Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: A Central team inspected three possible locations here recently for the proposed Indian Institute of Management.

Higher Education Secretary K. Ganesan and Collector T. Soundiah accompanied the team that comprised two officials of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, including Sunil Kumar, Joint Secretary, and Sekhar Choudhuri, Director, Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta.

Sites measuring 200 acres each on the Bharathidasan University campus and Panjapur and 157 acres at Sethurapatti were shown to the team.

Sources said the team was inclined to having the IIM set up in the university campus.

After providing over 300 acres to the newly created Anna University-Tiruchi, Bharathidasan University has been left with 650 acres. As per the sketch with the district administration, the frontage for the IIM will be in the space between Bharathidasan University and the Anna University-Tiruchi.

Official sources said the State government was keen on getting the IIM started at the earliest. There were indications that the IIM would start functioning from the next academic year.

As per the procedure, a notification will follow the visit, setting in motion the task of creating the infrastructure. The establishment of infrastructure is expected to take a minimum of two years; till then, the IIM will function from temporary buildings.