Sunday, March 07, 2010

IIM course for bureaucrats put on hold

Premier B-school Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) announced yesterday (March 6) that it will not be announcing admissions to Post Graduate Programme in Public Management and Policy (PGP-PMP), primarily designed and offered to Group 'A' service civil servants in India. The one-year PGP-PMP programme offered at IIM-A since 2007 was especially designed for honing the skills of bureaucrats and fee of participants was partly funded by government's Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

"The PGP-PMP course is under review at IIM-A and we shall not be announcing any admission to this course which is usually done in April," Manager of Global Partnership and Corporate Affairs at IIM-A Ishita Solanki said. "Review of course fee structure could be one of the reasons behind putting it on hold," sources at IIM-A said. "The fee for PGP-PMP was revised to Rs. 20 lakh for those enrolling in batch 2009-10 against Rs. 8 lakh offered to government-sponsored candidates in 2007," sources said.

"The course has been discontinued this year because the three-year MoU signed with DoPT in 2007 lapsed in 2009-10 and it could not be renewed due to bleak response from the government," a professor at IIM-A said.


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