FAQ's

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions answered for prospective students to take a well informed decision.

What is PGP-DM Program all about?

The Post Graduate Program in Development Management (PGP-DM) is ISDM’s flagship initiative designed by leading academics and practitioners from both the development and management sectors.

The yearlong program blends ideas of development with concepts of management, combines in-class sessions with a two-week field component on Realizing India, and promotes collaborative group work.

What is the structure of the PGP-DM program?

The 49-week PGP-DM is divided into 8 Terms of an average of 6 weeks each.

29 Courses (each course will be 10 sessions of two hours spread over the term) offered over the year fall into three clusters

  • Understanding Society and Development
  • Design of Interventions for Social Impact
  • Curated Development Management Courses

In addition, two modules run throughout the year in both formal classroom sessions and workshop mode:

  • Personal Mastery for Development Leadership
  • Writing in the Discipline

Terms 1 and 2: Focus on the Knowing component: Intended to build a deep understanding of development to prepare one as an authentic development professional.
Two-week Realising India immersion: The two-week immersion in a district that enables the student to engage with ground realities from multiple perspectives.
Term 3 follows with the question, “What am I going to do about what I saw and felt on the ground? How can I intervene to bring change?” The Term delves into the nuts and bolts of designing and intervention by adopting a unique approach to intervention design that is anchored in a systems approach.
Terms 4 to 8: Focus on management – the what and how of managing a Social Purpose Organisation as well as customised development management courses

Pedagogy

The teaching-learning process consists of lectures, case studies, workshops, group work, readings, and individual assignments to build the students’ knowledge and application capacities.

An integral part of the pedagogy is a signature component of the PGP DM– Context-based Collaborative Learning (CBCL). CBCL creates opportunities for students to apply what students have learnt in the classroom in specially designed group work. Collaborative inquiry and co-creation, an integral part of the CBCL process, is supported by learning mentors called Bricoleurs.

How is this different from an MBA program?

Masters in Business Administration (MBA) is designed for for-profit organisations. A student learns decision-making and organisation management in for-profit organisations. These decisions are grounded in the profit motive and increase shareholder value. Business Management has largely been developed from capitalist and industrial paradigms.

On the other hand, the core purpose of social purpose organisations (SPOs) is to improve the lives of the underserved and marginalised, and working on solving complex social problems. In SPOs, the role of talent management, marketing, organisation behaviour, etc is informed by a deep understanding of society and perspectives of development, and anchored in Universal Human Values. Decision-making is also anchored in these considerations.

The Development sector needs its own mantra of leadership and management, which is grounded in the reality of this sector. That’s why a Development Management program is very different from a Business Management program (MBA).

HOW IS THIS PROGRAM DIFFERENT FROM OTHER PROGRAMS IN SOCIAL WORK, PUBLIC POLICY, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES?

The PGP-DM program at ISDM, unlike the other programs, prepares managers and leaders for the social sectors – professionals who can build world class efficiently managed Social Purpose Organisations with the right strategy, structure, systems, processes, and culture, address questions of scale and sustainability to ensure equity and sustainability, design, implement, evaluate and monitor programs from a more strategic and systems thinking standpoint, and forge effective collaborations and partnerships to deliver social impact at scale.

WHAT ARE THE JOB OPPORTUNITIES AFTER THE PROGRAM? WHO ARE ISDM’S PARTNERS? DOES ISDM PROVIDE PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE?

On graduating from the PGP-DM, students find job openings in a variety of Social Purpose Organisations (SPOs) and development agencies including national and international NGOs, Social and Corporate Foundations, CSR organisations, social enterprises, social consulting organisations, and funding organisations. Many have started their own social enterprises (for profit and not for profit). ISDM offers placement services.

Within the first two years of the program, ISDM partnered with 150 plus leading social purpose organisations who took part in the internship and final placements process. Click on this link for more details on our partners - https://www.isdm.org.in/placements

IS THIS PROGRAM RELEVANT IF I WANT TO BECOME A CSR PROFESSIONAL?

Yes, it is.

The challenge in becoming a good CSR professional is not in learning about the legalities and compliance requirements (these are easy), but in creating the space for dialogue between the CSR committees in corporate organisations and social purpose organisations i.e. the field partners.

The program enables a deep understanding of development and design of strategies, along with strong skills for collaboration that makes it possible for a student to do CSR work very effectively.

The power of Samaaj-Sarkaar-Bazaar coming together can transform lives and society. This perspective is critical for a professional aspiring to work in the CSR space. This program develops this along with the management skills to contribute to any type of organisation in the social sector.

Is the PGP-DM Accredited?

ISDM is open to the idea of accreditation. However, at this stage, the PGP-DM is not accredited with any agency though collaborations exist with a number of partner organisations. A reason for not seeking accreditation is for ISDM to retain the flexibility needed for designing and establishing a unique one-of-its-kind curriculum and pedagogy.

That is exactly the positioning that ISDM has as well. We offer quality education - from practice focused course design, to practitioners as faculty, to innovative pedagogy, to sector organisations as partners. We are also very much a sector established and sector supported institution with many different social sector partners so early in our existence.

The reason we have not gone for accreditation as of now is that these norms don’t allow for the kind of innovation that we are doing with regards to curriculum, pedagogy, faculty etc.

WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS PROGRAM? WILL IT GIVE A BOOST TO MY CAREER?

ISDM is the only institution in the country that prepares you for a strategic management career in social change in one year time

ISDM’s unique curriculum prepares you as a professional manager for social purpose organisations. The pedagogy enables a focus on individual learning journeys of students. The faculty are renowned in their own fields. Over the years we have had student cohorts with representation from 20 states of India, with varied professional and life experiences. The experience is truly a holistic educational experience, unlike what any other school would provide you with. It also provides the opportunity to network with the leaders of the sector and placement assistance. We are happy to share that we have had 100% placement record so far, with many students also starting their own social purpose organisations.

What is the course fee? Is Financial assistance available for this course?

The tuition fees for the program is INR 5 Lakhs (Not Including stay)

We at ISDM firmly believe that finance should not be an impediment to a course such as this and therefore, we offer a number of scholarships on need critical basis. Further, we also offer the "Defered Payment" option, which allows students to pay their fees after the course is over. To know more about this option, please click on this link

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