The School focuses on nurturing reflective professionals and enlightened knowledge leaders who would enable the effective management of rural institutions, businesses, development programs and civil society organizations, engaged in progressive economic development and social transformation work.
What makes the School’s programs truly unique are its pedagogical components that emphasize experiential learning through extensive fieldwork through
- The RLLE Rural Living and Learning Experience segment involves living in a village for forty five days;
- Summer internship opportunities with reputed organizations working in the rural
- Seminar and Colloquium featuring eminent speakers from the field to share and
deliberate on various aspects of development, contemporary issues and future directions;
- A one-of-its kind Development Ethics Seminar series where students are sensitized to the
ethical responsibilities of a development practitioner, the dilemmas which they are likely
to confront, and ways to make principled choices and decisions.
- In addition Immersion Courses are offered to students to provide exposure and
understanding of topics which are still emergent and likely to become key to the
transformations happening in the field of rural development
The school runs the flagship two year full time Post Graduate Program in Rural Management (MBA-RM); earlier known as PGDRM (of XIMB). In addition, the school offers PhD in Rural Management and one year Executive Management (Ex-MBA-RM) Program for working professionals.
History of school
The history of school goes back to 1988, when Centre for Development Research and Training CENDERET; http://www.ximb.ac.in/cenderet was set up in XIMB, as the rural and social development wing to highlight the issues in rural and deprived sections of the society. It started with the commitment to reach the rural society and serve them with better available and evolved management tools. In 1995, this practice based knowledge was used to design and launch the one year Post Graduate Diploma Program in Rural Management for graduates students and NGO members. In 1999, the diploma program was upgraded to the two year Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management-PGDM-RM at XIMB) program. In 2013, the program again evolved and was housed as an independent school – XSRM (with XIMB becoming XUB).
XSRM provides the dynamic space and the ideal platform of learning for students, working professionals, researchers and faculty, enabling them to make a difference in the social space they are engaged in.
The MBA-RM provides a ‘MBA-plus’ education, which goes beyond the standard management curriculum to develop ethically responsible and value driven professionals with an extensive understanding of the rural context, communities, markets and opportunities. The Ph.D programs develops researchers and academician with knowledge leadership in the domain, who add to the current understandings of issues and create the next generation of professionals with even better knowledge and cutting edge skills. The School’s new Executive Program in Rural Management has been introduced this year, tailored to meet the specialized needs of working professionals engaged in development organizations in the rural space.