It's celebration time for the budding rural managers at country's premier rural management institute - the Institute of Rural Management, Anand ( IRMA). This year, the otherwise week-long placement week wrapped up within three days with all the 105 candidates of the 31st batch of IRMA's post graduate programme in rural management (PRM) bagging jobs in diverse sectors.
Interestingly, compared to last year, the average salary package offered to the graduating students has increased to Rs 8.1 lakh per annum against last year's average which was Rs 7.5 lakh per annum.
Also, there is a substantial increase in the highest salary package. Against last year's highest salary package - Rs 11.5 lakh per annum this time the highest salary package is Rs 15 lakh per annum.
"More than 50 per cent of the batch was placed on the very first day of the placement week. The salaries range from Rs four lakh to Rs 15 lakh per annum. In all 65 organisations had made a total of 225 offers of which 105 were accepted during the placement season. All our 105 students of the 31st PRM batch 2010-2012 had participated in the process," IRMA's placement coordinator professor Preeti Priya told TOI.
Once again dairy sector was the major recruiter followed by organisations from agribusiness and rural livelihood sector. Among the major recruiters were the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) that markets brand Amul, the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Mother Dairy, Agha Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) (I), Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP), government of Andhra Pradesh and ITC's e- Choupal.
"The highlight of this year's placement season was the presence of many first time recruiters including the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society which hired 16 candidates for their livelihood intervention "Jeevika". Kancor Ingredients Limited, Cochin was another major recruiter which made 9 offers with profiles ranging from supply chain management to strategic business planning," informed Priya.
Spices Board India, Cochin hired one graduate to lead their Flavourit Spices Trading Limited (FSTL) venture while another first time recruiter Rabo Bank India Operations also recruited one participant from the graduating batch.