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Old course, new campus

Elite cradle XLRI has decided to shift its six-month postgraduate programme for certificate in entrepreneurship management, a full-time residential course to the campus of Xavier Institute for Tribal Education (XITE) at Gamharia in adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district.

Chairperson of the Entrepreneur Development Centre and a senior professor of economics Prabal Sen said the programme was being shifted because the Gamharia campus was more suitable for running the residential course. “The XITE campus has state-of-the-art facilities and necessary infrastructure. Therefore, the decision,” he said.

Besides the administrative wing, the elegant four-storey building has beautifully furnished lecture halls, seminar rooms, a large airy dinning hall, common rooms et al for the students. There is a hostel for ST/SC girls and boys. Others can easily get accommodation near the campus as it is surrounded by residential colonies. The campus also has a place for prayer and worship, Sen said.

But the most important factor, which promoted the shifting of base, is the presence of flats, within the campus, for working executives participating in short management development programmes like PGP-CEM, he added.

Another reason why the XLRI authorities went for the change, Sen said that from next year onwards, the B-school would make PGP-CEM a year-long course.

For 2013, however, it remains a six-month programme with the fresh batch arriving in June-end. The B-school has fixed June 12 as the last date for submitting applications. Students will have to pay Rs 60,000 and an additional Rs 12,000 for books and other study material. The hostel fee is Rs 45,000.

The programme has been designed to provide competency-based education to eligible candidates with a view to promoting entrepreneurship in Jharkhand and rest of the country.

Notably, the curriculum is one of the best in the country. It includes usual inputs on functional areas of business such as finance, marketing and human resource as well as specific fields of interest in the context of entrepreneurial development in India like women entrepreneurship, family business and agripreneurship.

Apart from discussing the methods of accessing finance in general, a special module has been designed for apprising students of specific schemes currently available in the country.