Course Details    

PGDM Course Details
The Institute offers 85 courses in the PGDM programme, made up of 31 core courses, 54 elective courses including Summer Internship Program (SIP). In addition, seminar courses are offered in topics of contemporary relevance. Orientation courses are offered in specific courses according to the concerned faculty teaching requirements in that particular course. Orientation and core courses are common to all students.
The concept of credits is used to define the weightage of a course in the curriculum. The courses have credits ranging from 1 to 3, depending on the coverage of topics. One credit connotes 10 classroom contact hours. Thus, a two-credit course involves 20 classroom contact hours and a three-credit course involves 30 classroom contact hours.
Term Course Category Number Offered Credits Offered Requirement of the Course
Year 1
Term 1 Orientation 3 5 All Year 1 Courses are Compulsory
Core 8 20.5
Term 2 Core 8 20.5
Term 3 Core 10 21.5
Year 2
Term 4 Core 3 6 Compulsory for all students
  Elective 23 50 15 credits
Term 5 Core 1 2 Compulsory for all students
  Elective 21 44 12 credits
Term 6 Core 1 2 Compulsory for all students
  Elective 10 20.5 6credits
The courses can be grouped into five types:
  • Foundation and basic courses
  • Functional courses
  • Specialisation / elective courses
  • Integrative courses
  • Perspective building courses

The Main Elements

The KIAMS PGDM includes six main elements: Courses on integrated management functions such as Managing Financial Resources, Managing Services & Products, and People Organizations run through the first three terms. Parallel to them, and fully complementing them, is a two-term Strategic Management course.

  • A core component is a series of contextual courses, preparing for global change, which explores the impact on business and management of larger social, political, economic, and technological changes.
  • Special emphasis is placed on new business development and the enhancement of entrepreneurial skills
  • Key personal and professional skills are fostered by course components such as Data Analysis, I.T. for Management, Business Communication, Presentation, Negotiation, Leadership & Small Group behaviour skills
  • Students also have the opportunity to pursue their own individual and professional interests. The study of advanced electives in the Second Year takes them to the frontiers of their future careers. Some of the electives cover exciting areas like ERP, Business Process Reengineering, Franchising and E-Commerce
  • Over the summer a 6 to 8 weeks study project carried out in a company or organization, gives students the opportunity to apply the knowledge which they have acquired and to experience management in action
Customised Programme
During the second year of the programme (Terms 4, 5 and 6), students have the opportunity to customise the programme to meet their personal requirements. They can choose from more than 50 electives the 10 or so in which they wish to be assessed. With such a wide choice they may wish to focus on a particular area such as finance, marketing or human resource management, or they may decide on a fairly broad mix of topics. Particularly popular are the general management and Technology related electives, which provide the opportunity for participants to gain a better understanding of how the key elements required to run a businedd successfully are integrated. Some students use this as an opportunity to develop their ideas and complement them by taking up live projects for companies which gives them hands-on experience. In addition to the assessed electives the students can also audit (i.e. attend) other electives.
Learning Teams
At the start of the programme, students are placed in learning teams of three or four people. These are designed by the programme director to ensure that each-team has a blend of functional knowledge and intuitive thinking. The learning team, as used at KIAMS, plays a key part in the process of management development, as distinct from the content of the programme. Students will come to realise that having the correct analysis is not necessarily enough; they must be able to convince their peers that this is so and carry others along with them.
The learning team system at KIAMS is created in order to develop these skills in a relatively risk free environment where the pay-off from working together is high but where the failure cost is not as disastrous as it may be in the real business world.
The preparation for classroom sessions is done both individually and in the learning teams and involves a substantial amount of work. The use of learning teams and the subsequent classroom discussions ensures that the extensive experience which all KIAMS participants possess is fully utilised.
Personal Development
The learning teams are also central to the process of personal development. The KIAMS experience is not just about learning rsquo;contentrsquo;. It is also about developing a student as an individual and as a manager, able to understand his/her own abilities and capable of motivating his/her colleagues.
The learning team approach adopted throughout the programme helps to develop teamwork, leadership and interpersonal skills.
KIAMS has a large database of the Indian corporate houses due to its long association with consultancy services and executive development programmes. Students can leverage this database for developing a network of contacts which is useful in career development and for placements.
KIAMS follows a continuous evaluation system to keep the student learning throughout the year. Feedback is provided by the faculty on a continuing basis to enable the students to monitor their own progress. Individual faculty members design their methods of evaluation which include tests, assignments, term papers, project work based reports and presentations, mid and end term exams. The evaluation may be on individual/ group basis. A five point scale grading procedure is adopted for evaluating students as given below. At the end of every term, the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is calculated for each student
Grade System
Grade Grade Point GP Boundary Conditions
A+ 4 A+ and A together maximum 20%
A 3.75 B+, B, B- each maximum 30%
B+ 3.25 C and D together maximum 20%
B 3  
B- 2.5  
C 2  
D 1  
F (Fail) 0  
Z (Absent) 0  
At the end of every term, the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is calculated for each student.
Course continuance from PGDM1 to PGDM2: Students who fails in any subject in the first year will be allowed to keep terms in that subject in their Second year. The improvement examination should be taken along with the junior batch as per the latest syllabus.
Award of PGDM Diploma: Diploma will be awarded if the student gets a minimum CGPA of 2.5, carries no Fs at the end of the course and has no disciplinary issues pending against him/her.