Applications Invited for Fellow Programme in Management (Rural Management)

Applications Invited for Fellow Programme in Management (Rural Management)

Institute Name: Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA)

Apply By: 28 Feb 2024

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About the Organization

The Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) is driven by the dream of serving under-served segments of the economy through professional management. Founded in 1979, IRMA is focused on creating management professionals who can bring about sustainable, ecologically-friendly and equitable growth by applying their management acumen at the grassroots level and influencing the public policy narrative at the national and global levels.

Dr. Verghese Kurien, known as the ‘Father of the White Revolution in India’, founded IRMA 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).

About the Programme

The Fellow Programme in Management - FPM (RM) is a doctoral-level programme in Rural Management approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). FPM (RM) is for aspirants and professionals seeking careers in research, teaching, and specialized knowledge based positions in institutions of higher learning, research, and development organizations.

FPM (RM) is a doctoral/Ph.D. level research programme in Rural Management leading to the title of "Fellow in Management (Rural Management)". It has a minimum residency requirement of two and a half years. Participants of the programme get associated with one basic disciplinary area even though the topic of research they pursue could have interdisciplinary perspectives. In order to make it more resilient, the FPM (RM) curriculum has been recently redesigned based on the recommendations of a review committee. The curriculum of 2018 carries many of the new features recommended.

Overall Goals of the Progamme:

  • Promote scholarship and build knowledge in the field of Rural Management;
  • Develop scholars and teachers in Rural Management; and
  • Stimulate academic and research work in IRMA.

Specific Objectives of the Progamme:

  • Design of the doctoral programme in rural management; this includes admission, appropriate pedagogy benchmarked with good quality programs and in line with the regulatory bodies.
  • Facilitate the development of academic/ scholarly orientation among participants.
  • This includes providing guidance in identifying research areas and topics.
  • Help create general and specific competencies in teaching, executive education, consulting research, research review and editorship.
  • Promote an inter-disciplinary orientation among participants.


To be eligible for admission to the FPM (RM) 2024 programme an applicant must satisfy the following two conditions:


Anybody with a Master’s Degree or equivalent in Engineering and Technology /  Management / Economics / Social Science / Biological Science / Pure Science / Commerce / Humanities with FIRST CLASS from a recognized university or institution can apply. Those expecting to complete the final exams of these degrees by July 01, 2024 may also apply.

Those appearing for their final examination in the respective discipline can also apply. Such students if selected shall be provisionally admitted provided they complete all requirements in obtaining their Master’s Degree before 30th September of the year of admission. The admission of these candidates shall remain provisional until they produce the mark sheet proving that they satisfy the eligibility criteria. The deadline for submitting the final year mark sheet is 31st December 2024.

The percentage of aggregate marks is to be calculated as per the practice followed by the concerned university or institution. In case the university/institution does not have a scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence will be established by IRMA by dividing the obtained CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the resultant with 100.

Qualifying Exams:

Having valid scores/results of the last five years in any of the following standard qualifying exams or tests: CAT, XAT, GMAT/GRE, UGC-JRF/NET, CSIR-JRF/NET, ICAR-SRF, ICAR/ASRB-NET, GATE or CMAT 2023.

The cut-off period for the validity of the qualifying exam or test score is five years preceding the last date specified for the submission of the application form to FPM (RM). Valid scores obtained from January 2019 onwards in all the specified qualifying exams are eligible.

Research Proposal:

All eligible applicants must submit along with their application a primary and secondary areas research proposal of about 5000 words. The proposal should cover topic/problem of the proposed research, its relevance, objectives and methodology of the study, and expected results or findings.

If the secondary area would like to have a detailed proposal in the secondary area the candidate may be requested to submit the same.

The area will assess the research proposal and shortlist the individuals for the second stage of the admission process that would include a research proposal presentation and personal interview.

How to Apply

Deadline: 28.02.2024

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