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We Prepare Business Leaders Who Care for People and Planet

 

Interview of Dr. Harivansh Chaturvedi, Director, BIMTECH,

published in IndiaCSR News Network

 

 

 

Recently, BIMTECH’s PGDM (SDP) has been ranked 95th among the top best master programme globally. The programme is closely associated with the MDP Global Network by Earth Institute, Columbia University to provide access to high standard global pedagogy and alignment with around 36 world’s leading Universities. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of PGDM (SDP) programme.

Dr. Harivansh Chaturvedi, Director, BIMTECH shares his vision and views on PGDM (SDP) and how it contributes to the society.

What is the vision and mission towards PGDM-SDP?

To prepare business leaders who will not only care for profit but also for people and planet.

Why India needs Special PGDM in Sustainable Development Practices?

Since 1992, the concept and applications of Sustainable Development (SD) have gained global prominence. Both public and private sectors have been forced to critically review their strategies, policies and interventions to incorporate ‘Sustainability’ as an integral and essential foundation of survival and growth but there is tremendous shortage of ‘Sustainability Professionals’ in India to meet the growing need.

Experts estimate that around 8,000 to 10,000 green jobs have been opening up each year for the past 10 years. Recent government policies and CSR requirements will further generate demand for professionals in development sector and CSR divisions.

Traditional courses do not address the need to link the three fundamental dimensions of sustainability – social, economic, and environmental systems at conceptual and operational levels. The interlinkages and their implications are not adequately reflected in the courses and pedagogy. In our course, the core building blocks of Management are provided and followed by interdisciplinary domains in order to apply the principles of sustainability.

What are the unique features that make PGDM-SDP a better option to the students?

The course provides multidisciplinary knowledge and practical skills to meet the needs of development and corporate sector. About five months are devoted to field work/internship/short term projects. Regular conferences and workshops by leading international organizations such as United Nations, Global Reporting Initiative, KPMG etc. provide the necessary knowledge and global exposure to the students.

During the programme, students get international exposure through inter- university sessions of Global Classroom coordinated by Earth Institute of Columbia University, USA. They get an opportunity to learn from international experts practitioners and engage in discussions with foreign students through web conferencing.

The programme is ranked 95th among Top 100 Masters Programmes in International Survey of EDUNIVERSAL, France. It has also received Gold Award at Indian Management Conclave 2013.

How is the corporate response to the programme?

During a short span of 4 years, the programme has evoked much interest among corporate, public sector, national and international developmental organizations, donor agencies etc. and more than 100 organizations have forged relationship by providing employment/internship opportunities to the students.

Students of this programme have been given space for internship and placement in leading organizations such as Ernst & Young, Dabur Ltd, DLF Foundation, Bharti Foundation, ITC Ltd, National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC), Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok), Grant Thornton, International Development Enterprise (Bangladesh), Swisscontact (Bangladesh), GiZ, JK Paper Ltd, ACC  Ltd, Mother Dairy, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), ACDI/VOCA (Walmart CSR Project), Foundation for MSME Clusters, ACCESS Development Services, Development Alternatives, Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI), Sahara Q Shop etc.

What are the various career opportunities open to PGDM-SDP students?

PGDM-SDP offers a wide range of career opportunities with national and international NGOs, international development agencies, corporate and public sector, industry associations such as CII, FICCI, Federation of Indian Mineral Industries etc and research and consultancy organizations.

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