Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
Motto in English
|Progress Through the Application of Knowledge|
|Chairman||Kumar Mangalam Birla|
Established in 1961, the institute offers Masters Degree programmes in management and agri-business management, a fellowship programme and a number of executive training programmes. The Institute's founding director was Ravi J. Matthai. Other notable founding figures were the Indian physicist Vikram Sarabhai and Indian businessman Kasturbhai Lalbhai.
IIM Ahmedabad was established on 11 December 1961 with the active support of the Government of India, the Government of Gujarat, Harvard Business School, and prominent members of Indian industry. The physicist Vikram Sarabhai and businessman Kasturbhai Lalbhai, both natives of Ahmedabad, played pivotal roles in setting up the institute. The institute's Kasturbhai Lalbhai Management Development Centre and a Kasturbhai Lalbhai Chair in Entrepreneurship are named in his honour. The management educator Ravi J. Matthai and several other Ahmedabad-based industrialists also played a major role in its creation.
The IIMA campus is situated across 102 acres in Vastrapur, Ahmedabad. The campus houses the academic blocks, faculty offices, student and faculty accommodation, the Vikram Sarabhai Library, the R.J. Matthai Auditorium, the Louis Kahn Plaza, the International Management Development Centre, the Kasturbhai Lalbhai Management Development Centre, the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship, sport facilities, several food outlets and merchandise stores.
In 1962, the IIMA board came to a formal agreement with the National Institute of Design (NID) for the latter to undertake the task of designing the IIM Ahmedabad campus. The National Institute of Design appointed American architect Louis Kahn and B.V. Doshi as architects for the project. Kahn worked on the IIMA project from 1962 until his death in 1974.
Kahn's architecture is characterized by the use of exposed red bricks, the extensive use of geometric shapes in hostels and academic blocks and vast corridors outside the classrooms. A number of tourists and architecture students visit the campus every year.
Vikram Sarabhai LibraryEdit
The library is named after the institute’s founder, renowned physicist Vikram Sarabhai. The library was instituted in 1962 and houses over 193000 books and has online subscriptions to greater than 24000 journals. The library provides access to 100+ digital databases relating to scholarly, company and industry information to the IIMA community. The library is located at the Louis Kahn Plaza. In year 2016, Tata Consultancy Services partnered with the university with a grant of ₹20 crore (US$2.9 million) to restore the library for digital learning and collaboration.
Students are provided single room accommodation in the 33 fully furnished dormitories spread across the campus. Married students can opt to live with their family in married students' hostels. Stay in dormitories is mandatory for students. Basic amenities including washing machines, refrigerators and TVs are available at each dorm.
Like other IIMs, IIM Ahmedabad currently offers masters degree in management as per the approval of the Indian Institute of Management Bill, 2017. These include two-year full-time programmes (PGP), one-year full-time residential programme for experienced professionals (PGPX), and ePost Graduate Programme (ePGP) in Management. IIM Ahmedabad also offers doctoral level fellowship programmes. The institute conducts a number of executive education and faculty development programmes.
IIMA has affiliations with 78 leading business schools across the world. In 2015-16, 140 students from IIMA spent a semester at affiliate business schools across North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Asia Pacific region, while 87 students from foreign colleges spent a semester at IIMA for the same period. The Institute has a Dual Degree programme arrangement with a few business schools such as HEC Paris, Bocconi University, ESSEC Business School in Paris, University of Cologne and ESCP Europe. Some of the students going on exchange receive scholarships from the Institute, DAAD Germany, the French Government and participating schools.
The university has the following sector or mission oriented centres which are staffed by faculty members:
- Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship (CIIE) - It was originally set up in 2012 as a research institution, with a grant pool from Government of Gujarat, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and IIMA. It now operates as a section 8 non profit company under Companies Act 2013. The centre supports 40-60 ventures every year through its accelerator programmes, incubation spaces and seed investment programme. The centre has about 20,000 sq ft of incubation space in Ahmedabad, 30,000 sq ft in Pune and is in the process of setting up another one in Pune spread over 10,000 sq ft. The center also has a Young IIMAvericks Fellowship/Internship Programme for batch of graduating students who decide to take the route of entrepreneurship. In 2015, CIIE was invited to co-host the first India-US Startup Konnect in the Silicon Valley to showcase the strengths of India's startup ecosystem. In 2017, Securities and Exchange Board of India gave approval to Bharat Innovation Fund to operate as a Venture Capital Fund and also secured Category – I Venture Capital Fund status.
- India Gold Policy Centre
- Centre for e-Governance
- Centre for Infrastructure Policy and Regulation
- Centre for Management of Health Services
- Centre for Retailing
- IIMA-Idea Telecom Centre of Excellence
|Business – international|
|Financial Times (MiM) (2016)||16|
|Financial Times (MBA) (2017)||29|
|QS (MBA) (2018)||49|
|QS (MBA-Asia,Aus,NZ) (2018)||7|
|QS (EMBA-Asian) (2017)||13|
|The Economist (2017)||92|
|Business/Management – India|
|Business Today (2017)||1|
|Outlook India (2017)||1|
Worldwide, the Financial Times has ranked IIM Ahmedabad #16 in its Masters in Management Ranking 2016 and #29 in its Global MBA Ranking 2017. The QS Global 250 MBA Rankings 2018 ranked it 49 in the world and 7th in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The QS Global 100 EMBA Rankings by Region 2017 ranked it 7 in the Asia-Pacific region, the top institute in India for both rankings. It was ranked #87 by The Economist in its 2016 Full-time B-school ranking, the only institute in India to be ranked.
In India, IIM Ahmedabad has been ranked first among Indian B-schools in InsideIIM's list of "India's Most Desirable B-Schools - 2019". IIM Ahmedabad has also been ranked first among management schools in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2018. It was also ranked first in India by Business Today's "India's best B-schools 2017" and Outlook India's "Top 100 Management Schools" of 2017.
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad's two-year Post-Graduate Programme (PGP) in Food and Agri-Business Management (PGP-FABM) has been ranked number one in the world by Paris-based ranking agency Eduniversal. This is the third consecutive year when the institute's course emerged on the top in the international ranking.
The Student Affairs Council (SAC) is the umbrella student body at IIMA that helps in the administration of the 40+ clubs committees on campus. The first SAC was instituted in 1964. Over the years, it has included various number of positions of responsibility held by elected student representatives. The current composition is as follows: General Secretary, Recruitment Secretary, Academic Secretary, Alumni & External Relations Secretary, Sports Secretary, Mess & Vendor Relations Secretary, IT Secretary, Media Secretary, and Cultural Secretary.
The elected representatives under the SAC lead one committee each (except for the General Secretary), whose functioning is as follows:
Academic Council acts as the interface between students and faculty, represents the concerns of the students to the administration and participates in the academic policy making process. The Academic Council is responsible for suggesting changes and improvements in the content and delivery methods of existing courses through student feedback and deliberation with professors, and for introducing new courses as part of the curriculum.
Alumni & External Relations Committee aims to forge and maintain enduring links between the institute and its alumni, as well as form a bridge between the students and relevant external stakeholders, like other educational institutes. It does so through speaker sessions (notable speakers: Shashi Tharoor, Raghuram Rajan, and Harsha Bhogle), reunions for alumni batches, hackathons for nearby institutes through the consortium called A-League, and publications.
Computer Center Committee acts as a bridge between students and Computer Centre by resolving concerns and implementing new suggestions and leveraging technology to make the lives of students better.
Cultural Committee is responsible for conducting cultural activities in the campus aimed at giving a holistic environment for the all-round development of the residents.
Media Cell is responsible for sending out press releases and providing the students of the institute a platform to voice their opinions. The Cell also works with clubs and other student bodies to aid in the formation of their opinion and seek opportunities that will enable the student body to disseminate that opinion to the world.
Mess Committee represents the interests of the IIMA community with regards to their culinary needs and acts as the intermediary between the students and the vendors of various outlets on campus premises.
Placement Committee, or PlaceComm, is responsible for conducting placements for the students in the two year MBA program - from inviting recruiters to managing operations for the actual process. They also facilitate training among the students by collaborating with other student bodies.
Sports Committee aims to create a rich sporting environment in terms of both infrastructure and events for the campus community.
The Red Brick Summit (TRBS)Edit
The Red Brick Summit or TRBS, named after the red brick walls that the campus is known for, replaced 'Big Four' individual management fests/summits (Confluence, Amatheon, ConneXions, and Insight) as an umbrella management symposium. Instituted in 2017, the mega event - the biggest management symposium in Asia with a footfall of 20,000 students across more than 250 Indian and 30 international universities - sees renowned speakers talking about issues relevant to management and public policy, national-level business competitions, and workshops attended by hundreds. The speakers include Nirmala Sitharaman (Union Cabinet Minister, Defence), Maneka Gandhi (Union Cabinet Minister, Women and Child Development), Hasmukh Adia (Revenue Secretary, Government of India), and Deep Kalra (Founder-CEO of MakeMyTrip).  Its predecessor Confluence had invited Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, Kiran Bedi, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chandrababu Naidu, Rakesh Sharma etc. ConneXions (hosted by the PGPX students) had hosted the likes of Suresh Prabhu, Kiran Karnik, Ramaswami Balasubramaniam, Ram Sewak Sharma, Tamal Bandyopadhyay, Shyam Srinivasan etc.
Chaos is the annual cultural festival of IIMA. Its yearly editions have been centred on themes like diversity, colour or going green. The cultural festivities draws footfalls of around 50,000 visitors from Ahmedabad over four days and participation from institutes across the country. Pro-nites (events hosted by professional artists) 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, Amit Trivedi, Raghu Dixit, Mohit Chauhan and Shankar Ehsaan Loy to name a few.
In addition to the above, the Institute organizes: Convergence, a management conference organised by the Armed Forces Programme; two sports fests - Sangharsh (on a rotational basis with IIM Bangalore, Calcutta and Lucknow) and Shaurya (with attendees from all over India).
The placement process at IIM Ahmedabad is a student-driven process that institutionalizes placements for the entire batch. The Placement Committee elected by the students liaisons between the Institute administration, students and recruiters. Placements for the PGP and PGP-FABM courses are characterised by two phases - summer placements for the first-year batch and final placements for the graduating batch. The placement process for the graduating is conducted in two stages. The first is the laterals process where firms interview students with prior work experience and offer them mid-level managerial positions. The second stage is the final placement process. Companies from multiple sectors across different geographies hire candidates for a wide range of functions
IIMA has been instrumental in influencing the business landscape of the country, with the highest proportion of BSE 500 CEOs (who have an MBA) coming from IIMA. More than 400 students provide live consulting for businesses through the Forum for Industry Interaction annually. 84 projects were undertaken by students in 2015.
A key study by IIMA on salaries in the private and public sector helped shape the 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations. Professors from IIMA have been appointed to eminent panels and committees, responsible for shaping key policies, by the government. IIMA’s Gold Policy Centre is in the process of publishing a paper on the government’s Gold Monetization Policy. The Punjab Prisons Department has signed a MoU with IIMA for a prison modernization project. The Central Vigilance Commission has asked IIMA to come up with India’s first index to measure perceptions of graft and corruption, based on the Corruption Perceptions Index of Transparency International. Key studies on state health indexes have also been released by IIMA, helping to highlight the progress made on the same by various states across the country.
Through its Executive Education programs, IIMA will train key senior officers from Chhattisgarh, as well as state Chief Minister Raman Singh, focussing on key management practices and project management. Officers from the Delhi Jal Board will also undergo training on Project and Risk Management. A MoU has also been signed between the Institute and the Delhi Govt to train the principals of all 1024 schools run by it, with the training to be conducted by the RTE Resource Centre.
The Right to Education Resource Centre (RTE-RC), started by a group of students under the guidance of Prof. Ankur Sarin, helps parents fill out forms and get children admitted under the RTE Act, while also raising awareness about the issue of underutilization of the Act. The Centre received 1800 application in its first year of operation, raising the number of children admitted under RTE from 30 in 2013 to nearly 600 in 2014.
Launched in 2004, Prayaas impacts the lives underprivileged students by directly providing them a higher quality of education through specially appointed teachers, with classes running out of the New Campus, as also through funding drives that enable students to move to better schools, in a hope for better education and better lives. The IIMA community actively helps the children with their homework and preparation for examinations. Additionally, the children use the campus' facilities and participate in activities like painting, dance, crafts, etc.
IIMA, in association with the Wagh Bakri Group, set up an initiative called SMILE (Student Mediated Initiative for Learning to Excel) to educate underprivileged kids wherein students will conduct classes in their free time. This has been piloted in a space provided by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) under a flyover near the IIMA campus.
Many alumni from the institute have made a name for themselves. Among BSE 500 CEOs with MBA, the highest proportion come from IIM Ahmedabad. Notable alumini are Chetan Bhagat, CK Prahalad , Deep Kalra, Harsha Bhogle , Raghuram Rajan , Ajay Banga, Sanjeev Bikchandani , KV Kamath , Shikha Sharma , and others .
19th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India C. Rangarajan was a faculty Professor of economics here and was later awarded the title of Honorary Fellow of IIMA in 1997. N. Ravichandaran who is currently a Professor, previously served as 4th director of Indian Institute of Management Indore. Abhishek Mishra was a faculty member for six years, before leaving to become a member of Samajwadi Party and an elected MLA of Uttar Pradesh. Anil Kumar Gupta was a professor who was awarded Padma Shri for his contributions to management education.
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