The Chennai centre of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Trichy was inaugurated on Wednesday. The centre at Ekkattuthangal, spread over 4,000 sq ft, has classrooms, a computer lab, wi-fi connectivity, a conference room and a library.

According to officials, the Chennai campus will look at admitting executives with minimum three years work experience and a good academic background.

The flagship programme of the institute is specifically designed to enable working executives who aspire to equip themselves with a formal management education. The course will start in August and classes will be held on weekends and in the evenings so that they do not overlap with candidate’s work hours.

Candidates will also have the option of completing the course within five years, if they have to take long breaks during the original schedule for work-related reasons.

The intake for the first batch is estimated at 45, with a fee of Rs. 10 lakh payable in nine instalments. The centre will also serve as a platform to conduct placement-related activities for its programme offered in Trichy, said an official. Currently, IIM-Lucknow is offering such a programme from its Noida centre. IIM Trichy decided to offer the programme in Chennai, based on feedback from the industry, officials said, because the city has a number of companies in various sectors.

The institute was the eleventh IIM to be set up in the country. and started functioning a year ago.  IIM-Trichy has 15 permanent faculty members and one permanent international faculty member.

The move by the institution to set up a centre in the city comes close on the heels of IIM-Kozhikode starting a new campus in Cochin, also with working executives in mind.