Suruchi Gupta

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by on Oct.27, 2010, under College Life

IIM-Shillong finally gets the nod for Post Graduate Programme in Management degrees

Kolkata/Shillong: Sixty-three students, the first batch of students graduating from Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management – Shillong (IIM-S) are set to receive their Post Graduate Programme in Management degrees from finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on April 3.

clip_image002“This institute, set in a record time of 4-5 months, started with no mentor and no backups, but on a blank cheque received from the government, who had promised a centre of excellence in the region,” said Ashoke K Dutta, director, IIM-S, at a press conference in Kolkata.

Having set up a hi-tech infrastructure at their premises, Dutta highlighted that the benefit of opening its doors so late allowed IIM-S to use the latest technology on the block, including ‘Vennfer’- an IP based video-conferencing software solution and Enterprise Resource Planning solution for entire campus management.

“From interacting with other IIM’s on the course of golf instead of the normal fest, to using China as the second language for students, IIM-S believes not in following, but in leaving a trail,” said Dutta. 

IIM-S becomes probably the first institute in the country to broadcast it’s convocation live on between 11am and 12.15pm, April 3.

Present on the occasion was Larsing Sawyam from Lajong Football Club, who credited the club’s success factor to IIM-S. “Ashoke and his team have assured us of full support in any sports management issue we have. Their presence beside us has enhanced the brand equity of the club, helping us in sponsorship attainment too,” said Sawyam.

The fact that students and staff of IIM-S are present at all their matches held in Shillong to cheer for them proves the personalized association IIM-S is building with the local community there, said both Dutta and Sawyam.

Number of students for PGP program will be increased to anything between 90 and 120 seats from the present capacity of 63, while the annual fee of 1.9 lakhs per year will also see a raise from this session, informed Dutta. “The logistics of having residential capacity for these many students is a problem for us, the decision for which would be taken after board meeting next week.”

“We want to start a program post graduate executive education with reference to international relation, particularly focusing on East Asia. An extension campus in Aizwal, and more programs for the local people are the other things I have in mind, which will be started as soon as we get the money for it,” said Dutta on future plans for IIM-S.

Among the capping feathers in the institute’s cap, Dutta said, the contribution IIM-S is making to develop the local community’s capability is the most outstanding. “At our centre for development of the North-East, we are providing support and extension work to the local community and getting them involved in research oriented programs too. Till date IIM-S has trained about 200 people at this centre.”

Posted On Wednesday, April 07, 2010 at 04:16:04 PM

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