IIM-Ahmedabad calls off second campus plan
The plans for a second campus have been called off by The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A). As an alternative, IIM-A seeks to restore and increase its capacity within the campus at a price of over Rs.75 Crore and it is also looking forward to improve online offerings in the future.
The popular Business school had been looking forward to set up a second campus within or outside the country so they will be partnering with online service providers such as Hughes Global Education and NIIT for blended learning. IIM-A will try to include more classrooms and housing facilities within its campus and having ventured into online short and long term education. For instance, IIM-A had launched a two-year e-postgraduate programme in management for industrialists and working executives. For the programme, Hughes Global Education, an online service provider, will set up multiple tech-based classrooms via partnership and that too across most important cities so that it can turn out to be an interactive onsite platform.
Ashish Nanda, director of IIM-A, said that establishing a second campus will not happen because replicating the exact culture and environment can prove to be quite tricky and hard. There isn’t any problem with the geographical area as the IIM-A campus is spread across 100 acres. Besides, he also mentioned that IIM-A is also looking forward to establish a couple of small engagement centres in cities like Delhi and Mumbai, which could use classrooms for running short-term executive education programmes. Incubation facilities will provided to local establishments along with a gathering locale for alumni and other local people in general.
IIM-A will expand its faculties, classroom capacities and housing facilities. Apart from that, it will also set up new buildings for sports and leisure facilities.