THEY WILL leave as ‘ambassadors’ of the country and their institute. They will return as ‘agents of change.’
For the first time in IIM-Lucknow’s history, a record 38 students will be visiting top business schools of the world under the students exchange programme that the institute has signed with 15 leading B schools.
The numbers are greater this year. In 2001, only nine students left under the students exchange programme. Partner institutes then were three . In 2004-5 the number went up to 27 with partner global universities rising to 13. But, both in terms of student numbers as well as partner institutions, this is the biggest contingent leaving IIM-L.
This time, the IIM-L students will be acting as change agents, helping their institute better the courses and teaching methodology too.
“Our students have been given the task of observing in what ways the courses they would be taught in foreign institutes are better than the ones at IIM-L. Is there a need for change? Is aome benchmarking required? So, the students have been given a form, which they will fill up during their study abroad and then come back armed with ideas how to better the teaching and course curriculum here,” said Prof Deep Dasgupta, chairman, students exchange programme, IIM-L.
The partner institutes to which the students will go include ESCP-EAP, France, St Gallen’s, Switzerland, ESSEC, France, EBS, Germany, HHL, Germany, REIMS, France, CBS, Denmark, UCL, Belgium, UJM, France, JIBS, Sweden, McMaster, Canada, IECS, France, ESADE, Spain, ESC Bretagne-Brest, France and ESC Toulouse, France.
Prof Dasgupta said that now the institute was planning to send its students next year to schools in US, Australia etc. The students, who would be back at IIM-L by December 21, are overjoyed at their selection for the foreign trip.
Prerna Kapoor who along with Suhail Sameer, is heading for Germany’s UBS said that the German institute was hosting a symposium with the theme ‘India: Our Guests.” “We have a great opportunity to showcase our country as well as our institute,” she said. So did France (REIMS)- bound Kiran Chandranna, the last of the students to be selected for the trip.
IIM-L will also play host to 21 students from foreign varsities under the programme. Already, three foreign students are on the campus. More will fly in soon. And the IIM-L then would host a European dinner for its foreign visitors, organise a cultural evening in which the guests would participate. The next few months at IIM-L are going to be fun!