Part-time MBA programs are designed for working professionals who wish to earn an MBA degree while continuing to work. These programs usually offer classes during the evenings and weekends, allowing students to balance their work and academic commitments. Since students are typically taking fewer classes per semester, the program duration is longer than full-time MBA programs, typically lasting three to five years. Part-time MBA programs are often more flexible in terms of admission requirements, allowing students with a wider range of work experience and academic backgrounds to enroll.
Post Graduate Programme in Management (Part Time) is designed to provide working executives with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a management role, even if they don't have prior formal education in the field. The program's accreditation by AICTE and AMBA suggests that it meets high standards for quality and rigor.
The Programme is targeted at working executives and entrepreneurs who are looking to enhance their management skills and advance their careers. By participating in the Post Graduate Programme in Management (Part Time), they can gain exposure to the latest managerial tools and techniques, which can help them to perform more efficiently and effectively in their roles. Additionally, the program can prepare them for assuming higher responsibilities and navigating the changing business landscape. Overall, it seems like a valuable investment in professional development.
The programme is aimed at imparting the competencies in the following areas:
- Value Based Education
- Global Perspective
- Entrepreneurial and Leadership Orientation
- Functional Competencies
- Action Centric Mindset
Three-year (spread over nine terms) Post Graduate Programme in Management (Part Time) is at par with the regular PGPM programme in its coverage and rigour. Each year is split into four terms (of 3-months each). Each term is of 12-weeks duration which includes two weeks for examinations (mid-term & end-term). In order to provide flexibility to the students, they are permitted to drop a term(s) and may also opt to complete the programme on fast track basis in subject to prior intimation/ approval. However, they would be required to complete all the remaining courses/dissertation work within a maximum time limit of five years from the date of joining (subject to their having paid all the fee installments as applicable). In such cases, the fee payable subsequent to their re-joining/joining back will be that applicable to the batch with which they are joining the term. Re-registration fee will also be levied in such cases.
The pedagogy of the program is a balanced mix of lectures, group discussions, presentations, case analyses, simulation exercises, business games, field visits, and project work. The primary emphasis is on interactive and participative methods of learning. To keep up with recent advances in training methodology, the program also integrates the use of technology with the learning of basic principles in different functional areas of management. Participants have the opportunity to interact with eminent academics, policy makers, and industry leaders who delve into current business and policy issues.
The program consists of 36 courses, with each course having thirty contact hours. Out of these, 18 courses are core courses, which are compulsory for all students, and the remaining 18 courses are elective courses. Students have the freedom to choose 18 elective courses out of a larger list, with elective courses offered in the following functional areas: Finance, Operations Management, Marketing, Information Management, HRM/OB, and Strategy.
The scheme of coursework is as follows: In the first year (initial four terms), 16 core courses are offered, comprising four core courses in each term. In the second year (fifth term only), two core courses and two electives are offered. Electives start from the fifth term onwards. From the second term of the second year (sixth term onwards), only elective courses are offered. During the ninth term of coursework, students work on the compulsory dissertation/project.
In order to specialize in a functional area, students must take a minimum of five electives from that area. Dual specialization is also allowed, in which case a minimum of five additional electives must be chosen in the second area of specialization. Therefore, out of the 18 elective courses, 10 must be from the two areas in which students wish to specialize. Remaining elective courses can be taken from any functional area or from the pool of stand-alone electives, which may or may not have inter-linkages with other courses. If a student has not taken five or more elective courses in any functional area, they will not be considered as having specialized in any functional area and will be given a General Management specialization. The elective courses offered in a term shall be announced towards the end of the previous term to enable pre-registration for courses and to decide which electives will be offered and which will not be offered due to an inadequate number of students wanting to enroll/opt for the same.
Dissertation/ Project Work
In addition to core and elective courses, each student is required to complete a dissertation/project equivalent to two credit loads. The dissertation/project will address a clearly defined live problem of an organization or business. Normally, this work requires one-term equivalent effort and can be started earliest in the ninth term. Students must choose a faculty member from MDI to provide guidance for the project work, and also choose one guide from the industry for their project work. After completion, students must submit copies of their typed dissertation report and defend their work before a panel of examiners.
The dissertation work is evaluated and the grade obtained is counted for the final CGPA.