Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) is an autonomous institution with the mandate of contributing to the professional management of rural organizations. It was founded in 1979 at the initiative of the National Dairy Development Board, the support of Government of India ,Government of Gujarat and Swiss Development Co-operation.Ever since inception IRMA has been working closely with Co-operatives, NGOs, Governments, and National and International agencies.
IRMA’s mission is to promote professional management of democratic and sustainable institutions for eco-friendly and equitable socio-economic development of Rural people. IRMA offers a variety of courses in Rural Management which includes a two-year Post-Graduate Program in Rural Management and a Fellow Program in Rural Management which is a doctoral program aimed at promoting scholarship and knowledge in the field of Rural Management.
From 2014-2015 onward, the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) has been using the Common Admission Test (CAT ) scores for admissions to its popular two-year post graduate programme in rural management.
This change in IRMA’s admission process is due to the directive from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), asking affiliated institutes to choose only from one of the five entrance tests for admissions – CAT, CMAT, XAT, ATMA and GMAT.
(News update: IRMA to use CAT 2013 Scores for Admission to Rural Management Courses)
However since CAT does not have a section that can test the candidates’ interest in rural management and social issues, IRMA will also be conducting its own test to assess candidates qualifying through CAT.
Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) offers different courses in the area of Rural Management to train students to become managers and contribute towards the development of rural management. Through its doctoral program IRMA aims to promote rural management education, research and training.
Post Graduate Program in Rural Management (PRM)
This is a two-year residential program, leading to a Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM). Students have the option of completing the two years at a stretch or in two stages. They can opt for Certificate in Rural Management (CRM) at the end of the first year. The CRM holders can rejoin within three years and complete the second year of the program to obtain PGDRM.
PGDRM is recognized as equivalent to a master’s degree by the Association of Indian universities (AIU) and is approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). PGDRM is for those who wish to undertake challenging managerial responsibilities in the rural co-operative sector and development organizations.
Fellow Program in Rural Management (FPRM)
This is a Doctoral Program for people who wish to acquire specialized knowledge, skills, and attitudes for positions requiring conceptual and visioning skills in the co-operatives and development organizations. The FPRM is a full time residential program requiring a minimum of three years to complete. The specialization areas in this fellowship programs are:
Management of Collectives
Natural Resources Management
Governance and Livelihoods
Rural Infrastructure and Services Management and
Public Policy and Non-profit Management.
FPRM participants are paid a monthly stipend for a maximum period of three years plus a contingency grant per year for all the three years. Each participant is expected to contribute as teaching and research assistant during second and third year.
Certificate Program in Dairy Management
This program is of one year duration managed by a committee of 5 faculty members from IRMA. The course introduces students to Economics of Dairy Management, Quantitative Applications for Dairy Management, Milk Procurement Operations Management, Legal Environment of Dairying, Planning, Budgeting & Costing in Dairying.
Management Development Program (MDP)
This program addresses the in-service training needs of the executives and managers working in the co-operatives, not-for-profit organizations, and government and semi-government organizations engaged in rural development.
IRMA plays a vital role in fulfilling this need of the rural sector through its Management Development Program since 1981. So far, IRMA has conducted over 509 programs with an enrollment exceeding approximately 11325 personnel.
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IRMA Entrance Exam for management is one among the toughest examination in India for post graduate studies. The exam pattern is very much similar to exams like CAT / MAT Etc for MBA admission. For detailed Exam Pattern Click Here.
IRMA 2022 Exam Centres
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Aspirants who are interested to pursue any program offered in IRMA, Anand, can contact the following address for further details,
Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA)
Anand – 388001
Phone: (02692) 221657, 221659