Dean (New Initiatives & External Relations) Message

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From the Dean's Desk

Professor Uttam K Sarkar
Dean (New Initiatives & External Relations)

Welcome to the innovative and convenient executive education system of IIM Calcutta designed and fine-tuned over years to meet the needs of working professionals!

It’s known less than one per cent of all eligible applicants who take common admission test (CAT) every year eventually succeed in getting admitted to one of her dream IIMs, such as IIM Calcutta, for pursuing an MBA kind of a programme! Moreover, hundreds of thousands of others among working professionals desperately aspire to get high quality management education from an institute like ours. However, constraints arising out of professional commitments, family circumstances, and opportunity costs of leaving the job at hand hardly let them pursue their dreams.

In a pioneering move in the country, IIM Calcutta had introduced a novel method of imparting quality education to working executives while ensuring the desired priorities on quality of education and convenience of participants. The novel solution arose from a mixed mode of synchronous classroom teaching making use of information and communication technology with a balanced dose of face-to-face physical sessions with the professors at IIM Calcutta campus.

Such programmes have become widely known as Long Duration Programmes (LDP). LDPs are offered on general management as well as on specific functional and niche areas of management. An offering could be in a retail mode where competent participants from multiple organizations join a course, or it could be a customized organization-specific programme. The duration of an LDP is typically about one year and a participant usually attends two sessions of three hours duration each from the convenience of a studio located in her city or even from office or home if the LDP is offered in direct to device (D2D) mode. Participants are admitted based on selection criteria befitting the requirements of the professional needs and the rigour of the curriculum of the specific LDP. Certification is done following due examination and evaluation process. Academic contents are designed and delivered following state-of-the-art pedagogy by faculty members of IIM Calcutta with occasional inputs from outside experts. Logistics, technology, and delivery infrastructure related issues are taken care of by contractual agreements with other organizations which are competent to do the task. During the course of an LDP, participants get multiple opportunities to visit IIM Calcutta campus for attending selected sessions in classroom and for networking with peers and Professors.

IIM Calcutta takes pride it succeeded fulfilling the dreams of thousands of working professionals who didn’t have to give up the job nor compromise family commitments as they completed the LDPs of their choice. It’s a great pleasure to see our LDP alumni making use of their acquired education in furthering their professional satisfaction aspirations!

Explore our LDP offerings and see what might suit you the most!