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IIM B: Researching Its Way To The Top

With its exclusive research centres, IIM-Bangalore delivers education that is relevant to the industry and society

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Established in 1973, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B) is one of the world’s best management institutes with supreme infrastructure, excellence in teaching and research.

IIM-B has recently topped the list of the best management institutes in the ‘India Ranking 2016’ — the first-ever national ranking of universities by the government. The ‘India Ranking 2016’, prepared by MHRD’s National Institutional Ranking Framework, rated IIM-B as the ‘Best Management Institute’ in India. All centrally funded institutions, including central universities, IITs and IIMs, participated in the ranking.

In the recent Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2016, IIM-B jumped seven positions to be at the 19th position in the world, where it has been feature alongside top management institutes such as London Business School, Harvard School of Business, and University of Oxford.

IIM-Bangalore offers courses such as Fellow Programme in Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Management, Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy & Management, Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management, Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management and Executive Education Programme.

IIM-B believes in being at par with the global best practices, and thus, undertakes several initiatives to collaborate with international bodies in various capacities. It has engagement with international networks, such as the Global Network for Advanced Management, which includes 28 top management schools around the world. This exclusive network is convened by Yale University, INSEAD, London School of Economics, and Fudan University, among others.

Teaching Strength
Faculty members at IIM-B conduct cutting-edge research in all functional areas of management that can benefit public and private sector companies, government and society.

The IIM-B faculty routinely publish their research work in leading academic journals with high citation index and impact factor. This research is further utilised in the form of new courses and executive education programmes. The IIM-B faculty members collaborate with the industry as well as other academic institutions the world over.

The IIM-B campus is spread over an area of 100-acres and is located in south Bangalore. The institute is known for its unique all-stone architecture and lush woods. “My time at IIM-B was a life-changing experience and it goes without saying that it has been a tremendous boost to my professional career. The Post-Graduate Programme puts you amongst super-achievers from all walks of life, prepares you the corporate life, as a testament to this, my batchmates are now leading some of the most successful entrepreneurial stories in India,” says Vivek Abraham, PGDM of 2006-08. “The programme is managed by some of the best academicians in India, and there is a strong and equal focus on sports and extra-curriculars. And all this in a campus, which is a beautiful oasis, in the middle of one of the most cosmopolitan and innovative cities in India.”

Collaborations & Placements
IIM-B is always on a lookout for opportunities to collaborate with the industry as well as other academic institutions the world over. The institute gives extreme importance to innovation and research, which is evident through the Centres of Excellence in various areas, ranging from public policy, corporate governance, financial markets and risk management. The institute has recently established two new research labs — one for Big Data and another for Behavioural Research. The NS Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning is a well-known incubation centre for early age startups.

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A Sengupta

A journalist who has covered the education beat for Hindustan Times and now pursues research at Observer Research Foundation

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