VED Demands Setting up of IIM at Nagpur

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Nov 20, 2013 (3 years and 7 months ago)

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VED Demands Setting up of IIM at Nagpur


VED, in its desire for the development of Vidarbha, and in having taken up the cause of
education, wishes to make Nagpur an iconic education hub. It now looks at the establishment of
an Indian Institute of
Management in Nagpur, the rationale behind it being that more students
would get benefit of quality education at an affordable cost, backward and scheduled classed
would get included in the growth mechanism as they should not be excluded from expansion and

there would be balanced overall economic and social development.


Mumbai already has the top
-
ranked JBIMS and the autonomous Narsee Monjee, hence Nagpur,
in Vidarbha, is where an IIM should ideally come. Pune too has two institutes in form of
University D
epartment and Symboisis, so why not Vidarbha? Of the 13 IIMs in the country,
some have been set up in small places like Kozikode (Kerala), Rohtak (Haryana), Tiruchirapalli
(TN), Udaipur (Rajasthan) and Kashipur (Uttarakhand). Then why not Nagpur which has
several
locational advantages over these other places and to boot is also the second capital of
Maharashtra?


The only University Department of Business Management under Nagpur University is lying
neglected for more than 30 years since its establishment (1
969) in absence of a full
-
time director
and faculty members. Only now have three full
-
time faculty members been appointed, however,
the infrastructure remains very poor, due to meagre resources allocated by the University and
step
-
motherly treatment given
to the Department.


The only national level institute in Vidarbha, Institute of Management Technology
-
Nagpur
(IMT), is 35 kms away on Nagpur
-
Katol road offers PGDM course with sanctioned intake of 360
each year and offering specialisation in marketing, hum
an resources and information technology.


There is also a reckless expansion of institutes imparting management education without
improvement in quality of both teachers/students hence a large number of seats are vacant this
year in spite of two common en
trance tests. Students appearing for the CAT examination are
thereby getting quite large. This means that the supply side (students) is not the issue; the
problem lies with their perception that quality of management education provided here is not up
to th
e mark.


The option for Vidarbha students therefore is to crack the IIM code or settle for second rung be
schools and the final option to go to any of the schools in Pune and Mumbai.

The core of management education is 24 x 7 student managers to be availab
le on campus
-

i.e the
courses need to be residential. This is not possible in the absence of full
-
time residential courses
(exception
-

Institute of Management Technology
-
Nagpur)


Nagpur is a factory of human resource raw material. Traditionally, Nagpur has

been a factory
producing quality technical graduates to be supplied to industries in western Maharashtra,
Gujarat and other parts of India.


The advantage Nagpur has its air, rail and road connectivity, preference of students from
UP/Bihar/Chhattisgarh an
d Orissa to Nagpur over Pune because of distance. A large number of
executives have residential base and visit Nagpur frequently which can be an additional
academic resource for an educational institute.


Between Indore (IIM) and Hyderabad (International
School of Business) and IIM (Raipur) there
is no other management institute (except IMT
-

a private b
-
school which is ranked among top 20
among private b
-
schools). This vaccum can be filled in by the establishment of IIM
-

Nagpur

The other advantages are th
e availability of land which is not an issue in Nagpur, strong alumni
of IIM
-
A based in Nagpur, supplemented by specialists in the field of IT, production, and IT
companies doing well in Nagpur


The biggest advantage of Nagpur is presence of public sector
units such as WCL, MECL, MOIL,
CICR and the presence of training institutes of international/national repute as NADT

(National Academy of Direct Taxes), NADP (National Academy of Defence Production),

on management development program front, IIM


Nagpur c
an do extremely well because entry
to public sector is relatively easy.


Devendra Parekh, President, VED, said VED is taking up the issue with appropritate authorities
at the Central and State Govt levels having sent representation to the Minister of HRD,
the
President, the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister, the Minister for Higher & Technical Education
and the MPs and MLAs to take the matter forward.