The 2011-2013 batch of the postgraduate programme in management (PGP) at IIM Lucknow is the largest batch inducted to date with 419 students. This programme is aimed at preparing senior-level executives in the industry coming from various disciplines. Like any other regular management programmes, PGP is a two-year course and admission is through the common admission test (CAT).
Sharing details about the course, Arunabha Mukopadhyay, chairperson, admissions, IIM-L, says: “The programme lays maximum emphasis on the absorption of knowledge rather than only imparting it. Out of the 419 students inducted, around 400 students have opted for the postgraduate programme in management, while the other 19 are going to pursue the postgraduate programme in agri-business management (PGPABM). Besides, around 140 students out of 400 have less than 12 months of work experience."
Rudranil, a first-year student, PGP, says, "With an engineering background, I have a fascination towards managing firms. With this aim, I enrolled into the course. The mode of teaching is altogether a different experience. To impart effective learning, a healthy studentteacher ratio is maintained. More emphasis is laid on case-based learning and theoretical aspects. Regular assignments, presentations, live and simulated projects, with periodic evaluations will help us grow in our subject day-by-day.” Students learn theory in class and apply the knowledge through various projects and class assignments.
However, there has been a significant dip in engineering students opting for the PGP course this year. Though majority of the students still have an engineering background (83%), their percentage has come down considerably from what it was in the previous year (88%). Explaining it as an admission policy, Mukopadhyay says, “We wanted students from various disciplines such as commerce, science, medical, etc. There are about 36 students from commerce, eight from science, four from architecture, 11 from medical and seven from other varied disciplines.”
The total cost for the two-year programme is about Rs 12 lakhs. Besides, IIM-L also extends scholarships on the basis of merit to deserving students.