Leading business school, IIM Indore adds skill development courses to curricula of various programmes

Indian Institute of Management Indore, which revised the curriculum of Post Graduate Programme (PGP) in management last year to add skill development courses, has planned to add more skill-based courses to curricula of programmes offered by it.

Stating that judicious combination of knowledge skills and good work make all the difference, IIM Indore Director Rishikesha T Krishnan during a Republic Day function said: “At IIM Indore, we have been trying to bring more skills to curriculum to compliment the strong conceptual and analytical input that we have always provided to our students.”

Citing some outstanding examples of skill development and what lessons IIM Indore can learn from them, he mentioned how Sant Singaji Institute of Science and Management, Sandalpur has helped its participants excel in other skills too along with academic knowledge. He also mentioned about Madan Padaki, Co-Founder and Director, Head Held High Services and noted that his team has been giving special training courses to people with little or no knowledge of English to become call center associates.

He cited the example of Rural Gurukul, set up by PAN IIT, running short-term skill development courses under the supervision of ex-servicemen. He noted how Symbiosis University of Applied Sciences, which has a unique model of offering diploma, certificate and degree courses in various fields of applications using a German model.

“Similarly, Agastya Foundation situated near Bangalore focuses on making science education more realistic for kids. It also trains its teachers to be more effective.”

The IIM Indore’s new PGP programme design introduced from session 2015-17 carries skill development courses in Communication, Leadership, Spreadsheet Modeling, Entrepreneurial orientation, Innovation and design thinking and Sustainability. Taught in a workshop-based format, these courses are graded on an absolute scale and students have to obtain a prescribed minimum percentage that displays their minimum competence in the skill in order to clear the course.

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