The Indian Institute of Management, Indore (IIM-I), is starting its five-year integrated postgraduate programme in management (IPGP) this October. It will allow students to directly opt for the IPGP immediately after their +2.
Under IPGP, students will have a choice of opting out after completing three years of BBA or of continuing for two more years to complete the integrated MBA programme.
"IPGP in management is a creative programme to meet the aspirations of students who are eager to become management professionals," says N Ravichandran, director IIM-I.
The eligibility criteria for this programme include an aggregate of 60% both at the secondary (class X or equivalent) and higher secondary (+2 or equivalent) level. Selection of candidates would be based on their academic performance, scholastic achievements and performance in the aptitude test and personal interview.
The first batch, which is scheduled to begin in October, will have 120 students. "We have adequate infrastructural facilities to start this batch-size from this year. For the next year, we will have to create more infrastructures. We plan to do it rapidly to be able to invite roughly seven times of the batch size (approximately 850 candidates) for aptitude test and personal interview," informs Venkat Ramanaiah, chairperson for IPGP at IIM-I.
The aptitude test and personal interview would be held in various centres including Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata and Mumbai.
About the fee, Ramanaiah says, "Fee for the programme, for the first three years, would be Rs 300,000 per-annum and Rs 500,000 (per-annum) for the next two years. This comprises only the tuition feel and does not include expenses for boarding or lodging. Participants would need to meet costs related to field visits, if any."
According to Ramanaiah, accommodation would be organised on campus on a twin-sharing basis for the first three years. Single-room accommodation would be made available for the fourth and fifth year of the programme.
The academic programme would consist of 15 terms. Each term would be for three months. Detailed programme design and academic curriculum will be made available to students by August.
"The faculty will include retired and serving teachers of reputed commerce and science colleges in India along with industry experts and retired faculty members from central and state universities," says Ramanaiah.
The broad design
40% focus on the following subjects:
• Mathematics, statistics, logic and computer-science
• Introduction to literature and political science
• Civilisation in history (national and international)
• Exposure to biological sciences
• Exposure to languages (one foreign language and one Indian language)
• Soft skills: leadership development, personality development, team work and communication, both written and oral
50% focus on functional areas of management:
• Organisational behaviour
• Decision science
Remaining 10% will focus on international exposure and internship in social organisations in India.