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Post Graduate Programme in Management (Part-Time)

MDI’s Post Graduate Programme in Management (Part Time) is a rigorous, demanding and relevant programme for the working executives who have no prior exposure to formal management education. It attracts some of the best talent from the corporate world in the National Capital Region. It is approved by AICTE, Government of India. It is also accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA), UK.

The Programme is targeted at working executives and entrepreneurs who have not had an opportunity to get exposed to the latest managerial tools and techniques through formal in-class interaction. Apart from filling this gap, it also equips managers for assuming higher responsibilities and enables them to perform more efficiently and effectively in the context of the changed domestic and international business environment.

The programme is aimed at imparting the competencies in the following areas:

  • Sensitizing towards the business environment
  • Strategic thinking
  • Conceptual knowledge of the subject
  • General management competencies
  • Decision making and problem solving abilities of managers
  • Global perspective to various managerial problems
  • Personal and professional development
  • Sensitize them towards group/team learning
  • Entrepreneurial and leadership capabilities
  • Innovation and change management

Programme Structure


Three-year (spread over nine terms) Post Graduate Programme in Management (Part Time) is at par with the regular PGPM programme in its coverage and rigour. Each year is split into four terms (of 3-months each). Each term is of 12-weeks duration which includes two weeks for examinations (mid-term & end-term). In order to provide flexibility to the students, they are permitted to drop a term(s) and may also opt to complete the programme on fast track basis in subject to prior intimation/ approval. However, they would be required to complete all the remaining courses/dissertation work within a maximum time limit of five years from the date of joining (subject to their having paid all the fee installments as applicable). In such cases, the fee payable subsequent to their re-joining/joining back will be that applicable to the batch with which they are joining the term. Re-registration fee will also be levied in such cases.


The pedagogy is a balanced mix of lectures, group discussions, presentations, case analyses, simulation exercises, business games, field visits and project work. The primary emphasis would be on interactive and participative methods of learning. In line with the recent advances in training methodology, the programme also integrates the use of technology with the learning of basic principles in different functional areas of management. The participants get the opportunity of interacting with eminent academics, policy makers and industry leaders who delve into the current business and policy issues.

Course Work*

The programme comprises of 36 courses of thirty contact hours each, of which eighteen are core courses and eighteen are elective courses. The core courses are compulsory for all students. Students are required to complete 18 elective courses out of a larger list. The students are free to choose elective courses of their choice. The elective courses are offered in the following functional areas: Finance, Operations Management, Marketing, Information Management, HRM/ OB and Strategy.

The scheme of course work is as follows: in the first year (initial four terms) 16 core courses are offered, comprising of four core courses in each term, in the second year (fifth term only), there are two core courses and two electives. Electives start from fifth term onwards. From the second term of the second year (sixth term onwards) only elective courses are offered. During the ninth term of course work students work on the compulsory dissertation / project.

*Programme Design Under Review


In order to do specialization in a functional area, a minimum of five electives must be taken from that area. Dual specialization is also permitted; in which case additional minimum five electives must be chosen in the second area of specialization. Thus out of 18 elective courses, 10 must be from the two areas in which students wish to specialize. Remaining elective courses can be taken from any functional area or from the pool of stand-alone electives which may or may not have inter-linkages with other courses. If a student has not taken 5 or more elective courses in any functional area, he will not be considered as having specialized in any functional area and will be given a General Management specialization. The elective courses offered in a term shall be announced towards the end of the previous term to enable pre-registration for courses as also to decide which electives will be offered and which shall not be offered on account of inadequate number of students wanting to enroll/opt for the same.

Dissertation/ Project Work

In addition to core and elective courses, each student is required to complete dissertation/ project work, equivalent to two credit loads. In this dissertation he/she will address a clearly defined live problem of an organization/ business. Normally this dissertation/ project work requires one-term equivalent effort and can be started earliest in the ninth term. A faculty member from MDI will have to be chosen to provide guidance for the project work. Students also have to choose one guide from the industry for their project work. The students submit copies of their typed dissertation report and will defend their work before a panel of examiners.

The dissertation work is evaluated and the grade obtained is counted for the final CGPA.

Class Schedule

In the first year (initial four terms) classes are held on three days every week. These three days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays for session starting in April and Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays for session starting in October. Second year (fifth term onwards) classes are held throughout the week and for an individual the class schedule depends on the electives chosen by him/her. Classes are held in the evenings from 6.30 PM to 9.45 PM on weekdays, consisting of two sessions of 90 minutes each and from 10.00 AM to 1.15 PM and from 2.00 PM to 5.15 PM on Sundays, four sessions of 90 minutes duration; with a lunch break from 1.15 PM to 2.00 PM.


On successful completion of the requirements of the programme, a student is awarded Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (Part Time), which has the approval of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Government of India. It is also accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA), UK.