Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Development Studies (PGDM-DS)

PGDM-DS is designed to enhance your leadership skills and competencies to develop and implement strategies that enable your social organisation/ enterprise to be strongly positioned for the future.

Both, at the national and international levels, there has been a growing concern towards addressing social, cultural, environmental and economic challenges facing the society, communities and groups. In India, the government sector and corporates have directed efforts towards creating constructive channels and ensuring sustainable benefits. In these development efforts, the voluntary sector has become an integral partner, and over the years earned far more legitimacy, acceptability and trust from both private sector & government.

You, too, can become an integral part of this sector and contribute considerably with your special skills, capabilities and passion to create a better tomorrow!

Who Should Join?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies is open to all individuals who are either considering embarking on entrepreneurial career pathway with social motives or would like to lead and contribute the change in society. Both, at the national and international levels, there has been a growing concern towards addressing social, cultural, environmental and economic challenges facing the society, communities and groups. In India, the government sector and corporates have directed efforts towards creating constructive channels and ensuring sustainable benefits. In these development efforts, the voluntary sector has become an integral partner, and over the years earned far more legitimacy, acceptability and trust from both private sector & government.

PGDM-DS is designed to enhance the leadership skills and competencies of those socially responsible individuals who are:

  • budding social entrepreneurs with a vision to develop the world, who aim to identify innovative solutions to social problems and are strongly committed to take up the challenges of solving these social problems
  • aspiring to be a Certified Social Development Practitioner; Part of Flagship Missions, Researcher cum social scientists; Social Enterprise counselors; Micro Finance [alternative financial services] leader; Development scholars abroad with international organization
  • aspiring for a career in non-profit community based organizations, state, national, and international organizations; grant making organizations, CSR wings of Industrial houses; and be engaged in rural & urban development

Course Objectives


Empowering people with entrepreneurial mindset to create great economic and social value


To build a cadre of young professionals with knowledge, critical perspectives, competencies and skill set by creating a transformational learning environment which inspires, prepares, and supports social entrepreneurial leaders and scholars to turn knowledge into action in pursuing innovative solutions to world's most pressing problems.

The major objectives of the course includes

  • building a cadre of new generation development professionals with required knowledge, competence, orientation and values
  • transferring the expertise and rich experience of EDI for the promotion of solutions in the areas of Microenterprise, Micro finance, Livelihood promotion, Women entrepreneurship, Group entrepreneurship, Social Enterprises and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • offering rewarding careers in action around
    • Overall economic development with inclusive growth
    • Sustainable and environment friendly solutions
    • Governance
    • Use of technology for development

Major Takeaways:

  • Engage with subjects including gender and poverty, microfinance, human rights, environmental sustainability, livelihood promotion, civil society organisations and many more.
  • Study core and applied management skills subjects, including strategic management, financial management, human resource management, project management and design, monitoring and evaluation, and research methods for development.
  • Field Work Segment, Summer Internship and Field Research Segment to augment a practical on-field understanding and exposure of the student's area of interest or forte.


The course design is structured around the major components of class room learning, field trip education, development internship and seminar/colloquium drill. The course design follows a contemporary pedagogy comprising of interactive lectures, project based workshops, case analysis, organizational visits, field learning, experience sharing with development professionals and task based simulation exercises. At every juncture a student's competencies are gauged in all the components of the course through tests, presentations and interviews. The overall objective which is pursued through the course design and the pedagogy is to create a constructive bent of mind towards development as a discipline by developing the right knowledge, skills and attitude.

The programme spreads over six trimesters of 12-15 weeks each. The content of the programme is designed in such a way that students get exposure to various facets of development work.

An early induction module is conducted for three weeks which facilitates students to get introduced to theoretical and conceptual ideas being developed in the programme. A rural immersion segment is organized in remote villages of Gujarat, with the objective of exposing students to a variety of field settings in order to sensitize them to issues related to development. Field visits form an essential part of learning through practical exposure. Trips to near-by villages, clusters, industries, NGOs and other organisations provide students an opportunity to understand an on-field experience of real time situations, which not only augments their grass-root level knowledge but also contributes in effective learning, creating thinkers and sensitivity to address pressing development issues.

Faculty In charge: Programme Coordinator and other resource persons (Prof Manoj Mishra, Prof B.B. Siddiqui, Dr Dinesh Jain, Prof Binoy Acharya, Prof. Gagan Sethi, Prof Nimil Shah, Shri Urvish Kothari, and others)

The first year ends with the a project-based field-work segment, which places students in different developmental organizations working in and around Gujarat, that provides a hands-on-ground learning experience of how these organisations work with the communities, by living with the communities and identifying their pursuits and challenges.

Faculty In charge: Placement Coordinator & Programme Coordinator

Once the students decide upon their respective 'Areas of Interest', the institution allows them to get a professional experience by working with spaces and firms they prefer. Hence, a compulsory two-month Summer Internship is to be accomplished at the end of first year, which enables our students to apply academic knowledge to real time management problems occurring in various facets of development. The process is facilitated by proper guidance, mentoring of each student. The areas of interest mostly tend to involve fields like Livelihood, Micro-Finance, Water Sanitation and Hygiene, ICT for Development, Education, Social Entrepreneurship, Human rights and more.

Faculty In charge: Placement Coordinator & Programme Coordinator

In their second year, students are offered a Course of Independent Study, which is provides them an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of their areas of interest through a one-month research period. This enables them to explore the intricacies of their respective subject areas and imbibe the necessary aspects of decision making with respect to the same.

Faculty In charge: Individual CIS mentors

Course Inputs

The structure of the curriculum envisages a judicious mix of several learning frameworks including Core Management, Development Theory, Development Action and Experiential Learning, which are fostered in the following domain specific subjects.

The courses start with explaining the concepts of economics at the micro and macro level and later specialize in the application of economic issues related to social development and environmental evaluation.

  • Managerial Economics
  • Macro Economics
  • Political Economic of Development
  • Development Economics (Selected Issues)

Faculty In charge: Prof Archana Dholakia, Dr. Dinesh Jain, Dr Saji Kumar

Developing and Managing Enterprise is about the creation of wealth, creativity and resourcefulness and exploiting change. These courses are designed to get an understanding of starting a new enterprise, or management of an existing business through project appraisals, financial and technical analysis.

  • Writing a winning proposal/business plan
  • Micro Enterprise Development & Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Faculty In charge: Prof. Manoj Mishra, Prof. Umesh Menon, Prof. Shailesh Modi

Students are trained to develop a modern dimension and perspective to development concerns, design remedial measures in keeping with the cutting-edge ideals, and lend a leader’s hand in implementing the development measures thus designed.

  • Discourse on Development – Theory & Practice
  • Rural & Urban Sociology
  • Poverty, Gender, Equity
  • Education Sector

Faculty In charge: Prof. Binoy Acharya, Prof. Gaurang Jani, Prof. Fiona Fernandes

  • Operations Management
  • Project Planning & Management
  • Principles & Concepts of Strategic Management
  • Strategic Management for Development Sector Organizations
  • Environment for Economic & Social Action
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Faculty In charge: Prof. A B Raju, Dr Dinesh Jain, Prof Prashant V. Singh

Accounting being an integral part of any organization, these courses empowers the students to understand and make appropriate accounting decisions.

  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Cost Accounting
  • Micro Finance (Savings, Credit, Insurance)

Faculty In charge: Prof. Daksha Shah, Prof. Umesh Menon, Prof. Nikita Anand

These courses give an insight about various concepts of marketing and help to develop market analysis and decision making skills. The application of these concepts is discussed with cases related to rural, social and environmentally sustainable marketing.

  • Marketing Management
  • Social and Rural Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

Faculty In charge:Prof. Sanjay Pal, Prof. Nabarun Sengupta, Prof Amol Mundada, Dr Kavita Saxena, Dr Dinesh Jain

The courses are designed to introduce statistical and decision making techniques with applicability in dealing with large data sets. They help to develop advanced analytical skills in analyzing quantitative data.

  • Statistics for Managers
  • Research Methods (Market Research)
  • Operations Research
  • Associated workshop: PRA (in the field)

    Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) workshop combined theoretical discussions with practical community participation; largely visual techniques were used in assessing group and community resources, identifying and prioritizing problems and appraising strategies for solving them. We undertook the PRA training at Patan Gujarat, Cohesion Foundation facilitated our training.

Faculty In charge:Prof. Jignasu Yagnik, Prof. Archana Dholakia, Prof Kashyap Trivedi, Prof Sachin Oza

These courses impart the knowledge of how specialized modern day technology can be used for various organizational processes, along with the usage of effective communication for efficient technology diffusion and application software like MifosX, Q-GIS etc.

  • Management Information System
  • Information Communication Technology for Development
  • Geographic Information System for Development & Business Planning

Faculty In charge:Prof. Jignasu Yagnik, Prof. Anjana Vyas, Prof. Nimil Shah

The primary objective is to provide an HRM perspective framework in the context of organizational behavior. It also discusses the role of human behavior in practicing ethical organizational behavior and corporate social responsibility.

  • Micro Organization Behavior
  • Understanding the Theory & Design of Organizations
  • Human Resource Management
  • Associated workshops:
    • Personal Growth Laboratory: Personal workshop focused on understand the self, Attributes of the self-development, respect for others, created an acceptance of others, forgiveness, and non-judgment. The students reflected back over the past, tools like Johari window, River of Life (visual narrative method that helps to tell stories of the past, present and future) and various writing tools were used.
    • Achievement Motivation Training & Facilitation Methods: These workshops facilitated to overcome the initial fears to working with public and the challenges we face. They also enabled us in building capacities of people and people’s institutions, enabled us in addressing humanitarian needs in emergencies.

Faculty In charge:Prof B.B. Siddiqui, Dr. Panka Bharti, Dr. Lalit Sharma, Prof P Ganesh

Enabling policy environment and good governance are the keys to sustainable development. These courses build the capacity to understand concepts of policy science, process formulations and changes and their implications in public domain in general and economic development in particular.

  • Legal Framework for Organizations/Enterprises
  • Human Rights & Rights based Programmes
  • Thematic & Sectoral Model of Development
  • India & International Development – Strategies & Institutions
  • Public Policy – Analysis & Research
  • Development Planning, Approaches & Tools

Faculty In charge:Prof. M.C. Gupta, Prof. Gagan Sethi, Prof. C.R. Biswas, Prof Archana Dholakia, Prof Sonal Mehta, Prof Rasananda Panda

Community Development & Livelihood generation aims to develop life skills of communities and empower them in overcoming social, economic and environmental challenges. These courses seek to establish an effective and sustainable instrument to improve the living condition and economic status of the disadvantaged community and strengthen their livelihood base by establishing systems that foster outcome.

  • Livelihoods Framework
  • Understanding Participation
  • Informal Sector Economy & Local Economic Development

Faculty In charge:Prof Astad Pastakia, Prof Prashant V. Singh, Prof Binoy Acharya

These courses focus on the use of the concepts of environmental science for decision making in natural resource management. They help to gain substantive scientific knowledge in an integrated manner; ensure that students gain a strong scientific understanding, analytical perspectives and technical skills for understanding the environmental conservation issues, their causes and solutions.

  • Water Sanitation Hygiene (WASH)
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Environment & Sustainable Development

Faculty In charge:Dr Dinesh Jain, Prof Meena Bilgi

Innovation and Communication are the specific tools of entrepreneurs and development professionals, the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different business or a different service. It is capable of being presented as a discipline, capable of being learned, capable of being practiced.

  • Innovation
  • Written Analysis & Communication
  • Development Communication including Mass Communication
  • Fundraising & Resource Mobilization
  • Advocacy & Networking
  • Associated Workshops
    • Public Speaking & Verbal Communication including PPT based Presentations
    • Photography & Documentary Film Making
    • Theatre for Change
    • Negotiation Skills
    • Facilitation Skills Workshop
    • Design Thinking for Innovative solutions

Faculty In charge:Prof Gagan Sethi, Prof. Rajesh Kapoor, Prof. Rebecca Sudan, Prof. Ram Krishna Mistry, Prof. Yash Saxena, Dr Surabhi Kaul, AURA

The CIS represents an opportunity to the students to explore a topic in depth in their field of concentration or in an area of special interest. For an empirical work, it provides valuable experience in the research process in the definition of a problem, in the search for relevant data, in the analysis of the data, and in deriving the conclusions and implications of the data for the problem under study. Thus, the CIS offers an opportunity for individual initiative, judgment, and resourcefulness, well beyond that is possible in a regular course.

  • Heritage Based Industries and Traditional Enterprises
  • Agri-business and food processing Enterprises
  • Social Problems as Enterprise Solutions
  • MEDM & Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Women’s Entrepreneurship
  • Cluster Development & Growth

Faculty In charge:Prof Manoj Mishra, Prof Sanjay Pal, Prof. P Ganesh, Dr. Dinesh Jain


  • We believe in a learner-centric pedagogical system that strikingly blends highly qualified faculty and up-to-date course content to inspire our students to drive a change towards a world of greater social justice and equality.
  • To ensure a holistic learning process, we recognize the importance of practical exposure along with invaluable academic inputs, which is taken care of by the means of an early rural immersion programme, followed by conducting two workshops every trimester, in addition to various field visits, industrial tours.
  • The contemporary classroom learning uses methodologies including case studies, conceptual discussions, reviews of literature on various topics given as regular assignments and presentations.

Career Path

....Seed a new Vision. We help you incubate it.

Every new idea needs hand holding as it takes its first flight. EDI goes beyond preparing you to start a social development enterprise. We facilitate and provide support for incubation and credit linkage for the ventures of our students.

Work with an organization of your choice or....

During the tenure of the course, through rigorous learning, projects, course work and research, students develop effective communication skills, problem solving, critical thinking and conceptual skills, creativity, multi-disciplinary approach and self-reflection. The skills developed, help them fit into roles in: CSR and Corporate Foundations; Flagship Programmes of the Government; Media and Communication; Public Sector; Research Institutes and Think Tanks; Rural and Urban Development Institutes; Social development organizations – state, national and international levels; Training and Academic institutions; Trans- Governmental Organizations


PGDM-DS Alumni are currently working in the following organizations:

  • Commissionerate of Rural Development
  • Gujarat Livelihood Promotion Company
  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  • Jharkhand Skill Development Mission
  • Ministry of Rural Development
  • PRS Legislative Research
  • Start Up Village Entrepreneurship Programme
  • HDFC Bank- Sustainable Livelihoods Banking
  • World Bank
  • WWF
  • Access Development Services
  • ActionAid India
  • Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP)
  • Blind People's Association
  • CARE India, Odisha
  • Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS)
  • Cohesion Foundation
  • Gyanodham
  • International Initiative for Impact Evaluation
  • (3ie)
  • Jaipur Rugs
  • Kutch Mahila Vikas Sanghtan
  • National Innovation Foundation
  • Odisha Tribal Development Society
  • Qasab-Kutch Craftswomen' Producer Co. Ltd.
  • Real Mission Foundation
  • Sajeevta Foundation
  • Sarba Shanti Ayog
  • Sense International India
  • Social Action for Rural Development (SARDA) Gujarat State
  • Yuva Parivartan
  • Annapurna Microfinance
  • AXIS Bank
  • Basix
  • Centre for Micro Finance - IFMR
  • FINISH, Financial Inclusion for Sanitation & Hygiene
  • IDBI Global Funding Agency
  • Microfinance Focus
  • MicroSave
  • Noora Health
  • SELCO India
  • Udyogini

Fees and Financial Aids

Instalment Due Date Amount (Rs.)
Residential Non-Residential
First  On Registration 1,49,600** 1,14,600*
Second 14 September 2018 1,26,600 1,01,600
Third 14 December 2018 1,29,600 1,09,600
TOTAL   4,05,800 3,25,800
Instalment Due Date Amount (Rs.)
Residential Non-Residential
Fourth 15 April 2019 1,34,500 1,09,500
Fifth 16 September 2019 1,24,700 99,700
Sixth 16 December 2019 1,27,000 1,07,000
TOTAL   3,86,200 3,16,200
* Includes Rs. 10,000/- towards caution money deposit
** Includes Rs. 10,000/- towards caution money deposit and Rs. 10,000/- towards security deposit for hostel and electricity charges

Fees for the two-year, full-time, residential course that includes cost of tuition, reading material, library and computer facilities, study visits, alumni association membership and students' activities is 3,02,550/- for the first year and 2,92,450/- for the second year (payable in 6 instalments over 2 years). It also includes caution money deposit of 10,000/-, which does not accrue any interest, and will be refunded on successful completion of the course. Hostel charges will be 55,000/- per year (AC on twin-sharing basis). Mess charges will be as per the rates decided by the Institute.

Fees would be payable as follows:

I Year
Instalment Due Date Amount (Rs.)
Residential (double) Residential (single) Non Residential
First On Registration 1,47,200* 1,62,200* 1,09,700
Second 15 September 2017 1,25,600 1,40,600 98,100
Third 15 December 2017 1,05,750 1,05,750 1,05,750
Total   3,78,550 4,08,550 3,13,550

* Includes Rs. 10,000/- towards security deposit for hostel and electricity charges

II Year
Instalment Due Date Amount (Rs.)
Residential (double) Residential (single) Non Residential
Fourth 13 April 2018 1,30,300 1,45,300 1,02,800
Fifth 14 September 2018 1,27,000 1,42,000 99,500
Sixth 14 December 2018 1,04,150 1,04,150 1,04,150
Total   3,61,450 3,91,450 3,06,450

Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar PG 2016-18 1st year
Academic Calendar PG 2015-17 2nd year

Experiential Learning

The course has embraced the experiential learning model to impart hard-core occupational skills to the students. Experiential education components are conceived with an eye both the process of learning and the outcomes. Theme based colloquiums, workshops and conferences are carefully designed to involve students and encourage them to brainstorm so that their learning are reinforced.

The programme spreads over six trimesters of 12-15 weeks each. The content of the programme is designed in such a way that students get exposure to various facets of development work.

The programme intends to combine contextualization of student's background, in depth pragmatic understanding of project activities & its relevance along with an exploration upon interest based themes.



PGDM-DS is an AICTE approved programme offered as a unique programme with its focus on management, entrepreneurship, development theory and development practice.



Funding will be available to EDI students in form of debt and equity.


IDBI Bank to consider financing up to Rs.1 crore without Collaterals for viable projects taken up by EDI students under CGTMSE



  • The development sector has undergone a sea change in past few decades. Today, non-profit organizations are not seen as only charitable organizations but people look up to them as partners in development. With the changing scenario, the responsibility on the part of development organizations has mounted and good governance and accountability on the part of development organizations has gained momentum. With infusion of various management tools for effective implementation of development programmes and better governance of such initiatives, management education in social development sector has become utmost important.
  • To create a cadre of development professionals who can visualize, plan and effectively implement development programmes, EDI in conducting a two-year year full time programme approved by AICTE. Henceforth, PGDM-DS is a two year full time programme approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, New Delhi. The programme is designed to prepare the students to understand the intricacies of development world and equip them with latest management tools being used in planning and designing of development programmes. The course at EDI is a judicious mix of both theories and management training which enhances capabilities and skills of young professionals to think and work entrepreneur ally in development sector.
  • PGDM-DS targets students who want to become social entrepreneurs or want to join development organizations. The course also provides in-depth knowledge to the students who want to start development initiative on their own.
  • EDI recognises that, given the complex environment in which development organisations work, there is far greater need for professional management in these organizations and currently the MSW course does not meet this requirement in full. EDI attempts to prepare young talented managers through a well-structured two-year Post-Graduate Programme in Development Studies to undertake challenging responsibilities in the institutions engaged in development work. EDI has been closely working with its client organisations to integrate their emerging needs into the programme by periodically revising the curriculum of post graduate in management studies.
  • The PGDM – DS is an AICTE approved programme. EDI is an autonomous and not-for-profit Institute promoted by IDBI Bank Ltd., IFCI Ltd., ICICI Ltd. and SBI with active support from Government of Gujarat. It is governed by its own board. The brilliance and stature of its Governing Body speaks the standards of the PG programmes. The Chairman and Managing Director of IDBI Bank Ltd. presides over the EDI Governing Body in his ex-officio capacity. Chiefs or their nominees of other national financial organizations such as IFCI Ltd., ICICI Ltd. and SBI, Chiefs of NABARD & SIDBI, and the Governments represent the Governing Body. The PG Programmes have an Advisory Committee consisting of academia, industry and development sector.
  • The teachers use lectures, group discussions, case studies, projects etc. to deliver the essential inputs on various developmental issues.
  • A student performance is evaluated through classroom tests and quizzes, assignments, presentations, mid-term and end-term examinations.
  • Students with valid CAT / MAT / XAT / ATMA / CMAT scores can apply for the admission. However, such candidates have to appear for Social Entrepreneurial Aptitude test on the day of Personal interview.
  • For admission to PGDM - DS programme, aspirant has to appear for EDII Entrance Examination conducted at national level. The admission test includes testing the social awareness, logic & reasoning skills, quantitative aptitude, test of English and Social Entrepreneurial Aptitude Test
  • The personal interview focuses on commitment to the course and training as a source of learning, subject knowledge, communication skill etc.
  • EDI provides placement assistance to PGDM-DS students and till date the placement record is 100 percent. Every year, a campus placement week is organized at the institute where leading NGOs, development agencies, companies and public sector organizations visit the campus and recruit our PGDM-DS students. Many organizations also make off-campus offers to the students.
  • As per the latest information available, about 90 percent of the alumni are continuing in the development sector in various capacities in grassroots to national and international level organizations. Another 5 percent alumni are either pursuing higher studies and about 5 percent are in private sector.
  • They have demonstrated commitment towards the course and the Institute. Any candidate to know more about the course and the Institute may approach them. References of alumni residing in the location of the aspirants may be obtained from the PGP Secretariat and furnished on demand.
  • EDI’s alumni have formed an association and every year alumni meet “ENTREPLEXUS” takes place in month of December
  • Modern computer labs with round the clock internet connectivity. The campus also has highly secured wi-fi connectivity.
  • Library facility with 14,000 titles and 125 periodicals
  • Separate hostel facilities for boys and girls
  • Comfortable air conditioned classrooms with LCD
  • Canteen facility where hygienic food is served
  • Provision for reading space, sports and gymnasium

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