The PGP-ABM placement process for the batch of 2013 was completed successfully on 4th March, 2013, with students pursuing career opportunities of their choice within the agribusiness and allied domains. The robust placement process was well received by both recruiters and students, effectively matching talent with opportunities. A testament to the strength of the process and the calibre of students was that companies created special roles for candidates based on their profile.
Despite adverse market conditions and dampened hiring sentiment, the program was well received by the industry as a provider of high quality talent to the agribusiness sector. Over 25 companies participated in the placement process, and the batch attracted a diverse pool of recruiters, ranging from MNCs to small and medium enterprises as well as notable start-up firms. Syngenta, Frontal Rain, GSFC, and Yes Bank were the top recruiters, and recruited three students each. IFFCO, i3 Consulting, Escorts, Frontal Rain, Nancy Barry’s Enterprise Solutions for Poverty, and GlaxoSmithKline hired for the first time from the program. The placement season also witnessed regular recruiters such as Syngenta, Rabo Bank, Godrej Agrovet, StarAgri, and Yes Bank. Notably, Bayer CropScience Limited offered its Commercial Excellence Leadership Program for the first time in India, by recruiting from IIM Ahmedabad this year.
A variety of roles were offered across diverse domains including Seeds, Fertilizers, Pesticides, Corporate Banking, Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory, Logistics and Warehousing Management, Platform Development, Plantations, Commodity Trading, Agricultural Machinery, Rural Banking, and Consulting.
Two students opted out of the placement process this year – one to launch an entrepreneurial venture in warehousing and the other to pursue a career in the social sector. The institute supports entrepreneurship by providing a two year placement holiday to students who launch their own start-up venture.
Prof. Kirti Sharda, the Chairperson of the Placement Committee, IIM Ahmedabad said, “The enthusiastic participation of recruiters in PGP-ABM placements lead to creation of new and interesting opportunities for students, and enabled them to get placed in a variety of roles both in international and domestic locations. We are pleased to announce that the PGP-ABM batch of 2011-13 has been placed and the PGP-ABM Final Placement Process at IIM Ahmedabad is complete.”
Sanjit Singh, the Recruitment Secretary of the PGP-ABM Program said, “The PGP ABM program continued to attract challenging and rewarding roles in a sector that has a strong requirement for managerial excellence. This year we maintained our international ranking as the finest program in agribusiness and food management and as a team were delighted to provide excellent opportunities for our students to build careers in this sector.”
Further details about the placement process including details about compensation will be released in an audited report, as per the Indian Placement Reporting Standards (IPRS) – an initiative introduced by IIMA to bring about greater transparency in B-school placements across the country. The IPRS report for ‘Final Placements 2013’ will be released 6 months from the date of graduation, and the link to the report will be shared with all stakeholders, once released.
The Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management (PGP-ABM) is a residential 2-year full-time sector-specific programme designed to meet the diverse demands of agri-business and allied sectors through specialised managerial talent. IIM-Ahmedabad’s PGP-ABM program has been ranked No. 1 worldwide in the MBA (Agribusiness) / Food Industry Management Global Ranking for the second year running by Eduniversal, Paris (2012).