Management Development Institute

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Management Development Institute Gurgaon
Management Development Institute logo.png
Motto योगः कर्म सुकौशलम् ("Yogāh Kārmāsu Kaushālām")
Motto in English
Perfection in action is Yoga
Type Autonomous Business School
Established 1973 (1973)
Director Prof. C.P. Shrimali
Academic staff
Postgraduates 670
Location Gurugram, Haryana, India
Campus Urban, 37 acres (0.1 km2)
Nickname MDI
Affiliations SAQS, AMBA, AICTE, AIU, NBA

Management Development Institute (MDI) is one of the premier business schools in India.[1] It was established in 1973 and is located in Gurgaon, a commercial hub near the Indian capital of New Delhi. Its second campus has come up near Murshidabad, West Bengal.[2] The Murshidabad campus was inaugurated by Honourable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on 24 August 2014.


Management Development Institute was formed as an autonomous body in 1973, primarily setup as an institute for training, consulting & research activities. Dr. T. N. Kapoor was the first Director of the institute. The Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) was started in 1994.


MDI is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), London, reaccredited in 2011. MDI first got the AMBA accredition in 2005 and became the first business school in India to get a leading international accredition.[3] It also holds a South Asian Quality Assurance System (SAQS) accreditation, awarded in 2005 by the Association’s International Accreditation Advisory Board.[4]


Institute rankings
Business – India
Careers360[5] 2

MDI consistently ranks among the top 10 business schools in India. As per Business World's 2014 rankings,[6] the institute has been nationally ranked at #5 overall, #1 in Pedagogy and a joint #2 in Placements. Business Today's 2014 rankings[7] pegged MDI at #6. In previous years, it was ranked #8 by MBA Universe's 2013 Rankings,[8] which were conducted under former IIM Ahmedabad director, Dr. Bakul Dholakia. It was also ranked No. 6 by the 2012 edition of CNBC-TV18's Top B-Schools in India.[9] In 2011, it was ranked No. 6 by Outlook magazine[10] The average stipend increased by 23% in MDI Gurgaon from last year for the summer placement process of MBA batch (2015 – 2017).[11] The college is ranked 2 by Careers360's Top Private B-Schools in India 2017.[5]


Scholars Building – MDI Gurgaon

MDI has its own campus spread over 37 acres (150,000 m2) in Gurgaon. The campus is about 12 km. from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. MDI has a pretty campus teeming with red brick buildings and dotted with trees. The buildings have been given such names as Gurukul, Lakshaya, Scholars, Renaissance, Parthenon etc. Moreover, MDI boasts of air-conditioned class rooms, library and computer centre, fully furnished residences for participants, executive suites, facilities and recreation areas like golf course and floodlit badminton, tennis and basketball courts.[12]


The MDI library has a collection of over 60,000 books, in addition to electronic resources which include e-books, journals, databases, audio-visual materials, CDs/DVDs, e-journals, reports, case studies, conference proceedings, training manuals etc.[13] The electronic library which is accessible across the campus network includes major international online databases such as the Bloomberg Terminal, Proquest's ABI/INFORM, Emerald Full text collection, JSTOR, IEEE Online Library, ISI Emerging Markets etc. The library provides round-the-clock service to the academic community and to its Alumni network.


There are 75 full-time faculty members at MDI.

IT Infrastructure[edit]

MDI has a computing facility consisting of 698 PC nodes. It has two computer labs with 140 computers.

International Linkages[edit]

The UK-based Association of MBAs (AMBA) has accredited MDI's Post Graduate Programme in Management, Post Graduate Programme in Human Resources, National Management Programme and Executive Management Programme. MDI has student exchange tie-ups with international schools that include


Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM)[edit]

PGPM is the flagship programme of MDI. It is one of the most coveted programmes and ranks among the best across the top B-Schools in India. It is the first 2-year post-graduate programme of the country to be accredited by a global accreditation body (i.e. AMBA). (Association of MBAs), UK.[17] The current intake for this programme is around 240.

Post Graduate Programme in Human Resource Management (PGP-HRM)[edit]

Post Graduate Programme in Human Resource Management was launched in collaboration with the National HRD Network in July 2004 at MDI. The current intake for this programme is around 60.

Entrance to Scholars Building

Post Graduate Programme in International Management (PGPIM)[edit]

Post Graduate Programme in International Management (PGP-IM) was launched in June, 2006, in collaboration with the European School of Management (ESCP-EAP), France. The dual degree programme is delivered partly in India (MDI) and partly in Europe (ESCP-EAP campuses). After a stint at MDI, graduates have the option to spend about 4 months in Turin, Paris, Madrid or Berlin where they get exposed to class room teaching as well as least 4–6 months of internship. The program includes foreign languages training as part of the curriculum. The course has an annual

National Management Programme (NMP)[edit]

The National Management Programme (NMP) is a 15-month full-time MBA programme and was launched in 1988 with the support of the Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India. NMP is designed for young managers working in both public and private enterprises across different sectors of the economy. This programme has the approval of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Government of India and is accredited by AMBA, UK. For admissions to the NMP, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree and minimum 5 years of post-qualification executive work experience. The Program has strong academic collaboration with ESCP-Europe. Under the aegis of International education module, NMP participants spend 1.5 months in ESCP-Europe.[17]

Post Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management[edit]

The programme in Public Policy and Management is sponsored by the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India. It is designed to equip experienced Government Officials with relevant management concepts, skills and techniques in policy formulation, policy interpretation/analysis and policy implementation. The first year of the Diploma programme is full-time residential and includes a six-week term at the George Mason University, Washington DC. During the second year, the participants return to their respective work locations but continue to work on a dissertation on a relevant topic of their interest.

Fellow Programme in Management[edit]

The objective of Fellow Programme in Management is to develop outstanding scholars for careers in teaching and research at leading business schools. To accomplish this, the Programme provides students with academic knowledge and research skills that make them specialised researchers, with adequate depth of knowledge in various knowledge-domains of management. The FPM programme is largely residential in nature and would take approximately three to four years to complete. During this period, the student goes through appropriate course work and the Doctorate is conferred post a research thesis evaluation which to be done at the end of the Programme. The Thesis should make a significant contribution to the discipline of management or to one of its source disciplines.[18]

Executive Fellow Programme in Management[edit]

The Executive Fellow Programme in Management (EFPM) caters to the scholarly needs of working business executives and is largely a non-residential programme. The programme offers opportunities for enhancing executives’ research and consulting skills, professional competence and leadership skills through its carefully designed curriculum. Its course structure is similar to that of FPM with special emphasis given on knowledge domain areas like Business Policy and Strategy Management, Finance, Human Resource and Organizational Development, Human Resource Management, Information Management, Marketing and Operations Management.[19]

Part Time Post Graduate Programme in Management (PT-PGPM)[edit]

The Part Time Post Graduate Programme in Management (Formerly Executive Management Programme) at MDI is a three-year course which requires a minimum of three years of post qualification executive work experience.

School of Energy Management[edit]

MDI Gurgaon has launched a 15-month Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (EPGDBM): Energy Management with specialisation in Power Distribution for working executives in power utilities, in collaboration with Ministry of Power, Government of India and USAID. The purpose of the program is to select, train, and develop the manpower in power distribution units so as to meet the challenge of developing and managing distribution systems. The programme has 12 months of classroom training in MDI complex and another 3 months for project work. A minimum of 5 years of post qualification executive work experience in power sector is required for this course. This program has been accredited by the Association of MBAs.[17]

International Summer University[edit]

The latest addition to the gamut of courses offered at MDI is the International Summer University, a unique and one of its kind initiative in India designed to reach out to outstanding MBA students spread across the length and breadth of the country, and international students looking to obtain an insight into the Indian business environment, the business practices and the Indian consumer behavior. The primary agenda is to provide an exposure that will enhance knowledge relevant to business management in a global context and develop national and international networks.

Continuing Education[edit]

MDI offers various specialised programmes for practising managers and management faculty. These include short duration residential Management Development Programmes (MDP), In-Company Sponsored Programmes, Advanced Management Programmes (AMP), Quality Improvement Programmes (QIP), which is designed to fill knowledge and skill gaps in different functional areas. Experience required to enroll for PGDM in the Energy Management is a minimum of 5 years.


A panoramic photograph of Management Development Institute, Gurgaon.

Annual Events[edit]

Imperium is MDI’s flagship annual inter B-school management and cultural fest, where the finest students from the best business schools in India and abroad battle it out for supremacy in intellect and creativity. Event spans across all verticals, including Marketing, finance, Strategy, IT consulting, and Operations. An online strategy game 'Nautica' is also organised which has received a strongly positive response from business schools all over India.

Illumina is the annual disguised market research event at MDI. Research projects are undertaken on behalf the corporate world and is incorporated in a traditional Diwali Mela for local visitors. Illumina attracts a footfall in excess of 8000, thereby providing companies with a huge population base to select a relevant sample for their research problems.

Since its inception in 1997, Illumina has enjoyed an association with some of the biggest names in the industry including Pepsi, ITC, RPG Spencers, Airtel, SBI, Nokia, Dabur, HUL, Aviva, AMUL, Frito Lay, Corporation Bank, Bank of Baroda, Philips, ICI Paints, Britannia, Gillette, PGCL and many more. Illumina is conducted in 2 phases- Rural Illumina in a village called Pataudi near Gurgaon and Urban Illumina in the MDI campus. In 2011, Child Market Research will be integrated with Urban Illumina wherein students of different schools across the city will be the target audience for market research. Students from MDI are assigned marketing problems that they need to solve in areas such as concept testing, price-quality perceptions, attribute ranking, product testing, branding, image mapping, advertising effectiveness and consumer behaviour research. The students construct games around the problems, and as people participate, the students assimilate buying-behavior pattern of consumers.

Dr. Pachauri in MDI, Delphique '09

Delphique, MDI's National Management Convention hosted in the month of November each year, is a unique platform for leading organisations, academicians, industry peers and students to interact and share thoughts on the critical issues faced by the corporate world.

Delphique strives for true value addition for its Partner Organizations through diligent and meticulous research backed by expert guidance from specialist professors. Over the years, organisations like PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, Hay Group, Procter and Gamble, PepsiCo, Citi Group, American Express, AON Hewitt, Mercer, Aditya Birla Group, IBM, Cognizant, DELL, and others has put trust on Delphique for value added research. The convention has been graced by the presence of industry leaders of the likes of Dr. R.K Pachauri, Noble Laureate, Dr RaviAjmera – CAO, Deutche Bank, Mr. Manoj Piplani – MD and Site President, Citigroup, Mr. Oscar DeMello – Country Head, Hay Group, Mr. Anil Sethi – vice-president, TCS, Mr. Sanjeev Agarwal – Founder and CEO, Daksh, Current Managing director, Helion Ventures Pvt. Ltd, Mr.C.S. Mohapatra – Director, Capital markets division, Ministry of Finance and others.

Delphique’09, the student research initiative spanning over three months, culminated in the two-day national management convention on the 28 and 29 November 2009. The panels for Delphique ’09 were based on the theme "Resurgence of Industries in the backdrop of Global meltdown". The event was inaugurated by Mr Arun Goyal, Director, Financial Intelligence Unit, India (FIU-IND) and attended by 40 eminent personalities from the industry. Nobel laureate and Director TERI, Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, and Asia CEO, Cushman & Wakefield, Mr Sanjay Verma, gave the valedictory address on 29 November 2009.[20][21][22]

ADVENT is MDI's advertising and marketing summit. The Chief Guest of the inaugural session on the first day of Advent'09 was Shri S.K. Swamy, CMD, R.K. Swamy BBDO, who spoke about 'Connecting Minds'. Mr. Rajiv Bakshi, Director (Marketing, Asia Pacific), Discovery Channel detailed the nuances of media planning and buying. The final day was graced by Mr. Rahul Kansal, the CMO of BCCL, who spoke to students on the topic 'Social responsibility and ethics in marketing'. The final speaker on the second day of ADAGE, the Corporate Interaction Series at Advent ’09, was Mr. Prasanna Singh, the COO of Afaqs!, who spoke to students about ‘Growth through Innovation – the Media story’. Q’riosity, the Picture Quiz, was another hit among the plethora of events at the summit. Participation in Q’riosity reached overwhelming proportions, with over 300 teams from 27 business schools across the country trying their luck at the jackpot.[23]

Clubs, Societies and Interest Groups[edit]

  • Placecom: Corporate Relations and Placement Committee
  • Corpcom: Corporate Communications Cell
  • Alcom: Alumni Relations Committee
  • Webcom: Web Committee
  • IRC: International Relations Committee
  • IMpulse: The International Business Club
  • MarQuity: The Marketing Club
  • Monetrix: The Economics and Finance Club
  • Opsession: The Operations Club
  • HR Direction: The Human Resources Club
  • Strategist: The Strategy Club
  • ThinC: The Information Management Club
  • Aarambh: The Entrepreneurship Cell
  • Infinite Pounces: The Quiz Club
  • Sanskriti: The Cultural Committee
  • HnM: Hostel and Mess Committee
  • Sportscom: Sports Club
  • Vagmi: The Literary Society
  • Focus: The Photography Club


Unnati is MDI's in-house mutual fund which gives students the experience of managing an investment portfolio. Moreover, it is India's first ever student-run mutual fund. It was conceptualised in June 2001 as a Diversified Fund with the objective of providing future managers with a launch pad to enhance their learning through the experience of managing a real investment portfolio.[24]

Unnati's investment philosophy is of value investing through fundamental analysis. The analysts-in-training generate quality research to aid investment decisions. The second year Senior Security Analysts (SSA's) mentor the first year Junior Security Analysts (JSA's) in analysing sectors and evaluating investment options.[edit]

FPMConnect is a research scholars run initiative to connect & collaborate with past/present Research Fellows (FPMs) in Management Research Community. The online forum has researcher profiles showcasing their research seminars, articles. It is also used for sharing details of events related to research work with the community.[25]


Samaritans is the social initiative club of the Management Development Institute (MDI). It aims at inculcating a culture of social responsibility among aspiring managers through various events within MDI, as well as by working with NGOs and corporates on significant projects. This club's objective is to harness the management acumen of ManDevIans in making a difference to the society. Their activities include identifying opportunities for students to collaborate with the corporates, NGOs and the Government, having a Literacy drive for the mess and cleaning staff on campus, a regular Newspaper Collection drive to maximise recycled paper as well as provide revenue for the club's activities, managing a car pool on campus to help save fuel, blood donation camps and creating awareness among the batch for social causes, like reduction of wastage of food, electricity and water. [26]


Merchandising and Retailing Team (MART) is a student run cooperative store to make available essential commodities to students in the MDI hostel. The store is run by students and the profit is used for expansion and for social causes, sometimes aiding the Samaritans in their social work.


MDI has a history of cultivating change agents who constantly seek to evolve the dynamics of the ever changing environment around them. Many of our distinguished alumni have chosen the entrepreneurial route, carving out a niche in their careers.[27] include

Name of the Alumnus Designation Company
Vikas Bajaj Joint Managing Director Bajaj Motors
S.B. Khare Deputy Director General BSNL
Girish Aivalli Founder and CEO Rural Agri Ventures
Gaurav Sabharwal Managing Director Pernod Ricard Gulf
  • Vikas Bajaj – Joint MD, Bajaj Motors
  • S B Khare – Deputy director general, BSNL
  • Girish Aivalli – Founder & CEO, Rural Agri Ventures, former Country general director, Archer Daniels Midland
  • Yatin Pahwa – Head of strategy, Nokia
  • Sanjay Verma – CEO-Asia Pacific, Cushman & Wakefield[28]
  • Saurabh Ray – Director of business development, Oracle India
  • Rohit Mittal – Financial Analyst, The World Bank
  • Anand Bagri – Senior VP, Axis Bank
  • Niketan Madhok – Actor/model, BIGG BOSS SEASON 6 CONTESTANT
  • Rahul Takkar – Co-Founder, Instaserv India Pvt Ltd
  • Sh. Sunil Kumar Kohli JS & FA, MoWR; board director, NPCC
  • Durjoy Datta, bestselling author
  • Ajay Atreya Vice President, TCS E-Serve Ltd.
  • Amit Khanna Partner, Accenture Management Consulting
  • Amit Pande Retail Director, Louis Philippe
  • Anand Narang Marketing & Solutions Director, Huawei
  • Ananta Potturi Director, Conduira
  • Ankit Gupta AVP, Treasury (Asset Liability Management), Deutsche Bank
  • Archana Gopinath Associate VP, ICICI Prudential AMC Ltd.
  • Arvind Mathur Digitize Quality Leader, P&G
  • Ashish Agrawal VP (Investments), India Alternatives
  • Chanakya Misra Vice President - International Business, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
  • Gaurav Gupta Director & Head of Human Resources, Carrefour India
  • Gaurav Sabharwal AVP(International Brands), PernodRicard India
  • Gautam Viswanathan Sr. VP & Area Head (Global Banking & Financial Institutions Group Sales), HSBC
  • Girish Aivalli Country General Director, Archer Daniels Midland, India
  • Harsh Kumar FA & CAO / Traffic, Indian Railways (Northern Railway)
  • Jasmeet Chadha Director (Alternate Investment Solutions), UBS
  • Nitin Govila Managing Director-Asia Pacific, Onduline Group
  • Pradeep Malhotra — Senior Vice-President & Head- Integrated Business, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
  • Prakash Prabhu — Head, Fixed Income & Currency Solutions, Deutsche Bank India
  • Purusharth Tripathi Regional Account Delivery Executive for Asia & AMET, HP
  • R. Rajagopal — Regional Head (North), MME, Citibank India
  • R. Vijay Kumar — Director, Calyon Corporation & Investment Bank
  • Rahul Choudhary — Vice-President, , Axis Bank Ltd.
  • Rohit Mittal — Senior Energy Specialist, The World Bank
  • Sanjay Khare — General Manager, MTNL
  • Sandeep Thapliyal — Head, Commercial Banking & Investment Banking, RBL Bank
  • Sanjay Verma CEO — Asia Pacific, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Saurabh Ray — Head, Online Sales and Operations, Google
  • Sharat Goyal Investment Director, AMP Capital Investors
  • Sreedhar Prasad — Partner, Management Consulting, KPMG
  • Srinivas N — Vice-President, Mobile Financial Solutions, Comviva Technologies Ltd.
  • Yatin Pahwa — Vice-President, Product Strategy & Business Development, Deutsche Telekom
  • Tarundeep Singh Director — Marketplace Transform, Nike India
  • Swati Jain — Head of Institutional Distribution - Europe, Ashburton Investments
  • Vijay Tangirala — Director - Corporate & Institutional Relationships, ANZ Capital
  • Vikas Bajaj — Joint MD, Bajaj Motors Limited
  • Vishal Bhatia — Marketing Director, Reckitt Benckiser
  • Vivek Rain — Director - Asia Pacific, Oracle
  • Yash Khanna — Director Marketing, UK & Continental Europe, Tata Consultancy Services
  • Amit Boni — Country Head, Motorola India


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