Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
|Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad|
|भारतीय प्रबंधन संस्थान अहमदाबाद|
Motto in English
|Progress Through Knowledge|
|Type||Public business school|
|Chairman||A. M. Naik (2012–present)|
|Dean||Ajay Pandey (Programmes),G Raghuram (Faculty), Arvind Sahay (Alumni & External Relations)|
|Students||364: PGP (2013–15)
45: PGP – ABM (2013–15)
85: PGPX (2013–14)
|Location||Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
|Campus||Urban, 106 acres (0.43 km2)|
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 in India. It is consistently ranked as one of the best business schools in India and the Asia-Pacific region.
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. Its programs are accredited by EQUIS.
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.
IIM Ahmedabad was the second IIM to be set up in the country after IIM Calcutta. It was established on 11 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. Later on he went on to serve as the Institute’s Honorary Director for the first 3 years of its existence. Prominent management educator Ravi J. Matthai and several other Ahmedabad-based industrialists also played a major role in its creation.
The building is a major icon of modernism architecture, designed by American architect Louis Kahn. The New Campus, an extension stemming from growing needs of the institute, and an underpass connecting the two campuses, has been designed by Bimal Patel.
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. It offers the following full-time academic programmes:
Post-Graduate Programme in Agribusiness Management
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. From academic year 2015, the institute plans to induct foreign students in its regular two-year PGP course. This is in tune with the institute's global ambition. "The main aim is to get quality foreign students to bring in diversity and also to position the institute as global learning destination for management students," said institute director Ashish Nanda. 
The Institute has had many illustrated academicians and public figures as its directors, starting with Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. He was a well known physicist too and often considered the father of Indian space programme.
The current director of the institute is Prof Ashish Nanda. He was chosen for the post for his global experience. He was hired by AM Naik, chairman of Larson and Toubro, who is also the chairman of the board of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.
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. 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. In the 3rd such instance of alleged plagiarism, around 21 March 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. Two of the professors holding key posts had offered to step down until the enquiry was completed. 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. 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.
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IIM-A is the only Indian institute listed by The Economist in its 2012 Full-time B-school ranking, at #56, rising 22 ranks from 2011 when the institute was ranked at #78. 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. In the QS Global 200 Business Schools Report it was ranked No. 2 in the Asia-Pacific region for 2012 In India, it was ranked first by the Hindustan Times India's top 50 business schools of 2011, by the 2012 edition of CNBC-TV18's Top B-Schools in India and by the Business Today 50 best business schools of 2012.
Student events include Confluence, an international management symposium organised in the month of November, and ConneXion, an annual event organized by the one year Post-Graduate Program in Management for Executives (PGPX) students. Other events include Chaos, an annual culfest, Sangharsh, an inter-IIM sports tournament and Insight, a market research event. 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'.
Confluence is the annual international management symposium hosted by IIM Ahmedabad. This flagship event was started in 1999.
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 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.
Chaos is the annual cultural festival of IIMA and one of the biggest in the region. Its yearly editions have been centred on themes like diversity, colour or going green. The cultural festivities draws footfalls of around 50,000 visitors in the four days of revelry and participation from institutes across the country. ProNites are especially a huge success with a large number of top class artists coming and performing on one stage.
In the past, Chaos has witnessed musical performances by Jagjit Singh, Amaan and Ayaan Ali, Shankar Ehsaan Loy to name a few. 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.
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