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Professional Diploma programme in Public Procurement - Powered by Charter for Public Procurement Studies

Assam Institute of Management

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Assam Institute of Management Assam Institute of Management
About the institute

Established in 1988 by the Government of Assam to promote professional management in Northeast India, the Institute has been conducting Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) Programme since 1994.

Several diagnostic studies were conducted by the State Government, which identified management inefficiency and dearth of professionally trained management personnel as the main reason for the underperformance of the State Level Public Enterprises and various government sponsored projects. In that context, the Government of Assam promoted the Assam Institute of Management as an autonomous institute under the Public Enterprises Department.

In 1997, the Government of Assam changed the Institute’s reporting department by a Cabinet Resolution under its Administrative Reforms Programme. Considering the contribution of the Institute in management education, the Government of Assam has restructured and broadened the Governing Body of the Institute and vide a circular in September, 2008, the Institute has been brought under the Directorate of Technical Education of Government of Assam. The PGDM Programme of the Institute has been structured on trimester pattern and has been renewed at the national level by CRISIL (A widely reputed international level rating agency) and IIM, Calcutta. 

Our Aim

AIM Vision
Management education, training and development have been regarded as one of the basic human development requirements in the development process of any region. It is believed that inadequate manpower development of the North East Region in the field of Management has been the cause of its relative underdevelopment. The Vision for AIM is to develop appropriate human capital infrastructure to meet the growing developmental needs of the strategically located and resource-rich North Eastern Region of India.

AIM Mission
The mission of the Assam Institute of Management is to become a CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE by carrying out teaching, training, research, consultancy and networking in the field of Management as also in allied disciplines in the most effective manner.

AIM Objectives
The aim and objectives of the Assam Institute of Management, laid down to work towards this mission, are

  • To provide for and promote education and training in various fields of management and allied disciplines
  • To assist organisations in problem-solving and improving their functioning
  • To carry out conceptual and applied research in fields relevant to regional development; and
  • To interact with industries and institutions to further the management movement and thus facilitate regional development.

AIM accomplishments so far
A true Institute of management has to not only provide management education, but also carry out research, undertake consultancy works and conduct management development and training programmes. AIM has excelled in all these areas. Since its inception, AIM has pioneered management education and executive development programmes in North-East. The Institute has assisted many government and semi- government organisations through management consultancies and studies. The institute has conducted more than 300 Management Development Programmes with participants from State and Central Government Departments and Undertakings as well as private sector organisations. Through the flagship 2-year Post- graduate Programme, the institute has made significant contributions to the development of human infrastructure of the region. Today, AIM graduates are found in various parts of India as well as the Globe, working in organisations of repute. AIM faculty has also won national recognition in the field of research. With its multifarious activities, AIM has been able to carve a niche for itself in the national management scenario. However, there is a long way to go and AIM is fully aware of the challenges ahead.

Awards & Achievements

CRISIL Grading for the flagship PGDM programme of the Institute (National Level A and State Level A***)

Director’s Message

NN SarmaNN Sarma
Director – AIM

Procurement holds tremendous importance now-a-days. Sound procurement practices are very important for good governance. It ensures reduction in costs and helps in producing timely results. Poor practices of procurement are often attributed to delays in execution, corruption and overall inefficiency in the functioning of government and government sponsored projects. Sound practices need to be followed and procurement function should be handled well. To that extent there should be some measures to increase the capacity of procurement practitioners to plan, manage and monitor the procurement processes effectively. A public procurement system can be said to be well functioning if it achieves the objectives of transparency, competition, economy and efficiency, fairness and accountability. The procurement practitioners need to have clarity on functional responsibilities and accountabilities. They need to have knowledge for preparation of bid documents, awarding contracts and application of procurement rules.

It is essential to know how different types of procurement are supposed to be carried out in respect of goods, works and services. The management of public utilities, award of contracts for turnkey projects, role of information technology and e-procurement etc. are interesting areas of study. In addition to these, knowledge of official rules and legal procedures are also very important. Poor dissemination of rules, inadequate training of functionaries, lack of enforcement of provisions, failing to maintain records in the desired manner are some of the problems identified in procurement management.

In the current context, there exists serious deficiencies as far as capacity of procurement staff is concerned. Well educated procurement staff is quite essential to ensure proper application of the procurement system.

With the existing training infrastructure, imparting procurement education to the grass root level procurement functionaries (for example procurement practitioners in a Municipality Office of a remote town in North East India) is a big problem. This needs to be handled carefully.

Under the aegis of the World Bank, a Professional Diploma in Public Procurement has been designed so as to equip the procurement practitioners to take care of the deficiencies and thereby contributing towards developing procurement efficiency. The modular coverage of the programme and the reading materials as prepared will address the knowledge gap and will equip the participants with relevant domain knowledge.

It is indeed a pleasure for us at Assam Institute of Management to be a part of this noble endeavour of the World Bank and the Charter created for this purpose. The Institute will anticipate and undertake all possible measures to help the participants by providing the supplementary resources and guidance as and when called for. The vision of our Institute is to develop appropriate human capital infrastructure to meet the growing developmental needs of the strategically located and resource-rich North Eastern Region of India.

We wish the participants and the prospective participants an enjoyable and practically relevant learning experience.

Contact Details

Phone: 0361-2654815, Fax: 0361-2654813
Mail id: mail@aimguwahati.edu.in

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