Tata-Dhan Academy: PDM


Programme in Development Management

Towards a new life

By Shanti Gupta

I have now spent four months with Tata-Dhan Academy. During this time, I got a number of opportunities to learn new things in formal classes as well as in “informal” classes. This is the first time I learned a new way of study. The curriculum of the Academy has given me many opportunities to learn from every second that I am spending here.

There were a number of subjects in my first term. From the very first day, every faculty told us that every subject is interrelated and we can relate one subject from other for instance BOD (Basics of development) to LH (Livelihood) and livelihood to SEED (Social environment, change and its effect on development). Here, I have named only three subjects, but the remaining subjects are similarly interrelated.

I like the differing pedagogy of every subject. Now, having completed my first term at the Academy, I am able to say that Academy has a unique method to induct and groom young graduates like me. The development sector is really a challenging sector. All faculties have a unique method to feel the pulse of students, and according to that, the faculty provides opportunities to enhance my knowledge. We often have to study in groups, and I have found that groups are very helpful to get more knowledge within a short period of time. I am from a mathematics background, so it was not easy for me to understand all subjects, but the faculty as well as my classmates have helped me to learn all I needed to during the classroom sessions.

Now, I have successfully completed the first term of the PDM (Programme in Development Management). The last part of the first term is a one-month fieldwork segment. This fieldwork segment gave me the development perspective to work for marginalized sections of society. Before the first fieldwork segment, all of my knowledge application was virtual; now, I am able to start to apply what I have learned in the classroom to the field in a very scientific and systematic manner. I also now have a much better understanding of the field and people.


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3 Responses

  1. rajesh kumar says:

    it’s great to hear the changing perspectives from the students of TDA, this will add intensity to your conviction and help in serving the community.
    it’s a request to all TDAites out there to please sharpen your analytical ability, be comfortable in playing with data.

    rajesh kumar
    PDM 7

    • Ananda Mahto says:


      Good to hear from you.

      Indeed, it seems like today’s world is becoming increasingly data-oriented. The good news is that there is also a lot of good quality secondary data available to use.

      Perhaps you can share some of the specific analytical skills you find yourself using regularly in your work. Are there any statistical methods you find more useful? Are there any good data sources that you’ve found?

    • Shanti says:

      Thanks for your suggestion, after getting development perspective in first term, I am ready to sharpen my analytical ability. Being in Tata-Dhan Academy I am getting a number of opportunity to strengthen analytical ability as well as development perspective to serve community. share your some of the experience that will help us in playing data.

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