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The AIM two-year Post Graduate programme is one of the most unique and innovative PGDBM
programmes in the country. It has introduced courses and programmes which are now being
emulated by many leading institutes of the country.
The highlights are:
1. Trimester system of education: AIM PGDM programme follows the trimester system, which is
in line with the system followed in the IIMs like the ones at Ahmedabad, Calcutta or Bangalore.
Such a system makes it possible to broaden the course contents and introduce more innovative
and contemporary courses.
2. Committed and dedicated band of full-time faculty: AIM has a very versatile set of fulltime
faculty members, with substantial organisational experience. They get regular opportunities
to develop and upgrade themselves, by presenting papers in International Seminars, through
interactions with industry personnel and leaders and by attending faculty development
programmes. Some Faculty Members have presented paper in International Workshops held
3. Strict adherence to a time-bound Academic Calendar: At the begining of each academic year,
each student is given a printed academic calendar where the dates of end term tests, mid
term tests, holidays and any other student related activities are clearly specified. Students
are required to strictly adhere to the calendar and plan their own schedules accordingly. This
ensures course completion in time and make the students disciplined and time bound.
4. Unfailing compliance to norms of the All India Council for Techni¬cal Education (AICTE): AIM
is very conscious about complying with the AICTE norms, in terms of course content, contact
sessions, programme structure and evaluation guidelines.
5. Compulsory and comprehensive computer education: The institute has a fully functional
Computer Laboratory with LAN and multimedia access. Computer literacy is a must in AIM. In
addition, AIM is offering advanced programmes for interested students in Computer Based
Management. Students are allowed considerable freedom regarding access to the institute’s
computer facilities along with Wi-Fi facilities.
6. Strong inputs of case studies and other real life inputs: In line with the trends in the premier
management institutes of the world, and keeping the background of the students in mind, AIM
ensures an adequate balance between cases, lectures, assignments, field studies and project
works for its students.
7. Continuous stress on participants' self-development and improvement of their communications
abilities: AIM believes that students of the NE require soft skills development so that they can
compete with graduates of other leading management institutes. Accordingly, AIM spends
considerable time and efforts in developing the communication and presentation skills of its
students. The institute also takes help of external organizations in this regard. The students
are required to organise events, attend mock interviews etc, so that their individual skills are
developed. Written analysis and Communication (WAC) and Executive Effectiveness (EE) are
two papers which are conducted round the year to emphasize on the skill requirements of the
8. Continuous evaluation and feedback: In AIM, evaluation is done on a continuous basis.
Apart from end-term examinations, the students are evaluated on the basis of their class
performance, presentations, class assignments, quizzes, projects etc. The students are given
regular feed¬back about their performances. Whenever required, necessary counseling is also
9. Inclusion of human values and ethics, exposure to Yogasana: AIM is one of the first institutes
in India where values and ethics have been integrated to the learning process on a compulsory
basis. The students are required to attend programmes on spirituality and Yoga at Vivekananda
Kendra, Guwahati. They also do compulsory social works among the socially deprived section of
the society. Ethics and non corporate management is a unique paper of the Institute.
10. State-of-the-Art syllabus, which is continuously upgraded: The institute constantly upgrades
and modifies its syllabus. The institute interacts with leading management educators and
industry leaders to find out industrial requirements and contemporary management trends.
On the basis of information garnered, the institute revises its syllabus and teaching inputs to
make its students “industry ready” by the time they graduate. A few years back, a faculty team
of IIM Calcutta reviewed the AIM PGDBM programme structure. Based on their suggestions,
modifications have been made.
11. Regular interactions with industry through industrial visits, guest lectures etc: To augment the
learning process, the students are taken on industrial visits to local units like Jyothi Laboratories,
Emami Ltd, Torsha Machines Ltd, NE Pure Drink Pvt. Ltd., Dharampal Satyapal Ltd, etc at
Guwahati, Numaligarh Refinery Ltd at Numaligarh, along with Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tinplate
Industries, JUSCO, etc at Jamshedpur where they interact with field personnel to get realistic
input into corporate lives.
a. In addition to the above, the institute organizes a number of visits to the
institutions located in and around Guwahati to appraise the students about the
functioning of the institutions and development related issues confronting the
North Eastern region of India. Some of the institutions visited normally are
Indian Institute of Bank Management (IIBM), Indian Institute of Technology
(IIT), Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), North Eastern Development and
Financial Corporation Ltd (NEDFi).
b. The institute also gets frequent guest speakers from industry, academia and
bureaucracy to talk and interact with the students. Dr. P. Batlivala, ex-President
of Motorola Incorporate; Prof. H.K. Agarwala, Strategic Management Consultant
and visiting Professor of BITS Pilani; Mr. Bikram Majindar Baruah from Abu
Dhabi; Mr. Atul Kulkarni of Deloitte Touche Tamhatsu; Ms. Sanghamitra
Goswami of Kellogg School of Business, North Western University, Illionis,
USA; Mr. Sunil Kaul, Head of Action Northeast Trust; Mr. Vishal Kashyap from
Xavier’s University, Cincinnati, USA; Mr. Jahnu Baruah, renowned International
Film Maker; Prof. D. Datta Ray of Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata; Ms.
Sanghamitra Kalita of Wall Street Journal, New York & ex-President, South
Asian Journalists Association, USA, Prof. Willi Brammertz Financial consultant
of Switzerland, Mr. Yugantar Saikia, Sr. Director – Operations, Fair Isaac India,
Mr. Sameer Ranjan Borthakur, Branch Manager, ICICI Prudential, Dr. D. D.
Mali, Founder Director of Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Mr. George
Chakoo an expert of the Cement market of the region, etc. have visited in the last
few years to interact with the PGDBM students.
12. Heavy and continuous workloads with limited number of holidays: One thing, which students
may dislike about the AIM, is its work pressure. From day one, the students are under pressure.
The students are required to follow the academic calendar meticulously. The learning workload
is very heavy and students have to come fully prepared to class. Students are expected to study
at least four hours every day. The institute has fewer holidays than others. Classes are often
held on holidays.
13. Networking with institutions and organizations of repute on global basis: The institute faculty
regularly networks with their colleagues in other national and international institutes.