A MINI conclave of five IIM directors is expected on the inaugural day of the 18th annual convention of Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) to start from Friday at the Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow (IIM-L).
Besides, the IIM-L would also play host to a galaxy of leaders from the management, academic and the corporate world at the three-day mega event.
The AIMS convention assumes importance as it does just before Mandal-II era becomes a reality in elite institutions including IIMs. While the agenda of the convention is ‘Management Education in globalised context: Opportunities for corporate and B-schools’, it is widely believed that the directors of IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, IIM-L and IIM-I would informally discuss the quota-fallout in management education too.
Prof Devi Singh, IIM-L director who is the outgoing AIMS president would handover the baton of AIMS presidency to the IIM-C director, Prof Shekhar Chaudhuri.
Besides, the IIM directors, directors and deans of several other leading management schools in the country too are expected to attend the three-day convention. With 400 management schools as its members, AIMS is the second largest network of management schools in the world. On the inaugural day, Prof J Philip, founder president of AIMS, Dr Kirit S Parikh, member, Planning Commission, IIM-C director Prof Chaudhuri and Arun Maira, chairman of Boston Consulting Group (I) Private Limited would be present along with various IIM directors who have given their consent to attend the get-together of who’s who. As a representative body of education, AIMS under the president-ship of IIM-L director Prof Devi Singh strived to develop and project its identity with its voice, presence and impact on all matters of formulating a policy for national and international management. AIMS had a strong presence at the Global Forum at Santiago, Chile during October 2005 and AACSB and EFMD conference at Paris during April 2006.
AIMS also conducts the AIMS Test For Management Admission (ATMA) in February every year. ATMA is one of the five tests recognised by the Union Government for all-India admissions and more than 100 management institutes accept ATMA score.