Wednesday, June 30, 2010

IIM-Ahmedabad may open campus in Hyderabad

The Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad (IIM-A) on Tuesday said it is in talks with Andhra Pradesh to open a campus in Hyderabad. IIM-A does not have any campus outside Ahmedabad, though other IIMs exist at Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Shillong and Ranchi. All IIMs are owned by the Union government. "The institute has suggested to the Andhra Pradesh government to allocate 150 acres of land and provide funding to the tune of Rs. 100 crore to establish the campus", IIM-A said in a statement.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah has in a letter to Vijaypat Singhania, Chairman of the board of governors of IIM-A, promised land and funds, but hasn't specified the amount. The state government would facilitate setting up a campus in Hyderabad by "allocating necessary land and providing required support for successful realization of the initiative", he said in the letter dated 31 May.

IIM-A will not be the first to open an off-site campus. IIM Lucknow, for instance, has a campus in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi. IIM-A did not say by when it would launch the Hyderabad campus. The school said executive education courses would be offered at the new campus initially and it would explore the possibility of offering its two-year core MBA program there. The Ahmedabad and Hyderabad campuses would be linked through technology, it said. IIM-A admitted 380 students in its core MBA program this year. It also offers a full-time two-year agriculture business management program, apart from executive education courses.

Source: Mint, June 30, 2010

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