Programme Design

Programme Design

PDM curriculum primarily focuses on imparting competencies necessary for participatory governance and management of resources, enterprises, institutions and interventions. The curriculum is a fine mix of mutually reinforcing Interactive Learning and hands-on Experiential Learning through a network of diverse institutional partners of DMI.

The programme design interspersed at regular intervals as presented below:


Interactive Learning

The classroom segment in the first year comprises three terms, each having 6 credits. The courses in the first year cover the foundation courses in management and sustainable development context. All the courses in the first year will be mandatory. Term I covers the foundation and contextual courses required for analysis, decision making, actions and relations as relevant in management and sustainable development. Terms II and Term III have courses in different functional areas of management and livelihoods enhancing sustainable development interventions. 

The classroom component in the second year has two terms (Terms IV and V) each having 6 credits. Terms IV and V have core courses of integrative nature that are mandatory for all PGDM participants and additionally, candidates have to opt for a stream of elective courses offering scope for focused learning.

About 1/3 of the total programme duration will be devoted to exploring opportunities for experiential learning and practical application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom segments.

One course credit is equivalent to 30 contact sessions of 70 minutes each and requires the participant to put in at least 90-100 hours of work outside the classroom.

Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning consists of three components:  Development Immersion (DI), Enterprise Learning (EL) and Management Internship (Ml).
DI involves first-hand experience of understanding and working within diverse development context;
EL focuses on learning about functional aspects of governance and management of enterprises, resources and institutions; and
MI engages students to work on projects pertaining to livelihoods promotion and/or project work in community/cooperative/social collective enterprises or government/ civil society organisations including corporate CSR.
About 30% of the total programme duration is devoted to Experiential Learning and practical application of knowledge and skills learned in the Interactive Learning Segments.

Core Courses

Sl.No. Course Title Credits
1 Managerial Economics 1.0
2 Quantitative Analysis for Decision-Making 1.0
3 Managerial Accounting 1.0
4 Managerial Analysis and Communication 0.5
5 Individual and Group Behaviour 0.5
6 Entrepreneurial Leadership for Sustainable Development 0.5
7 Sustainable Livelihood Systems 0.5
8 Participatory Research Methods 0.5
9 Social Mobilisation 0.5
Total – Term I 6.0
10 Marketing Management 1.0
11 Financial Management 1.0
12 Production and Operations Management 1.0
13 Organisational Structure, Design and Dynamics 1.0
14 Development Management Contexts and Perspectives 1.0
15 Collective Action 0.5
16 Local Governance Systems 0.5
Total – Term II 6.0
17 Information Systems Management 1.0
18 Project Management 1.0
19 Managing Collective Enterprises 1.0
20 Strategic Management 0.5
21 Strategies for Development 0.5
22 Performance Management 0.5
23 Social Entrepreneurship 0.5
24 Development Management Practices and Theories 0.5
25 Research Methods 0.5
Total – Term III 6.0
26 Development Administration 0.5
27 Management Control Systems 0.5
28 Management of Development Programmes and Projects 0.5
29 Negotiation and Management of Conflicts 0.5
30 Legal Environment for Enterprise Management 0.5
31 Materials Management 0.5
32 Marketing Research and Analytics 0.5
33 Sector-wise Analysis for Collective Enterprises 0.5
Total – Term IV 4.0
34 Ethics and Values 0.5
35 Legal Environment for Livelihoods 0.5
36 Ethical Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship O.5
36 Sector-wise Analysis for Livelihoods 0.5
37 Sector-wise Analysis for Livelihoods 0.5
38 Logistics and Supply Chain Management 0.5
39 Community-based Micro-finance 0.5
Total – Term V 3.0

The Curriculum is constantly reviewed to keep it relevant to the current and future requirements.

Elective Courses


Natural Resources Accounting


Enterprise Costing and Control Systems


International Management Perspectives for Collective Enterprises


Product Management for Collective Enterprises


Advertising and Social Media


Sales and Distribution Management


Geographic Information Systems


E-Business Management


Commodity Markets and Derivatives


Agri-Business Management


Simulation for Managerial Decision Making


Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management


Innovation Systems for Development


Waste Management Towards Circular Economy


Renewable Energy Management


ICT for Development


Rurbanisation and Climate Change


Natural Resources Management