IIMA 2022-23 batch of PGPX presents diverse mix of professionals

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Posted on 16 Jun 2022
18:28 PM
Diversity has been one of the defining cornerstones for the PGPX programme.

Diversity has been one of the defining cornerstones for the PGPX programme. SOURCE: Facebook

The programme has 140 students this year, of which 31 are women and 109 are men
From filmmakers to teachers; NGO workers to chefs, the batch has a set of industrious young women professionals

The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) has admitted the 2022-23 batch of 140 students for the one-year, full-time Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (PGPX).

In its 17th year now, the PGPX has served as a transformative journey for high-calibre, aspirational and industrious working professionals to meet their goals of becoming global leaders.

Diversity has been one of the defining cornerstones for the PGPX programme. This year too, the 140-strong cohort presents talent drawn from different sectors, ranging from manufacturing to IT/ITeS; Defence and security to planning and architecture; shipping and logistics to education and more. There are professionals from different socio-economic backgrounds, job roles, academic profiles, etc.


Out of the 140 students, 109 are men and 31 are women. This batch also has registered the highest GMAT and GRE scores since 2020. The average GRE score stood at 325, while the GMAT score was 713.

The average work experience among professionals in the current batch is more than seven years and almost 20 students from the batch have international work experience.

The PGPX programme is arduous when it comes to the intensity of the coursework. From engineers and software developers making a nosedive into marketing mantras to teachers and a chef sitting up all night to figure out ‘analysis of data in modelling of deficient’, the current batch has already immersed itself into long hours of individual and group studies.

Surprise quizzes, student club engagements etc - all on the side-lines of daily classes and assignments - have been part of the student life in the past 40 days that they have been on the campus.

Female students this year, have come with inspiring personal and professional journeys. From filmmakers to teachers and from NGO workers to chefs, the batch presents a set of ambitious and industrious young women who have aced different roles – that of a mother, wife, working professional – and successfully made it to IIMA.

Despite their diverse backgrounds, they are unified by their passion to take on leadership roles in their careers and shatter the glass ceiling that is one of the most-debated issues that women leaders face in the industry today.

Viswanath Pingali, chairperson, PGPX and professor said, “It is heartening to see the determination and sincerity these young leaders possess. We are happy to be able to maintain the diversity of the batch in terms of gender, academic and professional backgrounds, etc. IIMA is renowned globally for its rigour in academics, and PGPX, which is an integral part of the institute, is no exception. Students are expected to put in significant effort towards their classes, both before and after the class. The predominant pedagogical tool at IIMA, namely the case method, also provides students avenues to apply their conceptual learnings to real life problems."

He added, "The current batch comes with some very interesting experiences that can add tremendous value to classroom learning and strengthen diversity. This diversity is needed in order to strengthen peer-to-peer learning and enrich discussions. The much-needed modern skill of being interdisciplinary in their thought process becomes feasible with such a diverse batch.”

The PGPX has established its credentials as a rigorous, intensive, fast-track programme for those who wish to grow their careers into leadership roles in the industry. As peer learning plays an important role at IIMA, students are handpicked by the faculty based on varied selection criteria, to ensure a diverse and well-balanced class every year.

Last updated on 16 Jun 2022
18:28 PM
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