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While very few students at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad ( IIM – A ) may be inclined to take up politics as a career, a large part of the student community seems interested in addressing issues in public policy.

About 117 students from the premier business school have enrolled for Globalizing Resurgent India through Innovative Transformation ( GRIIT ) a course offered by IIM – A faculty Anil Gupta and former president of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

I am quite happy with the response of the students in GRIIT so far. I think the interest in public policy still remains very strong. Several very useful outputs are expected as in previous years, said Gupta.

The course seeks to advise public policy through a series of project proposals. Once the lectures conclude, students are required to submit project proposals for creating scenarios based on multiple options for specific policy and institutional changes.

Students also get an opportunity to work with Kalam as part of the course. Gupta, who has already received nominations of five change makers each from more than 80 per cent students, will shortlist and listen to the best presentations with Kalam on 10th November, 2012.

In the past, IIM – A had encouraged student interaction with politicians, which also led to several students choosing a career in politics or interning with political parties. However, the last few years have seen poor response from students.

While GRIIT has attracted student interest, other courses on public policy have not generated much participation from the community this year. I do not see a decline in the interest in my course. It may be the case in some other courses on public policy, said Gupta, who introduced GRIIT in 2008 with 70 – odd students.

Another elective course on public policy, which had 86 students enrolled in 2011 saw only 10 students this year.

According to Jagdeep Chhokar, former IIMA faculty and founder member, Association for Democratic Reforms, That public policy does not, or should not, interest management students, is a wrong notion. Business and management are vitally affected by public policy and business schools have to convince themselves of the importance of public policy to business.

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Seats in PGP will not be doubled: IIM Indore

The IIM – I ( Indian Institute of Management – Indore ) has refused to increase the seats in PGP ( Post Graduate Program ) from 450 to 900. The proposal for the same was presented to the institute which it rejected.

IIM – I PGP is a full time residential program, recognized by Association of Indian Universities. There are some unique features of the PGP of IIM – I which includes international focus, experiential learning, social sensitivity and technology orientation.

The institute conducts a one week rural immersion program for its first year students across Madhya Pradesh. Students are required to interact with the core government officials as a part of the program.

The Supreme Court had directed all government professional institutes to allot 27% reservation to NC – OBC category. Institutes such as IITs and IIMs accepted the ruling but argued that the number of general and other category seats would not be reduced.

Thus as a compromise, 6 IIMs ( IIM – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Kozhikode, Lucknow and Indore ) increased the total seats by 54% while reserving 27% seats for NC – OBC quota.

There was no change in the number of seats for general, SC / ST and differently abled candidates.

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IIM – indore to introduce undergraduate Courses After Class 12

The Indian Institute of Management – Indore has launched a five – year integrated post – graduate programme in management a three – year degree programme followed by masters. The first batch scheduled this year will have 120 students.

The five – year integrates residential programme allows students to drop out after the degree course, in three course. The course is in keeping in mind the mix of essential skill subjects maths and statistics, history, literature and political science, biological sciences, languages, finance and accounting, economics and information technology.

Apart from the regular classroom lectures, IIM – I has a component on international exposure and an internship at a social organization.

N. Ravichandran, IIM – Indore director said that IIM-I wants to have a dominating presence, both in terms of size and impact, in all segments of management education, including the newly introduced undergraduate – programme.

He further added that four different streams have been identified by them, which includes top – end research programmes, executive education programme, the flagship post – graduate programme and an integrated PGP, which will have the time and opportunity to shape young minds towards management education.

The selection for this undergraduate programme will be based on an aptitude and interview and the minimum eligibility to seat for the interview is 60% in Class XII.

The details regarding the eligibility criteria will be revealed by the IIM-I authority in a few days. The tuition fee for the first three years will be 3 lakh per annum and for the next two years it will be 5 lakh a year.

Ravichandran said that he don’t think that the new programme will dilute the brand value of IIMs, particularly IIM – Indore. He perhaps thinks that it will strengthen it. He finally concluded by saying that they won’t compromise on quality of any of their programs.