The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), has commenced the 58th class of the two-year Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) and 22ndclass of the Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agribusiness Management (PGP-FABM), virtually.
The present classes comprise students from arts, science, commerce, engineering, agriculture, and allied sciences, among others. This year, the Institute has registered a total intake of 432 students of which 385 students have joined in the PGP programme and 47 students joined the PGP-FABM programme. The PGP class comprises 72 per cent men and 28 per cent women. The average age of the PGP class is around 23 years and 67 per cent of the total students have been professionals with prior work experience.
The inauguration and orientation programme was held on July 2 in the Ravi J Matthai auditorium of the Institute in the presence of the Director, Dean (Programmes), Dean (Faculty), Dean (A & ER)and other senior faculty members.
Delivering the inaugural address to the incoming classes, Professor Errol D’ Souza, Director, IIMA said, “You are about to embark on one of the most important and vibrant phases in your life. The two years at IIMA will present you with unlimited opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills, explore your interests, and most important of all, build a network of friends and mentors who will support you in the future.
This year, the PGP-FABM programme has witnessed an increase in the number of students from agriculture and allied backgrounds as compared to the previous two years. PGP-FABM is a niche programme offering from the IIMA. It was launched as a Special Programme in Agriculture (SPA) in 1974.
Professor Pradyumana Khokle, Dean (Programmes), IIMA said, “IIMA’s post graduate programmes are a transformative journey that requires setting high standards and working in ways that may be different and better from the way you have worked earlier. As you navigate through this journey, you will encounter some great things, some thunderstorms, some things familiar and some unfamiliar waters. I hope you will enjoy navigating through all of them.”