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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.

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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.

Placements:

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!

  • ERA BUSINESS SCHOOL

    Location: Delhi / NCR

    Contact No.: 011-46451000, 9560790900-04

    Email ID: admissions@ebs.ac.in

    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.

  • GREAT LAKES INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT CHENNAI

    Location: Chennai

    Contact No.: +91-44-30809017/ 92078963962, 044-30809000, 044-43123126/27/28/29

    Email ID: admissions@greatlakes.edu.in

    Address: Manamai Village, ECR Road, Tamilnadu - 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.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.

    The full-time programs feature innovative exercises like Empirical Study as a part of which, every student does a real life study under the guidance of the best people from the industry and academics and Karma-Yoga, a Leadership Experiential Project which helps students connect with ground realities of rural India and experientially learn transformational leadership.

    Great Lakes is where `the Art of leadership blends with the science of management` to offer a learning environment that brings out the very best in you. It is that place where imagination is not limited by boundaries, where every thought is taken to its logical conclusion, where you are free to roam the skies of possibilities and go beyond every definition.

    About the Program

    Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM 2014-16]
    Two year full time management program with focus on Emerging Economies.For fresh graduates with 0-2 years of experience

  • MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (MDI), GURGAON

    Location: Gurgaon

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

    Email ID: admissions@mdi.ac.in

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

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    MDI is one of the top B-Schools of the country. The institute integrates knowledge, research, industry experience and international exposure to offer comprehensive management programmes. MDI has the distinction of being the first internationally accredited Indian B-School. It was accredited by South Asian Quality Systems (SAQS) in 2005. The long-term Education Programmes are accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA), U.K.

    The PG Programmes in Management offered by MDI are recognized and accredited by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) New Delhi. Its PGPM has been awarded A Grade by the National Board of Accreditation of All India Council for Technical Education. Various surveys have consistently ranked MDI amongst the top B-Schools of the country.

    The Programmes include Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM), Post Graduate Programme in Human Resource Management (PGP-HRM), Post Graduate Programme in International Management (PGP-IM), National Management Programme (NMP), Post Graduate Programme in Energy Management (PGP-EM), Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy & Management (PGP-PPM), Post Graduate Programme in Management (Part-Time) and Doctoral level Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) and Executive Fellow Programme in Management (EFPM).

    MDI offers training and consulting services in the different functional areas of management. The driving force in MDI is a dedicated team of distinguished faculty, each of whom has extensive experience and expertise in their fields. Over the years, there has been distinctive shift in emphasis from functional domains to cross-functional domains. The Institute is recognized by the industry (private and public), the Government (Central and State) and NGOs as an institution which provides quality services to its clients.

  • RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University

    Location: Delhi / NCR

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

    Email ID: ricssbe@rics.org

    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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  • SYMBIOSIS CENTRE FOR MANAGEMENT AND HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT, PUNE

    Location: Pune

    Contact No.: +91 20 22934304 / 05

    Email ID: admissions@scmhrd.edu

    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.

  • PANDIT DEENDAYAL PETROLEUM UNIVERSITY GUJARAT

    Location: Gujarat - Other

    Contact No.: 91 79 23275020,91 79 23275030

    Email ID: Not Available

    Address: Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Raisan Village, District-Gandhinagar, Pincode-382 007. Gujarat, India

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    Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) was established by GERMI as a Private University through the State Act enacted on 4th April, 2007. School of Petroleum Management under Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University on 26th October, 2007. First batch of B.Tech (Petroleum Technology) admitted at School of Petroleum Technology on 16th August, 2007. School of Petroleum Management-Offers MBA, Executive MBA, Ph.D programmes with a focus on Oil & Gas Sector.
  • College Of Management & Economics Studies, University of Petroleum Energy Studies, Dehradun

    Location: Delhi / NCR

    Contact No.: 09557899090, 08410080040, 1800-102-8737, 011- 41730151/52/53 ext. 203

    Email ID: skohli@upes.ac.in

    Address: Campus Address: Energy Acres, P.O. Bidholi via-Prem Nagar, Dehradun-248007
    Enrolments office: PHD House, 3rd Floor, 4/2 Siri Institutional Area, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi - 10016

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    University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES) is India`s and Pan Asia`s first Energy & Core Sector University. UGC approved and NAAC accredited, UPES offers 75 management, engineering & law programs to more than 6200 students in the high growth sectors. Recently honored as "Outstanding Petroleum University" at Houston, USA, this statutory University was established in 2003 through an Act (UPES Act, 2003) of the State Legislature of Uttarakhand. Its picturesque 30-acre spacious Campus in Dehradun provides congenial environment for a healthy academic, professional and personal growth. Within a decade, UPES has emerged as a world-class institution; dedicated to developing super-specialized, ready to deploy managers and engineers for Industry. The University believes in grooming overall personality of students to become industry ready professionals in specific domains.

    UPES CoMES MBA Program Offerings

    UPES offers 8 specialized MBA programs in the high growth sectors of Power, Energy Trading, Infrastructure, Aviation, Port & Shipping, Business Analytics and International Business.

    MBA Programs offered at UPES are as follows:

    MBA Energy Trading

    Masters in Energy Economics

    MBA Port & Shipping

    MBA Aviation Management

    MBA Power Management

    MBA Infrastructure Management

    MBA International Business

    MBA Business Analytics

    Candidates can apply for UPES MBA programs through

    National Level Tests (CAT/MAT/GMAT/CMAT)

    For MBA Power Management / Energy Trading / International Business : Students having minimum CAT/XAT score of 75 percentile or MAT score of 80 Percentile will be called directly for Group Discussion & Interview. Valid CMAT 2014 scores will also be accepted.

    For MBA Port & Shipping Management / Aviation Management / Infrastructure Management/ Business Analytics :Students having minimum CAT/XAT score of 70 Percentile or MAT score of 75 Percentile will be directly for Group Discussion & Interview. Valid CMAT 2014 scores will also be accepted.

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    Candidates are requested to bring all original documents (Class 10th, 12, & Graduation) for the verification process along with Rs.1750 in cash for prospectus and application form along with one passport size photograph.