IRMA Anand - Institute of Rural Management

The Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) was established in 1979 by the father of white revolution Dr Verghese Kurien. it is a pioneering academic institution in rural management education and research. The unique strength of IRMA is its concern with integrating development and management in all its endeavours and activities. This perspective sets IRMA apart from other management and rural development institutions, which are largely concerned with either management or development but not both.


Established: 1979

Entrance Test Required: CAT/XAT and IRMA Admission Test

Post Graduate Programme in Rural Management

IRMA's Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM) prepares talented young managers to assume challenge-filled responsibilities in rural cooperatives and development organisations. PGDRM is a two-year fully residential programme. The PGDRM is recognized as equivalent to Master's degree in Rural Management by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

The PGDRM curriculum provides a wide spectrum of high quality courses with a greater focus on experiential learning. The curriculum comprises four distinct yet mutually supportive segments - classroom, village field work, development internship and management internship. The curriculum is highly acclaimed and approved by the reputed assessors and accreditation bodies. Furthermore, PGDRM graduates are known to carve a distinct reputation in their professional environment for their empathy, brilliance, commitment and integrity.

Fellow Programme in Rural Management

The FPRM is a doctoral programme of minimum three years and maximum seven years duration. It is meant for students and professionals seeking careers in Research, Teaching and specialized knowledge-based positions in Rural Management Institutions. A strong coursework and doctoral thesis are the two major components of the programme. As a corollary, the Programme has a requirement of at least 3 years’ residency in the Campus. After completion of coursework every participant has to pass the comprehensive qualifying examination prior to embarking on thesis research.

Certificate in Rural Management

IRMA’s designated organisations can sponsor their employees (executives and officers) for Certificate in Rural Management (CRM) or Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PRM). PRM offers flexibility to working executives and officers who are sponsored by IRMA’s designated organisations. The sponsored applicants can complete the programme in two years, or they can opt for a Certificate in Rural Management (CRM) at the end of the first year.