IIM-like Institute in Bihar to open doors in July

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New Delhi, Mar 24 (UNI) The proposed Chandragupt Institute of Management in Patna will start functioning from July this year, holding out a hope to evolve itself into a centre of excellence like the IIMs.

"The excellence of IIMs, the brilliance of IRMA (Institute of Rural Management in Anand) and the marketing wizadry of Amul, which spearheaded the White Revolution, are being woven into a single institution," Institute Director V Mukunda Das told mediapersons here today.

"The students passing out of the Institute will have social sensitivity and social orientation. Though the syllabus is management, the effort will be made to create a value system by which the social consciousness of the students is increased." A well known rural management expert, Dr Das has worked in IIMs and IRMA and has sufficient experience in teaching.

The 'brain child' of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Institute was registered as a society closely following the pattern of IIM-Ahmedabad with Mr Kumar as its Chairman.

"The Institute will follow, to the extent possible, all practices, systems and processes of an institution of excellence with international reputation, such as those at IIM-A." The first batch of 60 students for a two-year Post Graduate Programme will be enrolled in July this year, Dr Das said, adding that the admission was given on the basis of the candidates score in Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by IIMs, group discussion and interview.

The last date for submitting application forms is March 30.

Dr Das said the intake of students would be increased to 120 in 2009-10 when the Institute would have its own campus. A special two-year Post Graduate Programme (PGP)in Agri-Business management woud be started with 60 students in 2009-10.

In 2011-12, it would have 240 students in total in PGP, PGP(Agri-Business), besides 40 participants in diploma programmes of nine months duration and 125 participants in certificate programmes of three months duration.

"The Institute will start international programmes, both executive development and post-graduate,during the third year of its working." Dr Das said.

To start with, the Institute would have its programmes in countries such as Fiji and Mauritius.

He said the Institute would have five centres of research relevant to Bihar and India --- Centre for Disaster Management, Centre for Micro Enterprise Management, Centre for Entrepreneurship, Centre for Agri Business and Management Centre for Appropriate Technology.

"Every milestone that the Institute covers will have a unique propensity to achieve excellence," Dr Das said.

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