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IMI among top 10 B-schools

Secures 7th position in NIRF rankings

In first-of-its-kind ranking methodology released by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) of the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, the International Management Institute, New Delhi, has bagged seventh position by scoring 81.78 points and is the only private institution in the top 10 management institutes.

Talking about the growth of the institution which led to its success, the institute’s Director-General Bakul Dholakia said, “Out of all the parameters set by the HRD ministry, what made IMI stand out were the learning outcomes and faculty teaching. Our curriculum is upgraded every year to make it more contextual and the large pool of inter-disciplinary faculty coupled with research practices and industrial exposure makes it all the more unique.”

The institute that enjoyed a higher ranking position than many of the IIMs is further planning to increase its intake by 60 students for their flagship PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) programme from this year onwards.

Also, what started as an experiment by the IMI to venture into the Online Executive Education sector in 2015, will witness an expansion for the benefit of the students.

As per the rankings, IIM Bangalore scoring 93.04 out of 100 stood at number 1, while IIM Ahmedabad was the runner up scoring 89. 91.

The ‘India Rankings 2016’ were put together with the participation of 3,500 private and public institutions, which were ranked by the National Bureau of Accreditation (NBA) based on five criteria — teaching and learning resources, perception, outreach, graduation outcome, inclusivity and research productivity.

All 122 centrally-funded institutions, including all central universities, IIMs and IITs, participated in the first round of ranking.

On the All India Council for Technical Education’s proposal to private professional institutes to consider lowering the tuition fee to make it affordable to students from all strata of society, Mr. Dholakia said, “I have been a strong proponent of the issue of autonomy of private institutions. Two educational institutions can’t be alike, and the government should allow well-performing institutes to enjoy autonomy. The government should take into consideration factors like quality education and placement benefits which forms the core of a good B-school and then categorise them on the basis of their performance.”

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