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FELLOW PROGRAMME IN RURAL MANAGEMENT FPRM 2009

Institute of Rural Management Anand Anand – 388 001, Gujarat, India Phone: (02692) 260181, 260391, 2604246, 260177, 262602, 261502, 263260•Fax: (02692) 260188 Gram: IRMA • E-mail: admis@irma.ac.in, dpm@irma.ac.in Website: http://www.irma.ac.in/programmes/fprm.php


Promoting Scholarship in Rural Management

Contents 1.0 THE INSTITUTE WITH A UNIQUE MISSION................................................................................ 2 1.1 Academic Programmes ....................................................................................................................... 2 2.0 FELLOW PROGRAMME IN RURAL MANAGEMENT (FPRM).................................................. 2 2.1 Overall Goals: ...................................................................................................................................... 3 2.1.1 Specific Objectives: .................................................................................................................... 3 2.2 The Structure of the Programme.......................................................................................................... 4 2.3 Programme Duration............................................................................................................................ 5 3.0 ADMISSION PROCESS........................................................................................................................ 5 3.1 Eligibility Requirements ...................................................................................................................... 5 3.2 Applications ......................................................................................................................................... 5 3.3 Written Test ......................................................................................................................................... 5 3.4 Interviews and Final Selection............................................................................................................. 6 3.5 Fellowship............................................................................................................................................ 6 3.6 Programme Fee .................................................................................................................................... 6 3.7 Placement............................................................................................................................................. 6 4.0 CAMPUS LOCATION AND ITS FACILITIES.................................................................................. 6 4.1 Accommodation................................................................................................................................... 6 4.2 Ravi J Matthai Library ......................................................................................................................... 6 4.3 I T Facility ........................................................................................................................................... 7 4.4 Recreations and Cultural Life .............................................................................................................. 7

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COURSES ........................................................................................... 7

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1.0 THE INSTITUTE WITH A UNIQUE MISSION The Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) was established in 1979 at Anand, Gujarat with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC), the Government of India, the Government of Gujarat, the erstwhile Indian Dairy Corporation and the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to provide management education, training, research and consultancy support to co-operatives and rural development organisations in India. Based on the successful experience of the dairy farmers of Gujarat, milk producers in many other states were being organised into dairy co-operatives, known as Anand Pattern Co-operatives (APCs). Over the years, as some of the basic principles of APCs began to be applied to other commodity sectors, such as oilseeds, fruits and vegetables, forestry, and fisheries, IRMA’s clientele and activities also diversified to include other forms of organisations and other sub sectors. In this process, IRMA has brought within its ambit several non-government development organisations, government development programmes, international development organisations, and funding agencies which address the issues of rural development. IRMA’s mission is to promote sustainable, eco-friendly and equitable socioeconomic 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. Through this, IRMA strives to contribute to the processes of promoting sustainable development and social justice in India’s rural society. IRMA strives to achieve this mission by .

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educating a new breed of professional rural managers having appropriate values and ethos to help rural organisations and institutions in professionalsing their management and empower rural people through self-sustaining processes; training policy makers, directors, general managers, and those in charge of specific managerial functions in such enterprises and projects; building new rural management knowledge and theories through action-oriented and problemsolving research and consultancy; and influencing public policies through policy oriented research and consultancy.

1.1 Academic Programmes Doctoral education -- Fellow Programme in Rural Management (FPRM) for students and professionals seeking careers in Research, Teaching and specialised knowledge-based positions in Rural Management Institutions. FPRM is approved by the AICTE as a doctoral programme in rural management. Post-Graduate Programme in Rural Management (PRM) for those who wish to undertake challenging managerial responsibilities in the rural co-operative sector and development organisations. PRM is recognised 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). Management Development Programmes for in-service managers/officers working with co-operatives, NGOs, and government and semi-government organisations engaged in rural development. Research and Consulting for building and consolidating knowledge in the field of rural management, assisting institutions and organizations engaged in rural management with knowledge based advice for policy and management issues, and finally, for enriching the quality and content of teaching and training activities of the Institute. 2.0 FELLOW PROGRAMME IN RURAL MANAGEMENT (FPRM) The FPRM is a doctoral education in Rural Management leading upto the title of “Fellow, Institute of Rural Management, Anand”. It has a minimum residency requirement of 3 years. It seeks to promote interdisciplinary/ cross-functional scholarship in the broad field of rural management, with a provision for specialisation in any of the following thematic fields – (1) Management of Collectives, (2) Agribusiness/ Rural Marketing, (3) Natural Resources Management, (4) Development Management, (5) Micro-finance Management, (6) Governance and Livelihoods, (7) Rural Infrastructure and Services Management, and (8) Public Policy and

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Promoting Scholarship in Rural Management Non-profit Management. Some of the illustrative topics of interest within the Fields of specialisation are shown below. Scholarly emphases on policy, institutions, organisations and practices are common across fields. a) Management of Collectives Individual rationality and collective irrationality - tragedy of commons; collective action and cooperation; different forms of collective organisations -- self help groups, neighbourhood groups/ community based organisations, cooperative institutions, producers’ organisation and social movements. b) Agribusiness/ Rural Marketing Crop production, sorting, grading, aggregation, storage, processing, preservation, distribution and consumption – value chain and its management; local and distant markets, intermediation in the market; commodity trade and markets; market linkages and transactions; marketing with a development focus. c) Natural Resources Management Land, water, forests – renewable and non-renewable resources, their usage and implications for production systems, well being; environmental quality, inter-generational equity; climate change. d) Development Management Human development processes; health, education, other important services. e) Micro-finance Management Financial institutions and the poor; inclusiveness in financial services; cash-flow patterns and credit needs of the marginal and poor households; other financial services such as banking, insurance, etc. for the poorer sections. f) Governance and Livelihoods Agrarian production system and livelihoods; agriculture and allied activities, non farm occupations; social and market linkages; food security, livelihood security; state and livelihoods – linkages and implications; governance for sustainable livelihoods. g) Rural Infrastructure and Services Management Connectivity and communications; housing, sanitation, water supply; post harvest infrastructure; meeting places, market yards; intermediation services across sectors. h) Public Policy and Non-profit Management State and policy formations; governance, policy networks, policy determination and implementation; public policy and programme management; non-profit organisations – public and private, non government organisations.

2.1 Overall Goals: Derived from the Institutional Mission, the overall goals of the programme are to; (a) (b) (c)

Promote scholarship and build knowledge in the field of Rural Management; Develop scholars and teachers in rural management; and Stimulate academic and research work in IRMA.

2.1.1 Specific Objectives: The specific objectives of the programme are to; (a)

Design and offer a doctoral programme in rural management;

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Implement an appropriate admission procedure for identifying and admitting potential scholars and educators;

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Design and implement appropriate pedagogy for facilitating rural management education among participants;

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Facilitate the development of academic/ scholarly orientation among participants;

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Design and implement evaluation methods that help assess the growth of participants and their guidance needs;

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Provide guidance in identifying research areas and topics. Further, provide guidance in development of research proposals, conduct of research and thesis writing;

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Help create general and specific competencies in teaching, executive education, consulting research, research review and editorship;

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Promote an inter-disciplinary orientation among all participants;

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Provide a boost to the scholarship and pedagogy of the Institute by linking and contributing to the academic processes;

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Do whatever necessary to foster a rich academic environment with a concern strongly aligned with the Institute’s mission.

2.2 The Structure of the Programme A strong coursework in Rural Management education and research, and a doctoral thesis are the two principal components of the Programme. These two components are separated by a requirement of Comprehensive Examination and Teaching/ Research/ Editorial Assistantship. Annexure 1 provides a schematic picture of the curriculum and schedule of the Programme. The Coursework Component: The coursework component is so designed as to provide a base of Rural Management education at Masters’ level and then to facilitate participants in undertaking specialised reading/ learning in research and developing thesis research proposals. It consists of a classroom segment, a fieldwork segment and an Organisation Traineeship Segment. The Classroom segment has a minimum of 5 classroom terms consisting of 28 credits of coursework. Of these, 20 credits of courses are compulsory from the PRM curriculum, 3 credits of FPRM core courses and 5 credits of optional courses. The Fieldwork Segment is spread over 10 weeks and consists of 4 credits. The Organisation Traineeship Segment is similarly spread over 10 weeks and consists of 4 credits. The Fieldwork and Organisation Traineeship Segments are common with the PRM curriculum; however, in both, FPRM participants would do additional assignments to meet their credit requirements. After completion of coursework, every participant has to write and pass the Comprehensive Qualifying Examination prior to be eligible to commence thesis research. The Qualifying Examination is conducted in two stages; the first stage examination pertains to the area of specialisation of the participant. The second stage is a general one seeking to examine the overall understanding in Rural Management and competence of the participant in inter-disciplinary/ cross-functional thinking. Additionally, every participant has to associate as a Teaching Assistant for 2 credits of PRM courses or its time equivalent (6 months) of Research or Editorial Assistantship. Thesis Component: The remainder of the third year and the subsequent years are devoted to thesis research and thesis writing. Every participant constitutes a three member Thesis Advisory Committee and undertakes the thesis research. Upon completion of the thesis participant presents it in a public seminar. The public seminar is meant to announce the thesis work to a wider audience of scholars and researchers and seek their comments and feedback on the thesis work. At the end of the Seminar, the participant, in consultation with the TAC, incorporates changes, if any, suggested in the Seminar and prepares the Defensible draft of the Thesis. A Thesis Evaluation Committee (TEC) is constituted for every participant. The TEC consists of the FPRM Coordinator, the participant’s Thesis Advisory Committee, one expert faculty from within the Institute, and an expert academic from outside the Institute. The major responsibilities of the TEC is to (1) evaluate the thesis and ensure that it meets the quality expected from a doctoral FPRM participant; (2) to advise the FPRM participant to make modification/ improvements in the thesis, if necessary; and (3) to approve the thesis, if it meets the expected level of standard. After successful defence of the thesis in the thesis examination before the TEC, a participant becomes eligible for the award of the title, Fellow Institute of Rural Management, Anand (Fellow, IRMA). All the details of the Fellow Programme in Rural Management, including its conduct rules and administration are documented in the FPRM Handbook. A copy of the Handbook is made available to participants soon after they join the programme.

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Promoting Scholarship in Rural Management 2.3 Programme Duration The FPRM is a full time residential programme requiring a minimum of three years to complete. The maximum period within which a participant must graduate is six years from the date of joining the Programme unless exigencies of the specific situation demanded extension. 3.0 ADMISSION PROCESS The FPRM admission process comprises three stages. The first stage involves screening of the applications. The second stage consists of a written test. Personal interviews are conducted at the third stage. 3.1 Eligibility Requirements To be eligible for admission to the Programme an applicant must satisfy one of the following conditions; a) PRM from IRMA; or b) OYP from IRMA with one year post-diploma work experience; or c) Post Graduation in any discipline from a recognized University or Institution with 55% marks at PG and 50% marks at graduation (college) level; or d) Five year professional degree (Medicine, Veterinary Science, Architecture, etc.) with 60% marks at graduation; or e) Four year professional degree (Engineering, Agricultural Sciences, etc.) with 60% marks at graduation and one year work experience. The eligibility requirements for candidates from SC/ST/OBC/PwD1 is 5% less than those specified above. Candidates, who expect to fulfil the eligibility requirements by 6th June of 2009, are encouraged to apply. 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 Executive Committee would consider the quality of the published and unpublished work and/ or professional contributions of the applicant and establish equivalence to the relevant PG course subjects. 3.2 Applications Candidates fulfilling the above conditions may apply in the prescribed application form. The form can be obtained from: FPRM Co-ordinator, Institute of Rural Management Anand—388 001, Gujarat The completed application form along with a Demand Draft for Rs. 850/-(Rs. 600/-for SC/ST/PwD candidates) obtained from a Scheduled bank should reach the FPRM Coordinator on or before October 06, 2008 (The applicable fee will be Rs 750/- (or Rs. 500/- for SC/ST/PwD candidates) if the fee of Rs. 100/- has already been paid for obtaining the admission material from IRMA). Applications received without the requisite fee will not be accepted. Demand draft should be drawn in favour of Institute of Rural Management payable at Anand (Gujarat). All correspondence regarding admissions should be addressed to the FPRM Co-ordinator. 3.3 Written Test The written test is common for PRM and FPRM applicants. The written test scheduled on November 09, 2008 (Sunday: 9.15 a.m – 12.15 p.m) will be conducted at 27 test centres2. These test centres are: Anand, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pantnagar, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Rajkot, Ranchi, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur, Varanasi, Vijaywada. PRM alumni of IRMA are exempted from writing the written test.

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PwD – People with Disability

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IRMA reserves the right to change or cancel any test centre at its discretion

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Promoting Scholarship in Rural Management 3.4 Interviews and Final Selection Those applicants, who qualify in the written test, along with those exempted from the written test, would be called for an interview and personal discussion to be conducted in IRMA campus in the months of FebruaryMarch 2009. The decision of the selection committee on admission is final. The FPRM 2009 is scheduled to start on June 08, 2009 with two-week long Induction Programme. All the selected candidates are expected to report at IRMA on or before June 08, 2008 failing which their admission offers will be liable to be withdrawn. 3.5 Fellowship Every participant joining the programme shall receive a fellowship of Rs.10,000/-(gross) per month and a contingency grant of Rs.20,000/-per year. The fellowship and contingency grants are assured for four years; in deserving cases and subject to availability of funds they may be extended for the fifth year. 3.6 Programme Fee Substantial remission in tuition fees are extended to all participants. However, a token amount is deducted for tuition purposes. Additionally, fees are also deducted from the Fellowship amount on account hostel accommodation, computers, network services and internet. After all deductions, approximately a sum of Rs 7500/- per month in the first year and Rs. 8500/-- per month from the second year onwards is receivable as the Fellowship amount. No separate fees are paid by the participants. 3.7 Placement The Programme is meant to prepare scholars, teachers and professionals with doctoral education. The prospective organisations where Fellows might find challenging assignments include national level institutes of management offering post-graduate level courses in agri-business management and rural development management; national level development organisations; state and national level cooperatives; funding organisations and donors; and public policy research institutions. Six candidates from the first two batches have already joined prestigious Institutions in teaching positions. 4.0 CAMPUS LOCATION AND ITS FACILITIES Anand is situated about 36 kms north of Vadodara and 65 kms south of Ahmedabad on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad main rail line and National Highway No. 8 connecting Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Adjacent to Anand is Vallabh Vidyanagar, the educational township and seat of Sardar Patel University. It is conveniently placed in terms of accessibility to a largenumber of academic and development institutions; the more importantof these are the NDDB, the GCMMF, the Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union Limited (Amul), the Tribhuvandas Foundation, the Anand Agricultural University and the Sardar Patel University. The Institute’s campus is spread over a landscaped sixty-acre site adjacent to the Anand Agricultural University. The campus is fully residential equipped with participants’ hostels, mess, lecture halls, seminar rooms, library, faculty and administrative offices, auditorium, executive training and development centre, faculty and staff housing, dispensary, and other support facilities. The IRMA staff co-operative store caters to the residents’ daily necessities. 4.1 Accommodation The FPRM is a fully residential programme. Every participant is provided with a furnished single hostel room with computer and Internet connectivity. There is a furnished common reading room, which is also used for receiving guests of participants. The hostel has a boarding facility managed by an elected participants’ body. Limited housing facility is available for married participants; it is normally made available only from the beginning of the second year in the programme. 4.2 Ravi J Matthai Library The Library is housed in a spacious three-storied building. It supports the teaching and research programmes of the Institute. The present collection includes 42628 books, 417 videocassettes, 40 CD-ROMS, 919 microforms, 1742 MTS reports, 108 OTS reports and 309 Fieldwork reports. The Library has subscribed to 453 periodicals including professional journals, newspapers and popular magazines. In addition to this, the library has also subscribed to three electronic databases, namely, Prowess (CMIE, Mumbai), Indiastat. com (Datanet India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi), and ABI/Inform (Proquest; Informatics, Bangalore).

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Promoting Scholarship in Rural Management 4.3 I T Facility The Institute through its campus wide network provides connectivity to its resources such as Library information, printing and file access, Internet and Mail Services. Each hostel room in the campus is equipped with network access points that enable the participant to have access to all these resources. The FPRM participants are also provided with personal computers in their rooms. 4.4 Recreations and Cultural Life A wide range of facilities for pursuing recreational and extra-curricular activities is provided through the Participant Activity Centre. Besides, the Institute has infrastructure facilities for sports such as football, cricket, badminton and table tennis. The air-conditioned 400-seat auditorium has excellent audiovisual projection system that is regularly used by the participant community and the Institute for holding a variety of programmes. While the Institute extends support for extra-curricular activities, the initiative for their organization normally comes from the participants. The IRMA Staff Club organises various cultural programmes, entertainment and sports activities, and film shows at the Institute. All the FPRM participants are associate members of the IRMA Staff Club. The FPRM participants represent a substantial pool of talent in music, drama and dance. The participants organise several cultural programmes, with Jatra, the seven-day festival of participants being the grand finale. Under the SPIC-MACAY of which many participants, staff and faculty are members, several concerts and recitals by eminent artistes are organised every year. The participants use Terra Firma, their biannual magazine, to share with the alumni and the community the experiences of studying at IRMA. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COURSES FIRST YEAR Term I (6.0 credits) Individual and Group Behaviour (1.0 credit) Understanding human behaviour and its different dimensions; recognising points of view; feelings, perceptions and assumptions that intervene in inter-personal interactions; human dignity; understanding of individual, interpersonal, and group behaviour; perception, attitudes, values, change processes, motivation; human performance, human inference process, self concept, interpersonal communication, active listening and feedback, small group behaviour, leadership and power - theories and applications, team building, managing conflicts, and management of stress. Economic Analysis for Rural Management - I (1.0 credit) Basic economic concepts, principles and theories; applications in decision-making in the context of rural people and their organisations; tools and techniques of economic analysis; consumer behaviour and demand analysis; production, cost and breakeven analysis; market structures; economic efficiency and welfare; economic theory of co-operative firms; pricing methods; impact of government interventions – taxes, subsidies and price controls; long term planning decisions – capital budgeting and cost-benefit analysis. Financial Accounting (1.0 credit) Appreciation of accounting as a language of business; understanding, analysis and interpretation of data contained in the financial statements for improved decision-making; framework of Accounting Concepts, Standards, and Policies that govern the mechanism of accounting; process of accounting - starting with recording of transactions, followed by preparation of the statements, and ending with analysis and interpretation of the statements; use of accounting software through project work. Quantitative Analysis for Rural Management (1.0 credit) Quantitative data analysis and problem solving through logical reasoning; descriptive statistics and graphical presentation of data; basic probability concepts; standard probability distributions; sampling and sampling distributions; confidence intervals; Basic Elements of Scientific Method of Enquiry: Concepts and Hypothesis; Research Design and Hypothesis Testing; introduction to tests of hypotheses; regression analysis; and timeseries analysis.

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Promoting Scholarship in Rural Management Rural Society and Polity (0.5 credit) Concepts on society & culture – Society, community, associations, institutions, individuals & society; understanding the ‘rural’ – village, caste, class and family, social stratification, caste and tribe; women in family & productions systems, nature of rural urban interaction, challenges to rural society – monetisation and migration; rural political systems – power, authority, coercion, domination & hegemony; participatory democracy & development; rural social mobilisation, movements and social change. Rural Research Methods (0.5 credit) Introduction to research methods and methodology; variables; indicators; methods of measurement and scaling; questionnaire design; quantitative and qualitative methods for understanding rural society; Micro and Macro Approaches to understand Rural Changes; Case and Village Study approaches including field research methods; Practical application and experiential learning of participatory research methods for diagnostic studies will be done as a part of the preparatory module before field work. Managerial Analysis and Communication (0.5 credit) Managerial orientation and managerial analysis through case discussion; analytical framework, systematic decision-making; situational thinking, interaction between concepts, context and situations; written communication and presentation. Rural Livelihood Systems (0.5 credit) Holistic and multidisciplinary exposure to the understanding of concepts, processes and relationships among agro-climatic and natural resources, production systems and livelihoods of rural people; rural resources -- land, soil, climate, water and forests; the production systems -- agriculture, horticulture, sericulture, forestry, animal husbandry and dairying, fisheries, non-farm activities, their linkage with the livelihoods of rural people; food security, livelihood security, and sustainable livelihoods; quality of life. Fieldwork (4 credits) Village stay and experiencing the rural; preliminary research, seeding of research ideas; village report, theme paper, collaborative research, rural action. Term II (6.0 credits) Collective Action and Co-operation (1.0 credit) Market failures, government failures, and the need for collective action; reasons for absence and/or failures of collectives; methods and strategies for collective action, illustrative cases from farmers’ movements, cooperatives and other sectors; theories of leadership and the role played by it in making collective efforts succeed; institutional economic theory of co-operation, agency theory; theory of contracts, transaction cost economics, game theory and robustness of reciprocity; and welfare economics and co-operatives. Economic Analysis for Rural Management - II (1.0 credit) Concepts of macroeconomics and macroeconomic aggregates, inter relationship between target and instrument variables, national income accounting, growth and development, conceptualisation of inflation, unemployment and poverty as central endogenous macroeconomic variables, fiscal and monetary policies, understanding of government budgets, economic reform and structural adjustment programmes, implications of the policies of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation as parts of economic reform, global environment and perspectives in economic analysis including WTO agenda. Financial Management (1.0 credit) Financial decision making in organisations; concepts and methods related to financial analysis; financial planning, working capital assessment and management; capital investment analysis/capital budgeting techniques; concepts of risk and return, valuation of securities, cost of capital and capital structure; time value of money and annuities and concepts of operating, financial and total leverage. Understanding Organisations (1.0 credit) Fundamental concepts and tools of organisation theory and organisational analysis; organisations as human artefacts; organisation theories, organisational structure, and organisational design issues; organisational dynamics, growth, development and change; nature of organisations, the evolution of organisation theory, dimensions of organisation structure and determinants of structure (strategy, size technology, environment, etc.),

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Promoting Scholarship in Rural Management power and control, and organisational design options; organisations and environment, organisational culture, managing organisational change, organisational conflict, managing organisational growth and evolution, organisational development, organisational effectiveness, designs for managing quality, and learning organisations; Indian management thoughts. Production and Operations Management (1.0 credit) Role of production function; types of production systems; work measurement; methods improvement; location and layout; capacity planning; materials management; planning and scheduling; and managing quality and reliability form the major topics under this course. Several OR techniques like linear programming and its variants like transportation problems and assignment problems, queuing theory/waiting-line models, integer programming, goal programming, will be covered. This course will also sensitise the students to the applications of OR techniques to issues connected with rural development, such as selection of projects under conditions of conflicting objectives, optimal selection of products and projects under resource constrains, determination of the optimal number of service centres, etc and also the rudiments of simulation. Computer Applications for Rural Management (0.5 credit) Introductory concepts of information technology and its managerial applications; end-user desk-top application packages like electronic spreadsheet (Excel), DBMS (Access), SPSS, GIS (ArcGIS); internet and web page design. Gender and Development (credit 0.5) Conceptual treatment of institutional structures, construction of gender relations; status of women and men in rural India; perspectives on gender and development, the gender question in selected development sectors and globalisation; different tools and techniques of gender planning, analysis and evaluation in the development sector. Term III (6.0 credits) Development Theories and Practices (1.0 credit) Overview of the major strands of development theory and practice in the last fifty years; salient features of different strands of theories and approaches with its influence on policy and programmes; analytical handle to understand policies in the light of underlying theories; understanding the major theories and the recent approaches to development; understanding the development perspectives and practices adopted in India after Independence. Managing Co-operatives (1.0 credit) Concepts unique to co-operatives; application of concepts from other functional areas to develop understanding that is required for successful management of co-operatives; uniqueness and competitiveness -- introduction to managing co-operatives, emergence, endurance, and growth of co-operatives, salient and unique management challenges in co-operatives, the design and leadership issues in co-operatives; the logic of co-operatives and its evolution, technology: production and marketing, agri-business co-operatives, coordination strategy, enabling and disabling conditions, co-operative principles, issues in establishing agricultural co-operatives – (problems of multiple objectives, equitable sharing, ensuring compliance, & mobilizing capital), democratic governance in co-operatives, co-operative principles & economic rationality, excellence and enduring performance, energetic farmers organisation, design of Anand pattern – the federal structure, causes of sickness, leadership in cooperatives, and managing boards; sharing of real life experiences of co-operative leaders. Marketing Management (1.0 credit) Brief overview of history of marketing, introduction to managerial action frameworks vis-a-vis marketing concept, 4Ps and 4Cs; marketing components -- product, price, promotion, and distribution through related illustrations, viewpoints, and caselets; course integration through concepts like positioning, segmentation, branding, and advertising campaigns. Management Information System (1.0 credit) Concept of management information is at the core of this course; data and information; systems analysis and design, structured programming; skills in using database management and networking software; stages of information technology adoption in an organisation, strategies and management of information technology resources.

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Promoting Scholarship in Rural Management Costing and Management Planning (1.0 credit) Concepts, tools and techniques for determining costs of products, processes and services, cost concepts for managerial decisions, flexible budgeting, standard costing and analysis of variances, responsibility centres, performance measurement and transfer pricing; development of general framework of management planning and control functions; application for non-profit service and development organisations. Human Resource Management (1.0 credit) Perspectives on Human Resource Management (HRM); contextual nature of HRM; functional aspect of HRM -HR planning, job analysis, recruitment & selection, training & development, motivation & employee compensation; legal aspect of HRM -- grievance management, managing employee discipline, industrial relations, industrial disputes, contract labour/ apprentice, trade unionism, collective bargaining, and safety and health; strategic human resource management. SECOND YEAR Organisation Traineeship Segment (4 credits) Case study of an organisation and its environment; organisational action project. Term IV (6.0 credits) Strategic Management (1.0 credit) Basic concepts of strategy and strategic management, strategy development processes; strategy analysis through an understanding of business environment, organisational resources and stakeholders; strategy choices at corporate and business unit level, including alternative directions and methods of strategy development; strategy implementation encompassing organisation structure and design, resource allocation and control, and managing change; quality and technology; and turn around management. Project Management (1.0 credit) The concept of the project life cycle; peculiarities of agribusiness and development projects and their differences; diverse skills needed in project management; project selection, design, appraisal, execution including resource management, monitoring and control; network techniques like PERT; and appreciation of project management software; the differences in approaches to management between commercial projects and social development programmes -- identification, formulation, appraisal including social-cost benefit analysis, need for participatory approach and tools for such an approach (like LFA), monitoring and evaluation, replication and scaling up. Philosophy of Science (1.0 credit) Meaning of science; science and non science – science and rationality; essential features of scientific deliberations; locus of concepts, laws, models, theories, values and ethics in research; evolution of science; intellectual traditions in social sciences, economics, psychology, and management. Optional Courses/Courses of Independent Study (3 credits) Term V: Thesis Proposal Preparatory Term (4 credits) Research Methodology (1 credit) Introduction to research; qualitative inquiry – the twain of qualitative and quantitative; problem definition – research questions, theoretical framework, hypothesis; research strategies and designs – concepts, constructs and variables, measurement – level of analysis/ measurement, operational definition, scale of measurement, reliability, validity; observation, preliminary data gathering, participant observation, ethnography, interviewing; data collection methods – field studies, surveys. Research Reading Seminar (1 credit) Literature review; oral history, archival records; mixed methods; critic, book review and research reviews; academic report writing – thesis proposal, grant proposals, research papers, dissertation/ thesis writing; participant research proposals. Optional Courses/ Courses of Independent Study (2 credits) Term VI (CQM) Additional coursework if so determined by the Thesis Advisory Committee. Comprehensive Qualifying Examination (Area and General)

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Important Dates Last date for receipt of completed applications

Oct. 06, 2008

Written test

Nov. 09, 2008 (9.15 a.m. – 12.15 p.m.)

Announcement of entrance test results

Dec. 27, 2008

Personal interviews and group discussions

Feb. 09–21, 2009

Announcement of final results

Mar. 16, 2009

Beginning of remedial classes

June 01, 2009

Beginning of the programme

June 08, 2009

Applicants are requested to read the instructions given along with the application form before filling the form. For further information, please contact: Admissions Coordinator/FPRM Coordinator Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) Anand 388001 Gujarat Phone:

(02692) 260181, 260391, 260246, 260177, 262602, 261502, 263260.

Fax:

(02692) 260188

Email:

admis@irma.ac.in

Website:

http://www.irma.ac.in

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IRMA Board of Governors Dr Yoginder K. Alagh

Dr Amrita Patel

Dr Rita Sharma

Shri Raj Gopal

Shri Umaesh Chandra Sarangi

Shri B. M. Vyas

Ms Neelima Khetan

Prof Rama Baru

Dr Bakul H. Dholakia

Shri V. Ramachandran

Shri Hasmukh Shah Shri Vijay Mahajan

Prof Arvind Gupta Prof Ila Patel Shri V. Vivekanandan

Shri S. Sivakumar

Dr Vivek Bhandari

Chairman Institute of Rural Management Anand – 388 001 Chairman National Dairy Development Board Anand – 388 001 Secretary (RD) Department of Rural Development & Land Revenue Government of India, Ministry of Rural Development Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi – 110 001 Commissioner and Secretary (Rural Development) Panchayats, Rural Housing and Rural Development Department Government of Gujarat, Jeevraj Mehta Bhavan Gandhinagar – 382 010 Chairman National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development Plot No.C-24, G-Block, Bhandra-Kurla Complex Mumbai – 400 051 Managing Director Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. Amul Dairy Road, Anand – 388 001 Chief Executive Seva Mandir Old Fatehpura, Udaipur – 313 004 Centre for Social Medicine & Community Health Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi –110 067 Adani House Near Mithakhali Circle Navrangpura Ahmedabad – 380 009 Chairman Centre for Management Development Trivandrum – 695 014 15, Dhanushya Society Vadodara – 390 008 Chairman BASIX No.5-1-664/665/679, 3rd Floor, Surabhi Arcade Hyderabad – 500 001 Institute of Rural Management Anand – 388 001 Institute of Rural Management Anand – 388 001 Advisor South Indian Fedn of Fishermen Societies Karamana, Trivandrum – 695 002 Chief Executive Agri-Business Division ITC Limited Secunderabad – 500 003 Director & Member-Secretary Institute of Rural Management Anand – 388 001

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Promoting Scholarship in Rural Management

IRMA Faculty Vivek Bhandari (Director)

Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)

Ajay Dandekar

Ph.D. (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Anand Venkatesh

Ph.D. (Mumbai University)

Arvind Gupta

Fellow (IIM, Ahmedabad)

B. N. Hiremath

Ph.D. (University of Kentucky)

Debiprasad Mishra

Fellow (IIM, Ahmedabad)

H. S. Shylendra

Ph.D. (ISEC, Bangalore)

Harekrishna Misra

Ph.D. (Utkal University)

Ila Patel

Ph.D. (Stanford University)

K. N. Badhani

Ph.D. (Kumaun University)

K. V. Raju

PGDRM (IRMA)

M. V. Durga Prasad

Ph.D. (IIT, Delhi)

Madhavi H. Mehta

Fellow (XLRI, AHRD)

Mukul Kumar

M. Phil. (Delhi University)

Nivedita Kothiyal

Ph.D. (Nirma University)

Paresh J. Bhatt

M.Com., LLB, FICWA

Pramod K. Singh

Ph.D. (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Preeti Priya

PGDRM (IRMA), POMR

Rakesh Saxena

Ph.D. (IIT, Kanpur)

S. N. Biswas

Ph.D. (Allahabad University)

S. R. Asokan

Ph.D. (Gujarat University)

Shiladitya Roy

BE, AICWA

Sony Pellissery

D.Phil. (Oxford University)

Visiting faculty/ fellows and their institutional affiliations B. M. Vyas C. Gopalakrishnan G. Krishnamurthi Joel Evans Kiran Joshi Shailesh Gandhi Srinivas Mudrakartha Tara Nair Tushaar Shah

MD, GCMMF Faculty, NIRMA University Principal, IIIM, Changa Dy CS, GMDC Faculty, M.S. University Faculty, IIM, Ahmedabad Ph.D. Fellow, Wageningen University Head (Research), FWWB-India Principal Scientist, IWMI

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