IIM-A ties up with Parisian school

When French President Jacques Chirac comes to India, IIM-A will be happy to say oui, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 01:14 IST

When French President Jacques Chirac comes to India, IIM-Ahmedabad will be happy to say oui. IIM-A is set to sign an agreement with Paris-based ESSEC Business School for a wide range of collaborations — joint research, exchange of faculty and a double-degree programme.

Gainers will be the select IIM-A students who will be selected for the twin-degree programme. "We can pick five students from the IIM for the course. At the end of it, they will have a diploma from IIM-A and a full-time MBA from ESSEC, one of Europe's leading management institutes," an IIM official said.

The lucky few will study in IIM-A for a year. Then he will fly to Paris for his second year in ESSEC, which will include a six-month internship in Europe. The catch? The students should meet the ESSEC qualifications and will have to pay for their air tickets and stay in France. But no additional tuition fee will have to be paid to ESSEC.

The agreement will be signed on Tuesday by IIM-A director Bakul Dholakia and Pierre Tapie, president of the ESSEC Business School.

First Published: Feb 18, 2006 01:06 IST