Friday, March 26, 2010

IIM Rohtak plans tie-up with Indiana University B-school

The upcoming Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Rohtak in Haryana, which will begin its first session this year, plans to tie up with US-based Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. “The Kelley School is partnering with IIM Rohtak (IIM-R) and its dean has already visited the site. This would be a strategic partnership for student and faculty exchange, joint curriculum designing and research. It would be a partnership on the same lines as IIM Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has with Harvard University,” said Deepender Hooda, MP from Rohtak, and son of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Incidentally, Deepender himself graduated from Kelley.

IIM Lucknow (IIM-L), which is mentoring IIM-R, has confirmed that the first semester classes will begin from July and end in September. “Kelley school’s dean visited Rohtak and talks are on. But all of this will happen once a full-time director and faculty are in place. However, on an immediate basis, we have to start with the programme and other short courses,” corroborated IIM-L Director Devi Singh.

In August last year, the government approved setting up four IIMs at Tiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Raipur (Chhattishargh) and Rohtak (Haryana) in 2009-10, which would become functional from the academic session 2010-11. The Post-Graduate Programme (PGP) in Management would be the flagship programme with an intake of 140 students though in the first year several executive programmes including those in the public policy domain focusing on civic and municipal services would be started. The projected Eleventh Five Year Plan outlay for each of the four IIMs to be established during 2009-10 is Rs. 166 crore. In the second phase, the rest of three IIMs are to be set up in Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan in 2010-11. The intake of students would be 560 per year after the second phase.

Singh said the Kelley School had shown interest and a dialogue between the directors was on. The construction of the 170-acre IIM-R campus is on, but for the time being, classes will be held in Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, according to a memorandum of understanding signed between the two institutes.

Source: Business Standard, March 25, 2010

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