Indian Institute of Management Rohtak

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Indian Institute of Management Rohtak
Indian Institute of Management Rohtak logo.jpg
Motto ज्ञानेन गुणेन च प्रबन्धः
Motto in English
Management through knowledge and values
Type Public business school
Established 2009 (2009)
Affiliation Indian Institutes of Management
Chairman Ravi Kant
Director Dheeraj Sharma
Location Rohtak, Haryana, 124001, India
28°51′10.1″N 76°32′49.5″E / 28.852806°N 76.547083°E / 28.852806; 76.547083
Language English
Nickname Kathor

The Indian Institute of Management Rohtak, (abbreviated IIM Rohtak or IIM-R) is a public business school located in Rohtak, Haryana, India. Founded in 2009 as the eighth Indian Institute of Management, it is the first IIM in North India and the only IIM in National Capital Region.

It offers post graduate diploma, fellowship and executive programmes in management. The institute has taken many entrepreneurial and social initiatives since its inception.


In 2007, Ministry of Human Resource Development proposed setting up of 7 new IIMs as a part of the 11th Five Year Plan.[1] The proposal was also endorsed by National Development Council. 4 IIMs were supposed to be set up in 2009 in the first phase with the rest 3 being set up in 2010 in the second phase.[2] However, because of infrastructural issues, only 2 out of the 4 IIMs could start functioning[3] with IIM Rohtak commencing its classes from June 2010 and IIM Ranchi commencing its classes from July 2010.[4]

Foundation of IIM Rohtak was laid on 16 November 2009,[5] thus becoming the first IIM in North India and the only IIM in National Capital Region.[6] P. Rameshan, the then dean of academic administration at IIM Kozhikode was appointed as the first director of IIM Rohtak[7] with IIM Lucknow serving as the mentor institution for the first three years.[8] Ravi Kant, former Managing Director of Tata Motors, joined as the Chairman of the institute.[9] An MoU was signed with Maharshi Dayanand University to serve as the transit campus for the first five years and first batch started in June 2010 with a strength of 50 students. Haryana government provided 200 acres of land for the permanent campus and the foundation stone was laid by Kapil Sibal.[10]



Tagore auditorium where corporate events are held.

The permanent campus of IIM Rohtak was initially planned to come up at Garnawati village near Rohtak, 82 kilometres from Delhi Airport. However, the land was covered under Forest Act and thus, clearance from Forest Ministry was mandatory for construction. As the construction was getting delayed, Haryana government transferred 200 acres of land from Sunaria village for the construction in 2011.[11] The design of the campus has been assigned to Design Accord and classes for the 2017-18 batch are expected to start from the new campus.[12] In 2017, Dheeraj Sharma, the newly appointed director of IIM Rohtak announced the plans to set up a satellite campus in Gurgaon.[13]

The institute is currently functioning from Maharshi Dayanand University's 800 acre campus, 75 kilometres from Delhi Airport. As per the MoU signed with MDU, all the infrastructure facilities of the university are available to IIM Rohtak too.[12] The academic block is housed in the humanities block and consists of lecture rooms, library, computer centre, board rooms and seminar hall. The library (Knowledge Resource Centre) is a member of IIM Library Consortium[14] and on March 2016, had a collection of more than 5000 books and had online subscription to 57 print journals/magazines[15] and 35 e-databases.[16] The buildings in the campus are connected through a fiber optic backbone network which is controlled by the computer centre (IT Resources Centre). The centre also maintains other services like e-mail server, online learning system and intranet portal.[12] The institute has a Finance Lab which is equipped with 12 Bloomberg Terminals.[17]

Other than academic block and hostels, the institute has access to Radhakrishnan auditorium and Tagore auditorium with a seating capacity for 1800 people.[18] Most of the management and cultural events are held here. The campus has facilities for cricket, football, basketball, volleyball, lawn tennis, badminton, athletics, swimming, squash, gymnasium, table tennis, carrom and chess.[19][20] All the outdoor facilities are floodlit.


In 2012, IIM Rohtak became the fifth IIM to get membership of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).[9] The institute has partnered with Singapore Management University, California State University, Fullerton and Kelley School of Business, Indiana University for academic and researched collaboration. The agreements involve student exchange program, faculty exchange programme and joint academic structures for executives.[21]


A. Sivathanu Pillai inaugurated the Bizdome Incubation Council in 2015.

The Entrepreneurship Cell of the institute was set up in July 2014 to provide aspiring entrepreneurs incubation, mentorship, consulting and networking.[22] It was set up by students of IIM Rohtak, some of whom have started their own ventures.[23][24] The cell has signed an MoA with National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation for skill development of entrepreneurs from backward classes.[25]

Bizdome Incubation Council was launched in 2015 as a separate entity to provide incubation to budding entrepreneurs.[26] Ashutosh Garg, founder and chairman of Guardian Pharmacy joined as chairman of the council in 2016.[27] The council was identified as one of the 18 technology business incubators to be scaled up as per funding model of Department of Science and Technology as a part of Startup Action Plan.[28] In 2017, Unisolar became the first startup by an IIM Rohtak alumnus to be incubated by Bizdome.[29]



IIM Rohtak is an autonomous institution established as a registered society by Ministry of Human Resource Development governed by its own Board of Governors.[30] The board consists of chairman, 4 industrialists, 2 representatives of Government of India, 2 representatives of Government of Haryana, one representative each of AICTE, JNU and AIMA in addition to one academician and director of the institute.[31] The director of the institute is appointed by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.[32] Ravi Kant has been chairman of the board since its inception while P. Rameshan was the first director of the institute. Dheeraj Sharma joined as the second full time director in March 2017.[33]

Faculty and research[edit]

Since the beginning of academic curriculum in 2010, faculty members of IIM Rohtak have published 160 papers in international journals and have presented more than 70 papers at international conferences.[34][35] In a survey published in Elsevier on research productivity in management schools, IIM Rohtak was ranked at 7th position and 3 faculty members were among the top 5% most productive researchers in India.[36]


Recognised as an institute of excellence by MHRD,[30] IIM Rohtak was awarded by DNA for innovations in teaching methodology in 2014.[37] It was also awarded "Top Institute of India" by Competition Success Review twice in 2014 and 2015.[38]

On account of many institutes misreporting their placement data,[39] IIM Rohtak adopted Indian Placement Reporting Standards (IPRS) framework in 2016 becoming the second IIM to get its placement reports audited by CRISIL.[40]


University rankings
Business – India
NIRF[41] 19
Careers360[42] 26

IIM Rohtak was ranked 19 in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2017[41] and 26 by Careers360's "Top MBA Colleges in India 2017", 21 among government institutes.[42]


Post graduate programme[edit]

Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) is a two-year full-time residential programme offered by IIM Rohtak and is the flagship programme of the institute. Post completion of first year, students are expected to undergo a summer internship of 8 weeks in a company or an organisation.[43] In second year of the programme, students have to choose a major from Marketing, Finance, Operations, Human Resources, Information Technology, Strategy, Business Environment or General Management and a minor if desired.[44] The institute has adopted case study based methodology developed by Harvard Business School.

Admission to the programme is done through Common Admission Test (CAT), which is jointly conducted by the IIMs in the month of November every year. Candidates are invited for written analysis and personal interview on the basis of performance in CAT. Final selection is based upon CAT score, past academic performance, work experience and performance in written analysis and personal interview.[45]

Post graduate programme for executives[edit]

In 2015, IIM Rohtak launched post graduate programme for working executives with more than 3 years of experience. The programme was launched in collaboration with Hughes Global Education.[46] At the end of the programme, students are either awarded Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Management (ePGDM) for two year programme or Executive Post Graduate Certificate in Management (ePGCM) for one year programme based on their preference. Admission is done through Management Aptitude Test conducted by IIM Rohtak and personal interview. Students with a valid GRE, GMAT or CAT score can apply on the basis of their respective score.[47] 3 certificate programmes in Customer Service Management, Consumer Sales Management and Retail Supply Chain and Service Management were also launched along with the programme.[48]

A three-month programme on entrepreneurship was launched in collaboration with Talentedge. The lectures are delivered over the internet.[49] Students are awarded participation certificate at the end of the programme. A four-month long programme on Project Management was also launched along with this programme.[50]

Fellowship programme[edit]

Fellowship Programme in Management (FPM) is a four-year doctoral programme started in 2013 to cater to the rising demand of researchers and academicians in the field of management.[51] Admission is done on the basis of marks scored by a candidate in CAT, GMAT, GRE, JRF or GATE. The specialisations offered are Business Environment, Finance, General Management, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing, Operations and Strategy.[52] Starting 2016, interdisciplinary specialisation was available in Retail Management and Logistics and Supply Chain Management.[51]

Professional development programmes[edit]

Management Development Programmes (MDP) are professional development programmes of very short duration, generally lasting between 3 to 5 days. They are classified into Open MDP and Sponsored MDP programmes. Open programmes are designed for a specific area of specialisation where Sponsored programmes are designed to suit the specific needs of an organisation.[53] Around 15 MDPs are conducted every year. Faculty Development Programmes (FDP) are aimed at improving the professional expertise of faculty members of participating business schools.[54]

Student life[edit]

Clubs and committees[edit]

Panel discussion going on during ManCon 2015.

IIM Rohtak has a total of 13 committees and 10 clubs. Committees are institute sponsored student societies responsible for supporting the administration in carrying out non-academic activities related to the institute. Public Relations Cell is responsible for promotion and brand building. In 2016, it was awarded at Social Media for Empowerment Awards for "building goodwill and creating positive word of mouth without biases, comparisons and self-proclamation."[55] Placement Committee for carrying out placement activities.[56] It publishes the institute placement report annually. Alumni Committee is responsible for organising alumni engagement activities[57] and Entrepreneurship Cell is responsible for promoting entrepreneurship and organising related activities.[22]

Other committees are Academic Committee for academic matters, Cultural Committee for cultural activities, Elections & Auditing Committee for auditing and conducting elections, Hospitality Committee for managing student mess, Industrial Relations & Interaction Cell for corporate engagement, IT Committee for IT related matters, Sports Committee for sports activities, Student Council for coordination between clubs and Training Cell for skill development.[12]

Clubs are self sponsored special interest groups focusing on a specific area of knowledge or interest. The different clubs are FI Club (finance), Humane-R Club (human resources), ITernity Club (information technology), Marque Club (marketing), Supply Chain & Operations Management Club, Strategy & Consulting Club, exploR Club (film and photography),[58] InQUIZire Club (quizzing), Social Development Projects Cell[59] and Voice Club (public speaking).[60]

Corporate events[edit]

Participants competing in fashion show event during Infusion 2016.

ManCon is the annual management conclave organised by IIM Rohtak since 2011.[61] Organised in November every year by Industrial Relations & Interaction Cell, the two-day event involves panel discussions on various business related topics.[62] Udaan is the annual entrepreneurship summit organised by Entrepreneurship Cell of IIM Rohtak. It involves keynote speeches, panel discussions and Ignitus, a business plan competition.[63] exploR Club organised the first edition of its Film Summit in 2016. It involved keynote speeches on various aspects of filmmaking such as direction, screenwriting, marketing, etc.[58] IIM Rohtak also organises a lot of annual conventions such as HR Summit,[64] CXO Summit[65] and Outstation Conclave.[66]

Cultural events[edit]

Sanath Jayasuriya was the guest of honour at Mini marathon 2015.

Infusion is the annual cultural, management and sports festival. The two-day event consists of inter-college case study competitions, Model United Nations, Mock Stock, quizzes and various other sports and cultural events.[67]

IIM Rohtak organises a mini marathon every year on the theme India for Girl Child to raise awareness about gender equality.[68] Started in 2011, it consists of three events: 10 kilometres marathon for men, 5 kilometres marathon for women and 3 kilometres for children.[59] The first edition of the mini marathon saw a participation of more than 2000 people.[69] A flash mob is also organised every year to promote different causes.[70]

From 2015, IIM Rohtak has also started organising its own TEDx conference, TEDxIIMRohtak.[71]

Social initiatives[edit]

Social Development Projects Cell is responsible for taking social initiatives through its two arms; Every Child In School (ECIS) and Sparsh. ECIS was started by Dr. Venkatesh Murthy, a professor at IIM Rohtak to provide elementary education to ragpickers in Rohtak.[72] The students, hailing from Assam and West Bengal are taught Hindi and other basic concepts so as to make them eligible for admission in government schools. An evening school was started by members of ECIS in Sunaria village to teach these ragpickers.[73]

Sparsh organises various awareness activities throughout the year such as career counseling, blood donation camps, free medical check ups and cleanliness campaigns in government schools.[74][75] Under the 'Swabhav' initiative, members of Sparsh developed a self-sustaining model to finance the education of girl students in Rohtak city. This initiative has the backing of some of the faculty of the institute..[76]

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