Things which differentiate IIM Udaipur – Rural Immersion!

Immersion lies at the heart of pedagogy of teaching and delivery at IIM Udaipur. The idea behind immersion is to get students dive into real life environment and explore the learning perspectives themselves. A special feature of the first year of the PGP Programme is the course on Indian Social and Political Environment which attempts to provide insights to students about the inherent social and political issues in a developing country like India. The course strives to make students think on their feet about the role which managers need to play in the 21st century and how out of the box solutions can be derived by lessons of management education for the social problems prevalent in economies.

Rural Immersion Programme is a part of the course wherein the students have to visit the tribal villages of Southern Rajasthan in their respective study groups and stay there for a week. The motive of the programme is to provide the students insights about the nature of the challenges in the rural life of India and the efficacy of existing efforts to address them. Students collaborate with NGOs functioning in the areas from a significant period of time. During the course of the programme, students interact with inhabitants of the villages and the local administration, fill in surveys and try to understand the social life and Human Development Indices in these areas. The outcomes which the students are expected to deliver are recommendations of better solutions for realization of optimal health, education and livelihood drives.

The learning is complemented by a change in outlook towards government initiatives like NREGA with better understanding and appreciation for the bureaucratic services functions and the difficulties in design and implementation of development programmes at the grass-root level. The solutions and means of employment generated in the villages also teach about the perspectives of consumers and producers from the bottom of the pyramid. The untapped potential of the Rural Market can be well utilized by the socio-entrepreneurial ventures in which a lot of big and reputed organizations are faring into.

The programme becomes a life changing experience for the students with takeaways of socio-economic problems still prevalent in the society like illiteracy, poor healthcare infrastructure, malnutrition, unemployment, dowry, child marriages, corruption, nepotism et al. The awareness comes from living with the hamlets of families in the villages about the aspects of life like natural environment, mutual sharing of resources, agents of change serving selflessly in NGOs, compassion and power of communication.

The long term vision behind the transformational initiative is to sensitize the students and develop socially conscious managers who can work in future towards collective and inclusive growth of the society.

Summer Program for Future Leaders in Development application deadline extended till 7th February, 2014. Hurry up to grab the unique opportunity!

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Details and application procedure are available at: http://www.iimu.ac.in/programs/summer-school.html

Interested people are requested to direct all the queries to cdmadmissions@iimu.ac.in

IIM Udaipur launches Summer School Programme for Future Leaders in Development in association with the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, USA

A learning event for Development Students and Practitioners

May 31- July 11, 2014, Udaipur, India

Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur || Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, USA

IIM Udaipur and the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University are pleased to invite applications for the 2014 edition of the Summer School Programme for Future Leaders in Development. This programme is a six-week signature academic workshop sponsored by the Center for Development Management, Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur and the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, USA. It brings together a selected gathering of students and practitioners of development drawn from Duke University, prestigious Indian universities, non-profit organizations and social enterprises. Aimed at students and NGO professionals seeking careers in the academic field and practice areas of development and related sectors, the summer school programme imparts a plethora of theoretical perspectives, research skills and empirical tools.

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The programme provides a unique opportunity for students to work and interact with globally reputed faculty (including academics and practitioners) through a combination of features in the coursework that includes lectures, discussions, direct field investigations and project work that aims to help in transforming the lives of some of the most under-privileged people in the world. The curriculum will be of particular significance to young development leaders who are engaged in, or are getting ready to apply themselves to contemporary socio-political challenges. Some of the themes included in the curriculum program are as follows:

  • Concepts and theories of Development
  • Investigative research methods
  • Thematic modules on health, education and livelihoods
  • Professional development through grant writing and data presentation skills

To encourage peer-learning and project development, students will be placed in a three-person team that will include one student each from an Indian University, an early career staff member from a non-governmental organization (NGO) and Duke University. Teams will spend considerable time in rural areas as hosts of an NGO in order to identify and assess existing gaps in community needs. Through this experience, they will employ academic learning from the classroom for transforming real-life.

The program is fully residential. Students will stay in IIMU dorms while classes are in session. Host NGOs will arrange home stays during field visits. Selected participants will receive a full scholarship to attend the program and cover program costs, although they will have to arrange for their own travel to and fro from Udaipur.

Details and application procedure are available at: http://www.iimu.ac.in/programs/summer-school.html

Interested people are requested to direct all the queries to cdmadmissions@iimu.ac.in