MBA: A Master in Business Administration (MBA) is a degree course offered by the colleges affiliated to the universities. So, only universities can offer MBA programs.
PGDM: A Post Graduate Diploma in Management is a diploma course offered by the institutes that are recognized by the AICTE and which are autonomous and not affiliated to any university. However, accreditation by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) makes an institute's PGDM course equivalent to an MBA.
Difference between the curriculum:
Although there are similarities between the curriculum of both, differences exist as well. A student pursuing an MBA will be studying more of the theoretical aspects of management. An MBA institute will be following a fixed curriculum as it will be based on the university guidelines.
A student pursuing a PGDM course will be gaining knowledge regarding building soft skills and the program is more industry-oriented. An autonomous institute does not have to follow university standards, so it is free to change its curriculum according to industry standards and change in the business environment. The course will prepare you for a senior-level position in a company.
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