IIM-K plans to set up satellite campus at Infopark

The 14th annual convocation ceremony of the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIM-K), was held on its campus at Kunnamangalam here on Saturday.

Majority of the 310 PGP (Post Graduate Programme) students from the class of 2012 (2010-2012) and 133 working executives from the EPGP (Executive Post Graduate Programme) received their degrees at the function.

Delivering the convocation address, Minister of State for External Affairs and Human Resource Development E. Ahamed said the Union government was planning to give more emphasis to non-financial reforms in the area of institutional growth which would be essential to elevate the Indian higher education system to be at a par with the best in the world and transform India into a knowledge society.

Mr. Ahamed said the strategy of the country in the 12th Plan would focus on “demand-side intervention” and “supply-side initiatives.”

“Through this, we would attain the expanded supply of highly skilled individuals who are capable of giving us the competitive edge,” he said.

He reiterated that it was important to have more world-class educational institutions in the country for empowering all those who aspired for good-quality higher education irrespective of their paying capacity.

The Minister also urged the new graduates to strive for excellence in their chosen fields and realise the true extent of their potential.

Addressing the convocation ceremony, IIM-K chairman A.C. Muthiah said the institution was seriously considering the setting up of a satellite campus at Infopark, Kochi, to start post-graduate programmes for executives.

The project, currently being finalized, would be launched in the next academic year, he said.

Oscar Award winner Resul Pookutty was the chief guest at the event. He also distributed medals to the graduating students.