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Management of non profit organisations, NGOs
The increasing use of management principles in NGOs is making it necessary to have human resource trained in social work and management. University of Mysore recognized Masters in Non Profit Management course in 2005 in answer to this growing need.
THE NON Profit Organization (NPO) Sector or the NGO sector as it is commonly known is one of the fastest growing sectors in the developing countries. Over the past two-three decades this sector has become a very strong partner in the socio economic development of India.
 
NGOs are valued as agents of transformation with both the government and the private sector recognizing their crucial role in developing the society. The NGOs have evolved from simple philanthropist ventures to highly ambitious social enterprises making use of management principles and techniques to systematically and scientifically work toward transformation.
 
According to Dr. M. A. Balsubramanya (CEO, SVYM), a lack of well qualified and trained human resource is diluting the contributions of this sector. Dearth of personnel having a combination of Social Work skills and Management skills is the greatest challenge faced by the NGOs today.
 
The MNPM (Masters in Non Profit Management) course started by Vivekananda Institute of Leadership development (VILD) in 2005 in affiliation with the University of Mysore is an effort to find a solution to the need for personnel with a combination of management and social work knowledge and skills.
 
VILD is a unit of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), which is involved in tribal and rural development. The MNPM course is a true marriage of the MSW and the MBA. A student completing this course will be able to lead and manage social development initiatives. The true essence of the course lies in its ethos which is based on the philosophy and teachings of Swami Vivekananda.
 
Equal focus is given on knowledge and practice. Students have to undergo NGO apprenticeship during the 2nd and 3rd semester and have NGO observation visits every week. Project work is compulsory during the fourth semester. Additional input classes are held for subjects not covered in the syllabus. The medium of instruction is English. An E+ class which aims at developing English language skills, communication skills and enhances the personality of the students is held for an hour everyday.
 
Most of the students joining this course have a keen interest in contributing to various development issues. A student currently enrolled on the course said, “This course is all inclusive. It combines theory with practice. Many experts are invited as guest faculty and hence every effort is made to ensure that we get the right inputs.” Another student was happy that job assistance is provided at the end of the course. Ample opportunities are available to students after they pass out.
They can seek employment in the NGOs, NPOs, funding agencies, and charitable trusts, development projects run by the government, academic institutions, and industries. With corporate social responsibility (CSR) becoming mandatory, the gates of the corporate world have opened up. A student who passed out recently feels that this course has been very useful. He is currently working in an organization working on agricultural issues. “I provide innovative ideas to tackle various farmer related problems. The Marketing Management subject has helped me in understanding the market, in marketing of various agricultural products.
 
Various social work concepts have helped me understand the farmer’s perspective,” says he. Three batches (24 students) have successfully completed the course and received degree certificates from the University of Mysore.

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