will be considered towards experience.
Stipend : FPRM participants will be paid a monthly stipend of Rs10,000 /- for a maximum period of three years plus a contingency grant of Rs20, 000/- per year for all the three years. Each participant would be expected to contribute as teaching and research assistant during second and their year.
Selection for PRM and FPRM : PRM participants would be selected on the basis of a written test, GD and interview. FPRM participants will be selected on the basis of the same written test as be selected on the basis of the same written test as for PRM and interview. The written test will be conducted on Dec. 18, 2005 (Sunday: 9.15 am – 12.15 pm) at 20 centres across India. The GDs and interviews will be held in Feb – Mar. 2006 at IRMA, Anand. Candidates with IRMA’s PRM applying for FPRM are exempted from the written test.
How to apply: For application form and prospectus, write to : Admissions Co – coordinator, Institute of Rural Management, Anand – 388 001 with a demand draft for Rs.100/- drawn in favour of INSTITUTE OF RURAL MANAGEMENT, ANAND payable at Anand and three address slips of 3″x 3″. Application forms and prospectus are free of cost to SC / ST, sponsored and all FPRM candidates. The forms and prospectus can also be downloaded free of cost from IRMA’s website : www.irma.ac.in.
Last Date For Requesting Application Forms : October 20, 2005
Last Date For Receiving Completed Application : November 10, 2005