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From Medicine to Military, One Year MBA (PGDM-NMP) 2018-19 Class At MDI Spells Diversity

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The one year MBA program, known as PGDM-NMP at MDI Gurgaon spells diversity as the current class (2018-19) has participants with a professional background in the army, automobiles, IT, medicine, power sector and oil & gas.

MDI Gurgaon had, way back in 1988 started the Post-Graduate Diploma in Management called National Management Program (PGDM-NMP) that focuses on developing leaders who will excel in the rapidly changing business environment, become agents of change with a customer-centric orientation.

The program was once meant for mid to senior level government officials and sponsored candidates from public sector units (PSUs). However, in recent years, it has started taking participants from private organizations with work experience of more than or equal to five years. Thus, the cohort comprises mostly senior officers or executives in senior leadership in PSUs.

Asked about the current class profile, a spokesperson of the school said NMP 2018-19 has 57 participants with n average experience of 8 years in the average age group of 31 years. They are drawn from diverse professional backgrounds – medicine, Army, power sector, oil & gas, automobiles and IT.

The diversity is of immense value as during discussions in the class as well as during projects, everyone brings their own perspective from their learning. The pedagogy employed in the program demands substantial participation as it is highly interactive.

“Though we all have considerable knowledge yet we all learn from each other and this helps us develop a wholesome perspective to all business problems. We all are enriching each other in one way or the other,”

“Teaching is based on recent research studies and experience gathered from around the world. Teaching methods include lectures, case studies, seminars, group discussions, business games, role plays, simulations exercises, structured and unstructured group work and field visits. The emphasis is on motivating the participants to integrate the concepts, learned across the core curriculum and apply them to their own work and contemporary business situations,” she added.

“Though we all have considerable knowledge yet we all learn from each other and this helps us develop a wholesome perspective to all business problems. We all are enriching each other in one way or the other,” a student said.

The program is recognized by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and accredited by AMBA, the Association of MBAs, UK.

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PGDM-NMP also has an optional international immersion that participants could avail of after completion of 12 months of the program for two weeks in some selected business schools in South East Asia.

Asked about placements, the spokesperson said the process was going on for the current batch. “We are witnessing major global employers visiting the campus for recruitment. To name a few domains, we have companies from Financial Services, IT, Consulting and Manufacturing sectors lining up for placement for mid to senior management profiles. The batch would pass out in March 2019,” she added.

During the program, the participants are evaluated on a continuous basis. There is a final examination at the end of each term. Course evaluation is in terms of letter grades. Participants are required to achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average in each term, as well as a minimum letter grade in each course.

The overall performance also includes the evaluation of the dissertation project work. The dissertation/project report is required to be submitted within 3 months of completion of the course. All components of the NMP are to be completed within a period of maximum two years from the date of commencement of the program.

Participants who successfully complete the Program are awarded the Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (National Management Program).

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