Saturday, September 11, 2010

IIM-Ahmedabad draws students from across world

For the famed Indian Institute of Management of Ahmedabad (IIM-A), the golden jubilee year has been special. The institute is gearing up to accommodate the highest intake of foreign students under its student exchange programmes this year. According to sources at the IIM-A, the trend is thanks to the fact that India is regarded as among the important, emerging economies of the world.

According to IIM-A authorities, for the trimester from September to December, 65 students have come under exchange programmes from premier European and North American business schools. "Next year, we are expecting more students for various courses," said A.K. Laha, Faculty Co-ordinator at IIM-A.

It has been a constant rise for IIM-A. According to officials, there were 57 students in 2008-09, a number which increased to 69 in 2009-10. For each of the two years, 96 IIM-A students went to foreign institutes for studies. Most of the students from abroad join PGPM, the institute's flagship programme, but there is growing demand for PGPX and double specialisation courses as well.

India has become a hot destination for management graduates across the world. Apart from having one of the biggest growing economies and its world-wide effects, it is India's resource pool of professionals with knowledge of English language that puts foreign nationals at ease.

Atanu Ghosh, Dean, Alumni & External Relationships, told TOI that there was a substantial rise in interest shown by foreign business schools to partner with IIM-A. "The experience of studying in a top institution of India, networking with potential top managers of the country and the continuing growth of India as a economic power are the factors attracting more students from Europe and North America to come and study here," he said.

Tanu Singh, a student and spokesperson for the exchange students at IIM-A, said it is a win-win situation for both the parties. "Our students get to interact with students from other countries and understand their cultures. It is an excellent platform to interact with students across the globe, share ideas with them and work in multi-cultural teams," she said.

Source: The Times of India (Ahmedabad), September 11, 2010

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