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This month's archival snippet throws the spotlight on the PGP course listings of the past. As the document of the month, we attach the curriculum of the fifth PGP batch, 1968-69 and 1969-70.
Some courses like WAC have persisted all through. Some have dropped out. Though the first year then had only 10 courses, eight of these were spread over two or three terms. Roman numerals would be suffixed to the course title to indicate the term-wise sequencing; for instance, Finance would have had Finance-I and Finance-II, each taught by one or more faculty members. Sessions ran for 70 minutes then, compared to 75 minutes now but the total classroom contact-hours in the first year was higher back then, than now!
The 10 courses back then were equivalent to 642 70-minute sessions, or to use the current 75-minute yardstick, 599 sessions. Note that the actual number attended then, as now, would have been less since in some courses like the two-term Written Analysis and Communication (WAC), students got credit for 70 sessions, whereas the actual classroom sessions they attended would have been about a fourth of that number. At present, the first-year student load is 476 classroom sessions (23.8 credits, each equivalent to 20 75-minute sessions), with the actual number attended being slightly less than this. The number of classroom sessions may have been larger then, but the examination load was certainly lighter-the concept of a 0.25 or 0.50 credit course was virtually non-existent.
IIMA now offers well over a hundred courses and a wide range of electives. But we started out only with this handful.
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