The PGP-ABM (Agri-Business Management) programme at IIMA is a unique sector specific programme designed to address the managerial needs of the Food and Agribusiness sector. The summer placements for the PGP-ABM batch of 2010-12 saw prominent players in the Agribusiness space visit campus and offer a variety of challenging internship roles. The entire batch was successfully placed in roles that varied from business development, marketing, sales and distribution, strategy, supply chain management, strategic procurement, consulting, financial advisory, and product management.
The placement process saw the first year participants secure a total of 49 offers from 14 companies. The batch of 40 students has participants with significant work experience which resulted in a multitude of roles being offered to them. Regular recruiters like Rabobank, ITC Ltd, Britannia, Godrej Agrovet and Tata Rallis visited the campus confirming their faith in the programme. This year the placements also attracted new recruiters like Monsanto, Excel Crop Care, Emergent Ventures, Moksha Yug Access, Synthite Industries, and Global AgriSystem.
Mr. Navin Amin, VP – Human Resources, Excel Crop Care, said “All the students were very sincere, well prepared and looking for challenging projects”. Praising the recruiter friendly process, Mr. Atul Sharma, Director – Human Resources, Monsanto, said that he “had a very good experience- both in terms of seeing the kind of talent and also all the arrangements and process efficiencies”, Mr. Sarup Mathur, Regional HR Manager, Britannia, said that “The process was efficient and helped us in finding relevant talent for the roles we had in mind. Further, the placement team was very co-operative and took care of us”.
According to Prof. Saral Mukherjee, Placement Chairperson, IIMA, “This year the summer placement process was marked by increased interest in the PGP-ABM programme from recruiters, specifically those from the Agri-inputs marketing domain. The high quality of internship roles on offer indicates the seriousness with which companies look at the summer internships”.