IIMA PGP-FABM programme retains its legacy; maintains World Ranking No. 1

Ahmedabad, India, May 16, 2017- The Two-year Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agri-Business Management (PGP-FABM) offered by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad has been ranked as No. 1 in the world provided by Eduniversal, Paris, France* (www.eduniversal.com) for the year 2017. The details of the ranking is online:  http://www.best-masters.com/ranking-master-agribusiness-food-industry-management/post-graduate-programme-in-food-and-agri-business-management-pgp-fabm-indian-institute-of-management-ahmedabad.html.

Talking about the course, Professor Debjit Roy, Chairperson, PGP-FABM said, “To address todays challenges in food and agri-business sector, participants need to have cross-functional management exposure and work with teams members from diverse backgrounds. FABM programme, which attracts participants from diverse backgrounds such as agriculture and food sciences, engineering, biotechnology, and life sciences, prepares the participants to take up challenges in this sector-focused problem solving.  The alumni from this programme are playing a key role in shaping up policies and addressing the needs of this sector.”

Brief about the PGP -FABM Programme:
The commitment of the Institute towards socially important sector like food and agri-business dates back to its inception, when the Institute accepted managerial issues related to agriculture, food, and other developmental sectors as part of its thrust areas.  In pursuit of this a Post Graduate Programme with Specialization Package in Agriculture (PGP-SPA) was started in 1974. In 2000, IIMA revamped the programme after a review of the Institute’s approach to agri-business management education under changing economic environment and a Two-year Post-Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management was launched in 2000. More than 1,27,000 candidates apply for this Programme and only about 46 candidates are selected with a rigorous selection process administered throughout the country.

The Post Graduate Programme in Food & Agri-Business Management (PGP-FABM) is a two-year full-time residential programme.  The PGP-FABM Programme has evolved over the years and expanded beyond agriculture to other allied areas such as food processing, commodities and rural development sector, and rural infrastructure. We now have increased our intake to 46 students with inclusion of more industry interaction, Rural Immersion Modules and have made project-work a significant part of the curriculum than ever before. The programme attracts many companies across the supply chain, for academic collaboration, internships and finally for recruitment.

Content of Course:
The programme curriculum has a solid managerial foundation, focused on food and agribusiness marketplace. It includes compulsory management courses in the first year and is common with the Post Graduate Programme of the Institute. The second year of the programme includes compulsory as well as elective courses designed to have specialized multifunction knowledge and skill required by food and agribusiness sector. Rural Immersion Module (RIM) also helps students to spend about three weeks in rural areas. The students have the opportunity to meet the rural community, know their lifestyle, values and help them carry out project on issues of socio economic nature. The students exchange programme is also offered in collaboration with four foreign universities, ESSEC B School, France, University of British Columbia, Canada, Norwegian School of Economics, Norway, and Antai College, China with a view to enhance the international exposure for the PGP-FABM students. Students spend about one term (10-12 weeks) at the foreign university.

Course Objectives:
The programme is designed to expand students’ perspective knowledge and skill necessary for management and leadership in agribusiness, food industry and allied sectors. It also nurtures in the participant a commitment to integrity, ethical behavior, and a sense of social purpose.

The objective of the Programme is to develop young men and women into competent professional managers for the food and agri-business, rural and allied sectors. Increasing environmental concerns and challenges of working in a highly market oriented environment requires the agri-food industry to be dynamic in terms of responses to changes in policies and managing those changes.  Along with innovative skills, those working in this industry require a range of management skills, familiarity with the policy environment, and a strategic perspective and the programme prepares students for the arduous task of leading change in dynamic industry and managing the process of those changes.  The Programme adequately prepares students for the rapidly changing agri-business sector with specific programme objectives.

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