Institute of Rural Management - IRMA
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 and 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 ‘rural 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.
IRMA's mission is to promote the sustainable, eco-friendly, and equitable socio-economic development of rural people through professional management. A variety of organizations from the business sector, PSUs, state and central governments, NGOs, and multilateral agencies participate in our placements.
The Campus Placement Programme for each graduating batch ensures that all the students secure meaningful and challenging career opportunities in line with IRMA's objectives. The week-long campus placement programme is generally organized during the first week of February. The institute has enlisted over 750 partner organizations, which it invites for placement purposes. This list is ever- increasing and attempts are made every year to enlist more organizations. These organizations represent a wide range of sectors, organizational forms and orientations. The commonality among these partner organizations is their long-term commitment towards catering to the needs of rural development, particularly to the needs of the poorer section of rural society.
The nature of jobs offered to IRMA graduates varies widely. They occur in areas as diverse as rural development, project management, information systems, production and operations management, sales and marketing, finance and accounts, human resource development, natural resources management, agri-business, research and consulting, livelihood promotion, education and health, etc
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