MBA (Agribusiness Management)

About the Course:

Agribusiness is one of the major generators of employment in India and worldwide. Agribusiness includes all the activities that take place from the farm to the final consumers. It covers the agri. inputs, production, processing, distribution logistics and marketing all the agricultural products. With liberalisation and globalisation, tremendous amount of opportunities have been created in this sector.

The agribusiness sector in India today lacks the trained and skilled managerial professionals to manage the current challenges and take it to greater heights. With an aim to prepare qualified and well trained professionals to cater to various needs of the agribusiness sector, our school has started a 2 year full time MBA Agribusiness Management programme from the 2019 academic session. The aim of the programme is to provide fundamental and analytical knowledge and the necessary skills to prepare better quality managers to serve the sector to harness its full potential.

Academics:

The curriculum for the programme includes compulsory courses, industry attachment and projects. The students will have to go through a rigorous curriculum which will help them to develop adequate managerial skills appropriate for the agribusiness sector. The programme has 4 semesters and includes an 8 week summer training programme after the completion of the second semester. There are a total of 84 credits in the entire course.  Out of these, 10 credits are offered through 2 field segments and 4 credits through live projects and the rest in the form of compulsory classroom courses.

Placements opportunities

The course will have direct relevance to the following sectors and sub sectors:

Agri. Input Industry

  • Seeds
  • Fertiliser
  • Agrochemicals
  • Farm machinery and Equipments
  •  Feed
    • Cattle Feed
    • Poultry Feed
    • Aqua Feed

Food Processing Industry

  • Dairy
  • Fruit and Vegetable processing
  • Chicken & Meat Processing

Retail Industry
Development Sector
Cooperatives and FPOs
E-Commerce

Financial Services

  •  Private Sector Banks
  • Public Sector Banks
  • Small Finance Banks
  • NBFCs working in Agri. and Rural Sector
  • Micro Finance Institutions

Agri. Commodity Trading Sector
Agri. Warehousing Sector
Agri. Export Houses

Programme Design

The curriculum for the programme includes compulsory courses, industry attachment and projects. The students will have to go through a rigorous curriculum which will help them to develop adequate managerial skills appropriate for the agribusiness sector. The programme has 4 semesters and includes an 8 week summer training programme after the completion of the second semester. There are a total of 84 credits in the entire course.  Out of these, 10 credits are offered through 2 field segments and 4 credits through live projects and the rest in the form of compulsory classroom courses.

Semester I

  • Micro Economic Analysis
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Rural Production and Livelihoods
  • Quantitative Techniques
  • Marketing Management
  • Development Perspectives
  • Managerial Analysis and Communication
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Basics of Agriculture for Managers

Rural Immersion Programme

Semester II

  • Macro Economic Analysis
  • Sales and Distribution Management
  • Rural Advertising and Product Management
  • Business Research Methods
  • Agri-Input Marketing
  • Agri-Finance and Commercial Banking
  • Procurement and Supply Chain Management
  • ICT in Agriculture and E-Business
  • Finance Management
  • Live Project-I

Summer Internship

Semester III

  • Management of Agricultural Value Chain
  • Strategic Management
  • Project Management
  • Management of Co-operatives & FPOs
  • Micro Finance
  • Agri Warehousing and Collateral Management
  • Management of Food Processing Industries
  • Emerging Trends and Policies in Agriculture
  • Live Project-II

Semester IV

  • Commodity Trading and Derivatives
  • Legal Environment and Business Ethics
  • International Trade in Agriculture
  • Agriculture Entrepreneurship Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Climate Change and Agriculture

Internship

Summer internship

The focus of Summer Internship component is to partner with all our partners and enterprises that have any role in the Agri-business sector. The Internship is planned to be a problem solving segment where students will apply their analytical and decision making skills on specific project based problems/challenge assigned by organizations engaged in various aspects of Agri. business and development.

The students will work under active guidance of experienced senior managers supported by faculty guides from KSRM to help them to make decisions under real & more demanding situations.

Scope of Summer Internship:

 The scope of Internship includes project(s) on problems/issues/situation which require better understanding, insights and analytical abilities for their resolution.

Summer Internship (SI) Deliverables:

During the course of SI students are expected to rigorously research the problem, analyze data, and produce outputs in terms of solutions in line with the objectives of the projects. After the completion of SI field work the students are expected to make presentation of their project to host organization and submit the draft reports.

The study findings are again presented in SI seminars conducted at KSRM under the supervision of internal faculty and external examiner.  Based on the suggestions received during the seminars and comments of the faculty guides, the draft reports are revised and a copy each is submitted to school and the host organisation. The students are evaluated for their projects independently by the host organization and KSRM.