Deciding between IMS, NIIS and BJB for MA-PMIR in Bhubaneswar

Masters in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations are in demand mostly when the employees are now returning to their workplaces but are still not in peace of mind. The city of Bhubaneswar is developing fast in terms of education. So, Bhubaneswar being a recent destination for interested students calls for some analysis before one decides on a particular college. The article provides some inputs for helping the students decide on their college for the MA-PMIR course.

MA-PMIR or the Masters in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations is quite in demand among postgraduate courses. People looking for careers in Personnel Management and Human Resources, Public Sector Units, Recruitment Consultants, Training and Development, etc often go for a Master's degree in the field.

About the course

The course develops theoretical and practical knowledge among the students for designing and implementing principles and creating efficient working conditions for human resources. It also imbibes confidence and instills analytical skills to take timely decisions on human resources as well as for the industrial relations of the company working for. The course can be taken to be playing a major role in any organization's success as it caters to the requirements of both internal and external relations of the organization. The personnel management section deals with the recruitment, training, and proper working conditions of the employees. At the same time, industrial relations deals with managing and controlling the issues of trade unions and labour organizations.

Get a better understanding of the course

While there are many colleges and universities that provide the MA-PMIR course, one must still be cautious while deciding on the college so as to get the maximum facilities for the course to enhance the subject-specific knowledge and understanding. Let us check out three famous colleges in Bhubaneswar providing this specific course.

Institute of Media Studies

Institute of Media Sciences (IMS) as the name suggests had was established in 1994 mostly for developing journalism skills. Affiliated to Utkal University and recognized by the Govt. of Odisha, the institute later started the two-year full-time post-graduate degree program.

Main features of the program:
  • Duration – 2 years
  • Course Fee – Rs.80000/- approx in four installments (subject to changes)
  • Eligibility – Graduation in any stream with 50% marks in aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST/OBC) from a recognized college/ University.
  • Selection Criteria – Entrance test, personnel interview and career score taken together.

The institute boasts of its extensive library besides the other facilities. It invites people from the industries to interact and share their experiences with the students. The institute also offers campus placements to its students in leading companies.
Visit IMS for more information.

NIIS Insititute of Information science and Management

Established in the year 2000 under Nilachal Education & Management (NEMT) and affiliated to Utkal University, NIIS Institute of Information Sciences and Management provides various job-oriented technical courses in both graduate and postgraduate levels.

Main features of the program:
  • Duration – 2 years
  • Course Fee – As per Govt. directives
  • Eligibility – Graduation in any stream with 50% marks in aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST) from a recognized college/ University.
  • Selection Criteria – NIIS Aptitude Test (NAT), personnel interview, and career score taken together. Students for special category seats will be selected on the basis of the Personnel Aptitude Test (PAT) and scores on the merit list among the applicants.

The special facilities provided by the institute include Softskills lab for the personality development of its students. It also emphasizes industrial visits and study tours for its students apart from having frequent guest lectures from people in the industries. The institute also invites the companies for campus placements of its students.
Visit NIIS Institute of Information Science and Management

BJB Autonomous College

A premier college in the heart of the capital is named after the great rebel of pre-independent India, Shri Buxi Jagabandhu Bidyadhar Bhramarabara Ray Mahapatra. Established in 1957 as an affiliated college of Utkal University, it got the conferment of autonomy by the UGC in 1999. It was further upgraded to Grade 'A' in 2004 following the assessment by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

The college provides industry-oriented education as a post-graduate degree in the field of Personnel Management and Industrial Relations since the academic session 2012-13 to the yearning professionals ready to take up business and industry.

Main features of the program:
  • Duration – 2 years
  • Course Fee – Rs. 40,000/- each year (subject to changes)
  • Eligibility – Graduation in any stream with 40% marks in aggregate from a recognized college/ University.

Besides the general infrastructure facilities, the college provides scope for interaction with industrial houses through its guest lectures, MDP and other such programs. It also publishes journals and wall magazines to whereby the research and other findings of the students as well as other professionals from industrial repute are published thereby encouraging and guiding the students. Visit BJB Autonomous College and know the course content and syllabus.

How to decide on the institute

Students may have their own set of criteria while deciding the institute best for them, including-
  • On the basis of fees: The three colleges here are charging more or less the same amount as the course fee. The other charges are with respect to the facilities being provided like transport, hostel, etc that may vary.
  • Eligibility criteria: The eligibility criteria in BJB Autonomous College is much relaxed when compared to the other institutes. Further, there are also no entrance tests being mentioned in this college website.
  • Facilities and infrastructure: Though all the three have the basic infrastructure for the course, BJB Autonomous College, being the oldest has better infrastructure and facilities for the students like library, conference halls, computer labs, etc.
  • Faculties: Here also, BJB Autonomous College will score better than the rest as it is one of the oldest colleges in the city.
  • Importance to the course: NIIS Institute of Information Sciences and Management weighs heavier in this respect when compared to the other two colleges. IMS was established mostly for building up professionals in the field of journalism. BJB Autonomous College, though established long back, started the PMIR department quite recently, in the academic session 2012-12. Moreover, it is also having many courses and streams to take care of. So course-specific importance may not be visible.
  • Overall personality development: The Soft Skills lab in NIIS Institute of Information Sciences and Management grooms the personality of the students. This not only develops the analytical and decision-making skills of the students, but it also enhances their communication skills and builds confidence in them.
  • Industry interaction/ field visits/campus placements: While the summer internships and MDPs are part of the curriculum, the institutes also have special industry interactions by way of guest lectures by people from the industries. The on-campus placements in IMS are mostly for journalism and mass communication as the institute specializes in it. NIIS Institute of Information Sciences and Management scores well in terms of interaction and field visits as it organizes frequent industry visits for the students other than the regular internships programs. But the placement cell of BJB Autonomous College tops as many reputed companies visit the campus for various streams.


While other things seem to be mostly similar, the one thing that makes the NIIS Institute of Information Sciences and Management different from the remaining two is the Soft Skills lab. This allows the students to develop their personalities while learning the technicalities of the course. This would definitely help them in adjusting to the workplace later and take a major decision, both personally and professionally.


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