PGP-DM Batch 11 is inaugurated
SPJIMR on Monday, December 5, 2016, inaugurated Batch 11 of the Post Graduate Programme in Development Management (PGPDM), a unique programme designed specifically to meet the needs of the development sector. The batch comprises 32 participants from a range of non-profits, the CSR arms of corporates and those working for the development sector.
Since its inception in 2010, the PGPDM programme has enrolled more than 280 participants and an equal number of mentors, touching the working of as many as 150 organisations.
Delivering the welcome address, SPJMR Dean Dr. Ranjan Banerjee spoke of the SPJIMR mission of influencing practice and promoting value-based growth and explained how the PGPDM fits into the larger mission of serving society and building the knowledge, skills and attitudes not only for businesses but for various sections of society. “That’s why we are much more than a business school. We call ourselves a school of management and that’s a critical distinction,” the Dean said. “We believe that we can make a difference to the underserved sections of the society through our programme,” he added.
Prof. Rukaiya Joshi, Chairperson of Centre for Education in the Social Sector (CEdSS) spoke on the changes in the development sector with the CSR law and said, “The development sector has moved from philanthropy to longer term work in the area of sustainability.” She provided participants with an overview of the programme.
Prof A.B. Kulkarni, one of SPJIMR’s senior most faculty members, briefly spoke on what is expected of the participants so that they can make the most of the PGPDM journey.