Applications Are Invited for Programme in Development Leadership

Course-Post Graduate Program In Leadership
Institute- ISDM
Application Deadline-10th February 2019

This is a 1 year full time management and leadership programme for the social sector. It has been conceived with the objective of developing passionate, committed, professional leaders and managers for this space. It serves the same purpose that an MBA programme does for the corporate sector.

Eligibility For The Program

Graduates from all fields are welcome to apply for this course. The candidates should have a strong inclination to work in the social sector and should be able to speak and understand English.

Financial Assistance for the Program

The Tuition Fees for the programme is INR 400,000. We are a not for profit organisation and the programme is being offered at huge subsidy. The course is much more affordable than other Similar programmes.
In addition, there are scholarships being made available to ensure that no student loses out an opportunity to study at ISDM for financial reasons. All students who decide to stay at our Hostel will get a living grant.

How is this program different from MSW AND Development Study?

MSW / MA Development Programmes at TISS, APU, DSSW are more technical in nature and prepare you to work on the ground with communities, understanding their issues, evolving and implementing solutions at a local level. These enable you to become technical experts in areas like education, livelihood, health etc.
Public Policy Programmes help you to approach social issues from a policy standpoint thereby developing understanding on policy formulation, implementation, evaluation etc.
Development Studies Programmes like the ones at IDS, TISS etc. help develop really strong academic and research expertise for people who want to work on knowledge creation aspects for the sector
In contrast, The PGP-DL programme at ISDM look at developing leaders and managers for the social sector – people who can build world class social organisations with the appropriate strategy, structure, systems, process, culture, can address questions of scale and sustainability, have the ability to design, implement, evaluate and monitor programmes from a more strategic and systems thinking standpoint and the ability to build relevant collaborations and partnerships to deliver sustainable social impact at scale.

Program Features

This is a 49 week full time programme split into 8 terms – 6 classroom terms (40 weeks) and 2 field terms (9weeks), Programme starts in July and continues till June
There are 5 broad themes that define this programme:
  • Understanding Development – What is development, looking at it from various lenses (social, economic, environment, gender, human rights etc.), how has the idea of development evolved over time, who’s development, who decides development etc.
  • Understanding the Self – Who you are as an individual, what values you stand for, what are your aspirations, strengths, improvement areas etc.
  • Understanding Organisations - Understanding how to build world class social organisations with the appropriate strategy, structure, systems, process and culture
  • Understanding Interventions - Looking at design, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of appropriately design social interventions
  • Understanding Networks and Partnerships - Starting to looking at issues from a Systems and Design thinking lens and working towards creating relevant partnerships which can deliver sustainable social impact at scale
The 9 weeks on the field are split into 2 segments
  • Realising India – a 2 week district rural immersion with the objective of helping students get a sense of actual development challenges at the ground level (Happens in Term 3)
  • Residency – a 7 week problem solving internship with a partner organisation where our students will work on resolving a functional issue being faced by a partner organisation.


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