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Institute of Rural Management Anand

Institute of Rural Management Anand
Anand, Gujarat

Established : 1979
Type : Co-Education
Chairman : Deep Joshi
Director : Prof. Jeemol Unni
Former Name : IRMA
Location : Anand, Gujarat
Affiliation(s) : Autonomous
Category : Post Graduate Diploma & Certificate Courses
Accreditation / Recognition : National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)
Department(s) : PRM & FPRM


  • Post Graduate Programme in Rural Management

    IRMA's Programme in Rural Management prepares talented young managers to assume challenge-filled responsibilities in rural cooperatives and development organisations. This two-year residential programme leading to a Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM) has been recognised as equivalent to a Master's degree by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The participants of this programme are highly valued in local, national and international cooperatives, NGOs, development organisations, and funding agencies. All participants are suitably placed in different organisations through our Campus Placement programme.
  • Fellow Programme in Rural Management

    The FPRM is a doctoral programme of minimum three years and maximum seven years duration. It is meant for students and professionals seeking careers in Research, Teaching and specialised knowledge-based positions in Rural Management Institutions.
  • Certificate in Rural Management

    IRMA‚Äôs designated organisations can sponsor their employees (executives and officers) for Certificate in Rural Management (CRM) or Post Graduate Diploma in rural Management (PRM). PRM offers flexibility to working executives and officers who are sponsored by IRMA‚Äôs designated organisations. The sponsored applicants can complete the programme in two years, or they can opt for a Certificate in Rural Management (CRM) at the end of the first year. CRM holders have an option of rejoining within three years and completing the second year of the programme to obtain a PGDRM. If rejoining within three years, they have to submit ‚ÄúNO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE (NOC)‚ÄĚ from their organisation.

    Those sponsored applicants who cannot meet the minimum academic standards will only be given a certificate of participation specifically addressed to their employers. CRM is not open to non-sponsored applicants.

Post Graduate Programme in Rural Management

Eligibility Criteria

A graduate from any discipline, with a minimum of 15 years (10+2+3) of education, having 50 per cent (45 per cent for SC/ST/DAP (Differently Abled Person)) aggregate marks at the graduation level can apply for admission. The percentage of aggregate marks is to be calculated as per the practice followed by the concerned university or institution. In case the university/institution does not have any scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by IRMA by dividing obtained CGPA with the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the resultant with 100.

Fellow Programme in Rural Management

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for admission to the FPRM 2016 Programme an applicant must satisfy one of the following conditions:

  • PGDRM from IRMA; or
  • PGDRDM from IRMA with one year post-diploma work experience; or
  • Post Graduation in any discipline from a recognized University or Institution with 55% marks at PG and 50% marks at graduation (college) level; or
  • Five-year professional degree (medicine, veterinary science, architecture etc.) with 60% marks and at least one year work experience; or
  • Four-year professional degree (engineering, agricultural sciences etc.) with 60% marks and at least three years work experience;
  • Applicants having valid score of UGC JRF in relevant disciplines (management, economics, social work, sociology, psychology, commerce, etc.).

The eligibility requirement for applicants from SC/ST/OBC/dap (differently abled person) is 5% less than those specified above.


  • »  Campus Location and Facilities
    Anand is situated about 36 kms. north of Vadodara and 65 kms south of Ahmedabad on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad main rail line and National Highway No. 8 connecting Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Adjacent to Anand is Vallabh Vidyanagar, the educational township and seat of Sardar Patel University . It is conveniently placed in terms of accessibility to a large number of academic and development institutions; the more important of these are the NDDB, the GCMMF, the Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers' Union Limited (Amul), the Tribhuvandas Foundation, the Anand Agricultural University and the Sardar Patel University. The Institute's campus is spread over a landscaped sixty-acre site adjacent to the Anand Agricultural University . The campus is fully residential equipped with students' hostels, mess, lecture halls, seminar rooms, library, faculty and administrative offices, auditorium, executive training and development centre, faculty and staff housing, dispensary, and other support facilities. The IRMA staff co-operative store caters to the residents' daily necessities.
  • »  Student Accommodation
    The PRM is a fully residential programme. There are nine blocks in the hostel, each with 24 furnished single rooms. Each floor of eight rooms has a furnished common reading room, which is also used for receiving guests of students. The hostel has a boarding facility managed by an elected student body.
  • »  Library
    The Library is housed in a spacious three-storied building. It supports the teaching and research programmes of the Institute. The present collection includes 42628 books, 417 videocassettes, 40 CD-ROMS, 919 microforms, 1742 MTS reports, 108 OTS reports and 309 Fieldwork reports. The Library has subscribed to 453 periodicals including professional journals, newspapers and popular magazines. In addition to this, the library has also subscribed to three electronic databases, namely, Prowess (CMIE, Mumbai), (Datanet India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi), and ABI/Inform (Proquest; Informatics, Bangalore).

    The Library is fully automated and offers services of photocopying, reference, inter-library-loan, and bibliographical search assistance to the users. It is equipped with facilities such as OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) and Multimedia.
  • »  Computer Centre
    The Institute through its campus wide network provides connectivity to its resources such as Library information, printing and file access, Internet and Mail Services. Each hostel room in the campus is equipped with network access points that enable the student to have access to all these resources. However, a student is expected to possess a network enabled PC to gain such access.
  • »  Recreations and Cultural Life
    A wide range of facilities for pursuing recreational and extra-curricular activities are provided through the Student Activity Centre. Besides, the Institute has infrastructure facilities for sports such as football, cricket, badminton and table tennis. The air-conditioned 400-seat auditorium has excellent audiovisual projection system that is regularly used by the student community and the Institute for holding a variety of programmes. While the Institute extends support for extra-curricular activities, the initiative for their organisation normally comes from the students. The IRMA Staff Club organises various cultural programmes, entertainment and sports activities, and film shows at the Institute. All the PRM students are associate members of the IRMA Staff Club. The PRM students represent a substantial pool of talent in music, drama and dance. The students organise several cultural programmes, with Jatra, the seven-day festival of students being the grand finale. Under the SPIC-MACAY of which many students, staff and faculty are members, several concerts and recitals by eminent artistes are organised every year. The students use Terra Firma, their biannual magazine, to share with the alumni and the community the experiences of studying at IRMA.
  • »  Classrooms
    The classrooms testify IRMA's commitment to offering a high quality learning environment. Air-conditioned and well-furnished, each classroom has a projector, microphones, and other state-of-the-art audio-visual material that aid learning.
  • »  Accommodation
    PRM being a fully residential programme its participants are provided with fully-furnished single occupancy hostel rooms. There is internet connectivity in all the rooms. Besides, each hostel block has a common reading room. Boarding facility is also maintained in the hostels managed by an elected participants' body.
  • »  Sports Activity Complex
    IRMA provides a wide range of sports services for its students and staff thanks to its Sports Activity Complex. The complex has a well-appointed gymnasium and infrastructure facilities for games like badminton and table tennis. Plus, there are facilities for sports like cricket, basketball, football, and volleyball.
  • »  Executive Training and Development Centre (ETDC)
    The ETDC is the main hub of Management Development Programmes (MDPs) and workshops held throughout the year. It has air-conditioned conference rooms, a lecture hall, guest rooms, a dining hall, and a computer laboratory networked with the institute's main computer centre.
  • »  Dispensary
    IRMA has a 24-hour dispensary with a resident nurse. The doctor is available between 1.30 and 2pm everyday.

Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) was established in 1979 at Anand, Gujarat with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), the Government of India, Government of Gujarat, the erstwhile Indian Dairy Corporation and the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). The rationale behind its installation had to do with providing management education, training, research & consultancy support to co-operatives and rural development organisations in India.

The genesis of IRMA is owed to Dr. Kurien's work with dairy co-operatives, which revolutionized the dairy industry in the country. It was founded with the belief that the key to effective rural development lies in professional management. Professionalising rural management involves synergising specific yet unmet needs of the rural sector with the formal techniques and skills of management professionals. Linking the two are the ‚Äėrural managers' graduating from IRMA after undergoing a two-year diploma (PRM) programme in rural management.

Born out of a maverick's dream IRMA is, today, at the forefront of professionalising the development of India's rural sector. Over the years it has provided management training, support and research facilities to students committed to rural development drawing, in the process, co-operatives, non-government organisations, government development agencies, international development organisations, and funding agencies towards it.

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