1. First year of FPM course work: The FPM scholar will pursue the first year of his/her coursework, together with the first year students of the PGDM for that particular year. This would entail covering all the basic courses in management.
Evaluations & promotions: For promotion to second year student must have a minimum average grade of B- (B minus). However, in the area of specialization, overall minimum grade of B– (B minus) would have to be obtained.
Exemption & conditions: Exemption from first year courses may be given to candidates under the following conditions:
a. Any IIM which has produced at least 10 batches of PGDM students are also eligible for such exemption
b. Applicants who have completed PGDM/MBA from an institute appearing in the top 15 institutes as per the ratings of credible agencies such as NIRF, Outlook, Business Today, and Business World for at least once in the last three years of the application year.
c. Candidates having specialized degree such as PGDM (HR), PGDM (Banking & Insurance), PGDM (Retail) or PGDM (Marketing) may be considered for exemption from specific courses based on the recommendation by the concerned area. Please note: The PGDM/MBA should have been completed within the last 5 years from the date the candidate is seeking admission to the FPM program.
2. Second year of course work: In the second year of study ALL FPM scholars- regardless of their areas of specialization needs to complete FOUR core courses- two courses in advanced research methodology; one course in strategic management and one course on Pedagogy & teaching in Management. Besides this each student needs to complete SIX additional courses- three area compulsory courses and three elective courses- these may be from his/her area of specialization or any other allied area at IMI-New Delhi. In addition, as per AICTE norms the scholar also needs to complete a review paper based on the literature on the thesis related topic(ROLT) Please note each of the above mentioned courses are three credit courses. The FPM scholar has the flexibility of opting for a CIS (course of independent study) in the area of specialization, lieu of ONE area elective. In addition, the FPM students has the option for choosing TWO advanced electives from other areas-other than the area of specialization.
Evaluation & promotion: On successful completion of the second year courses all FPM the students would need to undergo a Comprehensive Examination administered by the respective areas. The structure of the comprehensive exam would be decided by the respective areas.
3. Third & Fourth of course work: On the successful completion of comprehensive examination, the candidate is required to form a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) for guidance towards the final thesis. Under the guidance of TAC, the student has to
Research proposal formulation and defense: develop a research proposal and defend it in an open forum comprising the IMI, faculty and other doctoral students. Post this the scholar is to be working under the guidance of the TAC towards completion of his/her thesis work.
Thesis submission and defense: Thereafter, on completion of the proposed research as well as the mandatory publication requirements of the thesis submission, the candidate would inform the Head Research & Chairperson FPM programs, of the same. Head Research & Chairperson FPM programs, in consultation with TAC would recommend a Thesis Evaluation Committee (TEC) for the evaluation of the research work. The candidate would then be required to present a public seminar on research findings. The candidate would be then evaluated by the TEC in an oral defense. After successfully defending the final thesis candidate is awarded the title of “Fellow of the International Management Institute, New Delhi”. (For details, please refer to Handbook of Information for FPM students.
B. Program Duration
The FPM scholar is expected to complete the program within FOUR years. However, under special circumstances extension of one more year may be granted without any financial aid.
Head, Research & Chairperson, FPM programs
International Management Institute
B-10, Qutab Institutional Area
New Delhi 110 016