The Social Sector And Its Complex Challenges Require Innovative Solutions.

Given the magnitude of social issues facing our country, we need bright, passionate, empathetic individuals to take a deep dive into understanding these problems and devoting themselves to solving them. Insights into the self to understand the reasons behind doing the same would go a long way in ensuring longevity, effectiveness and personal happiness.

Indian School of Development Management (ISDM)

ISDM is an institution founded in 2016 to create, strengthen and establish Development Management as a domain that bridges the exclusive silos of ‘development perspectives’ and ‘management principles.’ ISDM recognises the need to 'professionalise’ the leading and managing of Social Purpose Organisations (SPOs). The institution sees the development space as requiring professionals to draw on management disciplines that are unique and tailored for sustainable impacts at scale. This calls for an understanding of development management that does not merely retrofit Business Management to development projects, but one that is born specifically from the coming together of the two crucial domains of development and management.

The Power of ISDM

  • 1st

  • Research Centre on Development Management in India

  • 90+

  • Sectoral Leaders and Management Professionals as Faculty members

  • 200+

  • Alumni working successfully in Leading Social Sector Organisations
    Programmes this year

  • 150+

  • Leading Sector Organisations as Placement Partners


49 weeks full time
2 weeks Realising
Need based financial assistance
Learn from Diversity. (19 states, 53 languages)
Strategic Management based on context, systems and values
Best-in-class Management, Leadership, Humanities Faculty
Building Organisations for Social Impact at Scale
Unique Context Based Collaborative Learning Pedagogy

Achieve Your Full Leadership Potential

Grow Your Skill Set

Grow Your Skill Set

Be prepared to lead - wherever you go and in whatever you do. Thanks to our unique curriculum and emphasis on Development Management.

Learn By Doing

Learn By Doing

Extend your impact beyond the classroom as you apply classroom learnings to real experiences.

Embark on a transformational journey

Embark on a transformational journey

Choose a transdisciplinary path to develop the ideal skill set you need to achieve your career goals.

Experience the Real-World

Experience the Real-World

Learn from the Development Sector’s most renowned thought leaders and experts.

Shape Your Career

Shape Your Career

Have access to our career management center and connect with top social purpose organisations.

Connect with Alumni

Connect with Alumni

Be a part of the ever - growing ISDM Alumni network.

Some of Our Faculty

  • A K Shiva Kumar

    A K Shiva Kumar

    Harvard University, Indian School of Business, Ashoka University

  • Rama Kannan

    Rama Kannan

    Business Coach and Mentor
    Senior Advisor, Villgro
    Innovations Foundation

  • Suman Srivastava

    Suman Srivastava

    Faculty & Advisor, ISDM
    Founder, Marketing

  • Yamini Aiyar

    Yamini Aiyar

    President and Chief Executive of Centre for Policy Research

  • Arun Maira

    Arun Maira

    Former Chairman BCG, Former Member Planning Commission

  • Vinita Singh

    Vinita Singh

    Trustee, We the


Custom designed for professionals to maximise growth in minimum time





The Post Graduate Program in Development Management (PGP-DM) is ISDM’s flagship initiative designed by leading academics and practitioners from both the development and management sectors.

The yearlong program blends ideas of development with concepts of management, combines in-class sessions with a two-week field component on Realizing India, and promotes collaborative group work.

The 49-week PGP-DM is divided into 8 Terms of an average of 6 weeks each.

29 Courses (each course will be 10 sessions of two hours spread over the term) offered over the year fall into three clusters

  • Understanding Society and Development
  • Design of Interventions for Social Impact
  • Curated Development Management Courses

In addition, two modules run throughout the year in both formal classroom sessions and workshop mode:

  • Personal Mastery for Development Leadership
  • Writing in the Discipline

Terms 1 and 2: Focus on the Knowing component: Intended to build a deep understanding of development to prepare one as an authentic development professional.
Two-week Realising India immersion: The two-week immersion in a district that enables the student to engage with ground realities from multiple perspectives.
Term 3 follows with the question, “What am I going to do about what I saw and felt on the ground? How can I intervene to bring change?” The Term delves into the nuts and bolts of designing and intervention by adopting a unique approach to intervention design that is anchored in a systems approach.
Terms 4 to 8: Focus on management – the what and how of managing a Social Purpose Organisation as well as customised development management courses


The teaching-learning process consists of lectures, case studies, workshops, group work, readings, and individual assignments to build the students’ knowledge and application capacities.

An integral part of the pedagogy is a signature component of the PGP DM– Context-based Collaborative Learning (CBCL). CBCL creates opportunities for students to apply what students have learnt in the classroom in specially designed group work. Collaborative inquiry and co-creation, an integral part of the CBCL process, is supported by learning mentors called Bricoleurs.

Masters in Business Administration (MBA) is designed for for-profit organisations. A student learns decision-making and organisation management in for-profit organisations. These decisions are grounded in the profit motive and increase shareholder value. Business Management has largely been developed from capitalist and industrial paradigms.

On the other hand, the core purpose of social purpose organisations (SPOs) is to improve the lives of the underserved and marginalised, and working on solving complex social problems. In SPOs, the role of talent management, marketing, organisation behaviour, etc is informed by a deep understanding of society and perspectives of development, and anchored in Universal Human Values. Decision-making is also anchored in these considerations.

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 program is very different from a Business Management program (MBA).

The PGP-DM program at ISDM, unlike the other programs, prepares managers and leaders for the social sectors – professionals who can build world class efficiently managed Social Purpose Organisations with the right strategy, structure, systems, processes, and culture, address questions of scale and sustainability to ensure equity and sustainability, design, implement, evaluate and monitor programs from a more strategic and systems thinking standpoint, and forge effective collaborations and partnerships to deliver social impact at scale.

On graduating from the PGP-DM, students find job openings in a variety of Social Purpose Organisations (SPOs) and development agencies including national and international NGOs, Social and Corporate Foundations, CSR organisations, social enterprises, social consulting organisations, and funding organisations. Many have started their own social enterprises (for profit and not for profit). ISDM offers placement services.

Within the first two years of the program, ISDM partnered with 150 plus leading social purpose organisations who took part in the internship and final placements process. Click on this link for more details on our partners -

Yes, it is.

The challenge in becoming a good CSR professional is not in learning about the legalities and compliance requirements (these are easy), but in creating the space for dialogue between the CSR committees in corporate organisations and social purpose organisations i.e. the field partners.

The program enables a deep understanding of development and design of strategies, along with strong skills for collaboration that makes it possible for a student to do CSR work very effectively.

The power of Samaaj-Sarkaar-Bazaar coming together can transform lives and society. This perspective is critical for a professional aspiring to work in the CSR space. This program develops this along with the management skills to contribute to any type of organisation in the social sector.

ISDM is open to the idea of accreditation. However, at this stage, the PGP-DM is not accredited with any agency though collaborations exist with a number of partner organisations. A reason for not seeking accreditation is for ISDM to retain the flexibility needed for designing and establishing a unique one-of-its-kind curriculum and pedagogy.

That is exactly the positioning that ISDM has as well. We offer quality education - from practice focused course design, to practitioners as faculty, to innovative pedagogy, to sector organisations as partners. We are also very much a sector established and sector supported institution with many different social sector partners so early in our existence.

The reason we have not gone for accreditation as of now is that these norms don’t allow for the kind of innovation that we are doing with regards to curriculum, pedagogy, faculty etc.

ISDM is the only institution in the country that prepares you for a strategic management career in social change in one year time

ISDM’s unique curriculum prepares you as a professional manager for social purpose organisations. The pedagogy enables a focus on individual learning journeys of students. The faculty are renowned in their own fields. Over the years we have had student cohorts with representation from 20 states of India, with varied professional and life experiences. The experience is truly a holistic educational experience, unlike what any other school would provide you with. It also provides the opportunity to network with the leaders of the sector and placement assistance. We are happy to share that we have had 100% placement record so far, with many students also starting their own social purpose organisations.

The tuition fees for the program is INR 5 Lakhs (Not Including stay).

We at ISDM firmly believe that finance should not be an impediment to a course such as this and therefore, we offer the "Defered Payment" option, which allows students to pay their fees after the course is over. To know more about this option, please click on this link

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