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Fellow Programme In Management


Fellow Programme in Management (FPM)

Fellow Programme in Management


The Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) at IMDR® (Institute of Management Development and Research) is a highly reputed and rigorous doctoral program designed for individuals who aspire to pursue advanced research and academic careers in the field of management.


  • Provide a platform for scholars and students to conduct advanced research in various fields.
  • Provide opportunities for students to gain the knowledge and experience they need to succeed in the world of academia.
  • Create a hub for interdisciplinary research, bringing together faculty members, students, and industry partners to address complex problems and explore new ideas.
  • Create a hub for interdisciplinary research, bringing together faculty members, students, and industry partners to address complex problems and explore new ideas.
  • Contribute to the academic community, by shaping the direction of research and providing innovative solutions to real-world problems.
  • Develop capability of creating research questions related with problem issues of industry and society.
  • Develop capability to create new knowledge and disseminating it through research and consultancy.


Areas of Research

IMDR encourages researchers to undertake interdisciplinary areas of research as equips FPM participants with a holistic perspective. By drawing from various fields such as economics, marketing, psychology, finance, and technology, you gain a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted challenges faced by organizations. This broader knowledge enables you to think critically, develop innovative solutions, and approach complex problems from different angles.

Focus areas for the Fellow Programme in Management at IMDR® include:

1. General Management: A doctoral degree in general management emphasizes a comprehensive understanding of the business environment and effective organizational management practices. It encompasses a broad range of topics that are essential for managing organizations efficiently and successfully.

2. Marketing Management:: A doctoral degree in marketing management centers on the formulation and execution of marketing strategies, gaining insights into consumer behaviour, and cultivating powerful brands. It encompasses a wide array of subjects related to marketing, advertising, digital marketing, brand management, and more.

3. Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour:A doctoral degree in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour places emphasis on cultivating expertise in talent management, employee engagement, and understanding organizational behaviour. The program encompasses a comprehensive range of subjects, including talent acquisition, employee relations, industrial relations, and other relevant areas related to effective human resource management within organizations.

4. Operations Management: A doctoral degree in Operations Management centres on the field of operations management, with a primary focus on optimizing business processes, enhancing supply chain efficiency, and overseeing quality management. The program covers a wide range of subjects, including operations management, logistics, supply chain management, and other related areas critical to effectively managing and improving operational processes within organizations.

5. Financial Management: A doctoral degree in Financial Management emphasizes the study of financial analysis, investment management, and corporate finance, encompassing areas such as investment banking, financial planning, and corporate finance. The program delves into a comprehensive range of subjects that are essential for understanding and excelling in financial management, enabling individuals to gain expertise in analysing financial data, making strategic investment decisions, and effectively managing financial resources within organizations.

6. Sustainability and CSR:A doctoral degree in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) centres on the management of energy resources and the influence of business operations on the environment. The program emphasizes the development of sustainable business practices and strategies to minimize the environmental impact of operations. It encompasses topics such as the Renewable Energy industry, Environmental Consulting, and Sustainability Management, enabling individuals to gain expertise in promoting environmentally conscious practices, implementing sustainable strategies, and effectively managing the social and environmental aspects of organizations.

7. Organizational Management: A doctoral degree in Organizational Management emphasis on understanding and improving organizational structures and processes to enhance efficiency, productivity, and overall performance. The program delves into areas such as team dynamics, employee motivation, communication, and conflict resolution, with a focus on creating a positive and productive work environment.

8. Agri-Business Management: A doctoral degree in Agri Business Management centres on the business aspects of agriculture, encompassing areas such as marketing, finance, and supply chain management within the agricultural industry. The program focuses on agribusiness, agricultural marketing, rural development, farm management, agricultural finance, and commodity trading

A. Course Structure

Course Duration – 04 years
Total number of seats – 10

B. Credit Requirements

In partial fulfilment of the requirement of the Fellow Programme, a minimum number of Course credits are required to be earned as prescribed below.

Particular Code No. Course Title Credits
Module 1 FP01 Research Methodology 3
FP02 Managerial Statistics 3
FP03 General Management 3
FP04 System Approach to Management 3
Module 2 FP05 3 Stream specific Courses of 3 credits each 9
FP06 Credit Seminar (General) 3
Module 3 FP07 Credit Seminar (Specific) 3
FP08 Review paper based on the literature on the Thesis related topic 3
Total Credits 30

C. Study Phase

1. Phase I-General

Research Scholar must go through Mandatory Course work to understand Management overview as well as Methodology to understand Research work in Phase I. This is common to all the research scholars irrespective of the specialization that he had chosen.

2. Phase II-Specific

This is a self-paced learning stage where research scholars must qualify 3 MOOCs from platforms such as Swayam on the topics connected with their research topic. The stream-specific Courses and Seminars shall be decided as approved by the Director on the recommendation of the candidate’s Guide(s) and the Research Advisory Committee. Based on their studies they must give presentations and write research papers to receive qualifying credits. In total 30 course credits need to be covered in Phase I and II.

3. Phase III-Doctoral work

This phase covers the topic specific comprehensive research work. It covers collection of data, analysis of data, periodical six-monthly presentations and thesis report writing.

D. Duration for earning Credit.

All the credits specified above shall be earned within a maximum of four years from the date of admission to the Programme. Extension after the four years shall be approved by the Director for a period of one year with a review of progress every six months. Final approval shall be given by the Director of the Institution.

E. Grading System of Credit Courses/Seminar

The minimum of CGPA of 6.5 on a 10-point scale or 60% is required for passing Course/ Seminar. A candidate getting less than 60% shall be given one more opportunity to repeat the Course/ Seminar. If he/ she still does not pass in the Course/ Seminar, he/ she shall be terminated from the Fellow Programme.

F. Registration Seminar and Progress Seminar

After Course work each research scholar needs to register his/ her research proposal. The registration procedure is given below.

  • Pre-registration Seminar
    Each research scholar shall give a Research proposal registration Seminar before a Committee constituted by the Director. The Committee shall include the Guide(s), experts drawn from Institution’s Faculty members and Director. The Seminar shall be given after completion of the three modules. The Research Scholar shall submit 5 copies of the pre-registration Report (in about 15-20 pages) 15 days before the date of the Seminar. The Report shall include the proposed title of the Thesis, are and framework of the proposed research objectives, scope of the study, hypothesis if any, and methodology to be followed. This stage is very important for screening the candidate for further progress in the Programme. In case the research scholar fails to defend his/her proposal successfully, he/she shall be allowed to resubmit the modified research proposal as suggested by the above-mentioned Committee. He/ she needs to give a fresh Seminar based on the modified research proposal and in case he or she fails to defend it in the second time, the research scholar shall be terminated from the Programme.
  • Six Monthly Progress seminar
    Every six months from the date of admission the research scholar must present his work done towards the chosen topic for research before a committee constituted by the Director. The Committee shall include the Guide(s), experts drawn from Institution’s Faculty members and Director.

G. Submission and Evaluation of the Synopsis and Thesis

If a candidate fails to submit the Thesis within the prescribed upper time limit due to reasons beyond his/her control, he/she shall apply to the Director for an extension. If the Institution is satisfied with the candidate’s justification, the Director shall permit him/her to re-register to the Programme subject to the payment of re-registration Fee. This re-registration shall, however, be effective only for a period of two years beyond which no extension shall be permitted.

1. Pre-Synopsis Seminar

Every research scholar before submission of his / her thesis must give pre-synopsis seminar at the Institution. The procedure for the pre-synopsis seminar is as follows

  • Submission of 5 copies of the pre-Synopsis Report (not more than 40 pages). The Report shall include the focus and the summary of the Thesis. Highlighting his/ her own contribution, details of the methodology, results, analysis, conclusions, limitations, and scope for future research. It is to be submitted through the Guide(s).
  • For seeking the approval, the candidate shall present pre-Synopsis Seminar before the Committee consisting of Director, Guide(s) and two Faculty experts in the relevant area of research. An outside expert, having expertise in research shall be included in the Committee.
  • The Committee shall judge the work about its acceptability and suggest modification or elaboration of the work, if necessary, after incorporating the suggested changes / modifications to the satisfaction of the Committee, an abridged version of the same in about 15-70 pages shall be submitted as Synopsis for the purpose of sending it to prospective examiners.
  • Submission of the Synopsis
    Five copies of the Synopsis with necessary modification incorporated shall be submitted within a period of one month from the date of the pre-Synopsis Seminar to the Institution with a Certificate by candidate and the Guide(s) stating:
  • there is a prima facie case for consideration of the Thesis.
  • That the work does not include any work which has at any time previously been submitted for an award of Fellow in Management or other equivalent Degree.
  • Selection of Examiners
    On receipt of Synopsis, the Director shall draw up a list of 6 possible examiners of the Thesis in consultation with the Research Advisory Committee and Guide(s). The examiners shall be from outside Institution, one from India and one from abroad, having good academic and research standing in the field. Two examiners shall be selected by the Director from the list.

2. Submission of Thesis

The Thesis shall be submitted in six type written/ printed copies and a soft copy with necessary Certificates and clearance within a period of 6 months from the date of submission of the Synopsis

  • Recommendations of the Examiners
  • Recommendations of the Examiners
  • A definite recommendation as to whether the Thesis is of a sufficient standard and suitable for the award of Fellow in Management: and
  • If the examiner is not in a position to make definite recommendation for the award of the “Fellow in Management”, He/ She shall indicate the required modification/ revision involving rewriting of Chapters but not involving further research work OR Complete rewriting of the Thesis with an additional research work reinterpretation of Data.

3 Acceptance/Rejection of Thesis

The Thesis shall be accepted if all the examiners make positive recommendations. If recommendations for rejection or inconclusive recommendations are made by anyone of the examiner, Director shall refer the Thesis to another examiner or examiners(s) from the panel. If such a panel of examiner(s) rejects the Thesis, it shall stand rejected.

4. Re-submission of the Thesis

A Thesis which needs modification/ revision shall be resubmitted after revision within a period of one year. Rejection of the Thesis after re-submission shall normally disqualify the candidate of further consideration for the award of the Fellow in Management.

5. Viva-Voce

On acceptance of the Thesis, the Director shall appoint a panel of examiners to conduct a viva- voce examination and open defence at which the candidate shall be required to defend his/ her Thesis. The panel of examiners shall consist of:

  • • The Chairman, Dean (Academic or Research) or his/ her nominee not below the rank of Professor of the Institution nominated by the Director
  • • The Guide(s)
  • • Indian External Examiner who examined the Thesis and accepted it

The panel of Examiners shall submit their Report to the Director of the Institution. If a Thesis has been accepted, but the candidate fails to defend it successfully at the Vice-voce examination, he/ she shall reappear for the viva-voce examination within six months.

6. Award of Fellow in Management

On successful completion of the viva-voce and on the recommendations of the Institution’s Governing Board, the Institution shall award “Fellow in Management” to the Research scholar. The title of the Thesis shall be mentioned in the Certificate of award.

7. General Regulations

  • Candidate must furnish a periodical Report of progress of the Course work and research work for consideration of Institution, Research Advisory Committee, and the Guide(s). Unsatisfactory progress in research shall render the candidate terminated from the Programme.
  • The candidate shall pay all the prescribed Fee as and when they fall due
  • The Courses prescribed, but not successfully completed by the candidate shall be reconsidered by the Director. Research Advisory Committee shall suggest alternative Course(s) depending upon the relevance of the Course(s) to the research work of candidate
  • The research scholar shall face automatic disqualification and termination from the Programme, if he/ she is found to be admitted to any other equivalent Degree Level Programme
  • The Committee reserves the right to amend, modify or change Regulations as may be necessary, from time to time. All such changes shall be binding on the research scholar in the Institution
  • A research scholar, who is pursuing coursework as a part of his PhD Programme, is expected to have full (100%) attendance in each course. However, a maximum of 30% attendance deficiency may be condoned by the Dean, Faculty of Doctoral Studies & Research for genuine reasons.
  • All PhD scholars must obtain a minimum of C+ grade in each course and a minimum CPI of 6.00 in course work to be eligible to continue with the Programme.
h4> Fees and Eligibility


Application Fee – Rs.1,500
Registration Fee – Rs. 2,500
Course Fee – Rs. 2,00,000 per year for Year 1 & 2, Rs.1,00,000 per year for Year 3-5, as applicable


A. Master’s Degree or equivalent in Engineering and Technology/ Management/ Economics/ Social Science/ Biological Science/ Pure Science/ Commerce/ Humanities with first class shall be considered for admission to Fellow Programme.

B. Those appearing for their final examination in the respective discipline can also apply. Such students, if selected, shall be provisionally admitted provided they complete all requirements in obtaining their master’s degree before 30th September of the year of admission. The admission of these candidates shall remain provisional until they produce the mark sheet proving that they satisfy the eligibility criteria.

Admission Procedure

a. Application Procedure

The application shall be made in the prescribed form available with the Institution. Attested copies of all the necessary Certificates and testimonials are to be attached with the applications. The candidate must submit an abstract of about 5000 words on the area of research interest (tentative research proposal) along with his/ her application

b. Selection Criteria

Selection for the Fellow Programme in the Institutions approved by AICTE for the Fellow Programme shall be based on the following criteria:

  • Academic qualifications and work experience
  • Tentative research proposal and its presentation before the Selection Committee
  • Personal interview

The decision of the Institution Selection Committee regarding admission shall be final. Communication shall be sent only to the selected candidates. The Institution shall not entertain any queries or correspondence in respect of those not selected.

Faculty Guides and Industry Connections

  • Each candidate shall have one/ two Guide(s) under whose supervision the research work in relation to the Programme shall be carried out
  • The Guide(s) shall be nominated by the Director of the Institution. Research Guides shall be allotted to the selected candidates after completion of the necessary course work and related formalities
  • The research Programme and areas of research shall be finalized by respective Guides after discussion with the candidates and should be approved by the Director

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