All 169 students completing a postgraduate diploma in rural management (PGDRM) at the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) have been placed during the current placement season, with the highest salary at Rs 46.50 lakh and the minimum at Rs 4.5 lakh.
Recruiters who visited the institute founded by Dr Verghese Kurien, father of White Revolution in India, included NGOs, co-operatives and development agencies – with NGO salaries averaging at Rs 9.37 lakh per annum and those of corporates at about Rs 10.57 a year. Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF - Amul) was the top recruiter with 19 candidates. Bihar Rural Livelihood Promotion (BRLPS) offered 11 jobs, followed by Pidilite Industries Ltd (Rurban Division) and ICICI-Lombard General Insurance Co. Ltd (Government Business Group), taking nine and eight students, respectively.
IRMA received 220 job offers from 92 recruiters for its batch graduating in April 2017.
About 22 students accepted offers by non-government development organisations and government development organisations, including SRIJAN, Gujarat State Women’s Sewa Co-operative Federation, and Rajasthan Grameen Ajeevika Parishad. UNICEF, for the first time, participated in IRMA’s placements making offers to five students of which four were placed in UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
PGDRM is officially recognised as equivalent to MBA. IRMA alumni are scattered all over the globe, in industry, development-sector, government services such as IAS/IPS, in public service such as politics and academia.