Curriculum of a course holds equal amount of importance as it is for the quality of teaching staffs, which counts for the efficacy of education that an institute provides. It is the curriculum that is implemented on the student's academic training, which further forms the foundation of their expertise. The Institute of Management Development and Research (IMDR) offers the opportunity of a lifetime of access to higher education and academic excellence through an effective curriculum. Being one of the oldest business schools in Pune, IMDR is committed to the kind of management education, which contributes to enlightened management practice and sustained growth of work organization. In 2011, The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has approved IMDR's PGDM program with an intake of 120 students.
With over four decades of legacy in providing high quality management education,IMDR has achieved many milestones by focusing on quality education. "As an autonomous institute, we have the advantage of modifying the curriculum as per the industry requirements and we have never compromised on the academic rigor,"says Prof. Prajakta Pradhan, Assistant Professor, IMDR. The institute follows Instruction System Design Methodology wherein the subjects are integrated to different disciplines to make management a mandatory field of thoughtful practice. In addition to that, off-classroom sessions, one-to-one interaction, mentoring sessions, academic discussions, placement preparation and many more enhance effectiveness of the curriculum.
The Enduring Legacy
IMDR was established in 1974 as a constituent unit of the Deccan Education Society. IMDR became an autonomous institution in 1977 and since then institute has been striving to adequately serve complex occupational sectors and provide the best workforce and economic development resources. Pradhan says, "We believe in making our teaching programs, methods of teaching and examination more comprehensive, more flexible and more result-oriented." IMDR
IMDR is a community of students, staff and faculty. The working process is not only on individual level, but the management process has a sustained form of working in the organization. The institute believes in contributing to self, organization, environment and society. They effectively execute their mission statement, "Our students should be helped to become thoughtful and sensitive professionals, with a commitment to simultaneously contributing to the environment and the self."IMDR emanates its rich heritage through other facilities, infrastructure and elements to furnish a holistic learning in their vicinity.
In addition to a pro-active teaching methodology, IMDR has obtained a number of tie- ups with major organizations such as Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce (MCC), Conferderation of Indian Industries (CII)and educational institutes of national and international repute. ESSCA (Ecole Supereiur Des Sciences Commerciales D'Angers) also known as ESSCA Graduate School of Management is one of the top Management Institutes of Franceis one among them. ESSCA is known for its interest in developing management skills in people from countries worldwide. They facilitate a semester program or a summer program for students of IMDR for every batch.
Perfecting the vision of the institute, IMDRï¿½s faculty members are known for their tireless attempt to take the reputation of the institute reach new heights. At present, IMDR has a total number of 16 faculty members and over 25 visiting faculty members who hail from various sectors of industry and other B-Schools of the country. The total strength of 240 students in the institute forms an ideal faculty- student ratio of 1:15. With a sincere commitment to education and carrying out the academic processes, they create managers out of young men and women. The faculty members share a distinctive relationship with students, which are characterized by openness, approachability and warmth.It is also a notable information about the institute that the entire alumnus are binded together as a family because of the efforts of the faculty members to exemplify integrity as a true virtue. IMDR's alumni contribute in various aspects of the institute such as internships, pre-placement preparation, placements, visiting faculty and revision of the curriculum.
The Campus Placement Program at IMDR is a student driven process. More than 60 organizations participate in placement such L&T, Mercedes, ICICI, Bajaj and many more which yields an average annual package of Rs. 4.5 lakh and highest of Rs. 6.5 lakh per annum to their students. But employment never ends in the placement program for students of IMDR. Experts from industry offer handholding of students in preparing models, planning and execution of the same under the Entrepreneurship Development Cell.
Building brick by brick, IMDR now looks forward to make more association with Indian university to get PGDM equivalent of MBA. "We will keep on adding to our strengths carrying our legacy, achieving new milestones and creating community of students, staff and faculty striving to be vibrant with learning processes," concludes Pradhan.
Dr. Deepak Roy, Director
Dr. Deepak Roy has taken over as Director, Institute of Management & Research (IMDR) since July 2014. He is Stanford University certified Entrepreneurship Educator and London Business School and Goldman Sachs certified Professional Mentor for budding entrepreneurs and start-up ventures. He has been in academics for the past 12 years and brings to his research based teaching, 15 years of executive experience in the corporate world in India and in the USA. He has been an entrepreneur himself, having started a company in IT services & training and running it successfully for three years.
Prajakta Pradhan, Assistant Professor
Prajakta Pradhan has done her B.A. (Economics) from Fergusson College Pune and M.A (Economics) from the University of Pune. She is an alumnus of IMDR and has completed her Post Graduate Diploma in International Trade. She has also completed Masters in Marketing Management, which is a specialized program in Marketing offered by University of Pune. She is currently pursuing her P.hD from Symbiosis International University.