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Training Programs

The policy of the NCCT is to arrange for organisation of training programmes in accordance with the actual requirements of the user organisations. Yearly calendar of training programmes is prepared by each RICM/ICM well in advance and placed before the Programme Advisory Committee headed by the Registrar of Cooperative Societies of concerned state in case of VAMNICOM, the programme Advisory Committee is headed by the Director, VAMNICOM. The Management Committee of each Institute approves the calendar of programmes. The Principals’ Conference organised by NCCT from time to time also provides necessary input to shape the programmes according to the needs of user organisations.


VAMNICOM, Pune is a premier management institute for the cooperative sector. It stirves to facilitate the development of human resources in the cooperative sector in India. The following programmes are conducted by VAMNICOM.


Two years Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Agri-Business) was introduced in the year 1993-94. The objective of the Course is to equip the participants with necessary knowledge, skills and attitude required to manage a cooperative enterprise. All India Council for Technical Education has recognized this Diploma. It also enjoys accredition from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India. The PGDM Programme of the National Institute has been re-structured during the year 2004-2005 in consultation with Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) to align with the current & future requirements of the Cooperatives and the Industries.


36 weeks Diploma Course Cooperative Business Management (DCBM) was introduced in the Institute since inception. The course has been designed for in-service senior level personnel working in cooperative organisations and departments. This Diploma Programme is recognized by the Ministry of Education, Govt. of India, for recruitment to senior positions.

Management Development Programmes

A variety of Management Development Programmes and seminars for different sectors like, Cooperative Law, Marketing, Credit, Banking, Dairy, Agriculture, IT etc. and on current issues such as global warming, energy conservation, Corporate governance, IT security, micro finance, emerging issues in leadership, E-business etc. are organised by the Institute. It also organizes faculty development programmes for the faculty of RICMs/ICMs.

Research and Consultancy

The VAMNICOM is a major center for research and it also provides consultancy services to the users. It is recognized by different universities for undertaking research in various aspects of Management. The research and consultancy services of VAMNICOM are availed by Planning Commission, State Government & Member of Cooperative organizations.


The training plans of the Council are also implemented through Five Regional Institutes of Cooperative Management at Bangalore, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar, Kalyani and Patna and fourteen Institutes of Cooperative Management located in other states of the country. Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Kerala have two Institutes each. The Regional Institute, Chandigarh caters to the training needs of the cooperative departments and organisations in Chandigarh, Punjab, J&K, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh. All RICMs/ICMs conduct at least one Higher Diploma in Cooperative Management, sectoral diploma programmes and various management development programmes every year.

Higher Diploma in Cooperative Management (HDCM).

Higher Diploma in Cooperative Management is organised on regular basis by each RICM/ICM.

Higher Diploma in Cooperative Management (Correspondence)

For the benefit of such cooperative institutions/departments, which are not in a position to sponsor candidates to regular HDCM course due to shortage of manpower at their disposal, the HDCM (Correspondence) course was introduced at RICM, Chandigarh and ICM, Dehradun, Nagpur and Pune.

Sectoral Diploma and Short Term Programmes.

In addition to the Higher Diploma in Cooperative Management, RICMs/ICMs also organise Sectoral Diploma Programmes to meet the needs of various sectors of the cooperative movement. These sectoral diploma programmes are organised in the area of Cooperative Banking, Urban Cooperative Banking, Agriculture Rural Development Banking (A.R.D.B), Cooperative Marketing, Cooperative Audit, Consumer Cooperative, Industrial Cooperative, Handloom Cooperative, Cooperative Marketing & Processing, and Computer etc.

Short Term Programmes – The Institutes also organize Short Term Programmes for different functionaries covering every sector of the cooperative movement. The programmes include: – General Cooperative Management, Cooperative Credit and Banking, Urban Cooperative Banking, Long Term Finance, Cooperative Marketing and Processing, Consumer Cooperative Management, Industrial Cooperative Management, Handloom Cooperatives Management, Cooperative Accounts and Audit Cooperative Law and Allied Laws, Cooperative Education and Training, etc. Other areas include, Dairy, Leadership Development, Housing, LAMPS/ PACS, Women Cooperatives, Agriculture Insurance, Recovery Management, Management of Self Help Groups, Labour Cooperatives, Agri-Clinic and Agri-Business, Agricultural Extension, Arbitration and Liquidation, Project Appraisal, Legal Aspects, Horticulture Cooperatives, Sugarcane Cooperatives, irrigation Cooperatives, Investment Portfolios Management, IT applications, Motivation, Behavior Modification, Personality Development, Managerial Excellence, Capacity Building Programme.

Management Training for Industrial Cooperatives.

The scheme for the management training for the personnel of industrial cooperatives was financed by the Ministry of Industry, Department of ARI/SSI. The basic objective of the scheme is to train the personnel of industrial cooperatives so that they can run the Industrial Cooperatives as viable enterprises. The Ministry of Industries had discontinued funding for the Industrial Schemes in the recent years. However, the RICMs/ICMs are conducting the programme on Industrial Cooperative Management as per demand from the user organizations.

Management Training for Handloom Cooperatives

The scheme for training of personnel in management of handloom cooperatives was introduced in 1979, financed by the Ministry of Textile, Govt. of India. As such the Diploma programme in Handloom Cooperative Management of 12 weeks duration is targeted to train secretaries and managers of primary handloom cooperatives, functional managers and personnel in supervising cadres in State and Central Handloom Societies as well as concerned persons in cooperation and other related departments. The Ministry of Textiles, Government of India had discontinued the funding. However, the RICMs/ICMs are conducting the programme on Cooperative Management as per demand from the user organizations.

Computer Centre

Each RICM/ICM has well equipped computer center, which is used to organise Diploma and short term training programmes in computer applications for the personnel working in the cooperative sector. The computer centres are also utilised for teaching the subject of MIS (Computer) in the Higher Diploma in Cooperative Management and other Sectoral Diploma Programmes. Apart from the above computer center is also utilized for the professional programmes like MBA, PGDM and MCA etc.

Collaboration with National/International Organisations

To ensure high standards in cooperative training, the Council collaborate with national and international organisations concerned for Human Resource Development.

Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management and RICMs/ICMs organised various training programmes in collaboration with different International/National level cooperative organisations such as ILO, NICD, Polgola (Sri Lanka) SHDI, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) IFFCO, KRIBHCO, NCCE, NCUI, NDDB, NFLC, FISHCOFED, IIFB, BIRD, NABARD, IFFDC, NIAM, MANAGE, NAFCUB etc.. In addition to this, collaborations are also made with concerned State Govt. Departments/State/Distt. Cooperative Federation etc.

Programmes organised in North-East Region and Sikkim

Government of India is giving special emphasis on speedy socio-economic development of North- Eastern states and Sikkim. A Non-lapsable pool of central resources has been created by the Ministry of Finance for funding specific projects of these states and most of the ministries/departments of Government of India have been asked to earmark 10% of their budget allocations for specific programmes. A package of schemes/programmes was announced in the Conference of Governers and Chief Ministers of North-Eastern States on 21st and 22nd January, 2001. Two Institutes of Cooperative Management at Guwahati & Imphal are functioning to cater to the training needs of the whole of North-Eastern Region. A Cell headed by Joint Director has been established in NCCT Headquarter to monitor the physical and financial progress in North-Eastern states.

The Training Programmes conducted in NER include vocational programmes, such as tailoring, embroidery and knitting for women Self Help Groups. Several other short term programmes on health nutrition, fruits and vegetable preservation, leadership development programme, BDP, AIDS awareness programmes etc.

Particulars Duration
Diploma Course in Cooperative Business Management (DCBM) 36 weeks in VAMNICOM, Pune
Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) 2 years in VAMNICOM, Pune, RICM, Chandigarh & RICM, Gandhinagar.
Master in Business Administration RICMs/ICMs Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Dehradun, Lucknow, Kannur, Thiruvananthapuram, Madurai & Chennai.
Master in Computer Application (MCA) RICM, Bangalore
Higher Diploma in cooperative Management (HDCM) 26/36/52 weeks – All RICMs/ICMs
Sectoral Diploma Programmes 10-12 weeks – RICMs/ICMs

Seminar, Workshop & Consultancy

Large numbers of Workshops, Seminars are organized by these institutions on current topics. Besides, programmes are organized on the basis of requirement of user organizations. The RICMs and ICMs conduct research activities and also provides consultancy services to user cooperative organizations.