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Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) is an AICTE approved course and helps preparing professionals and further develop the wisdom required for careers in business and management. PGDM gets you into the corporate suite and is the way you need. It is not only meant to business but is also helpful for those making a career in the Govt. sector, private industry, consultancy and other areas. It adds and incorporates all the theoretical and practical skills required to excel in management and leadership positions.PGDM is the futuristic program and its contents keep up with the demands of the time. The curriculum is very flexible and keeps changing with the futuristic market requirement. The course is basically designed to inculcate leadership, quick and correct decision making abilities among the aspirants. This is one of the most sought after program in the world. It has been seen that most of top brass officers in the corporate sector have done either of these programs.Taxila PGDM is 120 credit course and needs almost 14 to 16 hours of input everyday. The intensity of the course is felt even before you start attending the same.

What to Choose: MBA or PGDM

Everything has an expiry date, probably true with MBA. MBA is an old version for those wanting to pursue management studies and now two-year diploma course PGDM sounds better, as long it is approved by AICTE. Generally PGDM course is far more industry oriented and practical as far as job market is concerned.With a bundle of degrees on offer, students are tremendously confused. There is a perception MBA (Master in Business Administration) is degree program whereas the other program is diploma. This is where the confusion starts. Having taught both MBA and the “so called diploma programs, I can assure that as far as legal equivalence is concerned; all two year programs approved by AICTE or affiliated to a University are the same. There is not at all any difference in the acceptance of these courses. Yes, as far as market acceptance is concerned I have noticed these days’ companies have more faith on PGDM program. The reason could be that autonomous college’s focus remains entirely on one program wherein universities offering 100s of courses may not give that much of care to one.


Universities in India are extremely slow in revising their curriculum to the changing industry demand. This is why we don’t have an MBA in Financial Markets or in real estate, although these are the fastest growing segments. The PGDM on the other side, is tailor-made and customized by the institute and is far more flexible. This makes it possible for the college to continuously upgrade and improve the curriculum. That is why the PGDM is far more industry oriented than MBA. The Question of Perusing Higher Education Is PGDM valid for higher education? In India, all the awards of PGDM from AICTE recognized institutes are equivalent to a master’s degree. A student can pursue her/his higher education like M Phil, PhD, or any other course with the PGDM conferred by an AICTE approved institution.

How to select Management School?

The most and first important aspect in selecting a Business School is having good faculty not infrastructure, which is secondary. Normally, these are the last two years of formal education and average/ poor faculty may not be able to do justice to the curriculum. The best designed course would not work with poor faculty. Aspirant should visit the website of the concerned school and check out for the teaching team. Search for education of the faculty, their previous work history, current consulting contracts, research work etc.

PGDM vis a vis MBA course:

Generally University based curriculums for MBA are out of fashion and not updated very frequently. While PGDM courses keep updating almost every six months. I appreciate few colleges like SPJain and, Taxila Business School and few more for changing in curriculum almost every term to cater to the futuristic requirements.

One important decision:

Normally we spend more time researching on the features of the laptop or a smartphone we buy than on the college we wish to make career with. Selecting an Business School may be the most important decision in the life of an management aspirant. You must not be swayed by the opinions and myths. A couple of hours spent researching the school is a good investment. If possible, visit the school and have a discussion with the faculty members and students. And keep in mind,
Finally PGDM programs from AICTE recognised institutes are better than MBA.

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