IIM-A turns 50, pushes for change

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At 50, the iconic IIM Ahmedabad is in the throes of change: this is evident in its thinking about its identity, strengths, goals and its pedagogy. Director Samir K. Barua wants its curriculum to reflect contemporary realities.

"We have been beholden for far too long to Western concepts and ideas. We need to give currency to our own experience," he says. The institute is now aggressively pursuing a plan that will allow its faculty time for research. "We need at least 30 more staff members, which is not easy.

In fact, we have put our growth plan on hold, to give faculty time for more research," adds Barua. In a bid to make its curriculum assimilative, it has launched a course on Contemporary Film Industry. Not just that, IIM-A's Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship now offers its alumni opportunities as angel investors in fledgling ventures nurtured there and also mentors them. Its agenda for future includes establishing campuses in other countries close to India. IIM-A intends to further consolidate its presence in management leadership. "We lead in the management education space and have provided top talent to companies, hence our vision is to provide 'thought leadership' as well," says Barua.

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