Management education has traditionally been focused on manufacturing and service sectors. The increasing importance of financial and IT enabled services has had its impact in the design, scope and content of management education in India.
However, agriculture and rural development, which impact the lives of more than 50% of the people in India, have not had the benefit of a number of specialized management institutions. Dr Verghese Kurien recognised the need for this early and set up the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) in 1979 with the objective of professionalizing farmer owned organisations and other institutions engaged in ensuring rural prosperity and growth. IRMA has trained more than 2000 professionals so far who have positively impacted the lives of millions of our farmers by building farmer owned organisations and providing management support, good governance and policy advocacy.
It is now being recognised that inclusive growth is an equitable and necessary path to India`s progress and demands more focus on rural India in terms of policy and management interventions. Even the conventional sectors of manufacturing and services recognise the importance of rural production systems and growing demand in rural areas as necessary for their own growth. Interventions by Government and by Farmer Producer Organisations require specialized professional management skills to get the best out of their investments.
IRMA is uniquely placed to meet this demand because of its vast experience in creating professionals for rural based organisations and its rich background of research and consultancy expertise.
While remaining committed to its mission of producing committed and skilled rural development professionals to meet the changing demands, IRMA strives to keep pace with cutting edge technologies, challenges of climate change and the aspirations of a new rural India. If you are looking at a prosperous rural India, come, engage with IRMA!..
T Nanda Kumar