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Infrastructure development has been the main pillar of global economic development over the last several decades. In advanced countries, the focus has been on upgradation and improvement of the existing infrastructure facilities, while in the developing countries like India, the thrust has been on creation of basic infrastructure facilities like road and power in new or less developed areas and expansion of the existing network of infrastructure in urban areas.


Currently, about 40% of global infrastructure investments are in the Energy Sector, while another 36% is spent on roads and bridges. Other infrastructure sectors including rail, airports, telecom, etc. account for the remaining 24% of total global investment in infrastructure and allied sectors. According to the World Bank estimates, the total global infrastructure expenditure will be around US$ 2 trillion annually over the next decade.

Infrastructure sector in India

Closer home, the Infrastructure Sector in India has a bright future. According to Planning Commission estimates India needs aggregate investment of more than US $ 500 billion over the 11th Plan period of five years ending March 2012. Such large investments are required in order to upgrade and expand the infrastructure for sustaining the targeted average GDP growth rate of 8-9% per annum.
The total expenditure on infrastructure during the 11th five year plan is almost 2.7 times bigger than the actual spending on infrastructure sector during the 10th five year plan. This spending is planned across various segments, with the power sector share being the largest (30.4%) during 11th five year plan. Other sectors with a major share of total infrastructure spending are roads and railways, having shares of 15.4% & 12.7%, respectively.

Let’s understand the key components of the Infrastructure sector, and its importance.

a) Energy & Power: Development of energy sector is crucial for India’s long term economic development. Energy sector comprises of conventional fuel technology, energy transformation and transmission, renewable and alternative energies, energy sector has a direct impact on economics and environmental concerns of India. The Indian Oil and Gas sector is one of the six core industries in India and has very significant impact on the entire economy. The oil & gas sector meets more than two third of the total primary energy needs in the country.

b) Transportation: With rapid urbanization, the need for quality transportation facility is rising. India has the second largest road network in the world, with an aggregate 3.3 Million Kilometres of road linkage accounts for around 86% of passenger traffic and 61% of freight, making it the main artery for commuting across the country. The Indian Railways (IR) has the second largest railway network in the world, running over 63,332 route Kilometres. Although development of Rail Infrastructure is an integral operation of Indian Government, in recent years the government has opened up the railways sector for private participation for operating container trains across ports in India. Also, establishment of rail linked inland container depots (“ICDs”) across India for international as well as domestic trade has been initiated.

The importance of the seaports for the international trade can be gauged by the fact that out of the total foreign trade of India, which is nearly 90% of the trade, is handled via sea ports.

c) SEZ & Real Estate: Although it has suffered a setback of late, SEZs are important tools for economic development of India. The Real estate industry, which recorded an impressive growth of around 35% in 2008, is expected to grow at an average annual rate of more than 25% over the next decade.

The scale and growth of these sectors is generating attractive career opportunities for professionals with specialized knowledge and managerial expertise in these fields. According to management experts and CXO engaged in the domain, since Infrastructure sector is highly specialized, with very substantial investments & scale of the projects, it requires highly mature managers.

To cater to this need, many quality management institutes have started offering specialized programs in various aspects of Infrastructure management. This article aims to give a bird's eye view of these management programs.

MDI Gurgaon, a leading management institute, offers PGDM -Energy Management. The objectives of this program are to develop talent for Power/Energy sector and equip participants with knowledge in the area of managing electricity business. Program aims to facilitate awareness, understanding and implementation of key provisions of enactments related to Power and Energy sector. The leading recruiters in this sector include Bharat Petroleum, Hindustan Petroleum, GMAR, Reliance, CRISIL, GMAR, SN Power, Deloitte, to name a few.

Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management, based in Ahmedabad, offers a PGP-IM program. PGPIM is a One-Year, full time residential program. It was launched in September 2009. Courses offered in PGPIM employ a mix of pedagogical methods including Case Discussion & Analysis, Lectures, Group Exercises, Simulations, Presentations, Role Plays, Project Work and Field Visits to enhance the effectiveness and richness of learning and in-class experience. Special emphasis will be laid on the Case Method as a dominant mode of instruction.

Why Specialized Programs
How are these specialized programs different from the general MBAs? Dr. Bakul Dholakia, Director, Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management, Ahmedabad says, “All One-Year programmes currently being offered by Indian Business Schools are essentially General Management Programmes. Infrastructure sector management has different needs. For example, the financial investments in this sector run into thousands of crores. This means that financial planning & risk management in an infrastructure sector assumes a lot more importance than say in the FMCG sector. Specialized programs in infrastructure sector offer those skills to the participants.”

Dr. Arun Mudbidri, Founder and Principal Director of Samvit School of Infrastructure Business, Pune says, “Infrastructure Business is already on the way of becoming a Sunrise Sector. This sector requires qualifications which are useful for the sectors unique career requirements. This is a reason why conventional MBA’s do not find favor with this sector. There is tremendous potential for the students joining infrastructure in terms of Managerial career opportunities and long term growth potentials to Leadership positions.” Samvit School of Infrastructure Business offers Post Graduate Program in Infrastructure Business with the objective of developing complete professionals talent for infrastructure sector. “At SAMVIT students of post graduate programme will be given in-depth knowledge about infrastructure finance and risks involved in it. With this focus students after completing two year programme will be in great demand in infrastructure companies and supporting sectors like banking, insurance and infrastructure finance companies,” mentions the institute.

In 2011, to offer specialized programs in Infrastructure domain, leading Chennai based B-school Great Lakes Institute of Management entered into partnership with Institute of Energy Management and Research (IEMR), Gurgaon to create Great Lakes Institute of Energy Management and Research (GLIEMR). The institute offers India’s most comprehensive Energy management program covering Power, Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development. Great Lakes Institute of Management has also entered the Energy Management education arena with a tie-up with the Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston to offer its top-ranked Executive Energy Management program in India called GEMBA. The institute offers many management programs from its Gurgaon campus for working executives.
Let’s look at some of the key Infrastructure management programs.

Infrastructure Management Programs
MDI Gurgaon PGDM (Energy Management): MDI Gurgaon offers PGDM (Energy Management), a 15 month duration program with 12 months in class followed by three months off campus on the dissertation project work. The School of Energy Management was started by MDI Gurgaon with the support of Ministry of Power & USAID. The program is approved by AICTE and accredited by AMBA.

Great Lakes IEMR PGWPM - The Post Graduate Working Professionals Program in Management (PGWPM) - Energy is a two year alternate weekend MBA program for professionals in the energy sector seeking to enhance their competencies and managerial skills while continuing to work. Its curriculum is based on the highly industry acclaimed PGPM (Energy) full time program with unique domain specializations in Power, Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development.

Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management PGPIM – AIIM offers PGPIM programme. The institute has been set up with a vision to provide high-quality education and training young people for shouldering the managerial responsibilities in the infrastructure and allied sectors.

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies offers MBA (Infrastructure Management). Samvit School Of Infrastructure Business, the recently launched B-school offers PGPIB programme. TERI University, the University offers MBA in Infrastructure Management. The programme is open to both mid career professionals and fresh graduates. Era Business School offers a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Construction Project Management). It is a two-year program for the development of professionals with knowledge, skills and expertise for effective management of construction, real estate and infrastructure projects.


The placement trends look good.

For example, Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management has placed all the participants of its 2nd batch (2011) successfully. Average Salary of 17 participants, placed across various organizations is Rs. 9.17 Lakhs per annum, which represents around 92% increase over their average salary at the time of joining the programme. The highest salary offered is Rs. 15.50 Lakhs, while the lowest salary offered is Rs. 6.32 Lakhs. The positions offered to the PGPIM participants include Sr. Manager (Project Management & Business Development), Manager (Business Development), Manager (Learning & Organization Development), Manager (Sales), Sr. Business Analyst, Dy. Manager (Dry Cargo Operations), Dy. Manager (Operations), Dy. Manager (Container Business), etc.

At GLIEMR, the Final Placements for PGPM (Energy) 2012 got participation from premier consulting firms and saw 25% of the batch placed in two days with good profiles and offers. Premier consulting firm Deloitte made 5 offers of over Rs. 10 Lakhs on the first day.

Similar trends are noted from other leading Infrastructure management institutes.

So if you are looking to get into this sunrise sector, there are plenty of good B-schools, and jobs waiting for you. Take the plunge!


    Location: Ahmedabad

    Contact No.: +91-79-25555684 | Cell.: +91-9909960240

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    Address: Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management Shantigram Township, Near SGVP Circle, Village: Khodiyar, Off Sarkhej - Gandhinagar Highway, P O. Adalaj, Ahmedabad - 382421

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    As a pioneering initiative in this field, AIIM is offering a One-Year Residential Post Graduate Program in Infrastructure Management (PGPIM). PGPIM prepares business leaders who are well equipped to face the challenges of managing the fast growing Infrastructure & Allied Sectors. PGPIM involves rigorous academic work through a carefully designed intensive course package that includes core as well as elective courses, comprehensive project and domestic study visit.


    Location: Delhi / NCR

    Contact No.: 011-46451000, 9560790900-04

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    Address: HAF-1, Sector 9, Dwarka, New Delhi 110077

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    Era Business School is an AICTE approved and future-centric educational arm of the Era Group, is at par with global standards. EBS offers an Incompany PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) for working executives. This Programme is meant for professionals who do not want to interrupt the trajectory of their careers. Through an action research approach, executives are encouraged to ruminate and explore ideas through hands-on, action-based experiments. We follow a transformative way of education in which executives challenge and learn within a dynamic and tech-savvy environment. The Incompany PGDM also offers a Global Immersion Program at Singapore from Nanyang Technological University. The duration of the course is 24 months. The course is customized for the working executives profile from the areas of Marketing, Finance, Human Resource, Information Technology, International Business and Project Management with focus on strategic decision making.

    The course curriculum at EBS is a tempting blend of in-depth subject knowledge and practical experience gained through a continuous process of industry- academic interface. The executives are given home assignments designed in such a way that they are required to apply their work experience, learning and reasoning ability to arrive at solutions. So, every attempt is made to utilize the practical knowledge of an executive and the same is considered while evaluating the executives performance through test, assignments, viva, observation, interaction etc.

    This course is ideal for both experienced managers who want to enlarge and improve their existing skill sets, as well as those new to management, who wish to build their knowledge of contemporary management techniques.

    These two years of the Incompany PGDM programme will be a transformative experience for the students as they will not only learn from the traditional classroom sessions but also gain experience from our strong corporate interface within a tech-savvy and beyond-academic environment. We recognize and welcome students who thrive on novel ideas, fast-paced learning and community commitments.

    What makes us Different
    1. Anchored by Billion Dollar Enterprise, Era Group, with presence in diversified verticals like Power, Highways, Railways (including Delhi Metro), Airports, Refineries, Industrial / Commercial /Residential Complexes.

    2. World Class Corporate Resource Centre (for Live Corporate Projects, Training Internships and Corporate Interface)

    3. International Immersion programme with NTU, Singapore

    4. MOOC Courses

    5. Grooming students into tech-savvy management professionals, by providing a fully Wi-Fi campus and Web enabled ERP setting.

    6. World Class Knowledge Resource Centre (comprising e-library)

    8. Corporate styled Seminar & Conference rooms, awe-inspiring MDP Centre & Communications Lab

    9. State-of-the-art infrastructure, with step-based classrooms, corporate styled Seminar & Conference rooms, awe-inspiring MDP Centre & Communications Lab, lavish multi-cuisine cafeteria, besides a vibrant Recreation Zone.

    10. Steered by a highly qualified faculty from IIMs and top B-schools in the country with rich industry and academic experience

    EBS is focused on nurturing leaders of tomorrow by making a difference to their educational graph. The thrust is on creating distinctive qualities that help the students remain ahead of competition, always.


    Location: Chennai

    Contact No.: :+91-30809017/9207|+91-7358597107/99107

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    Address: Dr. Bala V. Balachandar Campus, East Coast Road, Manamai Village, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu - 603102

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    Great Lakes Institute of Management, founded in 2004, is among India`s leading business schools with campuses in Chennai and Delhi-NCR. Led by exceptional academic faculty, steered by an outstanding advisory council and buoyed by the International collaborations, Great Lakes has within a short span of 10 years, emerged as a top-ranked Business school.

    Great Lakes has established itself as a leading business school in the country recognized for globally benchmarked programs, exceptional quality of faculty and deep industry engagement. Great Lakes has been among the youngest business schools to be ranked in the top 10 and to receive a prestigious global accreditation with AMBA, UK.

    Great Lakes is where `the Art of leadership blends with the science of managemen` to offer a learning environment that brings out the very best in you. With world class curriculum, mentoring from global faculty, perspectives from Industry leaders and unique learning experiences, Great Lakes helps you become business ready from Day 1 and take the big leap in your career.


    7th in One Year MBA Programs by Outlook India (2014).
    7th among One Year Executive MBA Programs by Business Today (2014).
    7th among Private B-schools by Careers 360 (2014).
    10th among top B-schools by Business India (2014)

    Global Accreditations
    AMBA, UK

    Recognized by AICTE


    Location: Delhi / NCR

    Contact No.: + 91-124-4560555/666

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    Address: Management Development Institute,Mehrauli Road,Sukhrali,Gurgaon-122 007,India

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    International accreditation by the coveted Association of MBAs (AMBA) London was awarded to three Programmes of MDI: PGPM, NMP and PGPM (PartTime) in 2006.These Programmes were reaccredited in 2011. Three other Programmes: PGPHRM, PGPIM and PGPEM also received accreditation in 2011 establishing international quality standards of the Programmes of the Institute.

    MDI maintained its tradition of 100% placement this year as well. Prestigious companies from various sectors offered job profiles spanning across various functional areas.

    Well organized exchange programmes ensure that regular PGP students get an opportunity to spend a term abroad. An equal number of international students from as many as 48 BSchools spend a term in MDI. This makes the experience at MDI truly international.

    In July 2006, MDI in partnership with ESCPEAP France (now the ESCPEurope) successfully launched PGPIM, a truly international programme conducted partly in India and partly in Europe. The programme provides a comprehensive international experience to budding global managers.

    MDI has partnerships with leading BSchools across the world. The institute is partnering with only the top 5 business schools of any country with a stipulation that the partnering BSchool has an extensive international agenda for its activities.

    One of the largest communities of fulltime faculty brings the right mix of research and industry experience to education and consultancy offered by the Institute. A number of industry leaders and practitioners who participate in various roles and capacities further enrich the offerings at MDI.

    With more than 80,757 manager beneficiaries, MDI is the largest training institute in the country. MDI takes pride in the growing number of strategic level programmes it conducts. These are uniquely designed to bring a global perspective through international interactions.

    MDI is located in a picturesque, serene campus 12 kilometres from the international Airport at Delhi. It provides just the right environment to step away from the mundane world to quietly imbibe, peacefully introspect and ultimately learn.

    With Gurgaon emerging as the choice destination of the corporate world, MDI provides the added advantage to its community and the corporate world.

  • RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University

    Location: Delhi / NCR

    Contact No.: +91 120 667 3000 +91-9958474445 or +91-8130654445

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    Address: RICS School of Built Environment Block - F2, Fifth Floor Amity University Sector - 125 Noida 201313 (UP) INDIA

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    India`s first School of Built Environment - led by the industry, for the industry

    RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University has been set up to serve as a modern world class institution delivering quality education for aspiring professionals in built environment. The School - an industry led academic institution has been set up after a strong call from the industry and is supported by leading firms as well as the Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India.

    About RICS - RICS is the world`s leading self-regulatory professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property, construction and associated environment issues. RICS is also a global accrediting body for over 600 built environment courses of reputed academic institutions across the world.

    About Amity University - Established over 21 years ago, Amity is India`s leading education group wherein 1,00,000 students are pursuing over 240 programs from nursery to Ph.D. in 2 Universities, 17 Pre-schools & Schools and 150+ institutions - thus offering all the advantages of an established group with rich experience.

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    Location: Pune

    Contact No.: +91 20 22934304 / 05

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    Address: Symbiosis International University Symbiosis Infotech Campus, Plot No. 15, Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, MIDC, Hinjewadi, Pune-411057 INDIA

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    Established in 1993, Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development started its functioning as an institute specialized in Human Resource Development from Atur Centre in Model colony, Pune. Under the guidance of founder Director Prof M S Pillai, SCMHRD was one of the fastest B-Schools to be counted amongst the top 20 Management schools in India.

    The institute has a history of producing managers who can lead, persevere and continuously raise the bar of management performance.

    Coinciding with its growth as a B-School, was the relocation of its campus to Hinjewadi, Phase 1, Pune. Set amidst the corporates of the IT Park, SCMHRD has had a record of nurturing students who have proven themselves, not only on a national level, but also on the international stage.

    In 2006, SCMHRD came under the ambit of Symbiosis International University and started to offer an MBA degree. After 20 years of operations, the institute is now well known for imparting management education in all the fields like finance, marketing, operations and not just HR.


    Location: Delhi / NCR

    Contact No.: +91 11 71800222 (25 lines)

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    Address: Plot No. 10 Institutional Area Vasant Kunj New Delhi - 110 070 / India

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    TERI University`s roots can be traced back to 1998, when TERI School of Advanced Studies was established. The School was subsequently renamed as the TERI University in October 2006. TERI University was conceived to cater to the need of disseminating the vast reservoir of knowledge created by TERI, a not for profit, independent research institute recognized globally for its contribution to scientific and policy research in the realms of energy, environment, and sustainable development.

    The genesis of TERI University is rooted in the comprehensive research, consultancy and outreach activities of TERI. The relationship with TERI has propelled and influenced the evolution of the University`s academic units. This relationship is enshrined in a memorandum of understanding between the University and TERI, wherein the two have agreed on collaborative research and programmes, joint studies and mutual support for seminars, symposia and conferences.

    This vision was further strengthened in 1999 when the University was granted Deemed to be University status by the University Grants Commission and notified vide Ministry of Human Resources Development, Department of Education, Government of India, notification no. F 9/19/95-U-3 dated October 5, 1999.

    Since its inception, the University offers not just world-class education, but also an environment that enables its students to develop fresh perspectives on their subjects of study. This includes regular interactions with researchers, scientists and academicians. The University`s first convocation was held on 16 October 2006, where 8 doctoral and 36 master`s degrees were awarded. Mr Nandan Nilekani, CEO and MD, Infosys Technologies, delivered the convocation address, stressing on sustainable development and incorporation of related concepts in higher education.

    Before moving into the Vasant Kunj campus, the University was housed in Darbari Seth Block of India Habitat Centre from 1998 to 2008. In 2008, TERI University started functioning from the new `green campus`, located in Vasant Kunj- a prestigious institutional area in New Delhi. However, it continues to share the rich and diverse resources of TERI in terms of knowledge and expertise. The new campus has been planned to provide a setting that enhances learning, while simultaneously showcasing the concept of modern green buildings.

    Giving an importance to international perspectives in its programmes, TERI University has entered into memorandums of understanding with several international universities aimed at facilitating mutually beneficial exchange of students, faculty, knowledge, resources and ideas.

    In 2007, the University launched an academic exchange programme with Yale University (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies) with support from the V K Rasmussen Foundation. Subsequently, in 2008, the University launched another academic exchange programme with Freie University of Berlin, Germany, with support from DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service).

    In 2009, four scholarship programmes were set up for students in various programmes at the TERI University, funded by Sindicatum Climate Change Foundation, HSBC, Deutsche Bank and IOCL (IndianOil Corporation Ltd.), benefiting 16 students till now.

    From launching the first doctoral programme in 2001 with 13 students and master`s programmes in 2003 with 19 students, to 93 doctoral students and 518 master`s students on the rolls in the 2010 academic year, the University has come to stand for excellence and quality within a remarkably short span of time. Over this period of time, the University has grown to offer a wide range of academic programmes related to sustainable development.


    Location: Delhi / NCR

    Contact No.: 1800-102-8737, 011- 41730151/52/53

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    Address: Campus Address: Energy Acres, P.O. Bidholi via-Prem Nagar, Dehradun-248007 Enrolments office: UPES, 210, 2nd Floor, Okhla Phase-3, New Delhi- 110020

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    -- MBA (Human Resources / Marketing / Financial & Accounting / Operations Management)

    -- Starting academic year 2016, UPES and IBM are collaborating on an academic initiative that will provide Business Analytics training to MBA students, helping them develop the skills needed to become future business leaders. This initiative will feature a new course for MBA i.e. MBA BUSINESS ANALYTICS. The course curriculum will be co-developed by UPES and IBM. Students will also be exposed to IBM proprietary technologies, engineers, and data scientists.