The Indian School of Development Management aims to facilitate the creation of a cadre of leaders and professional managers for the development sector who will make a significant difference to the impact, scale and sustainability of organisations working for the betterment of society. Our Post-Graduate Programme is a 'practitioners' programme. It is carefully designed to meet the critical needs of organisations in the development sector. The programme ensures that our students develop the ability and comfort to straddle the entire spectrum of an organisation from funding to field practice.

At ISDM, we continuously engage with potential employer/organisations that recognise the value of proficiency in Development Management. These organisations are involved in our curriculum development process from the early stages. This helps us to understand their needs and to dovetail student experience to meet them.

Regular interactions, both formal and informal, with these organisations helps ISDM to constantly share theory and practice in Development Management. Dialogues on Development Management, Seminars and Workshops, as well as Conferences at ISDM provide opportunities for the discourse on Development Management to become wider, and build the demand for competence in this domain.

In our efforts related to placement of our students, we are guided by our well renowned and respected faculty and advisory board.

There are a myriad of organisations in the development sector, varied in size as well as focus - structurally, geographically, thematically, and in strategic approach. Students would have access to a range of unique and diverse career opportunities. Opportunities in the for-profit and not-for-profit, regional, national or international organisations, thematic areas like health, education, water, sanitation, gender etc., or in research and advocacy, would be available to students. ISDM's collaborations and partnerships with a wide range of such organisations would ensure that students can be placed to make a meaningful contribution to the space.

Placement overview

2018 saw the ISDM’s first batch of students undergo the placement process.

All students participated in the process and were placed.

The placement process saw enormous interest from the Development sector. We had about 100 organisations that floated about 250 roles for a batch of 57 students.

It was a proof of concept- the recognition of the value that ISDM offers. It also was validation for the fact that the demand for development managers and leaders exceeds supply.

Diversity was another salient feature of the placement process- be it the age range of students (21-38 years) to the kind of organisations that showed interest.

Our students were placed in diverse organisations such as International and national NGOs, Corporate and social foundations, Social enterprises, CSR entities, Social Consulting organisations, funding agencies etc.

The average salary for the batch was 7.1 lakhs p.a. whereas the maximum remuneration packages were in the range 11- 13 lakhs. The average salary for the freshers (0-1 years of work experience) in the batch was in the range of 4.5-6


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