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The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) was set up by the Government of India in collaboration with the Government of Gujarat and Indian Industry as an autonomous Institute in 1961. Conceived not only as a business school but also as a management Institute, IIMA builds on 52 years of excellence and leadership in management education. IIMA’s vision is to be a global institution that influences managerial and administrative practices by creating new frontiers of knowledge and developing entrepreneurial and socially sensitive leader-managers committed to excellence and ethical standards.

Rated as India’s best and Asia’s foremost business School, IIMA continues to be ranked as one of the finest institutions in the world having an academic rigour that matches the top league. In 2008, IIMA became the first Business School in India to receive the EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development which has subsequently been renewed in 2012. With a distinguished faculty, an exceptional student-faculty ratio, and a 100-acre world class campus conducive to continuous learning, IIMA is an Institute that sets international standards in the field of management education.

The Institute is the pioneer of the case study approach to management education in India, the result of its early collaboration with Harvard. This approach entails working in groups and encourages intense participation as students learn to present their perspectives, defend their stand, and think through management problems.

IIMA’s mission is to help India and other developing countries improve their managerial practices both in the private and the public sector and adopt superior public policies. It seeks to do this through producing risk-taking leader-managers who will pioneer new managerial practices and set new standards; through producing teachers and researchers who will generate new ideas of international significance; and through purposeful consulting aimed at helping client organizations scale new heights.

The Institute conducts the following major programmes:
• Two-year Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGP, equivalent to MBA)
• Two-year Post-Graduate Programme in Agri-business Management (PGP-ABM, equivalent to MBA)
• Fellow Programme in Management (FPM, equivalent to Ph.D.)
• One-year Post-Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (PGPX, equivalent to MBA)
• Faculty Development Programme (FDP) for Teachers in Universities and Colleges


Executive Education : Transforming to Lead

It was a deliberate decision to begin the academic activities at IIMA with a Management Development Programme (MDP). The first set of executive courses designed, developed, and offered by IIMA have now become popular as the 3-Tier Programmes (3-TP). Since then, IIMA has been constantly adding to the list of MDPs. For the academic year June 2013 -May 2014, around 60 MDPs have been planned including a few new programmes. This list includes the flagship MDPs like the 3-TP and the programme for Small and Medium Enterprises
(SMEP). These MDPs known as General Management Programmes (GMPs) are designed with the objective of providing insights into managerial concepts and techniques relevant for formulating and implementing strategies in functional areas and an overall perspective for decision-making by integrating functional and general management approaches.

The GMP in Bhutan was offered twice at Bhutan in the year 2011-12 and once in 2012-13 in collaboration with DHI Infra of Bhutan. The programme had a mix of participants from India, Bhutan, and other countries.

Besides GMPs, the Institute’s MDPs offered as open enrolment programmes are designed to address specialized needs in areas such as business policy, communication, finance and accounting, marketing, organizational behaviour, personnel and industrial relations, production and quantitative methods, computers and information systems, agriculture, public systems, health, and education. These MDPs enable participants to gain insights into managerial concepts and techniques for formulating and implementing strategies and enhance their overall perspective for effective managerial decision-making.

In response to the growing challenges of a globalized world, the Institute conducts long duration General Management Programme, Retail Management Programme, Strategic HRM Programme, and Strategic Supply Chain Management Programme for working executives based at Dubai.

As part of the Global Programmes, the Institute will be offering `BRICs on BRICs’ for the second time, which is an Executive Education Programme to be delivered jointly by four reputed institutes from Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC).

At IIMA, it is a tradition to constantly update the course content, revise the course design, and experiment with innovative pedagogy. Around 100 full-time faculty at IIMA continuously attempt to integrate research, teaching, and applied work. Pedagogical tools create a participative learning environment. While the case method is the major tool, it is supplemented by group exercises, computer-based simulation games, lecture-cum-discussions, role plays, project work, and presentations by participants.

The response of the corporate, government, and non-government sectors to MDPs has been very encouraging. Over the years, around 51,000 managers have benefited from more than 1500 MDPs conducted by IIMA.