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Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Development Studies (PGDM-DS)

The PGDM-DS Programme

Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Development Studies is designed as a broad and multi-disciplinary focused programme to equip students with knowledge, analytical and conceptual skills of social and economic development. It prepares students with ability to provide entrepreneurial solutions to social problems, livelihoods for rural and urban poor, corporate social responsibility initiatives and creating social enterprises.

Who Should Join EDI?
This programme is designed for:

  • Graduates in any discipline looking for a worthwhile PG programme by a reputed Institution, to forge a rewarding career
  • Graduates with work experience either in development sector or otherwise (like IT) and wanting either shift or more meaningful career

The programme gains its importance in an unfolding external environment:

  • NGOs that came to acquire an important role in contributing to the overall development effort during the last 30 years are struggling for sustenance as the direct donor funding to NGOs is shrinking and the regulatory regime also is squeezing the institutions.
  • New regulation has stipulated 2% of profit after tax as mandatory for corporate social responsibility activities. However, there is an acute shortage of trained manpower with capacity to plan and implement suitable projects as per the contextual requirements.
  • Big Government Development Programmes like National Rural Livelihood Mission, National Rural Health Mission and National Urban Livelihoods Mission etc. are underway. All agencies are experiencing shortage of suitably trained manpower.
  • To realize the national dream of gender equality and women's participation in economic, social and political fabric, not much seems to have happened, largely on account of the hollowness in content of women's education, training and initiation of women centred economic activities.
  • A new genre of social businesses based on innovative models is emerging. However, the non-availability of human resources capable of seeing the problems as opportunities and capacity to convert such opportunities into sustainable social businesses seems to be limiting the pace of growth.

Change Process at EDI
The end-product, PGDM-DS graduate, will come out as a development professional with entrepreneurial drive, management training, capacity to work across sectors/thematic areas with compassion and confidence to convert ideas into action.

Course Architecture

Programme Objectives
The programme aims at

  • building a cadre of new generation development professionals with required knowledge, competence, orientation and values
  • transferring the expertise and rich experience of EDI for the promotion of solutions in the areas of Microenterprise, Micro finance, Livelihood promotion, Women entrepreneurship, Group entrepreneurship, Social Enterprises and  Corporate Social Responsibility
  • offering rewarding careers in action around
    • Overall economic development with inclusive growth
    • Sustainable and environment friendly solutions
    • Governance
    • Use of technology for development

Experiential Learning
A learner centric pedagogy is built around experiential immersion, critical reflection, workshops, exposure to culture through literature, films and field visits supported by lectures, cases and first hand research experience & project development, taking a student through the following:

  • knowledge of self
  • knowledge of society
  • knowledge of action and
  • knowledge of managing action

Accreditations and Associations
PGDM-DS is an AICTE approved programme offered as a unique programme with its focus on management, entrepreneurship, development theory and development practice.

EDI is part of Livelihoods MANTHAN, a collaborative effort to envision the participation of management and higher educational institutions as an important part of the livelihoods ecosystem in the country. It is coordinated by Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB), and an effort of education institutions like EDII, IIM-U, TISS, MDI , XLRI and civil society organizations - Chaitanya and The Livelihood School. Livelihoods MANTHAN works towards curriculum design for certificate programmes; training of officials at the block, district and state level on managerial skills and livelihood promotion; and engaging with stakeholders to build a knowledge ecosystem on livelihoods. The consortium involves the following partners:

  • Chaitanya, Pune
  • Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Gandhinagar
  • Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur
  • Management Development Institute, Gurgaon
  • The Livelihood School, Hyderabad
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  • XLRI School of Management, Jamshedpur
  • Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar

EDI is member of NARMS, Eight rural management schools across the country have come together to establish the National Association of Rural Management Schools (NARMS). The initiative will work to provide a thrust to development in rural management, which still lacks proper facilities and infrastructure. The eight schools under this association are Institute of Rural Management (IRM), Anand; KIIT School of Rural Management, Bhubaneshwar; XIMB; Gandhigram Rural University, Gujarat; Xavier Institute of Development Action and Studies, Jabalpur; GB Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad; Institute of Health Management and Research, Jaipur; and EDI, Gandhinagar. The association will work as a body that drives better rural management education and will also collaborate to offer joint programmes, host international conferences and workshops, provide scholarships and even advise and impact national policies in the area of rural management.The association will be headquartered at Institute of Rural Management, Anand, and Dr Jeemol Unni, director of IRM will be its chairperson. Dr Dinesh Awasthi, director of EDI will be the secretary.

DS Ecosystem
"As Indians we have the ability to do what we decide to do" – Amartya Sen

"I am particularly happy to see a diverse mix of students here. This tells me that entrepreneurship is no more limited to Family Managed Businesses in India. The fact that there are students in the field of New Enterprise Creation, Agri-entrepreneurship and services besides family managed businesses indicates the diversity as well as the direction of our economy. What impresses me most is that almost 30% of you are from the Development sector, and I am going to spend a little time later talking about this new class of entrepreneurs…………. Mohammed Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank and Nobel Prize Winner for Peace is a great example of social entrepreneurship. His approach to micro credit had created a worldwide micro credit industry. Social entrepreneurship need to be differentiated from social service or Corporate Social Responsibility, both of which also seek transformational change. It is essentially in the outcome that an entrepreneur achieves. The example of Andrew Carnegie setting up a public library system in the US instead of just one library, establishes his reputation as a social entrepreneur of excellent stature."
- Shri Shashi Ruia, Chairman, Essar Group and Chief Guest Of The 9th Convocation In The Year 2006-07 ( Excerpt from Convocation Speech )

About Our Students
The students of PGDM-DS are selected with utmost care and nurtured at EDI for evolving a community of change-makers. Their entrepreneurial bent of mind gives them an edge over others and enables them apply their knowledge to practice. Some of the activities organized by students of EDI include:

Pahele Aap:
Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India had launched a campaign in July, 2012 in order to raise awareness in the minds of people about the needs and benefits of traffic rules and safety measures. The genesis of the campaign came from the belief of practising self-lessness, by Saying 'Pahele Aap' which means 'you first.'

Pahele Aap is about putting others before you, it is about caring for others, it is taking a trip off the road of selfishness. It talks about behaviour change.

In its first campaign, keeping in mind the increase in traffic accidents in Ahmedabad Pahele Aap took the initiative of public awareness on Traffic Safety, did street plays in multiple places at the Indira Bridge Circle and formed Human chain around the circle with placards on Traffic Safety.
Pahele Aap took its next initiative taking along the students of EDI on Environmental awareness and need for sustainable environment for Humankind.
Under the aegis of Pahele Aap a group named 'Students for Environment from EDI - SEED' was formed. Various games were played and discussions on the facts about the Environment and the role of Nature in our life were discussed. It also wanted students to feel their responsibility towards nature and making the environment prosper along with them.
Another student led initiative, with the name 'Ehsaas' came up in the month of February, 2013 under the banner of Pahele Aap, where it wanted to create a behaviour of sharing, in the minds of people 'who have' for the 'have not'.
Under 'Ehsaas' students visited some better off households in Ahmedabad City and prompted the residents not to discard their waste clothes and other belongings and share the same with the people who require it the most.
Materials collected from those households were brought back to campus and distributed among the residents of construction site slums by segregating and making it usable. Pahele Aap has got a team of Student Volunteers from the 1st year and 2nd year batch students at EDI.

Parichay- Introduction to the Programme and Redefining "Development":
An exhibition by the 16th batch students was organized which depicted 15 days of Induction program organized for them. This exhibition was their tribute to the Institute for providing a well-planned perspective building programme for them. It also included what students learnt during their 6 days of RURAL IMMERSION PROGRAMME in which they were sent on a 6 day visit to various villages near Kalol district where the students came across face to face with issues of development in India.

A 4 day academic seminar "Finding Relevance in a Globalised World: Building a Post MDG Scenario" was organized for the 1st year and 2nd year students of the programme. The students participated and gave presentation on the 8 Millennium Development Goals with various experts drawn based on their experience to engage with students to discuss each MDG in the light of overall development agenda unfolding in the country. Students prepared a report on the Colloquium and have shared with national and international networks like – Wada na Todo Abhiyan and Beyond 2015.

Under the Star – A Night of Solidarity with Our Homeless Neighbors:
On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, a group of students went out to the streets of Ahmedabad as volunteers to live with the weaker vulnerable shelter-less people. Homeless people are on the streets because of extreme violence and poverty in the families and communities into which they are born, and the complete failures of all state and social protection schemes. Living 'rough' on the streets requires people to brave every day and night the elements, the extremes of climate, the intense heat, cold and rains, police brutality, unremitting physical and sexual abuse, and the constant violations of privacy and rest. Mahatma Gandhi identified with the weakest and most vulnerable in his midst, by wearing the clothes, eating the food, and often living among the country's poorest residents. This year we felt that the best way to celebrate his birthday would be for middle class residents of cities – especially the young - to spend a night of solidarity under the stars with our homeless neighbours. The students spent the night of Oct 1 and 2, 2013, in the open, in parks and pavements, bus stations and railway platforms, where homeless men, women and children routinely sleep. This campaign was led by Shri Harsh Mander under the aegis of 'Aman Biradari'. The experience was the eye-opener as it gave the students insight into real time problems of shelter less people. The students interacted with the daily wage workers, men and women, children regarding their schedule, daily short comings, and the government schemes which are meant for them. It was an enriching experience as it brought more pro-poor orientation.

UN-ESCAP Workshop:
A three day International Workshop on 'Socially Responsible Business and Practices' was jointly organized by EDII and UN-ESCAP. The students participated along with many International Participants. It discussed various aspects such as MSME's contribution in CSR, Environment Sustainability, Human Rights and Labor. The Speakers and Chairpersons were Mr. Piruz Khambatta - Chairman and Managing Director, Rasna Pvt Limited, Mr. Masato Abe - Economic Affairs Officer at UNESCAP, among other dignitaries. Students gained a global perspective about Socially Responsible Business and it was a great learning experience.

Admissions Criteria
The minimum requirement for admission to the Programme is a three-year Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline with at least 50% marks in aggregate, from a recognised university/deemed university. Offers of admission to such candidates, if made, will be provisional and will be automatically cancelled in the event of their failing to complete all the requirements for obtaining the degree before August 15th.

Admission Test
The admission process consists of taking any of these tests:
CAT- Conducted by IIMs
MAT- Conducted by AIMA
XAT- Conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur
ATMA- Conducted by AIMS
CMAT- Conducted by AICTE

Eligible Candidates with valid scores in above mentioned tests will be called for EDI 'Social Awareness Test' and Personal Interview (PI). The EDI test aims to assess candidates on contemporary social and development issues, events and understanding of happenings around the world.

EDI Application Form
Candidates have to apply to EDI by acquiring application form which can be downloaded from www.ediindia.org / www.ediindia.ac.in or can be filled online. The duly filled in downloaded form should be sent to EDI along with a Demand Draft of Rs1000/- drawn in favour of 'Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India', payable at Ahmedabad.

Applicants who want to apply online can make payments online, or by transferring Rs1000/- to the EDI PG admission account (details given below) or by purchasing the application form from authorized centre of EDI against a receipt.

Name of Account EDI PG Admission EDI PG Admission
Name Of Bank HDFC IDBI Bank
Account No. 00061000237748 260104000055347

Fee Structure and Schedule
Fees for the two-year, full-time, residential course that includes cost of tuition, reading material, library and computer facilities, study visits, alumni association membership and students' activities fee is Rs. 4,65,000/-.

It also includes caution money deposit of Rs.10,000/-, which does not accrue any interest, and will be refunded on successful completion of the course.

  • The fees will be payable in six installments over two years period.
  • Hostel charges will be Rs.50,000/- per year (AC on Twin-sharing basis). Mess charges will be as per the rates decided by the Institute.

Fees would be payable as follows:

  I Installment II Installment III Installment Total
I Year 1,20,000 80,000 60,000 2,60,000
II Year 1,00,000 55,000 50,000 2,05,000

Placement- Life after the Program. A Paradigm Shift

Work with an organization of your choice or….

There is huge demand for exceptionally and intensively trained professionals graduating from the PGDM-DS programme. Career alternatives for PGDM-DS graduates include:

  • Professionals with social development organisations – state level, national and international
  • Practitioners in flagship programme of the Government
  • Management professionals of CSR and Corporate Foundations
  • Researchers and Domain Experts in leading development organizations
  • Faculty with training and academic institutions

Our alumni network is across national and international organisations that include UN organizations, World Bank, AKRSP, FWWB, NRLM, SEWA, CII, Azim Premji Foundation, Aga khan Rural Support Programme, Selco, Utthan, Chetna, IDBI Ltd, HDFC Bank, Unnati, GLPC, State mission units of NRLM, etc.

…Seed a new Vision. We help you incubate it.

Every new idea needs hand holding as it takes its first flight. EDI goes beyond preparing you to start a social development enterprise. We facilitate and provide support for incubation and credit linkage for the ventures of our students.

"Ranked one of the top four B Schools for Entrepreneurship in India." Entrepreneur, July-2011.

"EDI connects each student to a meaningful and challenging career opportunity."

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance'. Growing up in an educated family has been a great wealth, and I have come to realize the worth of learning and professionalism, even more after undergoing this course at EDI. Post EDI, the phase has been 'evolutionary' in my career. In fact, I got umpteen opportunities to work with leading NGOs/ multi-bilateral agencies. I have been actively involved with social development organizations for about nine years now. And these nine years that have helped me evolve as an individual and have shaped my career aspirations."
– Surbhi Dhingra, Vth Batch Student,currently working with the World Bank as a Social Development Specialist in New Delhi.

Our Alumni

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  1. How Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Development Studies Programme is different from other Management programme? 
    • The development sector has undergone a sea change in past few decades. Today, non-profit organizations are not seen as only charitable organizations but people look up to them as partners in development. With the changing scenario, the responsibility on the part of development organizations has mounted and good governance and accountability on the part of development organizations has gained momentum. With infusion of various management tools for effective implementation of development programmes and better governance of such initiatives, management education in social development sector has become utmost important. 
    • To create a cadre of development professionals who can visualize, plan and effectively implement development programmes, EDI in conducting a two-year year full time programme approved by AICTE. Henceforth, PGDM-DS is a two year full time programme approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, New Delhi. The programme is designed to prepare the students to understand the intricacies of development world and equip them with latest management tools being used in planning and designing of development programmes. The course at EDI is a judicious mix of both theories and management training which enhances capabilities and skills of young professionals to think and work entrepreneur ally in development sector.
    • PGDM-DS targets students who want to become social entrepreneurs or want to join development organizations. The course also provides in-depth knowledge to the students who want to start development initiative on their own.
  2. How is the course different from Masters in Social Work?
    • EDI recognises that, given the complex environment in which development organisations work, there is far greater need for professional management in these organizations and currently the MSW course does not meet this requirement in full. EDI attempts to prepare young talented managers through a well-structured two-year Post-Graduate Programme in Development Studies to undertake challenging responsibilities in the institutions engaged in development work. EDI has been closely working with its client organisations to integrate their emerging needs into the programme by periodically revising the curriculum of post graduate in management studies.
  3. Whether the programme is recognized by the Government?
    • The PGDM – DS is an AICTE approved programme. EDI is an autonomous and not-for-profit Institute promoted by IDBI Bank Ltd., IFCI Ltd., ICICI Ltd. and SBI with active support from Government of Gujarat. It is governed by its own board. The brilliance and stature of its Governing Body speaks the standards of the PG programmes. The Chairman and Managing Director of IDBI Bank Ltd. presides over the EDI Governing Body in his ex-officio capacity. Chiefs or their nominees of other national financial organizations such as IFCI Ltd., ICICI Ltd. and SBI, Chiefs of NABARD & SIDBI, and the Governments represent the Governing Body. The PG Programmes have an Advisory Committee consisting of academia, industry and development sector.
  4. What is the of pedagogy and evaluation methods?
    • The teachers use lectures, group discussions, case studies, projects etc. to deliver the essential inputs on various developmental issues.
    • A student performance is evaluated through classroom tests and quizzes, assignments, presentations, mid-term and end-term examinations.
  5. What are the contents of the programme?
    • The programme spreads over six trimesters of 12-15 weeks each. The content of the programme is designed in such a way that students get exposure to various facets of development work. The courses taught in the programme give insights into practical aspects of development management.
    • In PGDM-DS, students have to undergo summer internship for a period of 8 weeks after completion of the third trimester. Students are attached to reputed development organizations across the country to carry out different projects.
  6. What are the entry mechanism and its structure?
    • Students with valid CAT / MAT / XAT / ATMA / CMAT scores, for admission to PGDM - DS programme, has to appear for EDI Entrance Examination conducted on national level. The admission test includes testing the Social Awareness and Social Entrepreneurial Aptitude Test
    • Those who are declared successful in the written test are called for Personal Interviews at different centres.
    • The personal interview focuses on commitment to the course and training as a source of learning, subject knowledge, communication skill etc.
    • Performance in both these components will be aggregated for final selection for the programme.
  7. Is Placement facility available?
    • EDI provides placement assistance to PGDM-DS students and till date the placement record is 100 percent. Every year, a campus placement week is organized at the institute where leading NGOs, development agencies, companies and public sector organizations visit the campus and recruit our PGDM-DS students. Many organizations also make off-campus offers to the students.
  8. What are alumni doing?
    • As per the latest information available, about 90 percent of the alumni are continuing in the development sector in various capacities in grassroots to national and international level organizations. Another 5 percent alumni are either pursuing higher studies and about 5 percent are in private sector.
  9. Are alumni accessible?
    • They have demonstrated commitment towards the course and the Institute. Any candidate to know more about the course and the Institute may approach them. References of alumni residing in the location of the aspirants may be obtained from the PGP Secretariat and furnished on demand.
    • EDI’s alumni have formed an association and every year alumni meet “ENTREPLEXUS” takes place in month of December
  10. What are the infrastructure facilities?
    • Modern computer labs with round the clock internet connectivity. The campus also has highly secured wi-fi connectivity.
    • Library facility with 14,000 titles and 125 periodicals
    • Separate hostel facilities for boys and girls
    • Comfortable air conditioned classrooms with LCD
    • Canteen facility where hygienic food is served
    • Provision for reading space, sports and gymnasium

If you wish to know more about the course or join the course please write to pgdmds@ediindia.org

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