Greetings from IIM Kashipur.
IIM Kashipur's exciting journey towards excellence is in its fifth year. Creation of this Institute, like the birth of the proverbial oak tree from a tiny acorn, is unfolding. As the only IIM in a non-metropolitan setting, IIM Kashipur has given us the freedom to explore possibilities and carve a niche for ourselves, while remaining true to the essence of an IIM. The spirit of this new IIM is beginning to be felt and appreciated all around. Our national rankings have improved year on year, which reflects our spirit of continuous improvement.
The batch size has grown from 37 to 200 in 5 years and our students, selected through CAT, represent the diversity of India in its entirety. We have been able to usher in a fair amount of gender diversity. Our brand of woman managers are beginning to pioneer changes in business and society.
We have been fortunate to attract and retain faulty at par with good Institutes and have grown from 2 faculty members in 2012 to 33 in 2017. As we continue to grow, our faculty represents a fair mix of academic and industrial experience. The core faculty are supported by visiting faculty from the best in India and abroad. Our vision of being recognised as a top business school is well underway towards fruition. In keeping with our mission centred on academic excellence, our faculty is trained at Harvard Business School and other institutes of repute.
Our campus on nearly 200 acres stands with its iconic buildings and evocative presence that uniquely blends history, heritage and modernity. Our new campus is inspired by Guru Dronacharya's ashram which was believed to be here. The archways in our buildings are derived from that of the Buddhist Viharas. To expand our footprint and contribute to the development of our home state Uttarakhand, we have started an Executive Education Campus at Dehradun, and expect to start building on the 5 acres donated by the Uttarakhand Government.
Our flagship 2-year full time Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) is gaining in strength. The 2-year weekend programme for working executives, Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (EPGPM), is now being offered at Dehradun from July 2016 to widen its reach. Our Executive Fellow Programme launched in 2014, for senior executives interested in acquiring a doctoral degree while capitalizing on their experience and expertise, is very much in demand. Our Full-time Fellow (Doctoral) program has been running for 2 years now. Our executive education outreach is now driven through online programmes which are well subscribed. A small beginning has been made through certificate programmes delivered by our faculty at Dubai.
Our interaction with the industry happens through annual events and conclaves. To bring about the industry-academia synergy, many of our courses are run with the help of industry managers. Our exchange programme for students and faculty with ESDES Lyon Business School and AIT Bangkok are active over the past years. This year we have expanded our footprint with two more business schools in Europe - ALBA Graduate Business School, Athens, Greece and Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark. We are looking further afield to start exchange programmes with other business schools across continents. Our journey towards AACSB accreditation is the foundation for emerging as a world class business school through collaboration and benchmarking. In line with our Mission statement, within 6 years we have attained 20th rank in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for business schools in India.
In keeping with our focus on sustainable leadership, the Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Development is implementing Lean Manufacturing in the small and medium industries in nearby industrial areas and also working with local communities on livelihood promotion. The Centre of Excellence on Public Policy and Government, IIM Kashipur is now leading major government projects.
At IIM Kashipur, we believe in the holistic development of our students. Our young managers undertake their transformational journey not just through the curriculum but also through various clubs focusing on diverse areas of interest. Our aim is to engage students in meaningful activities that enrich their learning and enhance the quality of life for others in our local, national and international communities.
The guidance of our Board of Governors, led by Chairman Mr Dhruv M Sawhney, represents a diversity of fields and interests. Their support and encouragement has motivated us to continue to strive towards excellence through rigour, innovation and originality.
We welcome you to become our partners in progress and undertake this exciting journey into the future.
Prof Gautam Sinha