In bid to professionalise management of sports in the country, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, (IIM-A) plans to introduce a course on Professional Management of Sports Organisation (PMSO) this year.
"With the Commonwealth Games in Delhi this year and the popularity of Indian Premier League (IPL), what is happening is that sports management is emerging as a new field," IIM-A director Samir Barua told mediapersons Wednesday.
"There is a good demand of talent in managing sports and world over it has become an industry in itself. India is only now waking up to this kind of skill. This is a first move from our side to try and professionalise the management of sports," Barua said about the PMSO course which is part of the institutes's Management Development Progamme (MDP) 2010-11.
Asked if they had enough faculty for the course, the IIM-A director said they will initially draw skills from outside as this is the first year of the course.
Besides PMSO, the other course under MDP plans this year at IIM-A include Strategies of Growth, Peoples Issues in Business Process outsourcing, Quality Management, Project Risk Management, Infrastructure Development and Policy and others.
This year, 380 students have enrolled for IIM-A's flagship Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) which include 341 males (89 per cent) and 39 females (10 per cent).