Institute of Rural Management Anand

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Institute of Rural Management Anand
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FounderVerghese Kurien
Academic staff

22°32′18″N 72°58′22″E / 22.5384°N 72.9729°E / 22.5384; 72.9729Coordinates: 22°32′18″N 72°58′22″E / 22.5384°N 72.9729°E / 22.5384; 72.9729
CampusUrban, 60 acres (0.24 km2)
Institute of Rural Management Anand is located in Gujarat
Institute of Rural Management Anand
Location in Gujarat

Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA Anand) is an autonomous institution and premier business school located in Anand Gujarat, India with the mandate of contributing to the professional management of rural organisations. IRMA was founded with the belief, borne out by Verghese Kurien’s work in the dairy co-operatives which revolutionized the dairy industry in the country (Operation Flood), that the key to effective rural development is professional management.[2]It is consistently ranked as one of India's best business schools. Also it is considered as the best business schools in the Rural and Agricultural Business Management Sector of India.

It was founded at the initiative of NDDB (National Dairy Development Board) and the support of government of India, government of Gujarat and Swiss Development Co-operation. IRMA works with co-operatives, NGOs (non-governmental organisation), governments, Indian national and international agencies. IRMA campus was designed by the famous architect Achyut Kanvinde.

IRMA provides management training, support and research facilities to students committed to rural development; in this process it has brought within its ambit several co-operatives, non-government organisations, government development agencies, international development organisations and funding agencies.

Over the years the convocation of IRMA is graced by National and International luminaries from the academic , cultural , spiritual and political spheres. Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi attended IRMA's first annual convocation in 1982 .


Former Prime Minister - Indira Gandhi , Rajiv Gandhi , Atal Bihari Vajpayee & Manmohan Singh visited IRMA to attend the Annual Convocation.
Former Prime Minister - Indira Gandhi , Rajiv Gandhi , Atal Bihari Vajpayee & Manmohan Singh visited IRMA to attend the Annual Convocation.

Michael Halse, then a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) planning adviser with NDDB,[3][4] was one of the members responsible for conceptualizing this new discipline of rural management.[5] Another person involved with the institute was the organizational behavior academic Dr. Kamala Chowdhary,[6][7][8] who also served briefly as the director of the institute and played a key mentoring role in its formative years.[9] The former director of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad Ravi J. Matthai contributed; through his documented learning from the Jawaja experiment.[10] Matthai stressed the need for a new type of management education, different from the conventional Indian Institute of Management one: for working on rural development problems.[11]

The institute was initially budgeted as a center for management and consultancy for rural development, under the second phase of the Operation Flood program. Under the chairmanship of Dr. Verghese Kurien, IRMA evolved quickly to enlarge its mandate to professionalize management of rural producers’ organisations and create a body of knowledge in the field of rural management.

Infrastructure of IRMA Campus , Anand , Gujrat
Infrastructure of IRMA , Anand

One of the pioneering and senior faculty in the initial years was anthropologist and equity-feminist scholar Leela Dube. One of her studies, through field work in five Southeast Asian countries, put the organisation on the international social science research map.[12][13]

Beginning with co-operatives funded by NDDB, IRMA has reached out to the rural sector through development organizations engaged with issues of rural life such as natural resource management (especially water and forests), rural health, local governance institution, livelihood, migration, micro finance, and deploying IT for rural areas.

Since inception, the focus of IRMA has been on strengthening the management capacities in non-governmental organisations and organisations that are controlled by users of the services (rather than the conventional capital investor-centered business corporate). IRMA claims that its branding and commitment to a unique field of management makes it unique among management institutes of India.[14]


Ex -Vice President, Shri Mohammad Ansari at the 30th Convocation of IRMA in 2011

IRMA was founded with the belief that the key to effective rural development is professional management. Professionalizing the management of rural organisations calls for matching the unmet needs of the sector with the techniques and skills of management professionals. Linking the two are the ‘rural managers’ prepared by IRMA through its two-year postgraduate diploma in rural management (PRM), a humble alternative instead of conforming to the general nationwide Masters program.


IRMA was ranked 20 in India by Outlook India's "Top 100 Management Schools" of 2016 [15], 6th best B-school among the top 75 private B-schools of India and 11 overall among the top 100 B-schools of India , as per Times B-school Survey 2018.

Dr. Verghese Kurien Memorial lecture[edit]

Dr.Verghese Kurien (Father of White Revolution) , Founder of IRMA , Anand
Dr.Verghese Kurien , Founder of IRMA , Anand

To commemorate the memory of the founder of the Institute, an annual Dr. Verghese Kurien Memorial Lecture, has been instituted from 2012: to be held on his birth anniversary. The first lecture in 2012 was delivered by M. S. Swaminathan. The second lecture in 2013 was delivered by Vijay Shankar Vyas. The third lecture in 2014 was delivered by the Governor of Reserve Bank of India, Raghuram Rajan. The fourth annual lecture in 2015 was delivered by the Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India, Arvind Subramanian on 21 November 2015

Campus Facilities[edit]

Carillon Chimes in IRMA , Anand campus.

The campus is fully residential and equipped with student hostels, mess, lecture halls, seminar rooms, library, faculty and administrative offices, auditorium, executive training and development centre, faculty and staff housing, dispensary, and other support facilities. The IRMA staff co-operative store caters to the residents’ daily necessities. Faculty and staff live in the campus quarters provided, thereby providing facilities for interaction with the participants beyond classrooms.

  • The Ravi J Mathai Library supports the mission of IRMA through the provision of information resources and services. The library provides the academic community with information for fulfilling research requirements, coursework assignments, and professional development. This is achieved through collection development, networking, electronic information retrieval, instruction in search strategy and assisted access to an array of resources and data.
  • Executive Training and Development Centre (ETDC), where the executive training programs and seminars are held, has 35 single-occupancy air-conditioned rooms, four suites, a dining hall, a lounge, conference and syndicate rooms with audio-visual equipment and a computer laboratory which is networked with the institute's main computer center. This facility is available for executive training programmes and conferences planned by the faculty.
  • IRMA Auditorium, with a seating capacity of 400, is used for major events of the institute and for entertainment. Movies are screened for the participants of programs and the residents of the campus. It is used for musical concerts hosted by the Society for Promotion of Indian Culture and Music amongst Youth (SPIC-MACAY) and the cultural programs hosted by the students.
  • The Students Activities Center (SAC) has a gym-cum-sports complex, with facilities for a workout, badminton and table tennis courts.
  • Students' Co-operative Mess, With PRM participants as members this is managed by students themselves, serves food to residential students of various academic programs.[16]

A co-operative store on the campus is open in the evenings six days a week and provides all the items required by the residents on the campus. It is stocked with provisions and stationery.

A campus dispensary supplies medication. The medical officer visits the campus for an hour every day, and a staff nurse resides on the campus to attend to medical emergencies.

Campus Facilities of IRMA Anand

Notable alumni[edit]


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  5. ^ Halse, Michael, A new institute of rural management - and a new developmental discipline?, IRMA Occasional Papers # 1.
  6. ^ Chowdhary, Kamala (1971). Kakar, Sudhir (ed.). Understanding organisational behaviour: cases and concepts. Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company.
  7. ^ Chowdhary, Kamala (1970). Kakar, Sudhir (ed.). Conflict and choice: Indian youth in a changing society. Somaiya Publications.
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  11. ^ Mathai, Ravi John (1985). The rural university: the Jawaja experiment in educational innovation. Popular Prakashan. ISBN 9780861321131.
  12. ^ Dube, Leela (1980). Studies on women in South East Asia: a status report (PDF). UNESCO Regional Office in Asia and Oceania. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
  13. ^ Sriram, M.S. (2007). "Rural Management Education in India: A Retrospect" (PDF). IIMA Working Paper Series. Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (2007/04/01): 14. Retrieved 23 Aug 2012.
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