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Doors for biggies open

A chance for honchos to go to school as IIMs introduce a course for professionals, writes Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 17:32 IST

Here's an opportunity for honchos to go back to school. The Indian Institutes of Management have decided to throw open its door to working professionals with five-year experience. A year-long diploma module has been designed especially for them.

IIM-Kolkata and IIM-Ahmedabad will take the lead from this academic year. While IIM Ahmedabad will take in students from April-May this year, IIM-Kolkata will start the course from December 2006.

This is the first time the IIMs are introducing a long-term diploma course for working professionals. Till now, institutes have been offering short-term courses, including online modules for working professionals. "The course will bring working professionals at par with any IIM graduate when it comes to skilled education. The professionals will get an opportunity to do internship in some top companies of the world," an official said.

IIM-Kolkata director Shehkar Chaudhari told Hindustan Times that the course aims to inculcate leadership qualities in professionals and provide interface between Indian and foreign managers.

The course is part of an initiative by IIM-K and IIM-A to lure foreign students and bulge kitties. "We will charge Rs 8 lakh from each student, which will meet all expenses barring food. The amount is almost half of what B-schools charge," Chaudhuri said.

First Published: Jan 13, 2006 17:32 IST