Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India - PGDM-DS Vs MHRM

The Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India was set up in 1983 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It is a not-for-profit institute and currently offers various management programmes including the PGDM-DS to encourage entrepreneurship development and development studies in the country. This is course is way ahead of the MHRM (Masters in Human Resource Management) courses run by various universities as it equips students with the skills and techniques required to work in various development works.

PGDM-DS Programme

The PGDM- DS or Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Development Studies is one of the flagship programmes of the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII). It is a multi-disciplinary programme that has been specially designed in order to provide conceptual and analytical skills along with the knowledge required for economic and social development. The main aim of this programme is to provide students with opportunities to develop entrepreneurial solutions to poverty and low level of livelihood, to think of new initiatives for corporate social responsibility and to help build up the economy through entrepreneurship.

Eligibility for This Programme

All graduate students with 50% and above in graduation and who have the required CAT/XAT/CMAT/MAT/ATMA scores are eligible to apply for this course.

PGDM DS Admissions Open - EDII

Careers and Options

Through this PGDM-DS programme, the EDII is trying to encourage students to specialise in diverse fields like micro finance, social entrepreneurship, fund raising, development research, micro enterprise development, gender studies, urban and rural livelihoods and corporate social responsibility.

The academic curriculum is intellectually invigorating and through its innovative methods of teaching, specialist faculty and unique training and development programmes, the EDII has been enabling students to venture into rewarding professions with various organisations. Some of them are playing a big role in Corporate Social Responsibility wings of multi-national corporations, United Nation organisations efforts involved in urban and rural development, grant making organisations and various Not-for-profit organisations.


EDII has an excellent placement record due to its contacts in the industry and students are given opportunities to work with top companies and have meaningful and intellectually stimulating careers. We have placed students in top national and international organisations like:

• Azim Premji Foundation
• HDFC Bank
• World Bank
• IDBI Ltd
• Aga Khan Rural Support Programme
• Chetna
• Selco
• Unnati
• Utthan

Graduates from our PGDM-DS programme are in demand due to their specialized knowledge of development studies and how to create social initiatives that will help the urban and rural poor.

Why PGDM-DS is better than an MHRM programme?

PGDM – Development Studies is a programme which is classified under the category of social sciences. It is ranked amongst the most popular management programmes because many regions of the world require specialists in development studies. It focuses on training students to work in the political, social and economic sectors. Part of the curriculum of this programme is studying development policies that have shaped the society we live in. Once a student graduates from the PGDM-DS programme, he or she will have a unique awareness and understanding of the society as it is today.

An MHRM or Masters in Human Resource Management degree will only provide you with the skills to pursue a career in Human Resource management. It will not equip you with a valuable entry path into national and international development work. The PGDM-DS programme is a value added course which will provide you with technical knowledge, skills and hands-on field experience.