IIM commences classes from upcoming session

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Mar 17, 2015 19:28 IST

The much-awaited high profile Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Punjab will commence functioning from the 2015-16 academic session in Amritsar.

Initially, the management institute will start functioning from the Government Polytechnic College campus near Guru Nanak Dev University, and as soon as its campus with all required infrastructure comes up at Awan village near Ajnala, it will be shifted there. A 100 acre premises has been finalised at Awan for the purpose.

Confirming the development, Amritsar deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat, who is the nodal officer, said: “After several rounds of discussions and meetings with IIM officials, it was unanimously decided to start the functioning of the institute from the government polytechnic building here. There will be 60 students in the first batch commencing this academic year.

“A separate block has been set up on the polytechnic campus for commencing IIM classes,” said the deputy commissioner, adding, the commencing of IIM will definitely give a major push to the education sector in the state.

Bhagat said, “A 100 acre premises has been finalised at Awan for IIM, but it will be operating from the temporary set up until its building gets ready.”

Pawan Kumar Singh, who is the nominated officer for IIM, Punjab, said: “The classes will be commencing in July this year with a batch of 60 students. We have selected a three-storey building for the purpose. Meanwhile, we are also making effort to find suitable accommodations for the students, as hostels facility is limited, at present.”

Notably, union finance minister Arun Jaitley had announced an IIM for Amritsar in his 2014 budget speech. Ever since, the district administration is on the job to find a suitable place to start its operations.

After considering various options, the government decided to finalise Awan village near Ajnala for the project. A 100 acre premises has been allocated for this purpose. aseem.bassi@hindustantimes.com

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