URICM, Gandhinagar has been conducting the two years Post Graduate Diploma in Management- Agribusiness (PGDM-ABM)since 2008.The centre is focused on fabricating young minds coming from different academic background and with diverse skills to complete within the competitive corporate world. The programme aims to groom prospective managers with the right conceptual foundations, analytical skills and application abilities to help organizations attain and maintain the crucial competitive edge with managers who can lead from the front. Agribusiness Management at URICM encompasses the study of agriculture and business concepts necessary for a successful career in the agribusiness sector and with government agencies. Some examples of career opportunities available to PGDM Agribusiness Management include agriculture marketing, Retailing, agricultural finance, International trading in agriculture, cooperative managers and entrepreneurs.

The PGDM-ABM is a two year full time course spread over six trimesters. The PGDM course is approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi. The PGDM programme is designed on the principle that a proper balance of theory and practice is needed to aid managerial skill formation for effective decision-making and problem solving in the globalised environment. The programme aims to train the students to be competent managers and to inculcate qualities required for effective leadership of organizations.

The programme comprises of two segments, viz. Classrooms lectures and practical exposure through Summer Internship, Live project, Seminars, Observation Study tours and Project work. This unremitting assessment enables the students to implement corrective measures at the right time and meet the standard of performance prescribed by PGDM committee.

The programme is designed with classroom teaching component, integrating case method pedagogy. 36 credits have to be completed in six terms. 24 credits of subjects are offered in core management areas and 12 credits for specialization subjects, 2 credit courses are devoted for project course to equip students to take challenging course in Agri-Business sector.

In addition, the Institute provides soft skills training and an online MS-Office certification course.

Eligibility for PGDM

  • Any graduate from a recognized University, with minimum education of 15 years (10+2+3) full time with atleast 50% marks for the General / OBC (non creamy) candidates and 45% marks for SC / ST candidates in Graduation.

  • Latest Valid Test scores of any one of the National level Tests - CAT / MAT / XAT / ATMA /CMAT (GMAT/GRE for foreign nationals) at the time of application. These guidelines may get modified / subject to be modified depending upon AICTE guidelines from time to time.

  • The percentage obtained by the candidate in the Bachelor's Degree would be based on the practice followed by the University / institution from where the candidate has obtained the degree.

  • Applicants who have appeared for bachelor's degree examination and awaiting results may also apply subject to fulfillment of conditions.

  • Reservation of seats for OBC (Non Creamy) SC / ST / Physically Disability persons as per Govt. of India rules.

Selection Criteria

Admission procedure for the PGDM-ABM (AICTE approved) programme will commence in the last week of June, is as given below:

The selection to PGDM-ABM programme is based on Entrance Examination which comprising of

  • Latest valid test score of CAT / MAT / XAT / ATMA / CMAT of AICTE at the time of application (GMAT/GRE for foreign nationals*)

  • Group Discussion

  • Personal Interview.

Securing minimum prescribed marks in Group Discussion and Personal Interview are compulsory to become eligible for taking admission.

Note: Candidates interested in pursuing PGDM–ABM at URICM, Gandhinagar are advised to apply and appear the referred national level test directly and apply through Website.

How to Apply

The selection for the PGDM-ABM programme is based on the Common Entrance Examination, which comprise of

  • latest valid test score of CAT/XAT/MAT/CMAT (NTA)/ATMA

  • Group Discussion (GD)

  • Personal Interview (PI)
    Candidates have to apply online through the institute website: www.urimanage.org.in and pay an application fee of Rs 500 (five hundred).

Fee Structure

The total programme cost for a period of two years is Rs. 3,70,000/-*. This fee includes tuition fee, examination fee, computer charges, and hostel accommodation charges for two years, cost of books, cost of industrial visits, etc. Apart from this, a laptop is must for all the students. The approximate cost of laptop may be Rs. 40,000/- which is not included in the fee. The boarding charge for 1st Year is Rs. 90,000/- is paid in advance along with first term fees. 2nd Year Boarding and Lodging Charges of Rs. 90,000/- to be paid in advance along with fourth term fees.

Course Structure

Term I

  • Managerial Economics

  • Financial Accounting

  • Mathematics & Statistics for Managers

  • Marketing Management

  • Communications for Managers

  • Introduction to Information Technology (0.5 unit)

  • Knowledge and Communication Advancement Programme (0.5 unit)

Term II

  • Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations

  • Rural Marketing

  • Macro Economics

  • Financial Management

  • Statistical Methods for Data Analysis

  • Production & Operations Management

  • Knowledge and Communication Advancement Programme (0.5 unit)

Term III

  • Organizational Behavior

  • Rural Development & Cooperatives

  • Strategic Cost Management

  • Marketing Research

  • Project Planning & Management (0.5 unit)

  • Micro Finance

  • Industry Observation (0.5 unit)

  • Knowledge and Communication Advancement Programme (0.5 unit)

Term IV

  • Operations Research

  • Risk Management & Derivatives

  • Supply Chain Management

  • Banking & Insurance

  • Sales & Distribution Management

  • Agri Finance & Rural Credit

  • Entrepreneurship Management of Agri-projects (Project Course)

Term V

  • Agri Export Management & International Trade

  • Procurement & Warehouse Management

  • Agri Input Marketing

  • Food Processing Management

  • Retailing Management

  • Entrepreneurship Management of Agri-projects (Project Course)

Term VI

  • Strategic Management

  • Legal Aspects of Business

  • Optional Course - 1

  • Optional Course - 2

Optional Courses

  • Export Documentation

  • Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management

  • Human Resources Development (Training & Development)

  • NGO Management

  • Quality Management

  • Product & Brand Management

  • Enterprise Resource Planning

  • Agri Insurance

  • Services Marketing

* Offered based on the registration

  • One course credit is equivalent to 28-30 contact sessions of 70 minutes each and requires the student to put in at least 80 hours of work outside the classroom.

  • The students are required to complete basic course in computers like MS-Office before joining the Programme.