Nagpur: The Indian institute of management (IIM), Nagpur, is aiming to start its overseas campus in Southeast Asia, said director Bhimaraya Metri. The institute is also targeting international accreditation in the future.
The director was speaking during the orientation programme of the post graduate programme (PGP) in the management’s seventh batch at its temporary premises at VNIT on Monday. He also welcomed the first batch of PhD students at the premier institution. The online event was attended by IIM-N faculty, staff, senior students and students of the 2021-23 batch from all over the country along with their family members.
Metri said IIM-N is the only institute located in the heart of the industry in the fifth fastest growing city in the world. “We’re the fastest growing IIM with our physical infrastructure nearly complete and a state-of-the-art permanent campus almost ready to begin operations. We would move in as soon as it is safe under the present Covid-19 pandemic circumstances,” he said.
The director emphasized on the presence of a young, but remarkably qualified and experienced faculty, continuous engagement with industry experts and a global outlook as evident by IIM-N’s many strategic partnerships with universities in Japan, Europe, Canada and the US.
“The learning will further be enhanced by initiatives such as industry week (wherein successful entrepreneurs will share their experiences), international week (wherein faculty members from renowned universities from around the world will teach), business thought leadership programme and e-mentoring that will connect students with alumni working in the corporate world to tap into their wealth of knowledge and experience,” he said.
Chairperson of admissions, Varsha Khandker, informed that PGP 2021-23 batch had the highest proportion of non-engineers (21%) till date and they came from 20 states across India. She exhorted students to focus on learning to learn, be open to knowledge and seek it out in the world.
PGP chairman Prakash Awasthy reiterated that the coming two years would be of immense importance. “In a changing industrial environment, learnings at IIM would enable students to manoeuvre new challenges. Our multifaceted pedagogy which includes real-life engagement with the industry, peer learning and international exposure, is designed to create managers who can tackle global issues,” he said.