IIM Calcutta PGPEX VLM – Where The Engineer In You Meets The Manager In You

Infinite potentials come to light when the managerial knowledge and technical knowledge come together or when the idea of an engineer is fortified by the expertise of a manager. Over last 10 years,  PGPEX VLM jointly conducted by IIM Calcutta, IIT Kanpur and IIT Madras under the aegis of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Japan  International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Government of India has been nurturing the best minds with a rich experience in manufacturing  Industry. The PGPEX VLM course has been helping mid-level managers by offering an extraordinary platform to come out of the hurdles that they had endured during professional life.

This unique program was conceived as a flagship program under the  India-Japan Technical Cooperation agreement signed between the Prime  Ministers of two countries in 2006. One of the distinctive features of the program is the module on ‘Breakthrough Management’ and the ‘Five -step discovery process’ conducted by Padmashri Prof. Shoji Shiba, who has been contributory in starting the PGPEX-VLM program. Every year this program admits 40 First Class Engineers only from IITs, NITs and other premier engineering colleges and universities across the country, having a professional experience from 4.5 to 10 years.

In last the ten batches, students have come from diversified profiles such as operation,  supply chain, project management, Sales & marketing and any area that can be thought of under manufacturing domain. Its aptly designed course structure and an unparalleled approach enhance the quality of students and make a major transformation to an individual. It fuels the progress in the career by enriching the existing capabilities to cope with the dynamism of industry and its vital needs.

The existing expertise of students gets challenged and revitalised by the elite professors of IIM Calcutta (3rd best B School), IIT Kanpur (3rd best Technical Institute) & IIT Madras (The best technical institute) and guest lecturers from industry and top b-schools. The added opportunity to be a part of premier institutes like IIT K and IIT M  is itself a big prize. International exposure is a prerequisite for a  world class manager and dedicated terms for domestic and international exposures under this course structure provide the mind and muscle to the future visionary leaders. The one-year journey at IIM Calcutta PGPEX  VLM redefines an engineering mind to a global scale, ignites an ordinary mind to challenge the limits and inspires to vision the unseen future.



Swarnendu Srimany

I am an MBA candidate at PGPEX VLM, the one-year full time programme of IIM Calcutta, class of 2017-18. Prior to joining PGPEX VLM I had a 4 Years and 9 months of diversified experience in sales and marketing domain of Construction Equipment Business of L&T and had a progressive career from direct sales (B2C), Channel sales (B2B) profiles to Business Development profile in Construction Equipment Business. I did my graduation in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur. I love travelling and painting.