XLRI inaugurates the 4th round of PGP-CEM

XLRI inaugurates the 4th round of Post Graduate Programme for Certificate in Entrepreneurship Management (PGP-CEM)

September 19, 2013 4:44 IST | India Infoline News Service
XLRI, a premier Business School of India, inaugurates the 4th round of its Post Graduate Programme for Certificate in Entrepreneurship Management (PGP-CEM) at the newly built campus of the Institute’s Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) within XITE, Gamharia in presence of Fr. E. Abraham, S.J, Director of XLRI, Fr. E.A. Augustine SJ, Director, XITE, Dr. Pranabesh Ray, Dean (Academics), XLRI and Prof. Prabal K. Sen, Chairperson, Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC), XLRI.

The Post Graduate Programme for Certificate in Entrepreneurship Management (PGP-CEM) is a full time 6-month program in the domain of entrepreneurship management was designed and developed by Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) of XLRI in 2010 to provide competency-based education to the eligible candidates with a view to promote entrepreneurship in the country.

Prof.  Prabal K. Sen, Chairperson, Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC), XLRI commented on the occasion, “Our objective in launching this programme is to generate a breed of entrepreneurs who are equipped with conceptual and operational skills required for running an entrepreneurial venture successfully. We would like the graduates of PGP-CEM not only to be informed of the bottlenecks likely to be faced by an entrepreneur, but also to be equipped adequately to get over these bottlenecks as and when they encounter the same”.

“The programme has been designed carefully in order to ensure that it helps meet the gaps identified in similar programmes currently being run elsewhere” he added.

Besides the usual inputs on functional areas of business like finance, marketing, human resource management (HRM) and strategy, the curriculum will also include some specific fields of interest in the context of entrepreneurial development in India like women entrepreneurship, family business and agripreneurship. Social enterprises having evolved as a distinct form of entrepreneurship in the country, a separate course has been designed to analyze the features of this form of business too.

Apart from three classroom terms on 24 different courses on entrepreneurship management, a project term is also envisaged as an integral part of the programme. In the project term, each student will be expected to formulate a viable project on an area of their choice under the mentorship of a faculty member.

A total of 60 students, including 18 self employed and 12 female candidates, have been selected into the programme after detailed screening of around 200 applicants drawn from across the country. Over 83% of the students selected for the programme have work experience in industry, service and business sectors, for varying periods.

Fr. E. Abraham, S.J, Director of XLRI said on the occasion, “In view of the need for an increased emphasis on promoting entrepreneurial talent in resource-rich but economically poor states like Jharkhand, the Institute has reserved 50% of seats in this programme for candidates of Jharkhand. This is also in conformity with a special agreement entered into between XLRI and the Government of Jharkhand, who have extended some support to the Institute for setting up the infrastructure for the Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC)”.

 “The composition of students is diverse not only from the point of view of their educational background and work exposure, but also the geographical areas they hail from” he added.

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