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 organizational 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 papers 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 and 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 functional Computer Laboratory with 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 organize 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 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, quizzes, projects etc. The students are given regular feedback about their performances. Whenever required necessary mentorship and counseling are provided.
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 Social Issues in 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. A faculty team of IIM Calcutta reviewed the AIM PGDM programme structure. Based on their suggestions, modifications have been made. The inputs received in the Academic Council Meetings also help the Institute faculty in offering the courses.
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 insight 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. .
Heavy and continuous workloads with limited number of holidays:
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.
Networking with institutions and organizations of repute on global basis:
The institute faculty regularly networks with their colleagues in other national and international institutes.