Orissa-based KIIT School of Rural Management Students visits AIT Bangkok

Bhubaneswar: Total 47 students of 2009-11 batch of KIIT School of Rural Management (KSRM), a constituent of KIIT University, reached Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok as a part of the student exchange programme between the two institutes. Under the International Study Segment, the students of MBA in Rural Management course will stay there for one month and complete two courses of 4 credits in Development Project Management and Rural Regional Planning.

Both the courses are field intensive and designed to give distinct global exposure. The students will primarily get attached to School of Environment, Resource and Development (SERD), known for its pioneering work in the field of Environment and Resource Development. Dr. Gopal B. Thapa from AIT & Prof. L. K. Vaswani, Pro Vice Chancellor (SOM & SRM), KIIT University will oversee this programme on behalf their respective institutions.

The SERD Division, AIT is planning to take new initiative in collaboration with KIIT School of Rural Management in near future. The MOU between KIIT and AIT mandating the students exchange and other areas of cooperation was signed between Dr A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS and Prof. Said Irandoust, President, AIT in April, 2009.

Meanwhile, the School achieved cent percent campus placement for the second year in a row. All the 83 students of MBA in Rural Management course passing out in 2010 were picked up by 28 organisations that visited the campus for placement. These organisations represented development sector, corporate sector, public sector and cooperatives.

The compensation offered ranged from Rs. 2.4 lakh to Rs. 7.5 lakh per annum, with the average salary being Rs. 3.6 lakh per annum. For the first time, three students have been placed in an international organization, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Manila for its projects in India.

The prominent NGOs that participated in the campus placement include Agha Khan Rural Support Programme, BISWA, Development Alternatives, National Livelihood Resource Institute, Child Fund India. The corporate sector was represented by Ruchi Soya, Reliance, Monsanto, Technoserve and Serecon Pvt. Ltd. Microfinance institutions like Spandana, MIMO, BASIX and IFMR also recruited the students.

Similarly, public sector companies visiting KSRM for placement were IOC – CREDA Joint Venture and Bihar Rural Livelihood Programme (Jeevika). The other notable employers were Deepak Foundation, Amul, Jaipur Rug Company, ALC India and e-Kutir.

Various teams from these organisations that participated in campus placement expressed satisfaction over the calibre of students of KIIT School of Rural Management. It is a testimony to quality curriculum offered here. Cent percent placement performance of KSRM is remarkable considering the fact that it was established only in November 2006. The institute already has a national character with students from 19 states on its roll.

Complimenting students on the outstanding achievement, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder KIIT & KISS advised them to work with dedication and make their institute proud. Dr. L. K. Vaswani, Pro Vice Chancellor (SOM & SRM) stated that KSRM’s well planned placement policy has opened up exciting career avenues for young generation of rural managers.

Source: Orissa Diary

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