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 No. 1 in the world for three consecutive by Eduniversal, Paris, France* (https://www.eduniversal-ranking.com) including the year 2017-18. The details of the ranking can be found at https://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
Brief about the 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 the economic environment and a Two-year Post-Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management was launched in 2000. More than 1,25,000 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 have an intake of 46 students with the 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, with a focus 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 the project on issues of socio-economic nature. The student's exchange programme is also offered in collaboration with four foreign universities, ESSEC B School, France, University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, Antai College of Economics & Management, China and NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Norway with a view to enhancing the international exposure for the PGP-FABM students. Students spend about one term (10-12 weeks) at the foreign university. Efforts are always in place to expand the pool of universities/institutes that are a part of exchange programmes.
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.
Prof. Viswanath Pingali, Chairperson, PGP-FABM said, “To me, everyone who is a part of IIMA Community is privileged. You have to use this opportunity to propel yourselves to greater heights. As the saying goes ‘To whom much is given, much is expected.”
Details of the PGP-FABM Programme of IIMA can be found out from our website https://www.iima.ac.in/web/pgp-fabm/home
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- The selection is based on three criteria:
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3. The Satisfaction of the students
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