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Pawar Obsession With ‘Quality'

The IIMB is driven by a mission to mould leaders and entrepreneurs through transformative education

Photo Credit : Deepak G Pawar


In 2018, Eduniversal Paris ranked the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) the top business school in Central Asia for the tenth year in a row. It also conferred the 5 Palmes of Excellence award to the institute. Global recognition has come for IIMB in other accolades. In 2016 IIMB was accredited by the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) for a period of five years.

Located in India’s technology capital, the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore has  a natural advantage of geographical proximity to leading Indian corporate houses – from infotech firms to consumer products companies – enabling it to integrate classroom knowledge with practical experience. The IIMB is driven by a mission to mould leaders and entrepreneurs through transformative and innovative education.

Apart from its ten disciplines and five centres of excellence, the IIMB also offers courses and undertakes research on challenges that confront industry. Some popular courses offered at IIMB are long-duration postgraduate programmes (PGP) like the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM), PGP in Public Policy and Management (PGPPM), one-year full-time Executive PGP in Management (EPGP), PGP in Enterprise Management (PGPEM) and PGP in Management. All these programmes are highly rated and the IIMB alumni hold coveted leadership roles both in industry and academia. The institute has produced leaders who have contributed to the nation’s economy and industry, like Deepak Ohri (Founder & CEO, Lebua Hotels & Resorts), Gopal Krishna Nayak (Director, IIT, Bhubaneswar), Malavika Harita (CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi) and former ISRO Chairman, K. Radhakrishnan.

The IIMB has always been at the core of innovation. Its faculty members collaborate with industry, business leaders and academic institutions the world over in a continuous effort to engage with diverse organisations. A Centre of Excellence has been established to ensure that research and innovation are fundamental to the programmes at IIMB.

Specialisations are offered in Public Policy, Corporate Governance and verticals like Insurance, Financial Markets and Risk Management. The N. S.Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning has been created to mentor startups. By supporting the entrepreneurial spirit, the centre acts as an incubation port.

The IIMB offers a Student Exchange Programme in partnership with overseas business schools, which allows its students valuable exposure to counterparts across universities in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. Through the GNAM, the IIMB has forged partnerships for collaborations with international management institutes across 23 countries.

The institute has recently launched an India-Japan Study Centre, which promotes bilateral relations between Japan and India through research, teaching and policy outreach efforts. Corporate partnerships exist with organisations like Goldman Sachs for women entrepreneurship, with Michael and Susan Dell Foundation for incubation of non-profits and with Niti Aayog for scaling up.
The IIMB is among the first management schools to offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on the eDX platform. These courses, aimed at technology-enabled education, are offered in collaboration with the Harvard Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The IIMB has taken several measures to ensure quality of its faculty, in research and mentoring, in emphasising internationalisation, in encouraging entrepreneurship and in scaling up the quality of its student intake in all its programmes. The institute has also been proactive in deepening its engagement with the alumni and in improving infrastructure, administration and governance.

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