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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CENTRE FOR MANAGEMENT EDUCATION

PRE-ADMISSION QUERIES

Q. What is the objective of programmes offered?
A. The programmes offered help aspiring managers to become effective decision makers in their fields through up gradation of knowledge and managerial skills. The programme broadens the overall perspective of the managers so that they can become catalysts for change. It develops conceptual, interpersonal and management awareness for implementation of new structures and strategies. Improves managerial effectiveness and prepares managers for more senior positions.

Q. Are the courses PGDM / PGDITM offered by AIMA-CME recognized?
A. Yes, Distance Education Council (DEC), Govt. of India recognizes AIMA-CME for offering distance learning based programmes. In addition, AIMA PGDM and PGDITM are recognized by AICTE, Ministry of HRD, and Govt. of India.

Q. Is PGDM program is equivalent to MBA by AICTE or AIU?
A. Post Graduate Diploma in Management is approved by AICTE since 1994. It is at par with MBA in terms of Course Design & Content. However, technically PGDM & MBA are two different programs, MBA is offered by a University and PGDM is offered by Non-University Institutes. It depends on Individual Universities to consider the PGDM equivalence to MBA. Like Aligarh Muslim University considers the AIMA-PGDM equivalent to MBA.

Q. Does AIMA-CME offer any full time course or all the courses are offered through distance learning?
A.AIMA-CME does not offer any full time programme. We offer all programmes through distance learning mode only. Distance learning mode differs from correspondence in the sense that students are required to attend contact programmes (11 PCPs per subject per module for select subjects) at the local Study Centres. This activity is supplemented by comprehensive set of assignments and practical sessions as well.

Q. What are the advantages of joining AIMA-CME programme?
A.The following are the advantages of joining AIMA-CME programmes

  • CME has more than 25 years of experience in management education, it was set up in 1976.
  • Our Programmes are internationally accepted.
  • AIMA-CME’s PGDM and PGDITM programme are approved by AICTE.
  • Strong curriculum: Most industry interfaced because of AIMA’s links with business and industry.
  • Distance Education Council (DEC), Govt of India Recognized
  • All India reputation: AIMA is apex body of Management profession with 3000 companies as its members and 30,000 professional individual members.
  • Choice of Place: 40 cities.
  • Choice of Study Centre: 49 centres with many top Business Schools.
  • E-Learning supplement: on-line discussion forum etc.
  • Modular Structure: Certificates awarded after completion of each Module.
  • Flexible teaching mode.

Modern well equipped library with online facilities available.

Q. How can I take admission to the various courses conducted by AIMA?
A.
For admission to AICTE approved courses (PGDM and PGDITM) conducted by AIMA through distance learning mode, the candidate should have scored 50% in Graduation(10+2+3) or student has to appear in the MAT examination, which is held four times in a year (generally, first Sunday of February, May, September and December. Dates are advertised in the newspapers) followed by a Personal Interview round with AIMA-Panel members (Delhi/NCR) & telephonic interview for out stationed candidates. Candidate should also have completed graduation (10+2+3) from a recognized university.


For other certificate programmes the candidate must be a graduate. These certificate programmes are available in number of Management aeas. (See the list of programmes and eligibility from http://www.aima-ind.org/cme_home.aspx#prg

Q. When is the interview for admission held?
A. The admission interviews are generally begun from the month of April for July session. For the Jan session, this process starts from September-October.

For interview details/confirmation you may contact Ms. Geetika Gumber- Program Manager on 011-2464 5100/ 4312 8100 Ext No. 743 or you can write to her on pgdm@aima-ind.org

Q. What is the duration, fee & admission criterion for PG Diplomas offered by AIMA-CME?
Duration:
Four modules of six months each followed by comprehensive project work. Total duration of PGDM / PGDITM is two years course work + project.

Fee: Course fee of PGDM is Rs.25, 000 only per module.
Course fee for PGDITM is Rs.22000 only per module (for new admissions wef July 2010)

Admission Criteria:
Graduation (10+2+3) with 50% from a recognized University OR MAT/CAT/XAT or any other state level entrance score card for candidates interested in admission in AIMA-PGDM / PGDITM followed by Personal interview with AIMA panel members at AIMA-Lodhi Road Centre.

Q. Is it compulsory for a candidate to qualify MAT for all courses offered by AIMA?
A.MAT qualification is only required for PGDM/ PGDITM. For admission into other programmes like One-year Post Graduate Certificate programmes, and Advanced Certificate Programmes, MAT is not required.

Q. Validity of MAT Score card?
A. MAT score card is valid for a period of 1 year since the date of issue of the score card/announcement of the MAT result, e.g. Sept’10 MAT score card will be valid till Sept’11.

Q. Which PG Diplomas are offered by AIMA-CME?
A. The following DEC and AICTE approved PG Diplomas are offered by AIMA-CME

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management (PGDITM)

Q. What specializations are being offered in the PGDM programme?
A.
PGDM specializations include:

  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Operations
  • Human Resource
  • Information Systems
  • International Business


For more details log-on to http://www.aima-ind.org/me_PGDM.aspx

Q. What specializations are being offered in the PGDITM programme?
A. The following specializations are offered in our PGDITM Programme:

  • Information Technology Systems
  • Financial Systems
  • Retail Systems
  • Operations Systems


For more details log on to www.aima-ind.org/aima/cme/pgditm.htm

Q. Can I get some assistance for the Assignments & Examinations (Applicable for Zero Study Centers)?
A.       

  • Please specify your actual requirement in terms of support required for any Subject or Topic.
  • Usually we would provide you additional learning material (Power point presentation-PPT, etc) which is discussed by the Faculty in their class lectures.
  • Once requirement is communicated to AIMA, we may arrange on-line tutorial classes (using telephone & email etc.)

Q. Am I eligible to appear in the NET exam?
A. You need to check with the body conducting the NET examination in view of the fact that PGDM of AIMA is a Govt. approved PG Diploma (offered under Distance Learning mode) and not an MBA.

Q. Am I eligible to apply for PhD. in Management in IITs?
A.  You need to check with the concerned person/authority in IITs in view of the fact that it is a Govt. approved PG Diploma (offered under Distance Learning mode) and not an MBA.

 

Q. Am I eligible to apply for fellowship program in management in IIM’s?
A. You need to check with the concerned person/authority in IIMs in view of the fact that it is a Govt. approved PG Diploma (offered under Distance Learning mode) and not an MBA.

Q. Am I eligible to apply for Assistant Professor in MBA Institutes as per AICTE norms?
A. You need to check with the concerned organization in view of the fact that it is a Govt. approved PG Diploma (offered under Distance Learning mode) and not an MBA.

Q. Is any certificate awarded at the end of each module?
The following Diplomas certificate is awarded in PGDM:

Certificate in Management On completion of Module I
Advanced Certificate in Management On completion of Module II
Professional Certificate in Management On completion of Module III
Post Graduate Diploma in Management On completion of Module IV + Project

The following certificates are awarded in PGDITM

Certificate in Information Systems On completion of Module I
Advanced Certificate in Information Systems Management On completion of Module II
Professional Certificate in IT Management On completion of Module III
Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology & Management On completion of Module IV + Project


For any kind of assistance you may please get in touch with undersigned:

Geetika Gumber
Program Manager
Ext No. 743
Email: pgdm@aima-ind.org

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FEE REFUND ON ADMISSION CANCELLATION

Q. Is the fee refundable?
  1. Full refund
    In case of withdrawal of programme by AIMA-CME or rejection of registration form (on account of non-fulfillment of eligibility criterion as per admission policy for the session) full fee will be refunded to the candidate at his/her mailing address within one month from the date of receipt of registration form (OMR Form) in AIMA-CME.
  2. Partial refund
    If an application for cancellation of admission is received in AIMA-CME before the dispatch of study material from AIMA-CME, the form processing charges (Rs 500 only) will be deducted from the fee. Balance fee will be refunded to the candidate at his/her mailing address within one month from the date of receipt of his/her application in AIMA-CME.

    If an application for cancellation of admission is received in AIMA-CME after the dispatch of study material from AIMA-CME, the form processing charges and cost of study material (Rs 4000 only) will be deducted from the fee. Balance fee will be refunded to the candidate at his/her mailing address within one month from the date of receipt of his/her application.
  3. No refund
    Applications for cancellation of admission / refund of fee will not be considered after the commencement of PCPs at the Study Centres.
Q. Can I enroll for the AIMA courses from overseas location?
A. Students can enroll for AIMA-CME courses from anywhere in the world. For overseas candidates, international fee will be applicable. For details write an application to Head - Marketing at AIMA-CME or send E-mail at pgdm@aima-ind.org / pgditm@aima-ind.org
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SHORT DURATION COURSES

Q. Are any short duration programmes being offered by AIMA?
A. Yes, AIMA offers 6 months Advanced Certificate in Management Programmes and 1 year Post Graduate Certificate in Management Programmes through distance learning mode.

Q. What are the different fields in which Advanced Certificate programmes are offered?
A.
Advanced Certificate programmes are offered in the following fields:
  • Advanced Certificate in Marketing
  • Advanced Certificate In HR
  • Advanced Certificate In Finance
  • Advanced Certificate in Enterprise Management
  • Advanced Certificate in Research Methodology
  • Advanced Certificate in Operations

Q. What are the fields in which Post Graduate Certificate programmes are offered?
A. Post Graduate Certificate Programmes are offered in the following fields:
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Management (Human Resource)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Management (Marketing)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Management (Finance)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Management (Retail)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Management (Pharmaceutical Marketing)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Management (International Business)
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STUDY CENTRES

Q. Where and when are the classes held?
A. The classes are organized by our local Study Centres usually during the weekends and in evening on working days. The Study Centre makes the schedule available to their respective students.

Q. What is the role of a Study Centre?
A. Study Centres of AIMA are spread across the country. The Study Centres act as single window clearance of student queries. Study Centres conduct personal contact programmes (PCPs), receive and evaluate assignments, provide library and computer lab facilities and other student support services.

Q. What is the procedure for enrolling in Study Centre?
A. To enroll in a Study Centre, the candidate has to opt for a particular Study Centre, while filling up the admission form (list of Study Centres is available at http://www.aima-ind.org/me_nodal_centres.aspx). AIMA-CME then decides and assigns the Study Centre to the candidate depending upon the specialization of course opted and availability of required course and facilities at the Study Centre. The choice of the student is kept in view while assigning the Study Centre.

Q. What about the faculty at Study Centres?
A. The PCPs are conducted by Study Centre faculty for the assigned subjects. These faculty members are approved by AIMA-CME and at times, core faculty of AIMA-CME also conducts PCPs at the Study Centres.

Q. Do they have a library facility out there?
A. Study Centre maintains small functional library to cater the need of management students.

Q. Do we have study centres & test centres abroad also?
A. At present we have only test centres abroad. For overseas admissions, there will be an additional examination fee @ US$ 50 (Rupee equivalent) per paper, to appear from an overseas centre, the additional fee should be sent to AIMA along with examination form.
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POST-ADMISSION QUERIES

Q. After submission of my application when do I receive the confirmation of admission into the desired course?
A. Students will receive the acknowledgment of receipt of application form within 10 days of receipt of form at AIMA and confirmation of admission before the commencement of the PCPs, i.e., 16 Aug for July session and 15 Feb for January session.

Q. How can I get a fee payment receipt for reimbursement from my organization?
A. You have to send a request letter to Manager-Admission at AIMA-CME or send email to admissions@aima-ind.org

Q. How do I get my ID Card?
A. Every student enrolled in CME’s programmes will get a student ID card. In case of PGDM and PGDITM, ID-cards will be valid for 3 years and in case of one year Post Graduate Certificate Programmes it will be valid for 1 year and 6 months, for 6 months in case of Advanced Certificate programmes and for 3 year in case of PhD Foundation Programme. After expiry of validity, student can renew ID card by sending a request letter and the original ID card at AIMA-CME, New Delhi. In case, you have lost your ID card you can obtain a fresh ID card by paying the requisite fee of Rs.100/- along with a passport-size photograph and a request letter to Manager –Admissions at AIMA-CME.

Q. From where will I get my I-Card?
A. I-Card will be dispatched to the allotted Study Centre. If you are directly attached with AIMA then we will send it at your correspondence address mentioned in our records.

Q. Is it compulsory to attend the PCPs?
A. The purpose of PCPs is to provide an opportunity to discuss subject related problems and clarify the doubts related to assignments and examination with faculty and your colleagues for better understanding of the subject. Fifty-percent attendance in PCPs, i.e., 7 PCPs per subject per module is desirable.

Students with attendance shortfall will be allowed to re-register in next session without any fee to make up the shortfall in the required PCPs (in their own centre) and appear in term end examination. For PGDITM Programme 8 PCPs per subject (16 hrs) per module is compulsory and 30hrs of practical training for two subjects per module at HCL training centre is also compulsory.

Q. If I like to change my Study Centre, can I do so?
A. Students may like to change the Study Centre due to variety of reasons like change of residence and change of job from one city to another city. Students can send request letter for Change of Study Centres to Manager- Study Centres or send E-mail: nc@aima-ind.org . Change of Study Centre is permitted only once in a module.


Q. Is it possible to do two specializations together in Module III of PGDM / Module IV of PGDITM?
A. Only one specialisation is to be opted at a time. However, students can apply for second/dual specialization immediately after completing the programme. A student has to take one extra module of specialization (IIIrd module in case of PGDM & IV module in case of PGDITM) and full Module fee will be applicable in such cases.
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PH.D IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Q. What is the structure of this programme?
A. Ph.D in Business Administration Programme has two phases. Phase-I comprise of Foundation Phase where a candidate has to go through basic management + specialization courses. After completing Phase-I, student enters into Phase-II i.e. Research Work Phase with Aligarh Muslim University.

Q. What is the duration of the Programme?
A. Phase - I takes a minimum one year and maximum three years. Phase-II takes minimum two years and maximum four years.

Q. When and how many times is Ph.D Entrance Test (R-MAT) conducted?
A. The Entrance Test for Ph.D is conducted twice in a year: May and December followed by an interview for R-MAT selected candidates.

Q. Is R-MAT held all over the country/what about a person living abroad? Can he apply for it?
A. R-MAT is conducted in all major cities in the country and in selected cities abroad. In case of overseas candidates, AIMA conducts telephonic Interview.

Q. Is it necessary to submit the Ph.D Application form along with the R-MAT OMR Application form?
A. Yes, as Ph.D Application form is required beforehand for verification purposes.

Q. Can we use Dr. with our name after completing Ph.D?
A. Yes, one can append Dr. preceding your name after the award of the degree.

Q. What is the fee of this programme?
A. Approx. Rs. 74000/- to 84000/- for the entire course. Exemption can be sought in maximum 4 subjects in the Foundation phase (Conditions Apply).

Q. Is regular visit to Aligarh required during this programme?
A. Phase-I of Foundation Phase is conducted through AIMA where one five-day workshop is arranged at Delhi for students all over India. Attendance at this workshop is compulsory. In this phase no Aligarh visit is required. After completing this phase one has to visit Aligarh to defend the Research Proposal and then after completion of Research for defending the thesis and viva-voce. As students will have one guide from Aligarh, more visits to Aligarh would be required during the Research Phase.

Q. Who awards the degree after doing PH.D?
A. AIMA awards `Advanced Diploma in Management’ after completion of PH.D Foundation Programme. Aligarh Muslim University awards `Doctorate Degree’ after successful completion of thesis.

Q. How do we select guide for Research Work?
A. The criteria for choosing guide is as follows :
  • Preferably from Management discipline
  • Preferably from the same location and engaged in an academic institution as a faculty
  • Should have at least 10 years of teaching experience with Ph.D / or at the level of Reader grade. The other guide will be provided by AMU after registration with AMU for Research work.
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EXAMINATIONS AND EVALUATION

Q. How many assignments have to be written?
A. There are two assignments for each subject of each programme. Students are required to attempt both the assignments. They are free to refer text books, study materials, journals, Internet and other sources for relevant information while doing the assignments. However students of ACM have to develop one case study as well for each subject.

Q. When are examinations conducted?
A. The Examination for each programme (except Advanced Certificate programmes) is conducted twice a year- June (21st - 30th) and December (21st  - 31st). Examination is conducted at almost all the metro and other major cities through out India and also at some selected overseas centres.

Q. Is it compulsory to do the Project Work?
A. Project work is an integral part of all the Post Graduate and Post Graduate Certificate programmes in Management. It is compulsory to do a live project towards completion of the programme.

Q. What are the evaluation criteria?
A.
Evaluation criteria are Class Participation, performance in Assignments, Term End Examination and Project work.

Q. Can previous session assignments be used in current session?
A. Whenever assignments are to be attempted it must be of the current session to restrict the practice of copying of assignments and also to harmonize the evaluation process.

Assignment fees @ Rs.150/- per subject is payable only if a student has failed to submit / qualify assignments in the first two chances.

Q. Where does a student submit his/her assignments?
A. At their respective study centres. Students, those who have not opted any prescribed study centre of AIMA CME they may directly submit their assignments in AIMA office.
Also, students submitting assignments of previous modules must submit the same at AIMA.

Q. I am working on a project in my office; can I submit the same at AIMA?
A. Yes, any professional project taken by you can be used as the academic project as well provided it fulfils the requirement of the programme as detailed in the project guidelines.

Q. For my project, am I suppose to have a guide? Is it compulsory? If yes, what should be the background / qualification of my Project Guide?
A. It is compulsory to have a guide for your project work. A guide should have a minimum post-graduate qualification in the relevant area with a minimum of five years industry experience at an executive level, or should be Assistant Professor or above if working for an academic institution.  The CV of guide should be attached with the synopsis.

Q. Can old examination form be used for forthcoming examination?
A. Before using the old exam form you must check whether there has been any change in the content of the form. You can do this either from the study centre or the examination department of AIMA-CME. YOU ARE RECOMMENDED TO FILL UP EXAMINATION FORM WITH UTMOST CARE.

Q. How mistakes in filled examination form is rectified? Please clarify.
A. The process of collecting information from your exam form is a computerized process. For any correction after submission please contact to manager examination at AIMA-CME on email- cmeexam@aima-ind.org

Q. I gave my exam form at AIMA but my name is not on the list. What should I do? I do not have any proof of timely submission of my form.
A. In case you submit your form personally, you are advised to obtain a receipt for it. In case, you have sent it by post, the matter may be referred with Controller of examination for the help in this regard.

Q. I filled wrong paper codes in my exam form, what do I do?
A. You should immediately get in touch with Manager-Examination at AIMA-CME for any correction in your submitted exam form on email - cmeexam@aima-ind.org

Q. How are the Examination Centres chosen?
A. AIMA-CME updates the list of Examination Centres for every examination. The list is available on the official website http://www.aima-ind.org/me_exams.aspx . A student has the choice to appear at any one Examination Centre.

Q. Can examination centre be changed after submission of examination form?
A.Yes, you may change your exam centre. You may contact the manager examination not later than 1st June / 1st December for the same on email - cmeexam@aima-ind.org

Q. I wish to take my exams in another country, what is the procedure?
A. The process to take exam in another country is as follows :

  • Let the Manager-Examination of AIMA-CME know about the city and country where you would like to appear for the exam at least two months in advance.
  • Pay the additional exam fee @ 50 US $ per subject and fill up the exam form. Keep in touch with the Manager-Examination until your exam centre is confirmed on email - cmeexam@aima-ind.org


Q. I have lost my admit card, my I-card is not renewed, can I appear in the exams, How can I prove my identity there?
A. In case you have lost your admit card and you also don’t have AIMA-CME’s student’s I-card then appearance in the exam would be subject to proving your identification by a verification letter from concerned study center.

Q. What are the MGPA and CGPA scores in the Grade Card? How are they calculated?
A. Modular grade point average (MGPA) is the average of points of each subject. Cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is the average of all modules.

Q. I have cleared all assignments and exams yet I am considered as CNM case. Kindly explain?
A. The minimum-qualifying grade for an individual subject is C-, and additionally to qualify the Module the minimum average of all subjects (including project work if any) of the module must be B-. If a student does not meet the required grade point but clear all papers in that particular module, he / she will be considered as a CNM case.

Q. I need a provisional certificate of my course that I have completed. Who do I contact and how much do I pay? Can I get these certificates for each module?
A. You will get the provisional certificate for PGDM/ PGDITM , after successful completion of Programme. There is no payment for it.

Q. I did not get my original grade card. Till when can I get the duplicate? Whom should I contact?
A. If you don’t receive your grade card within one month of declaration of result then you should contact Manager-Examination at AIMA-CME on email at cmeexam@aima-ind.org .

Q. I gave my Project on time and yet the grades are not incorporated in the grade sheet, why?
A. If you have submitted your project work 45 days prior to the declaration of the result then the project grade is reflected in the grade card. In case it is not, contact the Manager-Evaluation at AIMA-CME on email evaluation@aima-ind.org

Q. Where is AIMA-CME diplomas formally awarded?

A. At Annual Convocation of AIMA-CME in the first week of August every year

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PLACEMENT RELATED QUERIES

Q. How the placement activities are conducted in AIMA?
A. AIMA is blessed with a strong industry network (3000 corporate members and 30000 professionals as individuals members). With such industry support and a strong alumni network of more than 1500 students, AIMA students are very well accepted in the corporate world.

Q. Does AIMA provide placement assistance to all its students?
A. Students in Delhi & NCR centres are directly attached with AIMA-CME for their placement assistance. Outside Delhi candidates needs to contact their respective centres for placement support.

Q. What is the process to enroll for placement activities with AIMA?
A. Interested students just need to send their CVs as a word attachment to placement @aima-ind.org to register for placement activities with AIMA-CME. Hard copies are not entertained now.

We at AIMA are organizing campus interviews and also interview at the company offices. According to the students’ career choice and educational background they will be called for the interview.

Q. What kind of job openings one can expect for fresher?
A. As a fresher in the first 2 modules one can expect on the job trainings (with or without stipend), or short duration jobs in their area of interest. It is after the specialization module normally that one can get a full-time job in his / her functional area. For the complete detail, please feel free to contact the placement cell at placement@aima-ind.org.
 
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