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Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
भारतीय प्रबंधन संस्थान अहमदाबाद
IIM Ahemadabad Logo.svg
Motto विद्याविनियोगाद्विकास:
Motto in English Progress Through Knowledge
Established 1961
Type Public business school
Chairman A. M. Naik[1] (2012–present)
Dean Ajay Pandey (Programmes),G Raghuram (Faculty), Arvind Sahay (Alumni & External Relations)[2]
Director Ashish Nanda[3]
Students 364: PGP (2013–15)
45: PGP – ABM (2013–15)
85: PGPX (2013–14)[4][5]
Location Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
23°01′54″N 72°32′11″E / 23.031661°N 72.536325°E / 23.031661; 72.536325Coordinates: 23°01′54″N 72°32′11″E / 23.031661°N 72.536325°E / 23.031661; 72.536325
Campus Urban, 106 acres (0.43 km2)[6][7]
Website iimahd.ernet.in

The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM Ahmedabad or IIM-A) is a public business school located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. It was the second Indian Institute of Management (IIM) to be established, after IIM Calcutta.[8] It is consistently ranked as one of the best business schools in India and in the Asia-Pacific region.[9][10][11]

Established in 1961, the institute offers Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Management and Agri-Business Management, a Doctoral (Fellowship) Programme and a number of Executive Training Programmes.[12]

History[edit]

Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, the founding director of IIM Ahmedabad

The Indian Institutes of Management were established in response to the growing need that was felt for nurturing professional managers who could efficiently manage India’s growing industries. They were established with the objectives of providing high quality management education and assisting the industry through research and consulting services.[13]

IIM Ahmedabad was the second IIM to be set up in the country. It was established on 16 December 1961 with the active support of the Government of India, the Government of Gujarat and the industry. Eminent physicist Dr. Vikram Sarabhai and businessman Kasturbhai Lalbhai, both natives of Ahmedabad, played a pivotal role in setting up the Institute.[14][15] Later on he went on to serve as the Institute’s Honorary Director for the first 3 years of its existence.[16] Prominent management educator Ravi J. Matthai and several other Ahmedabad-based industrialists also played a major role in its creation.[17]

Architecture[edit]

The building is a major icon of modernism architecture, designed by American architect Louis Kahn.

Academics[edit]

Like other IIMs, IIM Ahmedabad currently offers diplomas in management, not degrees. IIMs have not been set up as universities through an act of Parliament but as charitable societies. IIMs lack regular peer-based academic review of their departments/areas, an oversight proposed to be corrected by legislation governing all 13 IIMs after the Ministry of Human Resource Development rejected IIM Bangalore's plans to award degrees.[18] It offers the following full-time academic programmes:[12]

Post Graduate Program in Management[edit]

The Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) is a two year, full-time residential programme. It is the flagship programme of IIM Ahmedabad, known for the depth and rigour in its pedagogy and has been called possibly the toughest MBA programme in India to gain admission into.[19]

Post-Graduate Programme in Agribusiness Management[edit]

The Post-Graduate Programme in Agribusiness Management (PGP-ABM) is a two-year fully residential management programme. This programme has been designed specifically to cater to the requirement of management professionals in that sector.

One Year Post-Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (PGPX)[edit]

PGPX is a one-year, full time residential programme for executives with substantial work experience leading to a One Year Post-Graduate Diploma in Management for Executives. The design of PGPX is built on IIMA's well established experience of designing and running post-graduate management programmes for exceptionally bright students and a wide range of executive education programmes for practicing managers from many countries. PGPX students are selected through a rigorous admissions process that includes GMAT (www.mba.com), leadership profiling and personal interviews. The programme takes into account the substantial and varied experience the selected executives bring to the classroom. The objective of the programme is to develop bright, enthusiastic and high-initiative executives into management leaders and change agents in the global arena. The programme has a general management focus, including an emphasis on managing across borders and cultures. It has an international project (called International Immersion) besides teaching content drawn from many countries.

Plagiarism[edit]

In the 1960s the institute's first faculty dismissal took place for plagiarising verbatim an article from a German journal which that faculty member had access to.[20] On 29 June 1992 a student complained to the Director IIM-A that a textbook authored by Institute professors had been simply lifted from three other books. On enquiry a Committee found copying without acknowledgment of the source from least 5 foreign books and some other Indian books.[21] In the 3rd such instance of alleged plagiarism,[22] around March 21, 2012, 5 IIM-A professors were accused of plagiarism a fortnight after the Gujarat High Court had directed a fresh inquiry into earlier plagiarism allegations.[23][24] Two of the professors holding key posts had offered to step down until the enquiry was completed.[25] In July 2012 IIM sources claimed the inquiry report exonerating some of these professors was deliberately withheld (and not formally placed on the Institute records) since three of the four professors who were accused of plagiarism were potential candidates for the director’s post and could be considered only after the allegations are found to be baseless.[26] In 2005-06 five students were found to have used the work of others without giving credit. They were caught and made to repeat a year. [22][27]

Rankings[edit]

Institute rankings
Business – International
Financial Times (MBA)[28] 26
The Economist[29] 56
QS (MBA-Asian)[30] 2
Business – India
Business Today[31] 1
Hindustan Times[32] 1
CNBC-TV18[33] 1

IIM-A is the only Indian institute listed by The Economist in its 2012 Full-time B-school ranking, at #56,[29] rising 22 ranks from 2011 when the institute was ranked at #78.[34] The Financial Times Global B-School Rankings ranked IIM Ahmedabad's PGPX programme at No. 11, whereas its Global MBA rankings also ranked the institute at #11.[28] In the QS Global 200 Business Schools Report it was ranked No. 2 in the Asia-Pacific region for 2012[30] In India, it was ranked first by the Hindustan Times India's top 50 business schools of 2011,[32] by the 2012 edition of CNBC-TV18's Top B-Schools in India[33] and by the Business Today 50 best business schools of 2012.[31]

Events[edit]

Student events include Confluence, an annual business summit organised in the month of November,[35] and ConneXion, an annual event organized by the one year Post-Graduate Program in Management for Executives (PGPX) students.[36] Other events include Chaos, an annual culfest, Sangharsh, an inter-IIM sports tournament and Insight, a market research event.[37][38] Its Finance & Investments Club, BETA organises a financial services focused event titled 'Exchequer' which in its 2011 edition saw Nilesh Shah, President of Corporate Banking at Axis Bank speaking with the students. It is also responsible for IIM Ahmedabad's annual flagship publication, 'The Efficient Frontier'.[39][40][41][42]

Confluence[edit]

Confluence is the annual international Business school summit hosted by IIM Ahmedabad. This flagship event was started in 1999[43] and is considered to be the biggest B-school summit in Asia.[44]

The flagship events at Confluence include Masterplan, the business plan competition; Bizquizzitive, a business quiz event; Mouse Trap, a business simulation event and Corporate Combat, a business strategy simulation event[45] The speaker series at Confluence has seen eminent speakers in the past including Ratan Tata, Vijay Mallya, Mukesh Ambani, Kiran Bedi, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chandrababu Naidu, Rakesh Sharma etc.[46][47]

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia performing at Chaos 2009

Chaos[edit]

Chaos is the annual cultural festival of IIMA and one of the biggest in the region.[48] Its yearly editions have been centred around themes like diversity, colour or going green.[48] The cultural festivities draws footfalls of around 50,000 visitors in the four days of revelry and participation from institutes across the country.[49] ProNites are especially a huge success with a large number of top class artists coming and performing on one stage.[48]

In the past, Chaos has witnessed musical performances by Jagjit Singh, Amaan and Ayaan Ali, Shankar Ehsaan Loy to name a few.[49][50] The 2012 edition hosted a variety of events including an online treasure hunt, fashion shows, rock competitions, and contests of dance, drama, fine arts and quizzing.[50]

Insight[edit]

Insight is the annual Market research festival of IIM A and is one of the oldest events organised by the institute.[51] The festival began in 1987 as a project by Kapil Kappor and his PGP colleagues under the supervision of Prof. Labdhi Bhandari.[52][53] Insight is known for its application of innovative marketing research tools.[54]

The two-day event sees participation from students of top business schools across the country in a series of events and competition on topics ranging from advertising,strategy,product-launches to simulation games.[55] Insight focuses corporate based research, social initiatives based studies and also specific focus on marketing innovation in start-ups.[56]

The major events at Insight include Bone of Contention: A National Level marketing debate, Productomania : where teams pitch for startups & a Workshop by AC Nielsen that caters to the needs of modern day marketing research techniques.[57] These are complemented by entertaining events like the fun-filled fair –"Great Ahmedabad Dhamaal" and a rock concert by Meghdhanoosh at Insight 2011.[58]

In popular culture[edit]

Some parts of film 2 States was filmed in IIM-A which is based on the novel of same name by Chetan Bhagat.[59]

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