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An enriching experience

Associations with bodies such as the World Bank, UNDP, and ILO enable IMI students to get comprehensive industry exposure

education Updated: Sep 21, 2011 10:42 IST
Gauri Kohli

With the Indian Institute of Technology campus on one side and the Jawaharlal Nehru University on the other, Sunny Lyngdoh couldn’t have asked for a better location for his college.

A second-year student of the post graduate programme in management at the International Management Institute (IMI), Lyngdoh was attracted to IMI because of the exposure it promised to its students. Another plus was that all its students, alumni and faculty worked in tandem for any given academic or co-curricular activity.

“Everyone pitches in for club activities, classroom lectures or fests. That’s why learning the skills related to management and business become an enriching experience,” he says.

Lyngdoh’s batchmate Nawal Maheshwari agrees. “A good blend of industry and academics in terms of the faculty, good infrastructure and an evolving curriculum are prerequisites for any good B-school and IMI scores well in all these aspects.”

Clubs and societies such as Finalyze, the finance club and Promethean, the marketing club, offer interesting learning experiences to students organising and participating in events. Others include Jagriti, the social cell, Goonj, the dramatics club, and Colosseum, the cinema club.

In the last 28 years, the institute has received UNDP assistance for promoting internationally-oriented management education. “It also has tie-ups with bodies such as the World Bank, UNDP, and ILO. It’s also one of the few institutes to score on aspects such as training, teaching, consultancy and research,” says Himadri Das, dean (academics).

The institute currently has faculty and student exchange arrangements with 21 B-schools across the world. Its two-year post graduate programme in management has student exchange tie-ups with various European schools such as ESC Rennes, France, MIP School of Management France, Graz University Austria, IESEG School of Management and IDRAC Lyon, France etc. “IMI follows international standard curricula in its courses, which has been enriched by its academic collaborations with International

Institute for Management Development, Lausanne (earlier known as International Management Institute, Geneva); Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal, and Manchester Business School, UK,” says Das.

The institute will soon start a programme in family business where participants will spend nine months in India and six months in Fudan University, Shanghai, and Babson College, Lyon, France. On offer at the moment are a full range of custom-made in-company programmes, and management development programmes. The institute also has an active research and consulting base, the Centre for Managing Innovation and Technology and Centre for Social Sector Governance to enhance its body of knowledge.

Students both current and past are all praise for the strong faculty at IMI. About 29% of the faculty members have taught at foreign universities and 40% have taught at the IIMs and other top B-schools in the country.

Factfile
Established in:
1981
Main courses: post graduate diploma in management
Other courses: post graduate programme in human resource management
Course fee: PGDM & PGDHRM - R10.77 lakh (for 2012-14 batch)
Number of students per batch: 120 (PGDM) + 60 (PGDHRM)
Faculty-student ratio: 1:10
Facilities offered: The amphitheatre is the nodal point of campus life around which the academic block, residence and recreational facilities are located. The centrally air-conditioned academic complex consists of spacious lecture halls, the Tata Chemicals Computer Centre, BOC Conference Room, RPG Auditorium, Williamson Magor Library, Faculty Chambers and Administrative Offices
Day zero placements: 70-80%
Top recruiters: Bloomberg LP, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, E&Y Global, Jumbo Electronics, Panasonic India, UB Group
Famous alumni: Jitin Prasada, minister of state, road transport and highways; Arun Sawhney, MD, Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd; Santhosh Unnikrishnan, CEO, Costa Coffee India

Timepass
Popular hangouts for students include the JNU and IIT campuses and IMI’s amphitheatre

Wishlist
The campus should be expanded with more classrooms and hostel rooms for students and faculty, say students

College ke baad
It honed my management and business skills. It also taught me how to communicate better and inculcated in me a sense of leadership
— Saumya Aggarwal (Class of 2011)