Post Graduate Programme for Executives for Visionary Leadership in Manufacturing (PGPEX-VLM)

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Visionary Leaders for Manufacturing
Established 1 April 2007 (2007-04-01)
Chairman Prof. Peeyush Mehta
Students Around 40 per Batch
Location Kolkata, Kanpur, Chennai, India

Post Graduate Program For Executives For Visionary Leadership in Manufacturing (PGPEX-VLM) is an MBA program designed for promising engineers drawn from the manufacturing and associated sectors, who have the potential for top management positions. It is a Joint Program of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC), Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) and Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) and supported by Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). It is a one-year full-time residential MBA program with 36 weeks classroom interaction, case studies, tutorials, lab sessions, project work at IIMC, IITM and IITK; total of 1032 interaction hours. It also comprises 8 weeks internship in industry and 3 to 4 weeks industry visits in India and abroad. The aim of the program involves development of leadership and management skills together with cutting edge technology awareness and proficiency.


Since 1991, the Indian economy is being progressively liberalized and its integration to the global economy is deepening. Growth of the manufacturing sector in the country has been recognized as a key thrust area by the Government of India. But with an increasingly competitive environment a need was felt to create a critical mass of visionary leaders to steer the manufacturing sector into the new era of excellence.

Hence, VLMP was developed by the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council in collaboration with Ministry of HRD, IITs, IIMs and CII as a flagship program to develop Leaders in Manufacturing under the Indo-Japan Cooperation Agreement, signed by Honb’le Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India and His Excellency Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, in December 2006. The Government of Japan had also agreed to extend cooperation to facilitate transfer of Japanese expertise and encourage visits to manufacturing centres of excellence in Japan so as to expose the budding leaders to the pioneers of manufacturing technology, adding a global perspective to the entire effort. The program was structured under the guidance of Professor Shoji Shiba, a renowned international expert in the manufacturing sector and a recipient of the Deming Prize. Prof. Shiba has been associated for more than a decade with the very successful Leaders for Global Operations (LGO), erstwhile LFM, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.

Since 2007, the program has crafted an array of visionary leaders who have marked their presence in industry, upholding the broad principles of the VLFM community.


A diploma will be awarded jointly by IIMC, IITK and IITM. The diploma conferred is titled "Post Graduate Diploma in Management for Executives in Manufacturing" (PGDM for Executives in Manufacturing). This is equivalent to other PGDM degrees offered by all premier institutes in India.

Eligibility criteria[edit]


A First‐Class Graduate Engineers with First Division/ First Class Marks from SLC/ Madhyamik

Work experience[edit]

Self-sponsored candidates, not in service. ‐ Minimum 4 12 to maximum 10 years of work experience in manufacturing, engineering and related sector; holding responsibilities in production planning and control, research, design and development, quality control, plant engineering, maintenance, supply chain, construction etc. Sponsored candidates and candidates on study leave need to have minimum 4 12 years work experience only. In these cases, there is no upper limit of experience.

Selection process[edit]

Selection of the candidates will be made on the basis of:

  1. His/her academic background, which has to be consistently first division/first class from high school board examination level to graduation level, relevant work experience
  2. Employer’s recommendations
  3. Bio-data and essays
  4. Performance in the Aptitude Test
  5. Personal interview to be conducted jointly by IIMC, IITK and IITM

The institute also welcomes GMAT score to substantiate academic credence.

Course structure and content[edit]

The program unfolds in 8 terms through more than 1030 classroom contact hours, spread across 3 campuses during the 12-month period. It starts with an “Ice breaking session and Breakthrough Management” in IIM-Calcutta with a thrust on the "Big Picture" perspective. The primary focus lies on how to build a strategy based on core competencies and then to integrate an organization to execute this strategy and achieve the desired outcome.

The next two terms impart management knowledge in diverse areas ranging from Business Strategy, Marketing, Finance, Operations, People Management and Global Business scenario. Various modules on Supply Chain Management, Customer-centric approach, Lean methodologies, New Product Design & Development, SAP ERP, ISO 9001: Auditor training and some high-end technology related courses like Advanced Materials, Robotics, Ergonomics are being taught in IIT-Kanpur and IIT-Madras campuses. The final term at IIM-Calcutta puts special emphasis on Leadership and Change Management with key focus on building an Entrepreneurial and Innovative culture. The terms also stress on the needs and nuances of Ethics and Ethical behavior for today’s managers who compete a rapidly globalizing world.

Learning methods[edit]

The program’s learning methods are an assortment of regular class discussions, case studies, group work, live presentations and action-learning opportunities like management games and short consultancy assignments. A significant proportion of the program is undertaken in teams to further enhance the dynamic learning experience.

Japan East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths[edit]

“Japan East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths“ aka JENESYS, a multimillion-dollar initiative by the Japanese Government, created to promote solidarity among young generation of Asian countries. This unique opportunity to spend 10 days and experience the social life of the Japan brings the students closer to the Japanese culture. They experience both the urban and rural life and participate in various traditional activities like tea ceremony, ikebana and shamisen concert. The journey also includes a two-day Home Stay with a Japanese family in one of the many prefectures.

Tsunami restoration work[edit]

Parts of Japan saw the devastating effects of Tsunami in 2011. Rikuzentakata was reported to have been "wiped off the map" by the tsunami following the Tohoku earthquake. The town's tsunami shelters were designed for a wave of three to four metres in height, but the tsunami of March 2011 created a wave 13 metres high which inundated the designated safe locations. Although the town was well prepared for earthquakes and tsunamis and had a 6.5 metre high seawall, it was not enough and more than 80% of 8,000 houses were swept away. Through the JENESYS programme the VLM students had the opportunity to visit the site at Rikuzentakata, where they supported the Tsunami restoration work.


1. IIM-Calcutta’s one-year programme for executives

2. Visionary Leaders for Manufacturing Programme, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council

3. Visionary Leaders For Manufacturing Program (VLFM Program), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

4. VLM students visit Japan as study tour