The director of Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) Debashis Chatterjee has said that IIMK was all poised to increase its female students’ intake to 40 per cent from the present 30 per cent for its PG programme, on its way to achieving the goal of a 50-50 gender ratio of students on the campus. Explaining the future plans and strategies of the institute to the media persons on the campus here on Saturday, Dr. Debashis along with the IIMK chairman A.C. Muthiah, said that the institute was increasingly giving emphasis on diversifying the concept of inclusive growth on a much larger and global scale. According to him, IIMK was the first IIM to ensure a 30 per cent intake of female students to its PG programme. “Now the others are following suit,” said Dr. Debashis adding that it was however only one of their many strategies for inclusive growth and diversity on the campus. “We have also initiated different measures to get students from different streams such as humanities and commerce for our programmes,” he said.
The institute, which had recently entered into a tie up with Yale University for a Centre of leadership for Academic Excellence, was the first IIM, according to him, to receive the global accreditation from The Association of MBAs (AMBA) for its different programmes. “We are also the first IIM to think about a Museum of Indian Business History and the first B-School to start the C.K. Prahalad Foundation on the campus,” said Dr. Debashis. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Muthiah said that the institute had made astonishing strides in a few years on its way to becoming an international destination for research, training and teaching.
According to him, the research programmes of the institute currently focused on achieving “thought leadership” in the field of education, environment and health. He also said that the IIM had of late doubled its core faculty and augmented its executive education and distance learning programmes in a big way with a vision to ‘Globalise Indian Thought’ and showcase a humane B-school that “churns out competent and compassionate managers.”
K.C. Mohanan, another member of board of directors was also present.