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October 2, 2009

IIM-Shillong

Filed under: Education,Meghalaya — loggers @ 12:49 am

While in Shillong, we visited the Indian Institute of Management (IIM-S) – a new addition to India’s top breed of business schools, only recently started in March ‘08. The campus is located on what used to be Raja (King) Mayurbhanj’s palace area, with the main building furnished with rare and expensive Burmese teak. There are 2 classrooms, a learning resource center (sponsored by EXIM Bank) and administrative offices in the main wing. This area is currently on lease, and keeping in mind future expansion plans, IIM-S has already acquired land a few kilometers outside of Shillong for the construction of its new campus. The current establishment is apparently the technologically most advanced IIM due to the last mover advantage it had over its peers. It boasts of campus wide Wi-Fi connectivity and also offers classes via videoconferencing conducted by foreign faculty, such as from Drexel University.

The class of 2010 will be the first batch to graduate from this institution, with major banks and marketing companies expected to recruit in December. Each of the current batches has 60 students (note: sex ratio for first batch was 50:10) and there are a total of 15 full-time faculty members. With a student:faculty ratio of 8:1, IIM-S is comparable to the top global business schools. Two current students gave us a guided tour of the campus. The dorms were spacious and clean and located within comfortable walking distance. They seemed content with the setup and didn’t mind being in Shillong, often considered a remote location, as academic and extra-curricular commitments keep them busy. The location also has other advantages due to the surrounding hills for activities such as nature trails, hikes and a tranquil environment to work in.

The critical component for IIMs such as Shillong, which have a more remote location, going forward will be the ability to attract good quality permanent faculty members to be affiliated with this institution. Financial autonomy at the IIMs is one of the most important factors that could address this, something that was also highlighted during our conversation with Mr. Bakul Dholakia.

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1 Comment »

  1. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”

    Comment by Amar Sheth — October 5, 2009 @ 7:13 pm | Reply


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