The flagship programme of the Institute is the two-year full-time Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programme which was launched in 1994 after obtaining AICTE approval. This programme has been drawn up, keeping the youths of the North East Region in mind and the changing requirements of management education in the global context. We are very happy to report that this programme has been running very successfully and has attained a high level of acceptance amongst Indian industry.
Salient Features of PGDM Programme:
The AIM two-year Post Graduate programme is one of the most unique and innovative PGDM 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:
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.
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 abroad.
Strict adherence to a time-bound Academic Calendar:
At the beginning 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 & time bound.
Unfailing compliance to norms of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE):
AIM is very conscious about complying with the AICTE norms, in terms of course content, contact sessions, programme structure and evaluation guidelines.
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 institutes’ computer facilities along with Wi-Fi facilities.
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.
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 emphasise on the skill requirements of the students.
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, quizes, projects etc. The students are given regular feedback about their performances. Whenever required, necessary counseling is also done.
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.
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. Last year, a faculty team of IIM Calcutta renewed the AIM PGDM programme structure. Based on their suggestions, modifications have been made.
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.
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 Institution (NEDFi).
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, Illinois, 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 last year to interact with the PGDBM students.
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 everyday. The institute has fewer holidays than others. Classes are often held on holidays.
Networking with institutions and organizations of repute on global basis:
The institute faculty regularly networks with their colleagues in other national and international institutes.
The PGDM Programme : Overall Course Design
The AIM two year Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programme is designed by an Academic Council, formed by the Government of Assam. The programme is approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), a Statutory Body of the Government of India for approving such courses. The AIM PGDM programme follows the same pattern adopted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). The papers have been selected and designed after taking help from leading management educators and practitioners. At the initiative of the Governing Body of AIM two distinguished Professor of IIM (Calcutta) recently reviewed the course design and based on their suggestion, AIM has redesigned and renamed some papers. Some of the papers offered in the Assam Institute of Management are unique by themselves; not generally found in the curriculum of most management institutes in the country. The detailed syllabi would be given to each student before the commencement of the course.
Each academic year would be divided into three terms, each term being called a trimester. Thus there would be six trimesters in the entire programme of two years. Each of the 6 trimesters would be of about 13 weeks. The first year curriculum would be common to all the students. The second year would contain core papers and optional papers leading to dual specialization.
The core and optional courses are so designed that each term builds upon the courses taught in the previous term, as well as the field experience. Formal classroom sessions are supplemented by frequent guest lectures from visiting scholars, practitioners, administrators and organisation leaders. In addition, the students would have to frequently carry out field studies that would involve outdoor works. It has to be borne in mind by the applicants that the two-year PGDM programme would be very heavy and demanding in nature. Right from day one, the participants would be subjected to a heavy workload. Normally three or four sessions would be held in a day, but the participants would have to devote equal amount of time everyday for self-study.
Therefore, it is imperative that those who are keen to join in the Assam Institute of Management are willing to work hard, are ready to make minor sacrifices and would devote most of their next two years to their studies and the various course requirements.