Post Graduate Diploma in Management - Business Entrepreneurship

  • Approved by All India Council for Technical Education (Certificate)
  • Association of Indian Universities(Certificate)
  • Accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA) (Certificate)
  • Awarded USASBE Outstanding Entrepreneurship Program Abroad Award 2014 (Category)

The PGDM–BE two-year, full-time, residential programme at the EDI, now in its twentieth batch of delivering entrepreneurship education, has been designed specifically for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial mangers to encourage critical and lateral thinking, nurture their ambitions, and enable new ventures through an academically rigorous, directly relevant and highly practical learning experience.

Entrepreneurship Process at EDI

All individuals who enroll themselves into EDI go through the complete process of sharpening their entrepreneurial mind set by boosting their confidence. They are taught to identify opportunities and check on its feasibility. Through constant mentoring and guidance the students then prepare their business plan and finally they are given the platform to pitch their ideas to banks and investors, so that they can launch their own venture.

Who Should Join EDI?

Who is it for?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship is open to all individuals who are either considering embarking on an entrepreneurial career pathway or have taken the first steps of their entrepreneurial journey. This may involve forming a business based around new technology or service, developing an agricultural set up, pursuing an opportunity in the arts or creative media, or taking an innovation forward within a larger or more established organisation. Also individuals who want to scale their family business to new heights can enroll for the course.

  • An entrepreneurial individual who wishes to advance his/her ambitions, or aspiring to start or grow a venture.
  • A recent graduate who wants to acquire the knowledge, skills and aptitudes to facilitate move from the academic to business world by acquiring an entrepreneurial perspective.
  • A ward who wants to be the potential successor of their existing family business.
  • An individual who wants to enhance his career with a distinct personal and competitive advantage.
  • A person who has an idea that might be developed for licensing, commercialization, starting a business or a venture.
  • An individual who is looking for short term employment before starting his business.

Students are encouraged to bring their own business ideas with them to the programme, along with a clear ambition and desire to take them forward as an Enterprise Project. This will form a core part of an effective learning experience by providing a clear and meaningful focus for written assessments and presentations

Course Objectives

The objectives of this accelerated, rigorous and application-oriented course are to:

  • Impart comprehensive knowledge of an entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Develop first generation entrepreneur by building skills in initiating and growing an enterprise
  • Enable family business successor as change agent to encourage competitiveness and growth of business
  • Nurture intrapreneurial aspiration s and enhance compatible capabilities.

Learning Model

The PGDM- BE at EDI is designed to develop a strong base for entrepreneurial and management skills. These critical tools will help the participants face any challenge in their career.

EDI places a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship as a means to creating value for organizations and the development of leadership competencies. The methodology adopted at EDI varies according to various subject's objectives and the skills, attitudes and behavioral patterns to be fostered. Though classroom theory is important for acquiring management knowledge but there is no substitute for practice in order to ingrain the entrepreneurial decision making skills. To this end, the pedagogy includes case study discussions, simulation games, teamwork, tutorials and role-play exercises, among other activities. The students are given opportunities to interact, challenge points of view and discuss business situations on an academic platform. One of our key strengths is the degree of personalized mentor provided to each participant.

The course is offered through six trimesters over the two years period. The course offers induction module, core courses, electives, audited courses, seminar courses, independent study and projects apart from summer internship at the end of Ist year.

Structure of Program


Before the commencement of the course , a 2 week orientation program is designed for the students which focuses at—

  • Entrepreneur Interactions and Learning
  • Entrepreneurial Career and Aspirations (Statement of Purpose)
  • Optional Preparatory Courses: Mathematics/ Computer Applications / English/ Business Basics
Core Courses

The curriculum provides a strong grounding in managerial fundamentals while highlighting the strategic role that entrepreneurial mindset plays in enhancing business performance and creating sustainable competitive advantage. Throughout the trimester, these courses are offered in core areas which are having relationship with real business issues through case studies and projects that cover different company stages, sizes, industry and international contexts. These courses mostly cover-

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Operations and Systems
  • Marketing management
  • General and Strategic management
  • Individual and Organisation behaviour
  • Business Economics and International Trade
  • Written analysis and Communication

Course Architecture

First Year Courses :

Trimester I
Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (3.0) Managerial Accounting and Control-I (3.0)
Business Economics (3.0) Management Concepts and Organization Behavior (3.0)
Marketing: A Primer for Entrepreneurs (3.0) Written Analysis and Communication (3.0)
Exploring Business Opportunities (1.5) Research Methodology (1.5)
Trimester II
Entrepreneurial Lab (3.0) Financial Management - I (3.0)
Human Resource Management (3.0) Managerial Accounting & Control - II (3.0)
Quantitative Techniques (3.0) Entrepreneurial Marketing (1.5)
Indian Economy: Government Policy and SMEs (1.5) Communication Skills for Entrepreneurial Leadership (1.5)
Industry Verticals (1.5)
Trimester III
Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (1.5) Doing Business with Government and Public Sector (1.5)
Financial Management –II (1.5) Enterprise Information System (3.0)
Operations Management (3.0) Legal Aspects of Business (3.0)
Understanding Family Business (3.0) Operations Research (1.5)
Industry Verticals (3.0)
Industry Verticals:

The Industry Verticals are designed to provide in-depth understanding of various sectors where the student want to associate in future. These first-year seminars are taught by EDI faculty in association with various industry experts and consultants. Seminar faculty often serves as informal mentors for their students long after the class has ended.

  1. Health Care
  2. Food and Agriculture
  3. Digital Media
  4. Sports and Event Management
  5. Travel and Tourism
  6. Logistics and Supply Chain
  7. Plastics and Chemicals
  8. Textiles and Garments
  9. Hospitality
  10. SME Consultancy
  11. Energy and Sustainability
  12. Materials and Manufacturing
  13. Automobiles and Ancilliaries
  14. Real Estate and Construction
  15. Business Analytics
  16. Financial Services
  17. Arts Crafts and Ethinicity
  18. Education and Training
  19. IT Enabled Services
  20. Imports and Exports

Second Year Courses :

Trimester IV
Strategic Management (1.5) Business Taxations (3.0)
Entrepreneurial Effectiveness (1.5) Stream Electives – to be selected from the list of Electives (15.0)
Trimester V
Project/Growth Feasibility - I (3.0) Stream Electives – to be selected from the list of Electives (9.0)
Functional Electives – to be selected from the list of Electives (9.0)
Trimester VI
Project/Growth Feasibility – II (1.5) Pitching and Venture Funding (1.5)
Functional Electives – to be selected from the list of Electives (12.0)

The elective stream builds on learnings from the core courses and helps the student to develop in-depth knowledge or expertise in specific areas. The variety of choices and combinations of specializations enables student to define his educational objectives as narrowly or broadly as he likes.

The Course offers dual electives in Entrepreneurship and Functional Areas:

Entrepreneurship Electives
  1. New Enterprise Creation (NEC):
    This electives provides knowledge and develops competencies to start and manage own business. It covers the process of identifying and quantifying market opportunities, then conceptualizing, planning, and starting a new enterprise. Intended for students who want to start their own business, further develop an existing business, be a member of a management team in a new enterprise, or better understand the entrepreneur and the entrepreneurial process. Students are guided to work on a detailed project report and emerge with a bankable business plan after completion of classroom training.
  2. Family Business Management (FBM):
    In a business environment characterized by intensified competition, family-owned companies face unique challenges. This electives aims at developing family business successors into enterprising and knowledgeable owners of the business of their predecessors. Issues, problems and concerns of family businesses are dealt with in great detail so as to enable the students to come out with an ambitious growth plan. Participants learn how to leverage the strengths of family business management and successfully implement practices that drive high performance, shareholder loyalty and healthy family relationships
New Enterprise Creation
Launching and Managing an Enterprise (3.0)
Project Formulation and Feasibility Analysis (3.0)
Buying an Existing Business (3.0)
New Enterprise Financing & Appraisal (3.0)
Strategic Management of Intellectual Property Rights (3.0)
Marketing Metrics and Analytics for Startups (3.0)
E-Commerce (3.0)
Scaling Excellence through Innovation and Incubation (3.0)
Digital Marketing for startups and SMEs (3.0)
Opportunities in Emerging(ASEAN, Africa, Latin America and CIS countries) (1.5)
Dynamic Entrepreneurial Strategy (1.5)
Project Management (1.5)
Identifying Starting and Growing a Social Venture (1.5)
Business Simulation (1.5)
Business Model and New Enterprise (1.5)
Family Business Management
Family Business Dynamics (3.0)
Growth Plan Formulation and Appraisal (3.0)
Building Lasting Family Business - Synergy in Vision, Values & Strategy (3.0)
Corporate and Family Governance (3.0)
Families in Business (3.0)
Turnaround Strategies in SMEs (3.0)
Leading Family Enterprises (3.0)
Business Risk Management (3.0)
Computer Aided Accounts and Decisions (3.0)
Managing Finance and Liquidity (1.5)
Quality Management System (1.5)
Designing Consumer Incentives and Sales Promotions (1.5)
Corporate Entrepreneurship (1.5)
Financial Planning and Succession (1.5)
Strategic Cost Management (1.5)
Functional Specializations:

The unique feature of PGDM-BE course at EDI is its dual dimensional specializations. Entrepreneurs/ Entrepreneurial Managers need to address various issues concerning higher productivity, greater efficiency and effectiveness of new/family business organizations and for that they must be well equipped with competencies in different functional areas. To provide these inputs, PGDM-BE course is designed to offer the option to do a dual electives which, would besides imparting knowledge on creating and managing business, would enhance the knowledge in functional areas

Security Analysis & Portfolio Management (3.0)
Derivatives and Financial Innovation (3.0)
Strategic Financial Management (3.0)
Business Analysis Using Financial Statements (3.0)
Business Tax Planning (3.0)
Retail Banking (3.0)
Financial Institutions and Markets (1.5)
Economic and Financial Regulations (1.5)
Pricing-Optimize Profitability (1.5)
Social Venture Capital (1.5)
Integrated Marketing Communication (3.0)
Sales Framework and Tactics for Startups (3.0)
Understanding Rural Economy and Marketing to Rural Consumers (3.0)
Supply Chain and Logistics Management (3.0)
Business to Business Marketing (3.0)
Creating Service Offerings and Managing Service Enterprise (3.0)
Designing Value Proposition Using Marketing and Consumer Insights (1.5)
Customer Acquisition, Retention and Growth (1.5)
Marketing Innovations (1.5)
Retail Marketing (1.5)
International Business
International Marketing Management (3.0)
International Financial Management (3.0)
Business Strategies for Exports (3.0)
Getting into International Business: Documentation, Subsidies and Incentives (3.0)
Project Financing for International Business (1.5)
Doing Business in Emerging Markets(ASEAN, Africa, Latin America & CIS countries) (1.5)
International Logistics Management (1.5)
International HRM (1.5)
Human Resource Management
Organization Development and Change (3.0)
Designing and Leading the Entrepreneurial Organization (3.0)
Industrial Relations and Labor Laws (3.0)
Negotiation Skills (1.5)
Small Business Consulting Project (1.5)
Stress Management (1.5)
Business Ethics and CSR (1.5)
Constructive Collaboration: Driving Performance in Teams, Organizations, and Partnerships (1.5)
HR for Startups (1.5)
Information System
Enterprise Resource Planning (3.0)
Business Process Reengineering (3.0)
Web Design (3.0)
Excel for Business Intelligence (3.0)
The Online Economy: Strategy and Entrepreneurship (1.5)
Free and Open Source Software for Entrepreneurs (1.5)
Technology Project Management (1.5)
Cloud Computing (1.5)
Language and Communication
Business Chinese (3.0)
Business French (3.0)
Business German (3.0)
Business Spanish (3.0)
Organizational & Persuasive Communication (1.5)
Communicating Corporate Identity (1.5)

Academic Calendar

Experiential Learning

At EDI the experiential learning is emphasized through Summer Internship and Projects.

Summer Internships

During the first year, students are trained in the functional areas of Business, Marketing, Finance, Consulting, Economics, Organization Behaviour, Human Resource Management, Operations and Information Technology which orient them towards business culture. The course aims at moulding their work ethic and developing skills highly valued by the contemporary industry.

At the end of the first year, students are exposed to applied aspects of managing an enterprise through Summer Internship Placements. They are exposed to a real time business environment, and take up responsibilities and goals which aim at being mutually beneficial for both the students and the organization. It serves as a platform for applying the management theories learnt in the classroom and helps in providing clarity about business as a whole.

The Placement Cell facilitates interaction between students and the industry. Students are placed in different organizations preferably Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), as per their electives / area of interest, for a period of 8-10 weeks after completion of the first year.

The Summer Internship Project will include any or a mix of the following:

  1. Organizational Internship
  2. Family Business
  3. Business Opportunity Assessment and Industry Analysis
  4. Approved external training program or seminar relevant to business area.
  5. Start-up Ventures
  6. International Summer Internship
Projects: DPR/FYPP

A Bankable Detailed Project Report (DPR) needs to be prepared by the participants with regard to their ventures after conducting a thorough market research and secondary data based research along with IT based applications. Participants of the Family Business Management specialisation alternatively can prepare a Five Year Prospective Plan (FYPP) for growth of their respective family firms. At the conclusion of the field study, students delivers a written business plan for a new venture or expansion of current business, which will include analysis of the market and industry in which the business will compete, a viable financial and organizational structure, risk assessment, a marketing strategy and as appropriate, explanation of an underlying technology, manufacturing process and service delivery system. The final project report is prepared in a competitive format and is assessed by panel of experts comprising of faculty, industry experts and bankers. A presentation cum viva-voce examination for the final report will then be organised. The DPRs/FYPPs can be submitted to IDBI Bank Ltd., Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank and other banks for working capital and term loan respectively for the venture.

Independent Study

Consistent with its commitment to student-directed learning, EDI offers a variety of independent study opportunities. Many academic departments offer independent research or reading courses. Students may also initiate, design, and execute independent study projects with the help of faculty advisors

Business Simulation

Business simulations are used for business acumen training and development. It helps in engaging people so they can make decisions; deal with risk consequences as well as solve problems creates a rich learning environment. Learning objectives include: strategic thinking, financial analysis, market analysis, operations, teamwork and leadership. EDI provides the simulation experience on MikesBikes-Advanced business strategy and Sim Venture -A unique business plan simulation.

Entrepreneur Interactions

Eminent entrepreneurs from various industries are invited regularly to share their experiences with the students.

Few of the entrepreneurs and industry experts who enlightened the current batches by giving them insights about the prevailing situations in the industry and sharing their professional journey of entrepreneurship are:

  1. Mr. Bipin Dudani, Sr. VP & Zonal Business Head, Religare,
  2. Mr. Zishaan Hayath, Founder, Choupati Bazzar,
  3. Mr. Savan Godiawala, Director, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd,
  4. Mr. Amit Bhatia, Founder, Kloudcrew Technologies Ltd,
  5. Mr. Bhavesh Upadhyay, Chief Operating Officer, Shalby Hospitals,
  6. Mr. Hariom Gandhi, Zonal Director-Narcotics Bureau, Gujarat,
  7. Mr. R.K. Chopra, Chief Manager Training, Bank of Baroda,
  8. Mr. Mihir Joshi, Director, TiE,
  9. Mr. Nirav Shah, Founder, Foliage Real Estate Developer Ltd,
  10. Mr. Anish Baheti, Founder & Director, TrainMyBrain,
  11. Mr. Manan Pancholi, Chirman Webvertex, Chairman GCCI Youth Wing,
  12. Ms. Geeta Goradia, Founder Director, Jewel Consumer Care P Ltd,
  13. Nadeem Jafri, Founder Director, Hearty Mart Enterprises,
  14. Dr. Arvind Patel, Innovator and Founder Director, Sahajanand Laser Technology Ltd.,
  15. Mr. G.B. Patil, CMD, Brisk Surgicals Cotton Ltd.

Apart from this students are also encouraged to participate or witness various events and seminars that are organized in Ahmedabad by prestigious institutions to give them maximum exposure of the current economic scenario and the developments that are taking place on a national and international level.

Industry Visit

A guided industry visit is scheduled each trimester for the students. The aim of these visits is to help students to get the exposure of an actual working environment. A tour to various departments, plants etc. is scheduled and students are briefed about various operations, functions, maintenance of the unit.

  • KHS Machinery Ltd.
  • Sahajanand Laser Technologies Ltd
  • Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Ltd
  • Adani Port & Sez Ltd, Mundra
  • Vadilal Industries Ltd
  • Goa Start-up Incubators
  • Goa Centre for Incubation and Business Acceleration
  • Parikh Packaging Ltd
  • Gateway Hotels
  • Rimtex Industries Ltd
  • Meghmani Organics etc.


The PGDM-BE is accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA) w.e.f. 18.09.2013 for a period of three years.


Funding will be available to EDI students in form of debt and equity.

IDBI Bank to consider financing up to Rs.1 crore without Collaterals for viable projects taken up by EDI students under CGTMSE

Student's Activities

Various co-curricular and extra-curricular activities seminars and workshops are organized on campus to give a platform to students to enhance their network, deepen their insights and help them take breaks from rigorous academic schedule.

Workshops, Guest Lectures, Industrial Visits, Live Projects:

Discussion on latest developments through workshops, seminars, guest lectures and industrial visits complement class room learning. Every year students organize seminars on a subject of topical interest. Students work on live projects to get first hand experience in different enterprises on various current topics. Industrial visits are regularly arranged for students with a view to enhance their knowledge and exposure towards the practical side of the industry. As such, these company visits remain dialogue-driven events, allowing students to discuss ideas and viewpoints that are directly related to their needs and interests.

Recently in the month of September & December 2014, EDI organized a one day workshop on 'Managing cash flow for growth' & 'Intensive learning and networking session', in association with National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) & IBM. The guest speaker/trainer for the workshop was Ms. Radhika Meenakshi Shankar, a trainer, entrepreneur with more than twenty years of teaching experience in entrepreneurship, finance and commerce. She has taught in many premier B-schools like Amity University, BITS Pilani-Goa, Kasturba Gandhi College. She is also a founder of Wise Owl Consulting and offers training and mentoring support to medium-sized business and start-ups.

Every year few of the best summer internship projects get nominated for Best B-School Summer Project Awards conducted by various institutes. This year also few of projects into new venture/start-up projects of designer lamps and online retail have been sent as nomination at Business Standard Best B-School Project Award and Ganpat University respectively.

Business Plan Competition:

Dozens of individual and team competitions challenge students to come up with solutions to real-world challenges. EDI students have participated in various business plan competitions held across India and have got awards for the same.

Empresario-2015 – Value Centered Enterprises

Students along with Faculty/Empresario Coordinator organized, "Empresario 2015" on 20th & 21st February, 2015 in association with CAAYE – Commonwealth Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs, National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN-Wadhwani Foundation), TiE, eChai, Business World,

The event was inaugurated by the address of Chief Guest Shri. Anurag Batra, Chairperson, Business World Magazine on Marketing-Communication, the topic of discussion was 'Technical and Financial Insights for Start-ups/ Budding Entrepreneurs' followed by the address of esteemed speaker from TiE was by Shri. Rajiv Sharma, CEO, Sterling Hospitals, the topic of discussion was Socio-economic environment for start-ups and enterprises. The address of distinguished speaker from TiE was by Shri Prashant Halari, CEO, Synoverge. The event concluded by the address of Director EDI.

This two day event also had other activities like Start-up/incubators stalls, seminars, workshops, business plans etc, followed by cultural evening.

Empresario-2014 - Innovator's Fair

Under the aegis of Innovation Promotion Scheme introduced by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) EDI students organized a two days Innovator's fair "Empresario 2014" on 7th and 8th March 2014.

The event was inaugurated by Shri D. J. Pandian, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Gujarat, Energy and Petrochemicals. The guest and Panellist to the event were Mr. Harish Patnaik, Managing Director of Gujarat Venture Finance Ltd, Mr. Sunil Goyal, Founder and CEO of Yournest Angel Fund Dr. Harinarayana, Director, GERMI, Mr. Dipesh Shah, VP, Giftcity Gujrat.

Recently established business enterprises from different sectors and individuals who have innovative ideas & products from all across the country participated in the start-up fair and displayed their products and services. VCs, Angel Funds, Funding agencies, Industry experts, academicians, students from elite management and engineering colleges in and around Ahmedabad & Gandhinagar brainstormed on various issues such as; how to promote innovations, how to create angle funds, formalities to acquire venture capital, etc. The visitors got an opportunity of widening their network, interact with innovators and entrepreneurs. It also helped students in identifying internships and employment opportunities. The event also provided platform to innovators and start-ups in finding business partners and/or financiers/investors. Student innovator from premier institutes across India with an idea/prototype/proof of concept participated in EDII-NEN Launchpad Challenge 2014. This event provided them a first-hand exposure to entrepreneurship through workshops on commercialization.

Subsequently, a discussion was organized where the Start-ups discussed their issues and challenges with an expert panel, comprising

  • Dr. T .Harinaryana, Director, GERMI,
  • Mr Sunil K Goyal, Founder and CEO, Yournest Angel Fund,
  • Mr. Dipesh Shah, VP (Business Development), GIFT CITY,
  • Mr. Harish Patnaik, MD, GVFL,
  • Mr. Nadeem Jafri, Founder Director, Hearty Mart Enterprises,
  • Mr. Sanjay Chakraborty, Director, Triton,
  • Ms. Kinnari Dave, VP, Mofirst,
  • Mr. Mukund Shukla, Circulation In-charge, Gujarat State, Indian Express,
  • Mr. Abhinav Das, CEO, EVOMO,
  • Prof. Kachhawaha, Head of Mechanical Dept., PDPU,
  • Mr. Dhiren Shah , Director Technical, Hitachi Hirel,
  • Mr. Bharat Rathi, AVP, GVFL,
  • Mr. Sushanto Mitra, CEO, Lead Angels,
  • Mr. Sandeep Mundra CEO, India Nic,
  • Mr. Saqib Chinoy, Innovations Manager, NEN,
  • Mr. V. Champawat, Owner, Gateway Hotels, Ahmedabad,
  • Mr. Rajan Wasa, President, TiE Ahmedabad,
  • Dr. Sagarkumar Agravat – Scientist, Solar Energy Research Wing – GERMI,
  • Mr. Bipin Dudani, Sr. VP & Zonal Business Head, Religare,
  • Mr. Venkat Iyer, GM, Gujarat, Indian Express,
  • Mr. Nandak Pandya, Trainer & Writer on Entrepreneurs,
  • Ms. Veena Parikh, President, Business Women Wing, GCCI
  • Mr Jai Tharur, Brand Management Expert, Ahmedabad
Environmental Club:

As a complement to their coursework, students get involved in clubs and community service.Students have initiated a group called SEED-"Students for Environment at EDI" which aims at bringing people closer to nature. This club has organized various activities such as;

Cultural Activities – Dance, music and art competition and activities are encouraged in the campus. Students also celebrate most festivals on campus with great enthusiasm.


This Garba and Dandiya night was celebrated campus during Navratri. The campus was beautifully decorated with rangoli, diyas and the students had dressed up occasion by wearing the in traditional attitude.

Sports Activities

Students organize annual inter college sports meet 'Equipo' every year. Various events like basketball; football match was organized in the campus where students from other professional colleges also participate.

Social Activities EDI aims at being an institution which creates a cadre of creative, problem solving individuals, who are capable of leading people in the rapidly changing world as well as contribute to social development. It seeks to inspire, empower and enable students to develop sensitivity towards social values so that they can aid organizations addressing critical social issues.

The students organized blood donation camp in association with various blood banks. This initiative was highly appreciated. EDI students as well as faculty and staff had participated in the camp with full zest.

EDI-Yuva Changemakers were actively involved in 'English Unstoppable' activity along with corporate leaders from Vodafone, Adani Wilmar, HDFC Bank, HDFC Standard Life Insurance, Vadilal, Azure, Motif, Evosys, Troikaa, Reliance Communication and Times of India. Under this project, 'English Language' course was offered to the less privileged 6th & 7th. Grade students from Government schools in Gujarat. This also helped them in increasing their communication skills and self confidence. Competing with 18 colleges nationwide, EDI has won the 'Kindest college' award.

Garba celebrations at EDI

Admissions Criteria

Intake Capacity:

Intake Capacity: The approved intake capacity is 120 seats for full-time PGDM –BE. Over and above the approved intake of 120 students for the programme, the Institute has received the approval from AICTE for an additional intake of 15% (i.e. 18 seats) for Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)/Foreign Nationals in PGDM-BE Programme for PIOs and Foreign Nationals from the academic session 2013-15. AICTE Approval for 5 % NRI seats (within the sanctioned intake of 120) has also been approved.

PIO/NRI/Foreign candidate should contact the P.G. Admission office for further details.


"Persons of Indian origin (PIO)" shall mean the persons who are citizens of other countries (except Pakistan & Bangladesh) who at any time held an Indian Passport, or who or either of his/her parents or any of his/her grandparents was a citizen of India by virtue of the provisions of the Constitution of India of Sec.2 (b) of the Citizenship Act, (57 of 1955).

Foreign National :

Foreign National means the citizen of the all countries other than India who are not of Indian origin as defined under PIO.


"Non-Resident India (NRI)" means an Indian citizen who is ordinarily residing outside India and holds an Indian Passport.


Eligibility for Indian Nationals:

A three-year (10+2+3) University Degree in any discipline or a four year (10+2+4) Engineering / Technology / Medicine / Other, recognized by the UGC/AIU/AICTE are eligible for Post Graduation, with not less than 50% overall aggregate marks (45% in case of candidates belonging to the Reserved category, as per norms) .

Candidates interested in applying for the programme but still appearing for their final year examinations towards their Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) are also eligible to apply.

Candidates who have passed or have appeared for their graduation examination from a University where Grade Point Average is given should produce in writing from the University concerned about the equivalent percentage for the GPA/CGPA obtained.

Eligibility for PIO/NRI/Foreign candidate

Admission to the PGDM-BE programme requires a Bachelor's degree (in keeping with the 10 + 2 + 3 system) with minimum 50% marks, or an equivalent qualification in any discipline recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). Candidates appearing for final examinations towards a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) are also eligible to apply.

Admission Process

Procedure for Indian Nationals :

The admission process consists of taking any of these tests—CAT, MAT, XAT, ATMA ,CMAT. Candidates have to apply to EDI by acquiring application form which can be downloaded from / or can be filled online. Applicants who want to apply online can make payments online. The duly filled in downloaded form should be sent to EDII along with a Demand Draft of Rs.1,500/- (Rs. 1,000/- for female candidates and candidates under reserved category) drawn in favour of 'Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India', payable at Ahmedabad or by transferring the amount to the EDI PG admission account (details given below).

Eligible candidates will be called for the Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview(PI).

Payment Details
Name of Account EDI PG Admission
Name Of Bank IDBI Bank
Account No. 260104000055347
Procedure for PIO/NRI/Foreign candidate

For PIO/NRI/Foreign candidate only GMAT scores(Dec 31,2008 or later) will be accepted. Candidates have to apply to EDI filling the form online and a registeration fees of USD 100 needs to be paid online by credit/debit card.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for a Personal Interview Process via teleconference.


Fee Structure
Instalment Due Date Amount (Rs.)
Residential Non-Residential
First  On Registration 2,25,900** 1,90,900*
Second 14 September 2018 1,96,250 1,71,250
Third 14 December 2018 1,91,250 1,71,250
TOTAL   6,13,400 5,33,400
* Includes Rs. 10,000/- towards caution money deposit
** Includes Rs. 10,000/- towards caution money deposit and Rs. 10,000/- towards security deposit for hostel and electricity charges
Instalment Due Date Amount (Rs.)
Residential Non-Residential
Fourth 15 April 2019 2,26,025 2,01,025
Fifth 16 September 2019 2,24,525 1,99,525
Sixth 16 December 2019 1,76,050 1,56,050
TOTAL   6,26,600 5,56,600
Instalment Due Date Amount (Rs.)
First  On Registration 2,26,000* 2,41,000* 1,88,500
Second 15 September 2017 1,96,500 2,11,500 1,69,000
Third 15 December 2017 1,69,000 1,69,000 1,69,000
TOTAL   5,91,500 6,21,500 5,26,500
* Includes Rs. 10,000/- towards security deposit for hostel and electricity charges
Instalment Due Date Amount (Rs.)
Fourth 13 April 2018 2,16,000 2,31,000 1,88,500
Fifth 14 September 2018 2,14,500 2,29,500 1,87,000
Sixth 14 December 2018 1,48,000 1,48,000 1,48,000
TOTAL   5,78,500 6,08,500 5,23,500
Installment Due Date Amount (Rs.)
Residential Non-Residential
First  On Registration 2,15,450.00* 1,77,950.00
Second 16 September 2016 1,86,525.00 1,59,025.00
Third 16 December 2016 1,59,025.00 1,59,025.00
TOTAL   5,61,000.00  4,96,000.00
Installment Due Date Amount (Rs.)
Residential Non-Residential
Fourth 14 April 2017 2,04,650.00 1,77,150.00
Fifth 15 September 2017 2,04,100.00 1,76,600.00
Sixth 15 December 2017 1,40,250.00 1,40,250.00
TOTAL   5,49,000.00 4,94,000.00
*Includes Rs. 10,000/- towards security deposit for hostel including electricity charges.

International Interaction

At EDI we understand that new age entrepreneurs not only require a thorough knowledge of Indian markets and economy, but also need to be well acquainted with the nuances of global markets.

In order to expose the students to world markets and global entrepreneurship standards, EDI has collaborated with foreign universities from countries like China, USA, UAE and UK. In addition the Institute has designed international exchange programmes for its students.

Through these programmes, the students get a chance to visit foreign universities, understand their diverse culture, their markets, government policies and import-export norms, so that they get an edge over their competitors.

EDI is in collaboration with universities like ;


EDI has an active student exposure visit arrangements with leading universities in China and south East Asia. EDI students participated in 1st international student summer camp between 1-14th July 2012 at Southwest University of Finance and Economics. Eleven friendly universities from eight countries officially recommended 47 Student Ambassadors who spent 14 fulfilling and enjoyable days in the school. 3 students from EDI attended this Summer Camp


Kunming University of Science and Technology and EDI had tied up for an annual student exchange program. 24 of our student visited KUST campus in the month of June'12 and stayed there for 14days and attended lectures on Relevant Laws & Regulations of doing business in China,Chinese Economy Development,Business Chinese Training,Sino-Indian Economic & Trade Relations, Intellectual Property Rights


An exchange programme between students of Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Ahmedabad and Yunnan University of Finance and Economics in China took place in June 2011. The programme went over two weeks and after a healthy exchange of ideas and knowledge, EDI students were back with pleasant experience and future plans of entrepreneur ventures with China.

Under Process:
  • Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • University of West of Scotland
  • Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands
International Linkages of EDI
  • Interventions in South East Asian countries – Established LIEDC, VIEDC, CIEDC, MIEDC
  • Set up Sino-India Entrepreneurship Development Centre at Kunming, Yunnan province of PR China, in June 2012
  • Currently setting up 5 EDCs in Gabon, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal and Zambia, under India Africa Summit.
  • Similar Centre at Tashkent is planned
  • ASARIM, Sri Lanka, For Initiating Entrepreneurship And Investment Promotion Activities In Sri Lanka And Maldives
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Project in GMS Region for Entrepreneurship
  • Set Up South Asia Forum For Entrepreneurship Education And Research (SAFEER), in Collaboration with UCSD, San Diego
  • Through Inter-Regional Centre (IRC) sponsored by Govt. of India & UNIDO:
    1. Institutionalized ED & Investment Promotion in Mozambique through setting up of an Investment Advisory Centre.
    2. Set up Arab Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship & Investment training in Baharin.
    3. Facilitated setting up of Saudi Entrepreneurship Development Institute (SEDI), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
    4. Selected 4 countries viz., Sudan, Yemen, Mozambique and Lao PDR for new enterprise creation and enterprise up-gradation.
    5. European Union supported ENTRIXIE Project: SME collaboration between European countries (UK, Germany & Austria) and India.
Ms. Donna Kidwell, programme manager, University of Texas at Austin is going to visit EDI on the 3rd of October and have an interactive session with the students here. The session aims to groom aspiring entrepreneurs to develop and communicate their business ideas with bankers, consumers and other financers in order to start their new enterprise.

Today India and China are two most booming economies in the world. Various industries, firms and enterprises contribute and make this development happen. An exchange programme between students of Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Ahmedabad and Yunnan University of Finance and Economics in China took place in June 2011. The programme went over two weeks and after a healthy exchange of ideas and knowledge, EDI students were back with pleasant experience and future plans of entrepreneur ventures with China.

On arrival at YUFA our team got a warm welcome by their deputy chairman Mr. Ding and Mrs. He Lan. Mr. Adrian became the group coordinator and acted as a link between our students and YUFA.

YUFA is a wide spread campus and built across 100 acres of land with spectacular infrastructure. The multi-disciplinary university has about 10,000 students pursuing their studies in various fields.

During the exchange programme that took place over two weeks a vigorous interaction took place between students of EDI and YUFA. Students got to attend classes on subjects like China's history, geography and politics, Sino-India relations, trade and economic issues between the two nations and a language module where students got a chance to learn their language.

Apart from the regular classes a seminar was organized by YUFE and Moscow State University, 'An International Seminar on Asia-Pacific 2020: Balance of Power'. Representatives from China, India, USA and Russia were present in the seminar. From India, two papers were submitted during this seminar one of it was by Prof. Satya Acharya from EDI Ahmedabad.

There were two industrial visits organized by YUFA for students of EDI Ahmedabad. The first trip was to understand the Solar Heater Industry. Kunming has relative cooler atmosphere. Even during summers the maximum temperature is around 28 to 30 degrees. Hence, solar heater industry is one of the most thriving industries here. All the roof tops are covered with solar heater appliances. They believe in green energy. While in India turning towards green energy is the need of time. Industrial visit proved helpful in knowing the integrities of this industry and how it functions.

The second industry visit was at an IT company named IT industry in China is keenly interested in investing and having more tie-ups with their Indian counterparts. The visit proved fruitful as many budding entrepreneurs from EDI now have a Chinese counterpart to help them build a similar successful enterprise here.

Apart from lectures our students got to understand, explore and enjoy the rich Chinese culture. Visiting their wholesale markets was a rich learning experience in itself. A mall with around 50,000 shops is running successfully in this part of China. Hence, China is not only a strong manufacturer but it also is a huge consumer market. One of the students from EDI Ahmedabad, Nakul Mistry said, "We learnt that the Chinese government has strongly encouraged foreign traders to come and set up their business in China. They have set up special huge malls as facilities for this initiative. This helps the country and its people to better link with foreign countries. This is one of the reasons why Chinese products are penetrating various foreign markets."

Apart from these markets their road side food markets gave students a chance to enjoy the authentic Chinese cuisine. Whereas places like The Green Lake, Ethnic Village and the Stone Forest gave them an insight in the cultural history of China.

Over all it was an innovative initiative by EDI Ahmedabad to impart practical knowledge to their students by making them visit new culture and get a first hand experience of understanding their markets. A strong tie with YUFA is forming and EDI expects a similar exchange visit from their end by October 2011.


  1. How Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Business Entrepreneurship (PGDM-BE) programme is different from an MBA programme?
    The programme targets students who want to become entrepreneurs or want to join their family business. Graduate from any discipline can join the course.

    It is a business oriented course whereas MBAs are job oriented ones. Therefore, in place of placement activities the course focuses on facilitating preparation of a bankable project report or a strategic plan for the growth of family businesses. The graduates apart from successfully managing their family business have demonstrated creation of new enterprises. The aspirants can also make a career in the field of research on entrepreneurship development.
  2. Whether the programme is recognized by the Government?
    This is a two year residential programme and approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

    The IDBI Bank chair presides over the EDI Governing Body at an ex-officio capacity. Chiefs or their nominees of other national financial organisations such as NABARD, IFCI, ICICI, SIDBI and SBI, chiefs of industry associations such as CII, and the Governments represent the Governing Body. IDBI, IFCI, ICICI and SBI are the promoters of this Institute.

    Bankers are invited to provide guidance on the project report preparation and for its evaluation. This helps immensely in making the project reports bankable.

    Support organisations such as National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) and SIDBI have provisions for preferential treatment in lending credit to the graduates of our programmes.
  3. What is the structure of pedagogy and evaluation methods?
    Faculty members use lectures, live projects, group discussions, case studies and simulation games to deliver the scheduled inputs.

    A student performance is evaluated through classroom tests, assignments, presentations, and term-end examinations.
  4. What are the contents of the programme?
    In this programme, one third of classroom work focuses on development of entrepreneurial orientation, another one third focuses on development of managerial skills and rest is on information and tools of analysis.

    All the students have to undergo summer internship for a trimester at the end of first year. The project work during the second academic year results into either a detailed project report on a product/service or a five-year perspective growth plan for a family business.
  5. What are the electives offered in these courses?
    The programme offers two stream specializations viz. Family Business Management and New Enterprise Creation and various functional specializations viz. Marketing, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Information System and Language and Communication.
  6. What are the entry mechanism and its structure?
    Students appearing for CAT, MAT, XAT, ATMA & CMAT examinations for securing admission in management and non-management institutions, can opt for EDI's Post Graduate Programme. EDI has registered itself, under the non-management institution's category, and will consider CAT, MAT, XAT, ATMA & CMAT scores for offering admission in its Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Business Entrepreneurship. However, such candidates have to face Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI), conducted by EDI.
  7. Whether fellowships are available?
    Few fellowships are available to the students on merit and need basis, which covers the portion of the course fee. Students have to apply separately in the prescribed form when notified.
  8. Does Institute provide Placement Facility?
    At the end of the first year, students are exposed to applied aspects of managing an enterprise through Summer Internship Placements. Students will be placed in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), as per their electives / area of interest, for a period of 8-10 weeks after completion of the first year.

    On completion of the second year, the Institute will provide limited support in placement for those who wish to work in an enterprise before launching their own enterprise and will also facilitate interaction with Bankers/Financial Institutions so as to help students in starting their venture. A Placement Cell has been set up by the Institute to facilitate the interaction between students and the industry.
  9. What are our alumni doing?
    Many of our alumni (34 percent) have joined their family businesses and about 26 percent have created new enterprises, 5 percent are in the process of creating new enterprises, 30 percent are employed with the industry and 5 percent are pursuing higher studies.
  10. Are alumni accessible?
    Alumni have demonstrated commitment towards the course and the Institute. Any candidate to know more about the course and the Institute may approach them. Click here to get in touch with our alumni residing in the location of the aspirants.
  11. What are the infrastructure facilities?
    • Modern computer labs with net connectivity.
    • Wi-fi enabled campus
    • Library facility with more than 14000 titles and 125 periodicals.
    • Separate hostel for girls.
    • Boarding for residential candidates.
    • Provision for reading space, sports and gymnasium.
    • Fully furnished air conditioned rooms for visitors/guests
  12. Is this course equivalent to MBA
    Yes PGDM (BE) is equivalent to MBA.
  13. Do I need to appear for a National Level Entrance Test such as CAT/MAT/ATMA.
    CAT/MAT/ATMA scores are required for the eligibility purpose. Therefore, you must appear for the national level entrance test and score qualifying marks.
  14. Is there a NRI Quota?
    The approved intake capacity is 120 seats for full-time PGDM – BE. Over and above the approved intake of 120 students for the programme, the Institute has received the approval from AICTE for an additional intake of 15% (i.e. 18 seats) for Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)/Foreign Nationals in PGDM-BE Programme for PIOs and Foreign Nationals from the academic session 2013-15. AICTE Approval for 5 % NRI seats (within the sanctioned intake of 120) has also been approved.
  15. Are there any reservations in this program?
    Reserved category students with 45% in graduation are eligible to apply for the program. 
  16. Can I specialize in Marketing/Finance/HR?
    EDI offers specialization in all the above areas with concentration in entrepreneurship and family business management.
  17. What kind of financial support is available for the student start-ups?
    Depending upon the viability and scalability of a venture, limited seed funding is extended and a strong network with venture capitalists also helps students financially to work on their start-ups. Institute has also set up the New Enterprise Initiation Grant to reach out with financial support to students whose project ideas are innovative and viable.
  18. I don't have a family business but I want to start my own business. How this course will help me in future.
    Institute extends thorough mentoring support to help aspiring entrepreneurs to start, progress and sustain their business ideas. Limited seed funding is also provided to the viable business ideas. Institute also extends support to promising ventures through its vast network of venture capitalists. Students are assisted in developing a concrete action plan for their start up ideas.
  19. When was this course started?
    PGDM (BE) was started in the year 1998. 
  20. Can you tell me about some successful start-ups initiated by EDI Alumni?
    In last five years there were more than 70 new start-ups by EDI alumni. For more details you may visit the alumni page on edi website.
  21. Is there a hostel facility?
    EDI has separate hostel accommodation for Boys and Girls. EDI provide double occupancy air conditioned hostel rooms.
  22. Does EDI has an Incubation centre? 
    With the financial support from Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, EDI will be launching its Technology Business Incubator from the academic year 2016-17.
  23. EDI is a government institute or a private institute?
    Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI), an autonomous and not-for-profit institute, set up in 1983, is sponsored by apex financial institutions - the IDBI Bank Ltd., IFCI Ltd., ICICI Bank Ltd. and the State Bank of India (SBI). The Government of Gujarat pledged twenty-three acres of land on which stands the majestic and sprawling EDI campus.