It’s official. The Food and Agri-Business Management (PGP-FABM) programme offered by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad has been declared as the best post graduate course in the field of food industry management. IIM-A beat top international institutions such as Cornell University and University of California, Berkeley, to ace the rankings.
The two-year programme offers comprehensive training modules to prepare students for success in the agri-business sector. IIM-A received the distinction in a list released by the France-based organisation Eduniversal, an annual ranking of business schools and universities spread across 150 countries.
In a press release from the institute, Professor Debjit Roy, chairperson of PGP-FABM said, “To address today’s challenges in the food and agri-business sector, participants need to have exposure to cross-functional management and work with teams whose members are from diverse backgrounds. The FABM programme, which attracts participants from diverse backgrounds — such as agriculture and food sciences, engineering, biotechnology and life sciences — prepares the participants to take up challenges. The alumni from this programme are playing a key role in shaping policies and addressing the needs of this sector.”
Here’s why the IIM-A flagship programme stood out among the world’s finest institutions.
1) The first year of the programme follows the same curriculum as a normal PGP-General course offered to students. According to the university, this helps students understanding the principles of management and complex managerial decision-making that can impact all sectors.
2) Once the first year is completed, students are put through a rigorous Rural Immersion Module (RIM) during the summer vacation. During the first phase, they receive their first proper overview of the agricultural business sector.
3) Once student complete the module, they take up summer internships to enhance their knowledge with field experience.
4) Only then does the second year of training begin during which students have to go through the second phase of the Rural Immersion module.
Among the graduates of this programme, many go on to become entrepreneurs themselves or join organisations that operate in the agricultural sector.