Ashish Dhawan

Founder, Ashoka University and Central Square Foundation

Gaurav Shah

IIM Calcutta (MBA), BITS Pilani (B.E., MSc.)

Pramath Raj Sinha

Founding Dean, ISB, Founder & Trustee, Ashoka University, Ex Partner, Mckinsey

Ravi Sreedharan

IIM Ahmedabad (MBA), IIT-BHU (B.Tech.)

Sharad Agarwal

IIM Ahmedabad (MBA), IIT Kanpur (B.Tech.)

Suparna Diwakar

Symbiosis Institute (PGDHRM), Gokhale Institute Pune (Economics)


A K Shiva Kumar

Harvard University, Indian School of Business, Ashoka University

Arun Maira

Former Chairman BCG, Former Member Planning Commission

Harsh Mander

Director, Center for Equity Studies

Dr Vandana Nadig

Founder, Phicus Social Solutions & CoCoon Consulting

Yamini Aiyar

President and Chief Executive of Centre for Policy Research

Vinita Singh

Trustee, We the People


ISDM's curriculum attempts to develop an understanding of the development sector and development sector organisation specific management practices, all rooted in value-based transformational leadership.

Designed and driven by practitioners and eminent leaders

Problem Based Learning and Real world case studies

2-week district rural immersion

7-week intensive Residency



Custom designed for professionals to maximize growth in minimum time



The tuition fees for the 1 year programme is Rs. 4,00,000. (Rupees Four Lakhs). As of now, We are offering a minimum 25% scholarship (Rs. 1,00,000) on the tuition fee for all applicants who would apply in Phase 1 (November 1 2018- December 23 2018). Any change in this will be reflected on the website.

Additionally, students need to cover their living expenses (stay, food, transport) during the programme including the 2 month residency in Term 7. The institution would take care of the basic expenses during the ‘Realising India’ programme in Term 3.

Caution Deposit

A Caution Deposit of Rs. 25,000/- (Rupees Twenty Five Thousand only) is to be paid by all students along with acceptance of admission offer. This will be refunded on successful completion of the course.

ISDM is committed to making world-class education affordable for students from all walks of life. With this in mind we have scholarships to cover a majority of our students.

In case students genuinely need scholarship, they can choose from the options below and specify the same while filling the online application form. Students applying for these scholarships will be required to submit appropriate income and asset related documents before they come for their face to face interview.

Scholarships are based on merit cum need and will be provided on a first come first serve basis. So do apply in early to avail of the scholarships.

% Tuition Scholarship Scholarship Amount (Rs.)
25% 1,00,000
50% 2,00,000
75% 3,00,000
100% 4,00,000

Living Expenses Grant

We understand that some students would need financial support to cover their living expenses. We will consider providing financial support for living expenses on a needs basis. This is over and above the tuition scholarship.

Consistent to the belief that finance should not be a deterrent for a deserving student to study at ISDM, we facilitate an interest free deferred payment system wherein, students start paying their fees in easy instalments after they complete the course.



Residency Programme


Different states covered through projects


Organisations Participated in the process and offered 48 projects


Partner Organisations collaborated for multiple projects



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This is a 1 year full time management and leadership programme for the social sector. It has been conceived with the objective of developing passionate, committed, professional leaders and managers for this space. It serves the same purpose that an MBA programme does for the corporate sector.

Business Management has been developed on principles derived from the Industrial Revolution and the idea of Capitalism – its main focus is on profit and financial growth. The Development Sector focuses on improving the lives of the underserved and solving social issues facing society.

Given the difference in reasons for existence, overall goals and motives, the way both these sectors look at human beings, the kind of culture and structure that is needed in business organisations versus social organisations etc., the Development sector needs its own mantra of leadership and management which is grounded in the reality of this sector. That’s why a Development Management programme is very different from a Business Management programme (MBA).

This is a 49 week full time programme split into 8 terms – 6 classroom terms (40 weeks) and 2 field terms (9weeks), Programme starts in July and continues till June

There are 5 broad themes that define this programme:

  • Understanding Development – What is development, looking at it from various lenses (social, economic, environment, gender, human rights etc.), how has the idea of development evolved over time, who’s development, who decides development etc.
  • Understanding the Self – Who you are as an individual, what values you stand for, what are your aspirations, strengths, improvement areas etc.
  • Understanding Organisations - Understanding how to build world class social organisations with the appropriate strategy, structure, systems, process and culture
  • Understanding Interventions - Looking at design, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of appropriately design social interventions
  • Understanding Networks and Partnerships - Starting to looking at issues from a Systems and Design thinking lens and working towards creating relevant partnerships which can deliver sustainable social impact at scale

The 9 weeks on the field are split into 2 segments

  • Realising India – a 2 week district rural immersion with the objective of helping students get a sense of actual development challenges at the ground level (Happens in Term 3)
  • Residency – a 7 week problem solving internship with a partner organisation where our students will work on resolving a functional issue being faced by a partner organisation.
Our students will end up joining a variety of different kinds of organisations after this programme – Domestic and International NGOs, Social and Corporate Foundations, CSR, Social Enterprises, Social Consulting Organisations etc. They will also be equipped to start their own social enterprises (for profit and not for profit). ISDM has already partnered with some of the leading organisations across the entire spectrum who have agreed to come and hire our students and provide them with residency / internship opportunities.
The main reason to join this programme is the learning that you will get. While many top sector organisations have expressed interest in hiring our students and have come to campus for the same, we don’t see ourselves as a placement organisation. We are an educational institution which offers a world class learning experience which will really help you develop yourself as an excellent leadership professional for this sector.

MSW / MA Development Programmes at TISS, APU, DSSW are more technical in nature and prepare you to work on the ground with communities, understanding their issues, evolving and implementing solutions at a local level. These enable you to become technical experts in areas like education, livelihood, health etc.

Public Policy Programmes help you to approach social issues from a policy standpoint thereby developing understanding on policy formulation, implementation, evaluation etc.

Development Studies Programmes like the ones at IDS, TISS etc. help develop really strong academic and research expertise for people who want to work on knowledge creation aspects for the sector

In contrast, The PGP-DL programme at ISDM look at developing leaders and managers for the social sector – people who can build world class social organisations with the appropriate strategy, structure, systems, process, culture, can address questions of scale and sustainability, have the ability to design, implement, evaluate and monitor programmes from a more strategic and systems thinking standpoint and the ability to build relevant collaborations and partnerships to deliver sustainable social impact at scale.

Graduates from all fields are welcome to apply for this course. The candiates should have a strong inclination to work in the social sector and should be able to speak and understand english.

The Tuition Fees for the programme is INR 400,000. We are a not for profit organisation and the programme is being offered at huge subsidy. The course is much more affordable than other Similar programmes.

In addition, there are scholarships being made available to ensure that no student loses out an opportunity to study at ISDM for financial reasons. All students who decide to stay at our Hostel will get a living grant.

The applicant can fill the scholarship coloumn in the admission form. The applicant will be asked for the quantum of scholarship desired. Candidates will have to produce Relevant income certificates on the day of the personal interview.

The applicant has to fill a form online on the ISDM website in order to register. On successful completion of the Form -1 a Link to form 2 will be sent in which the applicant has to answer 2 essay type questions and fill details about Scholarship requirements and References.

Short- listed candidates will be called for a telephonic interview and a personal interview subsequently. Offers will be made to all successful candidates.

Yes, it is. The challenge in becoming a good CSR professional is not learning about the legalities and the compliance requirements, but the biggest requirement is for people who are able to bridge the gap between the CSR Committee at the board level and the field partners.

People who understand development and are able to design appropriate CSR strategies, find relevant partners and work with them in a collaborative manner based on that understanding. This programme will help do all of that.