SPJIMR’s PGPDM programme: A pathway to leadership in sustainable development

November 22, 2023

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s SPJIMR’s Post Graduate Programme in Development Management (PGPDM) stands out as a unique and comprehensive course designed for professionals working in or aspiring to work for the social sector. With the growing emphasis on sustainable development and the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, the PGPDM programme plays a vital role in nurturing leaders in the sustainability, NGO and CSR segments. The 2024-25 academic batch is scheduled to commence in February 2024.

SPJIMR’s PGPDM is a 12-month modular Programme thoughtfully designed to cater to professionals already engaged in or intending to work for the social sector. This includes individuals associated with NGOs, foundations, CSR functions of corporate for-profit organizations, social policy or welfare departments of governments, and social enterprises specialising in development management.

Key Differentiators:

  • Comprehensive Curriculum: PGPDM offers both foundational and advanced knowledge, making it easily accessible for learning and implementation.
  • Blended Learning: The programme employs a hybrid approach, combining offline and online class sessions, allowing working professionals to balance their work commitments.
  • Practice Connect: Application exercises and field-based assignments enable participants to bring real-world problems to the classroom and apply classroom learning to solve field problems.
  • Development Management Project: This flagship project integrates theory and practice, enabling participants to understand complex social problems and design innovative solutions.
  • Relevance in Today’s Changing Scenario: In an era where the adoption of sustainable development practices and maximisation of social impact is crucial, PGPDM equips leaders and managers in the development sector with the required knowledge, skills, and perspectives to efficiently utilise funds and create a significant impact of the social interventions.
  • Connect with UN SDGs: The programme is mapped to various UN SDGs, and courses are designed to help realise these goals. Through the projects and application exercises, participants can work on initiatives targeting specific SDGs and draw on learning from PGPDM courses to implement these goals effectively.
  • Importance of Specialised Programmes: As India strives to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, specialised programmes like PGPDM are crucial. They play a vital role in developing leaders in the corporate sustainability, NGO and CSR segment, enabling them to design and implement effective social initiatives.
  • Sector and Job Titles: PGPDM attracts professionals from various sectors, including Education, Skill Development, Women Empowerment, Health, Rural Livelihoods, Agriculture, Environment and Climate, and more. Participants come with job titles such as Programme Managers, Directors, CSR Officers & Heads, Monitoring & Evaluation Managers, Founders, Trustees and CEOs of NGOs, Foundations and Social Enterprises.

Prof. Tanojkumar Meshram, Programme Chairperson, SPJIMR, stated,”The development sector is emerging as a critical area for social policies and programmes implementation, as well as the allocation of international and CSR funds. For efficient utilisation of these funds and for better impact of social interventions, it is crucial that leaders and managers in the development sector are well-trained. The PGPDM programme is a pathway to leadership in sustainable development. It equips professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to drive positive change in the development sector.”

Since its inception in 2011, the PGPDM has evolved significantly to meet the changing needs of the development sector. In light of the recent impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on society, the programme has been redesigned with a stronger emphasis on wise innovation and change management for sustainable development.

Aspirants can now explore the registration link to enrol in the Post Graduate Programme in Development Management (PGPDM).

S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) is a constituent of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB), India’s acclaimed and oldest educational trust. With its unique and distinctive approach to management education, SPJIMR aims to influence managerial practice and advance wise innovation through its teaching, research, and community engagement. For media inquiries, please contact mediarelations@spjimr.org

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