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Postgraduate Diploma courses for social sector

Badhri Jagannathan
17th Aug 2009
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I have been going through the free supplement of India Today magazine called Aspire (IT-Aspire) and two courses relevant to young social entrepreneurs caught my eye.

PGDM-D&SF, IFMR, Chennai

For fresh graduates with any Bachelor’s degree who are willing to start off in the social sector, Institute of Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai offers a Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Development and Sustainable Finance (PGDM-D&SF). The first program of its kind in India, the program , as stated in the IFMR’s website,

…. focuses on special problems related to increasing access to finance in emerging market economies and promoting inclusive growth.

The course structure includes Livelihood and Sustainable Development, ICT for development, micro and macroeconomics for development. Graduates passing in first-class in 10th, 12th and college along with a score of 85 percentile in Common Admissions Test (CAT) are eligible to apply. IT-Aspire quotes the estimated starting salary between Rs. 7-8 lakh per annum

PGP-PMP, IIM, Ahmadabad

For those with a bachelor’s degree who would like to transfer 7 years or more of their industry experience to good use in public service, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad (IIM-A) offers a one-year Postgraduate Programme in Public Management and Policy (PGP-PMP). IT-Aspire reports,

PGP-PMP focusses on governance and policy formulation and implementation, infrastructure development and public enterprise management. The programme has been designed to sharpen the skills and broaden the perspectives of civil servants; managers of government, public enterprises, NGOs; and executives of private sector firms engaged in public management.

Graduates from this programme may expect a starting salary between Rs.15 and 40 lakh per annum. Apart from the public sector, a few private institutions like McKinsey, GMR and Reliance [Courtesy: India Today Aspire]

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