01 Jun 2021 17:53 IST

IRMA commences third batch of executive PGDM

The batch has a total of 33 participants from diverse academic backgrounds

Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) has announced commencement of the third batch of the Executive Programme — Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management-Executive) — the PGDM (RM-X). The classes started in online mode for the third batch due to the pandemic.

In its third year, the institute has received 33 participants for PGDM(RM-X) programme with diverse geographical background including Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan.

The batch saw participants from diverse academic background including engineering, commerce, science, business administration, veterinary, and dairy engineering backgrounds. The average work experience of the batch is ten years, an official statement said.

Rural-urban linkages

Balasubramanian Iyer, Regional Director, Asia and Pacific at the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA-AP), delivered the commencement speech to the new batch. Speaking on the theme of “Covid-19 and Cooperatives," Iyer, who is also an IRMA alumnus, termed cooperatives a critical actors in transitioning to sustainable food systems, which could contribute to inclusive rural-urban linkages.

Citing the examples of cooperatives across Japan, Malaysia, South Korea which have diversified their portfolios using professional management and are now using Blockchain Technology to their benefit, Iyer said, “Professionals from the PGDM(RM-X) programme are uniquely equipped to handle managerial challenges across domains. They can replicate the best practices from around the globe in India while battling the challenges therein.”

Participants interacted with IRMA alumni of erstwhile One Year Programme (OYP), Amit Vyas, MD, AMUL Dairy, Anand, and R K Singh, Chief Executive, Paayas Milk Producer Company, Jaipur. Umakant Dash, Director, IRMA, said that although the classes have begun in the online mode, no stone will be left unturned in providing the participants with the best teaching-learning experience.