PGPDM is a 12-month modular programme offered by SPJIMR for professionals working in or intending to work in the social sector, including NGOs, foundations, corporate for-profit CSR functions, social policy or welfare departments of governments, and social enterprises specialising in Development Management. The programme is divided into three terms and is designed to address various aspects of the development sector. It enables participants with essential skills to take forward their initiatives in pursuing social justice.
The programme was launched in 2011 as Indian businesses attempted to meet their corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) attempted to improve the effectiveness of their interventions in order to secure grants and CSR funds successfully. After 12 years of learning and observing COVID-19’s recent impact on society, the programme has been redesigned to place a greater emphasis on wise innovation and change management for long-term development.
PGPDM programme aims to enable development sector professionals to contextualise and apply management principles to the social sector for enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of social sector organisations. PGPDM is aligned with the following competency goals:
The programme has the advantage of being situated in the country’s financial capital, Mumbai with a large-scale presence of social sector, public policy, and corporate CSR actors. This facilitates meaningful industry engagements and offers immersive learning for the social change agents.
The delivery structure of the programme blends the efficiency of online learning
with the proven advantages of in-person classroom session. For online contacts, sessions are held
after lunch on weekdays and all day on weekends. The programme is modular and enables
participants to continue working at their current organisations. Delivered over six contact
periods of two weeks each, only the first and the last contacts are residential and held on
SPJIMR’s Mumbai campus.
With 21 cohorts in over 12 years – PGPDM has impacted 295 organisations across 23 states of India. PGPDM alumni are serving as founders, heads, trustees and directors of NGOs, social entrepreneurs, CSR managers, programme officers and consultants across social sector organisations.
The programme emphasises on interactive pedagogy with a focus on real-life, problem-solving and case studies from the social sector. Blending theory and practice, the programme requires participants to do application exercises, field-based assignments, and projects during the off-contact period to test and ensure the relevance of knowledge acquired in classroom settings to participants’ work environments.
PGPDM illustrative lists of participating and sponsoring organisations include:
ACC Ltd, Kherwadi Social Welfare Association, Aditya Birla Group, Kotak Education Foundation, Alert India, Lupin Human Welfare & Research Foundation, Alkem Laboratories, Magic Bus India Foundation, Ashray-Akruti, Mahindra & Mahindra, Association for Democratic Reforms, Om Creations Trust, ATMA, Piramal Foundation, BAIF, Pratham Education Foundation, Care India, Quality Education Support Trust (QUEST), Deesha Education Foundation, Reliance Foundation, Dr. M. L. Dhawale Memorial Trust, SATHI, E-Vidyaloka Education for All Network Foundation, Snehalaya, Excel Industries, Sterlite Technologies Ltd, Habitat for Humanity India, Swades Foundation, Haqdarshak, Tata Trusts, Hero MotoCorp Ltd, Vaagdhara, Intelehealth, Vigyan Ashram, JSW Foundation, Vivekanand Research & Training Institute.
SPJIMR with its legacy of over 40 years in management education offers the participants a dynamic and immersive learning experience with customised application-oriented programme structure to accentuate their professional journey and help them make impact within their organisations and beyond.