IMIS Bhubaneswar to have PG course in retail management

Following is an excerpt from a report in Business Standard. (Thanks to Deba Nayak for the pointer.)

The Retailers Association of India (RAI) has selected NSHM Knowledge Campus Kolkata and Durgapur and IMIS in Bhubaneswar in eastern region to offer the 18-month post graduate programme in retail management (PGPRM).

NSHM’s campuses in Kolkata and Durgapur, and IMIS, Bhubaneswar are three of the 15 B-schools chosen by RAI for the PGPRM programme.

RAI has also introduced the Common Admission Retail Test (CART) to screen candidates interested to pursue the PGPRM course.

According to Gibson G Vedamani, CEO of RAI, “The objective of the PGPRM programme is to provide students with a high level of knowledge and understanding of the concepts and processes involved in retailing. The course will also equip them with the operational and analytical skills necessary for a [professional career in the retail sector. CART will ensure that we get the best of talents.”

The CART exam will be conducted at over 25 centres in India on January 27.

IIM-Indore has joined hands with RAI to develop the course content and teaching methodology. The 18-month PGPRM course costs close to Rs 4 lakhs.

14 comments December 20th, 2007

Opportunities in retail management and logistics

With new malls opening up in various places there is a lot of job opportunity in the areas of retail management and logistics. New Indian Express reports on this and about some business schools that offer courses on this topic. Following are some excerpts.

How about making a career in logistics? Industry estimates that the sector, going through acute manpower shortage, could create employment opportunities to the tune of 50,000 in the next five years.

The mushrooming malls and the expanding chain of retail stores on the neighbourhood are indicative of growing need of skilled hands.

With an annual growth rate of 25 percent, this is one sector that would see more and more avenues opening up in the times to come.

Gati, a leading player in the sector, has already offered placement letters to the first batch students of PG programme in Logistics and Supply Chain Management being offered by city-based Asian School of Business Management (ASBM).

“Our aim is to hire graduates who intend to assume leadership positions in supply chain management and contribute to the competitiveness of the firms globally,” said managing director of company Mahendra Agarwal while giving away the letters and kicking off the programme on the ASBM campus here on Friday.

It is the first of its kind in the country and has been jointly designed by ASBM and Gati. Students would have the advantage of working in Gati’s warehouse for hands-on experience after 14 months of the course.

While 30 students have been enrolled in the first batch, the institute plans to raise the strength in the coming years.

So what would the sector expect from you? According to Agarwal – who was decorated with the ‘logistics man of India’ on the occasion – you ought to possess an analytical mind to succeed in this field.

4 comments July 8th, 2007


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