The Faculty Development Programme (FDP) of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India (IIMA) aims at the professional development of faculty members of institutions of management education. It is a residential programme that provides rigorous training in general management principles, pedagogical techniques (including case method), cutting-edge research methods and advanced topics in specialized areas. The first FDP was offered in 1979. Over the years, the FDP has developed a strong reputation for excellence in the professional development of management educators.
The FDP relies on a variety of learning settings like classrooms, workshops and seminars, and a participatory approach to learning. There is an emphasis on the case method of teaching and learning. Other educational methods such as lectures, group-exercises, management games, and presentations are also used. Computers, statistical tools and audio-visual aids complement these methods. Participants are encouraged to develop insights into curriculum planning and academic administration.
The FDP requires a high level of effort from the participants in terms of individual preparation as well as working in groups. Participants take away more than just class-room related experiences as they explore the campus and interact with people from diverse backgrounds. Participants usually get a chance to visit industrial locations, attend research seminars, special guest lectures and participate in other extra-curricular activities. Participants are highly encouraged to take initiative towards developing their own cases or research proposals.